Talent Awards – 28 september 2022

Every scaling story starts with an amazing team

📍Musée des Arts Forains, Paris, France | 18h

Unfortunately, it’s too late to apply for the 2022 ceremony. Keep us in mind for 2023! 😉

The Talent Awards application timeline:

📨 7/07 - Opening of applications

⌛️ 9/02 - Deadline for applications

⚖️ 9/13 - The nominees are notified

⚖️ 9/20 - Jury’s deliberation

🥇 9/28 - Talent Awards ceremony

What are the Talent Awards?

The Talent Awards is a unique ceremony where France Digitale and Les Echos rewards teams behind the best scaling stories in France and beyond borders every year. An event where we put in the spotlight teams that bring value to our society through impactful actions. Does EcoVadis, EcoTree, BlablaCar, Malt, Criteo, Ornikar, Spareka, OpenClassrooms ring a bell? They were last year’s winners!

You can read their story here.


Being this year’s winner means getting:

1. Recognition for your team’s hard work

2. Visibility inside the startup ecosystem and also outside the ecosystem!

3. Coverage for your beautiful story


As our previous editions, winners will be announced on September 28 during the FDDay, the most exclusive startup event in Europe. As this year edition is a celebration of France Digitale’s 10th anniversary, there will be 10 awards to win. If you don’t have it already, get your ticket here.

The 2022 Talent Awards categories

Who can apply to the Talent Awards?

Good to know: it’s free to apply to the Talent Awards. You don’t need a France Digitale membership

To apply to the Talent Awards, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You need to be a French startup or scale-up (with the exception of the Welcome to France award, for European scale-ups), not founded more than 15 years ago
  • You are independent (no exit)
  • You have more than 25 people in the team (permanent positions)
  • You have an ARR > 5M€ (and >25 (B2B users or 50k B2C users)
  • If you have won any category in the past 2 years, it is not possible to win this year

We had to put some criteria to mesure the maturity of the scaling stories. However, if your story is too good to be put aside and your numbers don’t exactly match these, your application will still be considered. Feel free to apply!


Want to know 4 secrets to win over the jury ?

  • “No bullshit” policy: we’re looking for concrete actions more than beautiful marketing.
  • We’ll reward actions which bring real value or have a direct impact on the users / society.
  • Great employee experience and job creation are an important aspect of our winners’s story.
  • Companies coming from all France and not only the Parisian area are welcome to apply.

But, at the end, it’s all about beautiful stories and we can’t wait to read yours!


A lot of this information will not be communicated. It’s for the jury to understand your context!

  • Contact information
  • Which scale-up do you proudly represent?
  • Where can we find your website?
  • An elevator pitch about your company?
  • When was the company created?
  • How many collaborators are working for your company?
  • How many people are you recruiting?
  • How many nationalities do you have?
  • What is your women to men ratio?
  • What is your company revenue? (MRR – ARR if relevant)
  • And your growth rate in the past 3 years?
  • How many clients do you have?
  • What percentage of your activity is done outside of France?
  • And how many offices do you have?
  • Where are they located?
  • Have you already raised money?
  • For what valuation?

In 2022 France Digitale goes international. Our startups and scale-ups are hungry for new markets, investors and opportunities to grow globally and are hiring more talent from across (and beyond) Europe than ever. Join us at the 10th edition of the most exciting startup meet-up in France, happening on September 27-28, 2022 in Paris. This year’s theme is Beyond Borders.

Every year, FDDay brings together over 2,500 founders and investors from across France and Europe to discuss the latest trends in business, tech and society in a unique, village-like venue in the heart of the French capital. At FDDay you’ll get the chance to close deals, find new customers, hear from world-class speakers, and just have a lot of fun.

Previous speakers include Emmanuel Macron (French President), Fleur Pellerin (Founder of Korelya Capital and former French Minister), Andy Yen (Founder & CEO, ProtonMail), Lucie Bash (Co-Founder, TooGoodToGo) Renaud Visage (CEO, Eventbrite), Victoria van Lennep (co-founder, Lendable), Thomas Plantega (CEO, Vinted), Frédéric Mazzella (Founder, BlaBlaCar) and many others.

Get your tickets !

FDDAY is the back-to-school event for the European Tech scene.
Each year, 3000 C-levels from startups, VCs partners, managers from large companies and public decision makers gather. The Talent Awards ceremony closes this great day

Enjoy a wonderful visibility onstage and be part of a exclusive jury (Frédéric Mazzella – BlaBlaCar, Pierre Louette – Les Échos, Éric Labaye – Polytechnique, Claire Calmejane – Société Générale, Marlène Ribeiro – Michael Page …).

Contact: [email protected]

Many of the categories focus on the accomplishments of a specific team in the company. For example the Branding category rewards in particular the marketing team, and Community acknowledges the work done by the Customer Success and community teams; the Global category rewards the work done by the Business and/or Operations team, and Diversity celebrates the efforts of the HR team.