Outdoor Sports Valley

The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe dEntreprises) in 2011 by the French state (DATAR). Annecy, exceptional geographic and strategic location, is the official capital of the Outdoor Sports Valley.

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For the latest Cocktails & Networking event, OSV is partnering with MaXi Events, organizer of the legendary Salomon Gore-Tex MaXi Race, to cordially invite you to attend the evening gathering scheduled on Thursday, May 24. The program includes a conference (in French) on how athletic excellence can play a role in a companys success. This round table discussion will explore the lessons learned from athletic performance to shine a light on the many parallels with entrepreneurship. Mental preparation, stress management, and knowing oneself are all fundamentals that help pave the path to high performance. The moderator, Laurent BLONDEL, will question high-level athletes like Antoine GUILLON (ultra-marathon trail runner) and Benjamin CHAMOUX (ski-mountaineering) to paint a clear picture of the commonalities and attributes of this paradigm. The discussion will be followed by a friendly drink to network. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 21, 2018, by filling out the online form. When? Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 18:30 Program? 18:30 – Doors open 19:00 – Conference Athletic excellence and company performance 20:00 – Cocktails & networking Where? The Salomon Gore-Tex MaXi Race brand village – Albigny Beach – 6 Avenue du Petit Port, 74 940 Annecy-le-Vieux (along the shores of Lake Annecy). We look forward to seeing you there!

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The six-week call-for-projects to join the Annecy Base Camp business incubator in 2018 came to a close last Friday, March 23. For the third straight year, the number of applications increased. More than 49 qualified candidates from France and abroad submitted their projects for review with the hopes of entering the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program. Innovative gear, services, applications, and web platforms figure among the projects. This year the youngest applicant is just 22 years old and the most experienced person hoping to earn their slot is 72. These motivated entrepreneurs are from Paris, Brittany, Marseille, Morocco, and of course the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region. For the first year of our partnership with Cluster Montagne, we also received 5 projects related to mountain development and participation in mountain sports. We will now begin the first step in the selection process to determine which applicants will present their projects in person on April 24 and 25. The 2018 call for projects highlights the rising interest in entrepreneurship in the sports, outdoor sports, and mountain development industries.

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Outdoor Sports Valley – OSV designates both a region and industry cluster dedicated to outdoor sports. This region covers the entire Alps and ecompasses thousands of employees who work in the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planets most unique playgrounds.

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Data analysis for the European Outdoor Market: value, volume, and growth! To provide member-company manufacturers, brands, and distributors with a detailed overview of the sales trends for the outdoor sports market, Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) contacted the international market research giant, the NPD Group, to conduct an in-depth study on the European outdoor market. This study covers 2016 and 2017. The details of this market study are confidential and reserved solely for OSV active members. Nevertheless, NPD and OSV would like to share a few key market trends* that every company and stakeholder should take into consideration: – The European outdoor market (34 countries including Russia) posted an average annual growth rate of +2% from 2008 to 2016, – Overall sell-out revenues for the European outdoor market reached 18.4 billion euros in 2016 (+4% over 2015), – Frane is the only country in Europes Top 5 (DE, FR, GB, IT, ES) where outdoor and ski apparel revenues grew from 2016 to 2017. For a few more details, download the official press release (in French). To obtain the full results for the study, which includes the in-depth analysis presented at the Annecy Base Camp Invitational on March 9, 2018, and detailed sales data for the major product catagories (apparel, footwear, hard goods for summer/winter outdoor sports), please contact Darin REISMAN ) if you do not already have the study in hand (reminder: for active members only). *Source : NPD Sport Consumer tracker & NPD Global Sport Estimate

On May 14, 11 new entrepreneurs will join the Outdoor Sports Valley community by entering the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program. Following the call for projects that ended on March 23, 49 applicants were in competition to join the incubators 3rd cohort. A jury made up of OSV partners (Grand Annecy, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, the Haute Savoie CCI, and Cluster Montagne) pre-selected 24 projects to make their pitch before the final selection jury. On April 24 and 25, a second jury made up of members of OSVs and Cluster Montagnes boards of directors, entrepreneurs from the industry, and members of OSVs executive team picked those projects that best met the selection criteria: an economically viable idea, sustainability as part of the projects core values, innovation, and the entrepreneurs ability to manage and see their project through. A luxury outdoor apparel brand, an avalanche safety system, a website making it easier for the handicapped to participate in outdoor sports, a mobile repair service for cyclists, and an ultra-light tent are just a few of the projects that will be able to put their ideas to the test and develop an economically viable business plan during phase 1 of the incubator program. Startups like Whympr (an outdoor mobile application to plan an outing), Qaou (a multi-use hammock), Run Motion (a coaching application), and Open Runner (an application for creating, tracking, and sharing itineraries) will be able to conduct marketing tests and accelerate the go-to-market launch of their product or service. The business incubator will provide them with a structured work environment, as well as professional support and consulting services all throughout their time in the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program. They will have the chance to discuss their ideas and learn from both entrepreneurship experts and volunteers from Outdoor Sports Valley member companies. Congratulations and best of luck to all of them! To learn more about the Annecy Base Camp business incubator click here

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