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Newsletter on "Spaces beyond lockdown" - B Side/ 20 May 2020



ConTech – Cemex Ventures, the Cemex group’s venture-capital unit, has kicked off its 2020 Construction Startup Competition and Leonard is on board, along with Ferrovial, Hilti and NOVA by Saint-Gobain. The goal is to identify and foster the startups that will lead the transformation of the construction industry. Interested? Sign up on the Leonard website and send in your project between now and 26 July.

Emerging Trends – Leonard teamed up with the Good Tech Lab to produce a report on CleanTechand ClimateTech, and we presented the findings in an interview with Construction 21

— Enjoy, and let's stay in touch!



Demo Day



Leonard’s Demo Day is this 4 June from 5:00 to 8:00pm and you’re welcome to tune in and listen to the pitches by our partnerstartups and presentations on Leonard’s entrepreneurial innovation programmes. 

At this Demo Day, we will be presenting Leonard’s entrepreneurial endeavours to VINCI Group employees as well as investors, universities, other incubators, the media and corporate partners. The startups and investors that will be attending the event are listed in the detailed programme on our website

This videoconference will be broadcast live - (in english)



Spaces beyond lockdown

Just like good old vinyl records, our newsletters now have two sides: the A-Side provides a choice of articles revolving around a central theme that is changing the way we design, build and operate cities and infrastructure, and the B-Side provides suggestions for further reading on the same topic.  

As lockdowns are starting to relax in several places, this month we look at how spaces are adjusting to the new circumstances.



Contract tracing, social distancing or enjoying the fresh air: our reality in a post-Covid-19 world

The crisis has shuffled up the way we interact with space – the space we share and the space that links us, which are now interconnected. Week afterweek, we have been keeping an eye on the transformation that this interlude is bringing about. We looked at the effects of contact tracing, social distancing and the exciting quest for new location paradigms.



Our selection of innovative businesses #14

Startup Construyo raises €2 million to fuel the development of a platform centralising project-related data.

Continuum Industries attracts £1.5 million to invest in a generative design tool.

How Covid-19 is reshaping financing on the startup scene.



We have adjusted to keep our conversations interactive and creative – and are now online every day

We will be holding short live conferences with the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité and Fabrique de la Cité at 2:00 every afternoon this week.


2:00-2:30 pm - ONLINE 


Learning from the crisis to curb climate change (in french)


 When the coronavirus crisis hit, many governments the world over showed that they were able to take radical measures to push back against the pandemic, and persuade people that it was the right thing to do. It’s tempting to compare the success of this completely new worldwide endeavour with the failure of international diplomatic efforts to organise an effective response to climate change. Why can’t the climate emergency make it to the top of the worldwide agenda and stay there? What can we learn from the coronavirus crisis, to rally the world around the other unprecedented challenge? 

François Gemenne is a political scientist, director of Observatoire Hugo (which studies the interactions between environmental changes, human migration and politics, based at the University of Liège) and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has authored numerous papers and books on policies to adapt to climate change, and released an Atlas of the Anthropocene in 2019. 

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Leonard est la plate-forme de prospective et d'innovation de VINCI. Nous rassemblons des entrepreneurs, penseurs et esprits créatifs de tous horizons. Ensemble, nous cherchons à inventer les services, équipements et infrastructures qui feront la ville et les territoires de demain.

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