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OSV Networking Seminar & the Salomon GORE-TEX MaXi-Race

On May 23, at Albigny beach in Annecy-le-Vieux, Outdoor Sports Valley, in partnership with the Salomon GORE-TEX MaXi-Race, invites you to attend an evening seminar entitled, "Failure, an integral part of both personal and professional success." Doors open at 18:30 at the MaXi-Race brand village, and the conference starts at 19:00. The coaches and high-level athletes who will share their experience and approach include: •Laurent BLONDEEL (certified coach and trainer, General Manager of  MaXi Event’s), •Patrick BRINGER (professional trail runner, second place in the 2018 French national trail running championships - long distance, and ultrarunning coach), •Stéphane TOUREAU (professional freediver, second at World Championships in the "monofin" category), •Anthony FELBER (trail runner from Annecy), •Stanislas GRUAU (FKT for running across France, founder of Explora Project),  •Ludovic DEPP (coach, mental preparation expert, CEO of Hyfen). Relying on their experience, they will talk about real-life situations where they failed, and then explain how they use obstacles as a tool for personal and professional success. Afterwards, take the time to speak with the athletes and other attendees over drinks along the beach. >> Register online (in French) << When? May 23, 2019, at 18:30 Where? Albigny Beach (Lake Annecy), 74940 Annecy-le-Vieux

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Annecy Base Camp Open House

Grand Annecy and Outdoor Sports Valley cordially invite entrepreneurs - from idea to startup (<2 years old) - to spend the morning visiting and learning more about the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program. During this open house, we will provide all the details you need regarding support services for entrepreneurial ventures in the sports and outdoor sports industries. The morning’s program includes: - A guided tour of the building, - A presentation of OSV and the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program phase by phase, - First-hand accounts from current project entrepreneurs in the incubator program, - A presentation of the entrepreneurship programs and small business accelerator buildings run by Grand Annecy.  Location: Annecy Base Camp - 12C Rue du Pré Faucon - 74940 Annecy-le-Vieux (France) Date & time: March 5, 2019 – 10:00 to 12:00

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Market Intelligence France: retailer Chullanka continues strong growth

By Emmanuel Gravaud, Outdoor Experts All systems are a go for the French outdoor retailer who has enjoyed renewed growth for its brick and mortar business and continues to boost online sales. Chullanka, which means “snow-capped peak” in Quechuan, had a great 2017-2018 winter. “Our business was up for all product categories, not just skiing and snowboarding, and we ended the winter with strong growth.” Three years after breaking off from Decathlon, the French sporting goods giant, Chullanka continues to grow at a steady pace. Today, its 4 retail stores in Antibes, Toulouse, Metz, and Bordeaux, post combined annual revenues of just over €20 million. This dynamic natural growth should soon be boosted by new stores opening and acquisitions, as the two private equity firms who each purchased a third of Chullanka’s shares, Notus Technologies and Compagnie d’Anjou, had announced. Over the last three years, the retailer first redesigned its store in Metz, then opened a store in Bordeaux-Merignac (1500m²), and finished by launching its e-commerce website. “We are very happy with sales generated by our store in Bordeaux, which continues to grow, but we need to wait another three to four years before reaching cruising speed. We are also very happy with online sales. Our e-commerce website went live less than two years ago, and in the long run it should become the chain’s biggest point of sale,” highlights Thierry Crampes, who worked in e-commerce (Rue du Commerce, Galeries Lafayette) until June 2017, when he took over Chullanka from long-time general manager Bruno Laurent. Today, online customers are primarily from the greater Paris area and the Rhône-Alpes Region,“areas where we do not have stores,” says the GM. What is new this year? The retailer has added yoga to its shelves. “Yoga is very compatible with outdoor sports and has grown in popularity in France. It helps us to appeal more to female customers,” explains Thierry Crampes. Other new additions include swim-run and triathlon gear. Trail and road running are, in spite of their growth, complicated sports for retailers. “It’s a very competitive e-commerce market. As an omni-channel business, we strive to maintain the same prices in-store as on the web. Although we do well, it’s not easy.” However, the general manager noted that Chullanka did experience considerable growth in backcountry skiing / alpine touring gear sales last winter, and a boom in rock climbing. “The huge increase in the number of climbing gyms is what is currently drives the market. Climbing shoe sales are going through the roof in all of our stores!” The 2700m² store in Metz, inherited with the split from Decathlon, now shares the space with an Altissimo climbing gym. This article is a condensed translated version of an article originally published in French in the September 2018 issue of Outdoor Experts. Outdoor Experts is one of France's premier trade magazines for the outdoor industry in France.

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Participate in the 7th edition of the OSV Internship Forum!

On Thursday, November 29, OSV will organize its annual Internship Forum. Created to make it easy for companies to meet with students in outdoor industry specific university-level programs, the OSV internship forum offers the ideal opportunity to identify future talent for your company. Three different Bachelor’s programs will be present at this year’s Internship Forum: ►  Bachelor's in Performance Sports Textile & Footwear (PSTF) ◄ This program focuses on product development and design as well as the technical aspects of the fabrics and materials used in the industry. Students in the program are available for a 4 to 6 month internship starting in March (2019). ► Bachelor's in International Sales Specialists in Sports (I3S) ◄ This program focuses on product sales as well as negotiation and sales management. Students in the program are available for a 4 to 6 month internship starting in March (2019). ► Bachelor's in Sports, Design & Communications (SDC) ◄ This program focuses on developing go-to-market specialists with a creative streak. These students will be able to work closely and competently with the design, marketing, and sales teams within your company. As with the other two programs, these students in are available for a 4 to 6 month internship starting in March (2019). Click here to register Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 16:00 to 20:00 | Location: CMA Building, 28 Avenue de France, 74000 Annecy (France). Entrance to underground parking lot on Rue du Baronnet. For additional information, please feel free to contact us by phone at +33 (0)4 50 53 67 91 or via email at the following address: laure(at)

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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 planet’s most unique playgrounds.

The Outdoor Sports Valley concept, developed in Annecy in 2009, became an official association in 2010, and a certified industry cluster (Grappe d'Entreprises) 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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