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Annecy Base Camp incubator class of 2017: phase 1 ends, on to phase 2!

The 8 projects selected for the Annecy Base Camp Business Incubator program spent two very intense months with their mentors and advisors. An evaluation committee met on July 6 to touch base with each project entrepreneur, and to evaluate their capacity and the project viability to continue with the program for another 6 months. The desired outcome after the second 6-month phase is for them to officially create their company! Since every member of the 2017 class proved ambitious and heavily invested in their respective projects, it is our pleasure to graduate each to the second phase of the incubator program. This new phase starts at the end of August for the 8 entrepreneurs, and will implement the following action plan: - product development - market/partner/customer feedback - sales strategy - distribution strategy - marketing strategy - communications plan - support roles In other words, finalize their business plans, build their teams, and finance their projects. Good luck to all! For the latest news, follow the Annecy Base Camp Facebook and Linkedin pages.

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REACh regulations to change in 2018

During our most recent cycle of continuing professional education classes, OSV organized a full day dedicated to the European Union's REACh regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). Our partner, SGS, provided their expertise on the topic and allowed over a dozen participants to better understand the intricacies of these regulations and how to more effectively ensure their products comply. You can read through the full presentation (in French) in the OSV member area by clicking here for a better understanding of chemical substances regulations in Europe. In addition, the scheduled changes in REACh regulations for 2018 may very well concern your company. As of May 31, 2018, it will no longer be possible to manufacture or sell (or purchase) on the European market more than one ton per year of any substance produced or imported if it has not been registered ahead of time in compliance with REACh regulations. This concerns all substances, including natural substances such as essential oils, organic materials such as solvents, metals… alone or contained in mixtures (paints, glues, cleaning products) and will likely impact your business. You will therefore need to register every substance with ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency. Here are three documents (in French) that provide more information on the process and chemical substances concerned: importers, manufacturers, and users/distributors.

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A successful 2017 OutDoor Show: thank you for your participation!

The 2017 OutDoor Show has already come and gone, and what a successful show it was! For this latest edition, the show hosted 21,412* professional trade visitors from 90 different countries. Europe’s summer outdoor trade show is still just as popular as ever! This year, 17 French companies took advantage of trade show support provided by the Camp de base, including 12 brands who exhibited at the common booth space. Cluster Sporaltec, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the Haute-Savoie Chamber of Commerce, Creative France, and Outdoor Sports Valley would like to sincerely thank both exhibitors and visitors present at the Outdoor Show. Two companies receiving trade show support from the Camp de Base trade returned home with one or multiple awards: - Entre-Prises won the French OutDoor Award and an OutDoor Industry Award (“Concept & Services) - OnTracks won an OutDoor Industry Award (“Accessories”) View photos of the 2017 OutDoor Show *Source: OutDoor Show Friedrichshafen  

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Post event - OSV 2017 General Assembly

The entire executive team at Outdoor Sports Valley would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended the annual General Assembly on May 19. The 270 participants made the event a truly overwhelming success! Through dedicated board members, volunteers, elected officials, partners, and member companies, we have successfully built a committed community who shares the same core values. We would like to thank every one of them for their support and for the trust they have given us to work towards achieving the outdoor sports industry's short, medium, and long term goals. Their unwavering involvement represents one of our greatest success over the past eight years. Thank you so much! Never forget the real value in working together: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We are already taking on new challenges, so stay tuned! View photos of the General Assembly >>here<< The entire OSV team is always at your service!

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Digital x Outdoor

Digital x Outdoor

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Internship Forum

Internship Forum

Thursday 07 dec
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OUTDOOR SPORTS VALLEY - OSV

"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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