Grand Prix ACF AutoTech is now the leading competition in the automotive industry. Since 2018, the Automobile Club de France and ESSEC Automobile Club have been promoting, rewarding and supporting the most innovative French and international startups in automotive use, commercialisation, manufacturing and design.

Featuring a high-profile panel of judges made up of leading entrepreneurs and top figures from the automotive industry, this large-scale event acts as a springboard and accelerator for new technology and transport.


Three awards to win


For startups in the most advanced stages of their development


For the youngest startups, in the early stages of their development (seed stage)


For the finalist startup with the most eco-friendly product

Key dates 

5 OCTOBER 2020 – Applications are open

Organisations eligible to enter the Grand Prix ACF AutoTech: Automotive service and technology development companies that have registered their business activity on or after 1 January 2011 in any country worldwide, with at least 50% of the share capital owned by one or more private individual(s).

Applicants compete to win one of the three awards and prizes (worth a combined total of more than €200,000).

27 NOVEMBER 2020 – Application deadline

9 FEBRUARY 2021 – 6 finalists announced

Competition organisers announce the six startups selected for the final round of Grand Prix ACF AutoTech 2021. These finalists will receive guidance from the consulting firm Humeaning in preparing their speech, developing business relationships and promoting their image at the awards ceremony.

15 APRIL 2021 – Finalists announced and awards ceremony 

The final round and awards ceremony will be held at the Automobile Club de France on Place de la Concorde in Paris. In attendance will be jury members, finalists and 300 guests from the automotive, high-tech and digital industries, business and media leaders, as well as partners joined this year by Michelin and La Tribune.

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Jury  – Grand Prix ACF AutoTech 2021

President of the Jury

Louis Desanges, President of Automobile Club de France

Jury members

Thierry Peugeot, President of ESSEC Automobile Club

Anne Asensio, Vice-President Design of Dassault Systèmes

Patrick Blain, Former Executive Committee member, Renault-Nissan

Yann Bodéré, Managing Director of IoT.Bzh, Grand Prix ACF 2020

Eric Bourdais de Charbonnière President of the Automobile Club de France Endowment Fund

Félicie Burelle, Managing Director, Plastic Omnium

Béatrice Duboisset,President of Humeaning and Founder of Paris TedX Women Champs Elysées

Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia

Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President Engineering, Renault Group

Elisabeth Lecuyer, President of Paris Business Angels

Frédéric Mazzella, President-Founder of BlaBlaCar

Christian Peugeot, Vice-President of Automobile Club de France

Alexis Poinsard, Corporate M&A Partner, Fidal

Romain Stutzmann, President of France AutoTech


Agence VLC   

Valérie Leseigneur – Tel: + 33 (0)6 68 80 37 35 –

Joy Lion – Tel: + 33 (0)7 62 59 65 86 –

GPACF AutoTech  

Richard de Cabrol – Tel: + 33 (0)6 51 38 16 38 –