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OSV Bachelor’s programs are now recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year!

Are you, your kids, your friends, or someone in your wider network interested in entering a bachelor’s program specifically designed for students who would like to work in the outdoor sports industry? The application process for 3 such programs is now open! Do not wait another minute, send in your application now. The first round of interviews (there will be others) will be held from February 27 through March 3. In 2012, OSV, in partnership with Université Savoie Mont-Blanc’s IUT Annecy Technical Institute, established several Bachelor’s programs and a Master’s program to meet the specific needs of an ever-changing outdoor sports industry. The 3 bachelor’s programs start with 6 months of classwork (100% in English) followed by a 6-month internship. Are you interested in product design and innovation? Then product management might be just what you are looking for… The Bachelor’s program in Performance Sports Textile & Footwear (PSTF) is designed to train the product managers of the future. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in biomechanics, R&D, textile industry economics, product design, and so much more! For more information and to apply Are you a natural-born storyteller? Do you dream about a career developing communications and marketing tools for the world’s most incredible outdoor gear? Become a Go-to-Market manager… The Bachelor’s program in Sports Design & Communications (SDC) is designed to train future go-to-market specialists capable of finalizing a product range, writing the core backstory, and overseeing the market launch. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in digital communications, design tools, innovation, go-to-market, and so much more! For more information and to apply Are you a people person? Do you enjoy a good challenge? Does a career in sales and negotiations appeal to you? Become a sales specialist in sports… The Bachelor’s program in Sales Specialists in Sports (I3S) is designed to train future international sales representatives and managers. Gain genuine knowledge and experience by taking courses in sports marketing, sales techniques, negotiations, product innovation, and so much more! For more information and to apply Joining the outdoor sports industry means joining a dynamic, innovative, and passionate industry focused on excellence. So what are you waiting for?

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2018 call for projects for the Annecy Base Camp business incubator

Outdoor Sports Valley's Annecy Base Camp business incubator, the 1st business incubator in Europe dedicated to the sports, outdoor sports, and now mountain development industry (new this year), is launching a call for projects for the 3rd "class" of entrepreneurs who will enter the incubator program in May 2018. The application will be available online as of February 8 on the website startup-basecamp.com. The deadline to send in an application is March 23. Anyone with an idea for a company in the sports, outdoor sports, or mountain development industries can apply to earn the opportunity to receive support to transform an idea from prototype, to product, to a viable company and business. New this year: opening the application process to innovative projects in mountain development. Cluster Montagne has partnered with OSV to host and provide support to these types of projects thanks to a panel of experts currently working in the mountain development industry. Outdoor sports brands and mountain development companies are now working hand in hand to drive innovation and entrepreneurship. As a reminder, the Annecy Base Camp business incubator opened its doors in 2016. Today, 12 entrepreneurs are still in the program and receiving crucial support for their startups. The program, created from scratch by OSV, has now been tried, tested, and proven: from orientation day, to individual coaching, by way of mentoring, group training, networking, co-working, cooperation between entrepreneurs, individual support, crash tests, jury evaluations, first disappointments and successes in sales… just a few key aspects of the business incubator that have set the pace over the last two years. Based on a now well-established concept and program, along with a broader selection process, the Annecy Base Camp business incubator will start its third year at full speed. This year we will accept up to 12 projects for phase 1, which starts in May, to test each concept and validate the associated business model. See you on February 8! Put your ideas in motion! Join the Annecy Base Camp business incubator.

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We've moved! OSV's offices are now in Annecy's Glaisins Business Park

The Outdoor Sports Valley executive team moved into its new Annecy Base Camp offices located in the Glaisins Business Park, the center of the heart of France's outdoor sports industry! We have an open-door policy, so feel free to stop by and say hello, would be happy to to show you around. This fabulous new building, part of the Greater Annecy Area's overall strategy to encourage entrepreneurship, houses a business incubator, a startup development nursery, affordable office space specifically for small businesses, as well as a product prototyping and testing workshop for companies and startups in the outdoor industry. Current startups and SMEs in the building include Saola, Rope Up, Horizon Altitude, Wagon Blanc, Mero Mero, Made Nature, Prism, To The Fit, Riot House, Helloways, Doublet, Rip Curl, and Code Zero. When? We are already all moved in! Where? Annecy Base Camp, PAE des Glaisins, 12C, rue du Pré Faucon, 74940 Annecy-le-Vieux (FRANCE) Getting here One more piece of good news, our telephone number is still the same: +33 (0)4 50 67 53 91 We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The 2018 OSV startup mentoring program - 6 companies selected!

Ski Guru, Tokay, Workout Truck, Ski Chic, Matchy Cycling, and Tayrona are the six companies selected for the 2018 OSV startup mentoring program! These six companies in the sports and outdoor industry were created less than 3 years ago and will be mentored by OSV in 2018, in partnership with local entrepreneurship programs. The personalized coaching and advising provided for one year by executives from OSV member companies represent the major benefit of this program. Other benefits include access to a wider network within the outdoor sports industry, as well as strategic and financial support through services provided by the program's key partners. This year we received 16 applications. The selection committee, a mix of company executives and program partners, met on November 28, 2017, to hear the 15-minute oral presentations from each entrepreneur. The program will officially start in January 2018.   This program receives support from the following key partners: CCI 74, CCI 73, CMA 74, CMA 73, Initiative Grand Annecy, Savoie Initiative, Réseau Entreprendre 74,  Réseau Entreprendre 73, Grand Annecy, Thésame,  CRITT 73, Chambéry Grand Lac Economie, Agence Economique 73, Savoie Mont-Blanc Angels, Cabinet Audrex, Banque Populaire des Alpes, Sport Achat, and Mazars.

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Calendar

OSV MORNING SEMINAR SERIES - INNOVATION

OSV MORNING SEMINAR SERIES - INNOVATION

Wednesday 07 mar
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Annecy Base Camp Inauguration Ceremony

Annecy Base Camp Inauguration Ceremony

Thursday 08 mar
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Annecy Base Camp Invitational

Annecy Base Camp Invitational

Friday 09 mar
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Sport Achat Winter

Sport Achat Winter

Monday 12 mar - Wednesday 14 mar
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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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