OUR Start-up Academy is back

Eight female-founded companies from around the world will take part in the Cannes Lions Start-Up Academy, sponsored by R/GA. The entrepreneurs, who are from Africa, Indonesia, Romania, England and the U.S., are focused on the likes of consumer research, media and analytics, social media and more.

Meet the start-ups

"The Academy provides industry leaders with access to emerging technologies, business models, and market opportunities, and helps start-ups accelerate their development and growth."

Stephen Plumlee
Global Chief Operating Officer of R/GA and Managing Partner of R/GA Ventures

NEW FOR 2018

The Start-Up Academy is a way to connect start-ups with global brands and highlight innovation, especially pools of innovation that are being "under-utilized," like female and diverse founders.

The program highlights the ongoing commitment from R/GA and Cannes Lions to champion diversity and inclusion in meaningful ways.


Camera IQ - the first "camera experience manager," which helps brands create mixed reality experiences at scale.

NOM [This is Nom] – uses data, insights and technology to optimize media buys and video performance for brands across social properties.

Versus - combines online and offline consumer data to give brands actionable and competitive insight for the African market.

Snapcart - provides brands with valuable insights around offline shopping behavior through an app that incentivizes shoppers to upload photos of their receipts.

Smartzer – turns branded videos into interactive shopping experiences that drive measurable sales and engagement.

Perksy - an SaaS platform and consumer app that provides marketers with next-gen market intelligence and gives consumers rewards from the brands.

Planable - simplifies social content creation and the approval process for internal teams and clients.

Reply.ai – a portfolio company of R/GA ventures that provides conversational A.> solutions to brands to better reach customers with Chatbots.