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ISPO Munich 2016: trade show report for the Camp de Base

Outdoor Sports Valley provided trade show support to 39 French companies in partnership with Sporaltec and the Rhône-Alpes Region at ISPO Munich in Germany from January 24-27, 2016. To provide the opportunity for each these companies to shine at Europe’s largest professional trade show for the sports industry, the Camp de Base common booth space offered a jam-packed program throughout the four-day event. This mechanism allows companies to benefit from support provided by OSV throughout the entire project, from shared services to a communications plan highlighting French brands and their products, as well as the Camp de Base common booth space, the "place to be" for our industry and an ideal location to grab a coffee, a meal, or plan important meetings with retailers, distributors, and other key contacts. The 39 companies represented a combined total of almost 1400m² of booth space at the trade show. 22 brands exhibited at the Camp de Base located in the middle of hall A6, whereas the 17 other companies exhibited via their own individual booths in the other halls of the show. This year, the Camp de Base placed French innovation at the forefront through a new visual identity and a events program. The common booth space welcomes more and more visitors with each edition, allowing the French outdoor industry this year to showcase its products through a jam-packed events program: •4 French Outdoor Awards Winter were presented by Sporaltec and the Rhône-Alpes Region during a ceremony that brought together important industry stakeholders (retailers, distributors, the press…). The following companies received an award in their respective categories: Picture (textiles), Raidlight (accessories), Zeemono (digital), and The M Equipment (gear). •3 fashion shows were held to highlight several brands’ products in an original and lively manner. •3 evening parties at the Camp de Base set the mood for the entire hall, and allowed each brand to invite their clients to enjoy the warm and friendly “Made in France” atmosphere. The Camp de Base’s overwhelming success was only possible through hard work and collaboration with our partners and sponsors, and we would like to offer them our heartfelt thanks: Sporaltec, Rhône-Alpes Region, Creative France,  CCI74, Wood Stock Creation, Caterer La Suite, the Les Brasseurs Savoyards brewery, OIA UK, Italian Outdoor Group, AFYDAD, Caroline Ogier, Outdoor Experts,  Filière Sport, Outdoor Magazine, ECTRA, Picture Organic Clothing, Opinel, Ride O’Meter, Imprimerie Villière. This group effort provided French companies with incredible visibility during the entire show, and without missing a step, the same group of partners are busy preparing for the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from July 13-16, 2016, to host French brands in the same outstanding conditions. + Enjoy photos of the Camp de Base at ISPO Munich 2016!

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Annecy Base Camp - an incubator designed for entrepreneurs in the outdoor sports industry

The Annecy Base Camp building will be ready in 2017 and located in the Glaisins business park that overlooks the spectacular Lake Annecy basin (Northern Alps, France). This will be the first ever business incubator in Europe dedicated specifically to accommodating and providing support to entrepreneurs in the outdoor sports industry. The building will house an incubator, a business nursery, and will play a key role as a project accelerator by involving several local stakeholders and institutions, both private and non-profit. Managed directly by OSV, the incubator will provide a wide-variety of direct business support services (strategy, product design, manufacturing, sales, accounting, …) as well as indirect access to financing and investors (the creation of a dedicated sports industry investment fund is underway for 2016/early 2017). The goal of the incubator is to accelerate the transformation of promising projects into startup companies, as well as to provide startup companies with a solid boost in the important initial growth phase of their business. This project receives support from local and regional governments (Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes), as well as the Haute-Savoie Chamber of Commerce. Destined to become the nerve center of the Outdoor Sports Valley ecosystem, the Annecy Base Camp will play an integral role in the network of business nurseries in the Northern French Alps: office space for startups has been available since October 2015 in Annecy, and two other buildings will soon open their doors in Chamonix and in the Savoie Hexapole business parks. If you would like more information on the Annecy Base Camp - either to launch a project with the incubator or for office space as a recent startup - please feel free to contact us by phone by calling +33(0)4.50.67.53.91 or by sending an email to contact(at)outdoorsportsvalley.org

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Call for candidates for the 2016-2019 OSV Board of Directors

On June 3, 2016, at Outdoor Sports Valley's annual General Assembly, a new Board of Directors will be elected for a 3-year term. The Board of Directors, consisting of chief executive officers from companies within the industry, determines the key action areas for the association to focus on, and provides support to the executive team to achieve the established strategic goals. If you run and are elected for the next 3-year term, your role will be the following: - To head up one or two of OSV’s key action areas, - To participate in 4 board of director meetings per year, - To participate in 2 steering committee meetings per year, - Participate in the annual general assembly. The members of the board’s executive committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) ensure OSV’s projects are properly managed as well as represent the association when needed (with partners, elected officials, at OSV events, etc.). Candidates will be elected via an online ballot by member companies (1 vote per company). The results will be presented to members during the General Assembly on June 3, 2016. If you would like to join the adventure, please fill out the following online form: Candidate - OSV Board of Directors. The call for candidates will remain open through February 29, 2016.

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The 2016 Tecnica Maxi Race - the brand village is back!

Following last year’s overwhelmingly successful Trail World Championships, on May 27-29, 2016, Lake Annecy will once again host the world-renowned trail-running extravaganza that is the Maxi Race. More than 6500 runners from forty countries will be standing at the starting line for one of the several race formats and over 12,000 visitors are expected to attend this incredible sporting event! As with every year at the start/finish line at Albigny Beach in Annecy-le-Vieux, the Maxi Village will showcase dozens of outdoor brands. As an event partner, OSV offers member companies the chance to reserve a booth space at a discount rate (495€ ex-VAT for a 3m x 3m booth space instead of 660€ ex-VAT). To reserve a spot, please register via this link (in French) before April 30, 2016. For more information on the race and the event: www.maxi-race.org

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Calendar

OSV evening seminar series

OSV evening seminar series

Thursday 11 feb
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ISPO BEIJING

ISPO BEIJING

Wednesday 24 feb - Saturday 27 feb
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OXFAM WINTERTRAIL

OXFAM WINTERTRAIL

Saturday 05 mar - Sunday 06 mar
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Sport Achat Winter

Sport Achat Winter

Monday 07 mar - Wednesday 09 mar
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OSV Services Breakfast

OSV Services Breakfast

Thursday 17 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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