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Publicis Groupe: Publicis Groupe Launches Publicis90 to Celebrate its 90th Anniversary


Publicis Groupe celebrates its 90thanniversary by selecting 90 digital
start-ups to mentor&fund

January 18, 2015 - PARIS - Publicis Groupe
[Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, CAC 40]
, founded by Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in 1926, is celebrating its
90thanniversary this year. When it all started in a little Parisian apartment
on Rue Montmartre, the founder's only staff was his secretary. He would never
have thought that, 90 years later, his Groupe would be one of the three
largest in the world, with close to 80,000 employees.

Back then, Publicis Groupe began just like many of today's start-ups. It is
with its founder in mind, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of so many of
its employees around the world, that Publicis Groupe has chosen to celebrate
its 90thanniversary by providing mentoring, support and funding to 90
entrepreneurial projects in the digital field.

To take part, projects can be submitted via the Publicis90 platform
( which will be available online as of January 18th.
Whether you are a student, a new start-up, a successful entrepreneur or a
Publicis Groupe employee anywhere in the world, you are welcome to put
forward your idea and apply for support from the Groupe. Taking part is
really easy. The goal is to provide entrepreneurs with the support they need
to bring their projects to life, or to take it to the next level.

The Publicis90 platform ( will be open for submissions
until February 28. Projects will be pre-selected by region (the Americas,
Asia-Pacific, and Europe-Middle-East&Africa), with a first round of votes
open to all Publicis Groupe employees (all projects submitted remain
anonymous). A regional jury will then draw up a short-list from the
pre-selected projects, before the final selection is made by a prestigious
global jury that will pick the 90 most promising projects or start-ups.

The selected projects will be mentored by Publicis Groupe experts in
marketing, communications, management and technology. They will also receive
funding in the form of an investment ranging from 10,000 euros for projects
about to be launched to 500,000 euros for start-ups that are already ramping
up. As for selected projects submitted by Publicis Groupe employees, they
will have the benefit of a special internal incubation scheme.

The holders of the 90 selected projects will be invited to participate to Viva
Technology Paris (, the first forum in France to
bring together the people who matter most in digital throughout the world
with over 5,000 start-ups. This event - created by Publicis Groupe and Groupe
Les Echos - will be held from June 30 to July 2, 2016 at the Paris Expo
Exhibition Centre at Porte de Versailles. The 90 selected projects will be
honored at an awards ceremony held during Viva Technology Paris.

Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, declared: "Publicis90 is
very much in line with the philosophy of Publicis Groupe and
its founder, Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. The idea is to help young
entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Not just through investment but also by
putting Groupe resources at their disposal for a year. Rather than look back
and pat ourselves on the back for 90 years of history, we have taken the
forward-looking approach of extending a helping hand to young entrepreneurs."

About Publicis Groupe - The Power of One

Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is a global leader in
marketing, communication, and business transformation. Active across the
entire value chain, from consulting to creation and execution, Publicis
Groupe offers its clients a unified, fluid model allowing them access to all
the Groupe's tools and expertise around the world. Publicis Groupe is
organized across four Solutions hubs: "Publicis Communications" (Publicis
Worldwide with MSL, Saatchi&Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBH, and Prodigious),
"Publicis Media" (Starcom Mediavest, ZenithOptimedia and Vivaki,);
"Publicis.Sapient" a one of a kind global digital platform (Sapient
Consulting, SapientNitro, DigitasLBi, Razorfish ) and Publicis Healthcare.
Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs more than 76,000 professionals. | Twitter: @PublicisGroupe | Facebook: | LinkedIn: Publicis Groupe | | Viva la Difference!


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