The concept

4th edition of the award that honours start-up companies and innovation for physical and online retailers.

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The Rookie Of The Year, awarded at the Paris Retail Awards ceremony, rewards the innovation! For the fourth consecutive year, it will honour an innovative start-up.

Launched in 2014 as a springboard for young start-ups, the "Rookie Of The Year" prize brings to light three finalists selected before the event by our Jury to present their projects on D-Day.

The public will vote live to determine the winner, who will be awarded his prize on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 during the Paris Retail Awards Ceremony.

A stepping stone which aims to provide young startups the opportunity to shine before an audience of investors and potential customers gathered for the occasion!

After Patatam (2014), SmartPixels (2015) and Reech (2016), who will be the next Rookie?

Discover the Rookie Of The Year 2017

What is a Rookie?

It is a new company, a new idea, a new "awesome" concept. The selection criteria which are examined as of matter of priority are:

  • The innovating nature of the product/service presented
  • The opportunity for the market
  • The promise with regard to initial results or projections

Download the rules of competition (in French)

The Jury 

The Jury is made up of professionals recognized in the sector for their business expertise with a start-up vision. The Jury first selects 3 finalists, the winner will be chosen by the public during the Paris Retail Awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 19th.

The decision is based on the initiative of the project, the construction that leads from the idea to the project and the potential for spin-offs for the sector.

Thierry Petit, Co-founder and Deputy CEO, showroomprivé.com

Thierry Petit

Thierry Petit is a co-founder, along with David Dayan, of Showroomprivé.com, which launched in 2006. He has been a Director and Deputy CEO of the Group since its creation. Thierry Petit began his career in digital agencies in 1995 and, at the age of 25, created the first price comparison tool in France (, which was sold to Libertysurf in July 2000.

Thierry Petit has nearly 20 years of experience in launching start-ups. He is also vice-chairman of the Board of France Digitale. Thierry Petit studied telecommunications engineering.



Loïc Dosseur, Deputy CEO, Paris&Co

Loïc Dosseur




Matthieu Pellet, Digital Director, Intersport France

Matthieu Pellet



Carine Rebstock, International Retail Director, Orange Group

Carine Rebstock









Romain Vidal, Associate, Caphorn

Romain Vidal









Claire Houry, Member of the Board, Ventech

Claire Houry

Claire joined Ventech as General Partner in 2008. She focuses on Internet/Mobile Services and Software. She currently sits on the boards of Bonitasoft, Botify and Vestiaire Collective in France, and Asgoodasnew in Germany.

She was board member of Stickyads, video programmatic adtech solution (acquired by Comcast, US in May 2016) as well as b-process (acquired by Ariba, US) and Arkoon (acquired by Airbus group).



Alexandre Stopnicki, Educational Director of MBA MCI (Institut Léonard de Vinci) and Owner of, Newzitiv and NUMERILAND

Alexandre Stopnicki



Johanna Castel, Content and strategic animation Manager, Cap Digital

Johanna Castel









Discover the Rookie Of The Year 2017

See the 2016 finalists


Paris Retail Week is:

  • Sept. 2018
  • Sept. 2019