Yann Le Floc’h 

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On the power and impact of responsive innovation

Yann has been working in tech subjects and more responsible economics modelling for almost 15 years. He launched one of the leading second hand luxury market places in France in 2009, which was acquired by Galeries Lafayette Group in 2016. In 2020, he decided to launch Stairwage with the mission to improve the financial well-being of employees and the mental health of millions of workers.


Vivatech highlights power of new thinking

“Wellbeing needs to be integrated in every innovation”

Damien Perrot is the global head of design and innovation at Accor, with overall responsibility for inventing new products and services throughout the Group. Yann Le Floc’h is a seasoned designer who is also the CEO and Co-founder of Stairwage – the company chosen as the winner of the Health to Wealth Vivatech Challenge.

In this episode of Health To Wealth, Damien and Yann discuss the role of wellbeing in developing new innovations, and especially the part that it played in creating Stairwage, an app that allows employees to have access to their salary before the end of the month. Damien explains that wellness plays a central role in all Accor’s innovation activity. As an example he cites hotelF1 the low-budget chain which offers access to those who have never been able to afford a hotel previously. He talks about other exciting start-ups such as Orbisk, which uses AI to analyse restaurant waste, and Glowee, which creates lighting from microbes, and their potential to improve wellbeing among employees and customers. Yann, meanwhile, explains how he came to invent Stairwage, and how it improves the financial wellbeing among a company’s employees by enabling them to absorb shocks, avoid debt, and be paid fairly. You’ll hear that Stairwage was chosen for the award above all for the passion of the team behind it.

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