Director of La French Tech
Kat Borlongan is a specialist in open innovation and the international digital ecosystem. Beginning her career at Reporters Without Borders and the UN, she co-founded Five by Five in 2013. Kat gave numerous lectures, from SXSW to the OECD via Stanford, in particular on the imperative of structuring the current relations between startups and large corporate groups. Associate personality of theEconomic and Social Economic Council (EESC), Kat is part of the first Etalab expert committee and ambassadors of the French Tech Ticket. She worked with many startups, including as a Techstars ParisEntrepreneur-in-Residence and mentor in Google, Numa and Startup Bootcamp accelerators. Born in the Philippines, she also led the team of volunteer developers linked to the Office of the President of the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda. Kat is a graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux and McGillUniversity. In May 2018, she was appointed director of the French Tech mission, a public action that support the ecosystem of French startups, within the Ministry for the Economy and Finances of France.Kat Borlongan is a specialist in open innovation and the international digital ecosystem. She is the director of the French Tech mission, a government-backed movement bolstering France as one of the best countries in the world to start and scale global tech champions. Beginning her career at ReportersWithout Borders and the UN, she co-founded Five by Five in 2013. She also worked with many startups ,including as a Techstars Paris and mentor in Google, Numa and Startup Bootcamp accelerators.