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Vayando is one of two Atlanta firms that will travel to Toulouse as part of the exchnage.
Two Atlanta startups, both connected with technology and travel, have been named for an international exchange program with Toulouse, France.
Volantio, which makes software to help airlines with marketing automation and booking optimization, and Vayando, which offers an online platform connecting travelers with experiences offered by social entrepreneurs internationally, are headed to Toulouse as part of a program launched last year through Atlanta’s sister-city relationship Toulouse.
The French city is known as the home for aerospace giant Airbus, which recently decided to establish its drone services unit for North America in Atlanta. Airbus also has a factory making jets in Mobile, Ala. Part of the exchange involves spending time at the Airbus BizLab incubator, as well as attending French startup summit EmTech.
On the Toulouse side, companies selected have products that can be applied to smart cities, a core element of Atlanta’s tech outreach, along with payments and financial technology.