Paris is not any stranger to the startup scene in Europe. Funding for startups within the nation has been steadily rising year-over-year, with France’s personal President, Emmanuel Macron, pledging to make France right into a “startup nation”. Initiatives just like the superhub Station F, the French Tech visa, Viva Tech and École 42 are all part of this, and have helped Paris grown exponentially as a tech hub in current years.
“One yr in the past, whenever you have been speaking about France and tech with individuals, they have been saying: ‘Oh my God, poor man’. Now, whenever you speak with Germans or individuals who come from the UK or some People, they’re saying, ‘You’re so fortunate, you’re an entrepreneur in France,” Xavier Niel, the French billionaire who based Station F, informed Bloomberg.
The “Metropolis of Mild” could possibly be your metropolis of alternative. So right here is an summary of the startups, establishments, and other people the comprise Paris’s startup ecosystem.
The town’s prime startup hubs
Station F – Launched in 2017, Station F presents the world’s largest startup campus is located on the banks of the Seine. Backed by Xavier Niel and run by Roxanne Varza, this startup superhub gives entrepreneurs and startups entry to quite a lot of incubators and packages, top-notch occasions, and coworking area. As well as, the area presents a makerspace, restaurant, kitchens, a café, and a bar. Amazon, Fb and Microsoft have already arrange store inside, so why not you too?
Anticafe – Europe’s largest coworking café is now at La Défense. College students, entrepreneurs and collaborators are provided entry to the café/working area for less than €5 per hour, with sweets and occasional/tea included, along with high-speed Wi-Fi, printers, and video projector for staff. A library with books and board video games are accessible for many who’d wish to loosen up, plus a lunch menu.
Kwerk – On the coronary heart of Kwerk lies the well-being of the individual. Not solely that the place is designed to offer top-notch infrastructure, working circumstances, constructive environment, it additionally consists of membership to Kwerkwell, the well-being studio, the place a private coach is at your disposal, together with a health and yoga studio. Additionally on their menu: Kwerk BFM Enterprise Manufacturing unit, a 9 months program devoted to steer Kwerk members to success.
Numa – NUMA presents coworking area, group occasions, startup acceleration, and innovation packages for corporates. For instance, Nike, Allianz and the Municipality of Paris have taken half of their packages, which give attention to 6 fundamental areas: design considering / UX, administration, intrapreneurship, advertising and gross sales. With over 350 mentors, 400 occasions per yr and 1500m² devoted to innovation, NUMA is Paris’s innovation hub.
Deskopolitan – Located in a fantastic industrial constructing and unfold throughout 4 flooring and four,430 sq ft, Deskopolitan gives startups and small companies a artistic and versatile workspace in central Paris. A further plus is the cafe, artist studio, well being & magnificence suites, telephone cubicles, private lockers, an exterior courtyard and pockets of greenery inside. One of the best factor: The café by Beans on Hearth.
Some of the town’s most promising startups
Alan – Based in 2016, Alan is a digital medical insurance platform, providing clear pricing and insurance policies to make healthcare extra accessible. Experiencing distinctive progress since then, they’ve launched a second providing, Alan Blue, and raised a Collection B spherical of funding of $45 million in February 2019.
Everoad – Known as ‘Uber’ of European trucking, Everoad presents a market for shippers and carriers, facilitating the reserving course of, with a pricing algorithm making certain shippers pay a good worth. Since its institution in 2016, Everoad is significantly enhancing shippers and carriers day by day actions and is advancing freight transport throughout the European continent. With €17.5 million in funding, they’re on the correct path for attaining that.
Kayrros – Kayrros is a complicated knowledge analytics firm that helps international power market gamers make knowledgeable buying and selling, funding, and operational selections. Utilizing satellite tv for pc imagery, pure language processing, Web of Issues, and machine studying, mixed with in-house power experience, they make it simpler to foretell oil and fuel consumption, manufacturing, transport and storage.
Meero – The AI-powered picture and video manufacturing startup Meero has developed a revolutionary skilled images answer. With the assistance of AI, a picture is edited in a couple of seconds, a course of which often takes hours for a photographer. Uber, Simply Eat, LVMH or Accor are simply a few of the corporations which use Meero to optimize their images course of, amongst their 40,000-clients record.
PayFit – Launched in 2015, PayFit helps small and medium-sized enterprises handle payroll, absences, expense stories, and time without work for his or her staff in a well timed and environment friendly method. A part of KPMG’s “Rising 50” listing, PayFit has grown from 100 to 2600 clients in two years, 200 staff and €19.5 million in funding.
The town’s most lively VCs
Brighteye Ventures – Brighteye Ventures is a number one EdTech enterprise capital fund in Europe, investing at Seed and Collection A levels. They’re in search of progressive corporations utilizing know-how to reinforce studying and creativity and thus far they’ve discovered their match in LitiGate, Aula, Know-how will save us, Ornikar, Epic, Lightneer and extra.
Serena VC – Serena is a French enterprise capital agency targeted on IT startups, financing from early stage to progress improvement. Based in 2008 by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the motto: VCs ought to work for his or her corporations, not the opposite means round. With the rise of AI and Huge Knowledge, they launched individually Serena Knowledge Ventures, Europe’s first fund solely for early-stage Massive Knowledge and AI startups.
Orange Digital Ventures – Orange Digital Ventures is Orange’s early-stage funding arm. Primarily concentrating on fintech, enterprise cloud and knowledge, and IoT startups, in keeping with Orange’s fields of experience. In 2018 they launched Orange Digital Ventures Africa, a €50 million fund targeted on African startups. Notable investments: Aire, Monzo, Yoko, Comply with Analytics, NDG methods, and extra.
Partech Ventures – With workplaces in Paris, Dakar, San Francisco and Berlin, Partech Ventures is a world enterprise capital agency, investing in seed, enterprise and progress levels, from software program, digital manufacturers and providers to hardware and deep tech, throughout all main industries. Odaseva, Ambler, Bearer, Sigfox and Scoop are a part of its portfolio. In 2018 they launched an Africa-focused fund with a complete quantity of $100 million.
CapHorn Make investments – Launched in 2010 and concentrating on B2B, Digital, IT and SaaS corporations, CapHorn Make investments runs an unbiased funding Fund of €180M, counting on the coordinated involvement of their 250 buyers. They often spend money on Collection A & B in rounds starting from 2 to 20M€ and Adents, Attract Methods, Antvoice, Vob, Fowl Workplace and Boxtal are a part of their portfolio.
Most lively enterprise angels
Jean-David Blanc – Jean-David Blanc is a French entrepreneur, principally often known as founding father of AlloCiné, France #1 vacation spot for films, cinema and leisure. He’s additionally an lively enterprise angel, advisor and strategic advisor, having invested in startups corresponding to Appsfire, Sq. Inc., TheCools, Meetic, and Véoprint. As well as, he mentors and sponsors the startup program on the SUPdeWEB faculty in Paris.
Marc Simoncini – Marc Simoncini is a serial entrepreneur, enterprise angel and figurehead of French tech. He’s the founding father of Meetic, Sensee and is presently CEO of Jaïna Capital, a enterprise agency serving to gifted entrepreneurs. He holds stakes in Ifeelgoods, Made.com, OLX, Plyce, Winamax, Zilok, and Ouicar.
Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet – A HEC enterprise faculty graduate, Pierre is usually referred to as an Web entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of French e-commerce pioneer PriceMinister. He’s additionally co-founder of Isai, the French net entrepreneurs’ early-stage enterprise fund and Kernel Investissements, with whom he has invested in dozens of startups together with Blablacar.
Xavier Niel – Xavier Niel is a serial entrepreneur and businessman, lively within the telecommunications and know-how area because the founding father of the French ISP and cellular operator Iliad. As an investor, he has backed greater than 400 startups. He’s additionally co-founder of an funding fund, Kima Ventures, founding father of free pc programming faculty L’ecole 42, and Station F.
Benoit Wirz – Benoit Wirz is an Funding Companion at Brighteye VC, specializing in early stage edtech corporations in Europe and the US. Beforehand he was targeted on media & edtech within the US/UK with Knight Basis, the place he served as Director of Enterprise Investments and power tech and manufacturing corporations with US International.
Essential Accelerators and Incubators
104 Manufacturing unit – 104 manufacturing unit is an accelerator for startups working within the subject of inventive, cultural and artistic industries. Apart from the common providers, an area for distinctive experimentation, a “dwelling lab” that may allow them to check in precise circumstances their prototypes in interplay with the general public in addition to cooperating with artists by way of their residency packages.
Starburst – Starburst is the world’s first and solely international aerospace startup accelerator/incubator, with workplaces in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Montreal, São Paulo, San Francisco and Singapore. It helps startups scale their enterprise in aerospace, aviation and protection industries by offering a $120,000 funding and the chance to work with mentors who’ve area know-how expertise.
Atelier BNP Paribas – Fintech Increase is a four-month intensive acceleration program that connects fintech startups which might have entry to the most effective buyers, companions, specialists and entrepreneurs from BNP Paribas’s highly effective ecosystem. As much as €100okay and free workplace area are an addition to this system. The easiest way to get the eye of the BNP Paribas is thru this program.
50 Companions – Co-founded by 50 profitable tech entrepreneurs, 50 Companions gives a singular help system, the place the co-founder get financially and operationally concerned with the supported startups via mentoring periods, together with workspace, networking and providers. Often this system accepts 5 to 7 early-stage tech startups per yr within the following areas: cellular, media, SaaS, huge knowledge.
The Household – Someplace between a membership and a spot of schooling, The Household is a hybrid group functioning as a help system for the subsequent European tech giants. Situated in Paris, Berlin and London, the Household help 20 startups every batch with funding, product, hiring and extra in change for five % of their fairness. They’ve a portfolio of 200+ lively corporations together with Captain Practice, Algolia, Payfit Totem, Emma, SoBus, Zenaton, and so forth.
The town’s hottest startup/tech occasions
Apéro Entrepreneurs – The Apéro Entrepreneurs is a month-to-month and casual assembly of the startup group, happening on the primary Thursday of the month throughout France. Conferences are often comprised of networking, startup pitches, discussions. Entry is free and extra info is out there on their Fb web page.
B2B Rocks – Devoted to B2B and SaaS startups, B2B Rocks offers wonderful audio system and 25-minutes slots from European founders to share their knowledge. The occasion is restricted to 500 founders, so hurry up and get your ticket. Subsequent version: September, 12th 2019
France Digitale Day – Organised by France Digitale, an affiliation representing the pursuits of the startup group in France, this occasion is likely one of the largest tech gatherings in Europe, placing entrepreneurs, buyers and thinkers at one place to debate the newest tech developments over a lot of spherical tables, conferences, and enterprise speed-dating. Subsequent version: September, 18th 2019
Le salon des entrepreneurs – Out there in Paris, Lyon, Nantes and Marseille, Le salon des entrepreneurs is an annual 2-day occasion to assist entrepreneurs in beginning their enterprise, creating it and increasing it. The 2019 version included over 60,000 entrepreneurs, 2000 specialists, 400 exhibitors, 200 conferences and workshops and 150 well-known personalities.
Viva Know-how – Recognized to have fun as we speak’s improvements and tomorrow’s prospects, Viva Know-how is an annual occasion gathering the elite of Europe’s startup gamers. Offering panel discussions, exhibitions, labs and reside experiences, the occasion is a wonderful alternative to listen to about new startup initiatives, meet extraordinary individuals and study one thing new. Subsequent version: Might 16th-18th, 2019