They may live in priority neighborhoods targeted by Montpellier’s city policy, or they may be students with scholarships, recipients of minimum social benefits, or refugees, but these entrepreneurs all have their place in the French startup ecosystem. That is the intention of the “French Tech Tremplin
” startup booster program led by the French Tech Mission. Like other incubators certified by the French Tech initiative, Montpellier BIC
(Business and Innovation Centre) goes further than simply participating and contributing its expertise. The BIC hosts and assists the selected companies. This commitment was once again confirmed last Monday when Hind Emad, Montpellier Métropole’s Vice-President in Charge of Economic and Digital Development, signed the agreement between the two parties and the laureates.
Last year, Origin’ailes and Drop of Curiosity were the first to explore this new path. This year, three selected projects will receive funding from Bpifrance along with operational support from Montpellier BIC.
For the past two years, the team of four at Climby
has been working on a platform that connects sports professionals (coaches, influencers, competitors) and athletes of all levels. Their application is designed to build a community featuring live training, advice, and shared information. It will create emulation so that everyone can progress.
“Initial tests have confirmed the validity of our idea,” says Raphaël Couto with his partners, Colin Bardot, Anys Gourmala, and Safa Taibi.
is a research and development project in the field of mobility, led by Dhia Souei, a specialist in cognitive psychology. The team of young experts also includes Romain Gaudard (geomatics specialist and cartographer), Iheb Zaabouti (mechatronics engineer), and Chaouki Messaoudi (senior developer). Their work focuses on urban travel algorithms in order to create more resilient and more inclusive cities.
“This future social network will be tested in Djerba (Tunisia) and Montpellier,” says Dhia Souei. “It will offer a navigational guide and a catalog of recommended itineraries.”
Emre Levent is a biomedical engineer with six years of experience in medical device development.
He observes: “There is no single gold standard method for chronic lymphoedema patients to measure their limb volume or circumference by themselves.”
By independently evaluating their own tissue swelling, patients can help make it easier for healthcare professionals to intervene. Emre Levent will benefit from assistance provided by Montpellier BIC to secure his innovation, refine Perovision
’s business model, and develop a prototype.
The Montpellier Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) was created in 1987. The survival rate of its graduate startups is much higher than the national average: 91% after 3 years and 81% after 5 years (compared to 75% and 61% respectively for the national average – reference: Insee). In 2020, Montpellier BIC reported: 164 new candidates, 23 approved new projects, 148 projects in its portfolio, and assistance provided to 24 founders.
Fundraising in 2020 was also quite successful, for example: Vaonis: 1.1 M€ (aerospace, robotics, NanoTech); Magic Pallet: 2.5 M€ (CleanTech, GreenTech); Phost’in: 3 M€ and Biodol Therapeutics: 2 M€ (BioTech, MedTech, HealthTech); and Swile (formerly Lunch LR): 70 M€ (FinTech, InsurTech).
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