Electronics and IT

Saagie Raises $28 million to Revolutionise Data Project Deployment

Manon Gueret - 05-juin-2020 10:32:13

Saagie , the French software provider, today announces a $28 million fundraising round with Crédit Mutuel Innovation, alongside NewAlpha Asset Management, Seventure Partners and AG2R LA MONDIALE. Historic investors Cap Horn, BNPP Développement and C.Entrepreneurs (managed by Cathay Innovation) also participated.   On the back of this funding the company aims to double its 90-strong team over the next two years, strengthen its leadership on the DataOps market, and accelerate international development.   “ We aim to build a French champion in data analysis that can really compete internationally.France has the ecosystem and expertise that will enable us to make this happen and this latestround of fundraising represents a key milestone for our company ,” stated Jérôme Trédan, CEO, Saagie.   In a context of widespread digital transformation, data enables businesses to anticipate and facilitate decision-making. Saagie is a software provider that orchestrates best-in-class data technologies to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects. The company promotes DataOps practices to manage the entire data lifecycle in an agile way, by reducing the technological complexity associated with data projects, and making multi-team collaborationeasier. Through Saagie’s DataOps Orchestrator, customers like the French Ministry of Armed Forces and Vallourec were able to launch their projects three times more quickly by placing data at the heart of their decision-making processes.   Today, all businesses worldwide require quick and agile delivery of data projects. In this way, Saagie’s offer has been made available through the main public cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and OVH Cloud - which means it can now be accessed and deployed globally.   “ In addition to their technological edge, we are confident that this fundraising round will give Saagie the upper hand in terms of data control to address public sector customers, ” stated Guillaume Dhee, Investment Director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation. “ As an evergreen investor, we are proud to have fulfilled our pre-Covid-19 commitments,” he added.     DataOps to accelerate data project deployment   DataOps is Gartner’s new ‘Hype Analytics’ trend. Based on DevOps and Agile practices, the approach aims to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects by managing the entire data lifecycle, from extraction to data visualization by final users.   “ DataOps is the missing link between innovation and control, data labs and IT. I created Saagie to cater for a real need within business - to be able to manage different technology platforms within a single data project more easily in order to increase productivity, ” comments Arnaud Muller, Founder and Executive Chairman of Saagie.     New investors to accelerate international development   Saagie plans to expand its presence in the US by recruiting sales and marketing experts and establish its leadership in DataOps worldwide.   Jonathan Cohen Sabban, Managing Director at New Alpha Asset Management, was “ impressed by Saagie’s expertise. We are convinced that their avant-garde vision will enable them to become a new data champion. ”   “ The fact that Saagie works closely with major companies such as Vallourec or Matmut attests to their importance in driving digital transformation within business. Seventure Partners is delighted to join this incredibly promising adventure, ” comments David Manjarres, Managing Partner & Head of Digital Technologies Team at Seventure Partners.   In addition, AG2R LA MONDIALE joined forces with Caisse d’Epargne, Matmut and BNPP for this fundraising round. “ Being able to more efficiently use data is key to digital transformation, and this efficiency relies on the ability to rapidly develop and deploy data projects on an industrial scale. It’s for this reason that we support Saagie’s development through our investment fund ALM Innovation, dedicated to innovation and R&D projects, ” stated Emmanuelle Saudeau, member of AG2R LA MONDIALE’s Group Management Committee in charge of the Digital & Customer Department.   This new financing round was structured by Benjamin Cichostepski and Gisele Esteves Guedes for Orrick, Benoît Lespinasse for Duteil Avocats, Matthias Collot for Exponens, and with the support of Alpha Capital Partners (Mark Oiknine).     About Saagie   Listed as one of the top 120 most promising startups by FrenchTech, Saagie is a software provider that   ccelerates data projects deployment by orchestrating analytics best-in-class open source and commercial technologies. Well established in France and now also present in New York and London, the company promotes DataOps practices to enable customers to automate, monitor and govern data projects through data pipelines.   Customers are then able to address numerous use cases and deliver continuous business value, regardless of their infrastructure or sector.     About Crédit Mutuel Innovation   Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the evergreen venture capital entity of Crédit Mutuel Equity (€3.5 billion in capital). We invest €1-20M in life science, digital and deeptech companies from seed to growth stages.We support bold and ambitious entrepreneurs to develop their growth potential with our worldwide ecosystems (our 350+ portfolio companies, our abroad subsidiaries, 150+ largest global corporates, and the best-in-class experts). Because it takes more than 5 years to turn a startup into a global leader, we invest our own equity and ensure durable partnerships with visionary leaders. Read more about us:  www.creditmutuelequity.com/en/     About Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale   Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale is a top-tier banking and insurance company in France, with nearly 4,440 agencies serving 26 million customers. It offers a diversified range of services to individuals, local professionals and businesses of all sizes. One of the strongest banking groups in Europe, its shareholders’ equity reached 47.1 billion in 2019 and its TCE1 ratio is 17.3%. More information on the website: www.creditmutuel.fr     About NewAlpha Asset Management   NewAlpha Asset Management is an asset manager specializing in the detection, investment, and support of rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies while offering institutional, French and international investor clients investment solutions in three areas: Active Equity Management, Absolute Performance Strategies, and Private Equity. Since 2015, NewAlpha has been developing a Private Equity organization in Venture Capital and Growth Equity. Within the third business, NewAlpha sources analyze and invest in capital for fast-growing companies characterized by major technological changes: Fintech, Proptech, Health, TMT, etc.     About Seventure Partners   With 750 million euros under management (net commitments) as of December 31, 2018, Seventure Partners is one of Europe’s leading players in innovation capital. Since 1997, Seventure Partners has been investing in innovative companies with high growth potential in two main areas of activity: digital technologies in France and Germany, and life sciences throughout Europe, Asia, Israel, and North America. Seventure Partners supports the development of companies from the initial financing stage and even as start-ups, to financing development-technology capital requirements, with investments ranging from €500K to 10 million euros per financing round, and up to 20 million euros per company. In 2016, Seventure Partners created Digital Opportunities Fund, an institutional venture-capital fund, to support innovative companies in Fintech, Retailtech, and Other innovative digital solutions. Seventure Partners is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers. Natixis is the financial services, management and financing bank of the BPCE Group.     About AG2R LA MONDIALE   Specialist in social and patrimonial protection in France, AG2R LA MONDIALE insures individuals,companies and branches, to protect health, secure assets and income, protect against life’s accidents and prepare for retirement. AG2R LA MONDIALE is a partnership with equal and mutualist governance, and cultivates a unique social protection model that closely combines profitability and solidarity, performance and social commitment. Every year, the Group devotes several million euros to helping vulnerable people and supporting individual and collective initiatives.


An unbreakable smartphone? Global launch of Athesi professional’s new smartphone range

Manon Gueret - 20-févr.-2020 16:57:20

The go-to manufacturer for durable, resistant mobile phones for professionals working in extreme conditions,  Athesi  is now set to be the go-to for all smartphone users. They are launching their new range of 3 high-spec, rugged, waterproof Android smartphones models, the  AP5701, AP5801 and AP6301 (previously due to take place at  Mobile World Congress ).   No need for a case! Sleek, light & efficient, Athesi’s new smartphone range is set apart by its incredible resistance to damage and rugged credentials: Able to withstand multiple drops onto concrete from heights of 1.5m Waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes MIL-STD-810g & IP68  and IP69K certified Fully functional in extreme temperatures : -30° Each model comes with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase SOS feature : close all your apps to limit consumption and extend the battery life to send an emergency message with your location every 10 minutes   An Athesi Professional phone is designed for those in non-desk jobs, those working outdoors, athletes, or even just people who are clumsy, or don’t want their phone to break from a single shock. The phones have up to 128 Gb ROM to provide massive storage for photos, movies, music & documents.   “I’ve run out of battery” is no longer an excuse Not only are they dustproof  and waterproof (IP68 rating), limiting damages and breakages common in popular smartphones but also offer practical solutions: Equipped for wireless charging Long-lasting batteries, allowing days of use without charging   3 models for 3 sets of requirements  The 3 models are designed to cater for 3 different budgets, with prices ranging from around £200 for the cost-effective AP5701 to up to £700 for the more advanced AP6301. The AP5801 range sits in the middle, at roughly £400 per model. Despite being the least expensive model, the AP5701 can run for 600 hours in standby mode and for 23 hours of talk time. With a 5.7” touchscreen, & an easy unlock system via a side-set fingerprint sensor, this phone is designed for anyone looking for a cost-effective, durable & resistant smart phone.  The mid-range model, the AP5801, has a 5.8” touchscreen with features for sporting as well as harsh or outdoor environments. This innovative model can detect volatile organic compounds, including man-made and natural chemical compounds that are harmful to health. It enables professionals working in hazardous environments to avoid breathing in too many harmful gases from, for example, recently renovated rooms, or contaminated outside air.  What’s more, the AP5801 includes an inbuilt heartrate sensor, which allows users to measure their pulse, which is particularly useful for sportspeople. At the top-end, the AP6301 with a 6.3" touchscreen, goes a step further, with a unique feature: an integrated FLIR LEPTON professional thermal imaging camera. It locates heat sources and transforms them into a thermal image that can be seen and measured, f acilitating the work of the mobile technicians and helping electricians to safely inspect electrical cabinets and detect malfunctions. It is also equipped with a  high-quality 48 Sony Megapixel  camera complete with night shot mode camera, and a 20 Megapixel  front camera.   The mid-and-top models are powered by the AI Master Helio P70 Octa-core processor and run on a powerful 6Gb RAM, which ensures that Athesi Professional phones are high speed and responsive.   More information can be found on Athesi’s website,  www.athesi-professional.com , and the phones will also be available to buy on Amazon UK Marketplace.   For more information, please contact  penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr .  


Skillogs to launch international bachelor of culinary arts via acarya, their ai-powered vocational online learning platform at BETT 2020

P Atkinson - 28-janv.-2020 12:23:08

  London, 28/01/2020: After a busy start to the 2019-2020 school year with more than 10,000 French students joining their digital learning platform, Skillogs is expanding internationally to train learners across Europe at Bett 2020 (stand SR40). Skillogs have adapted their ACARYA digital learning platform for the UK market & will be launching it at the show, alongside their new International BA in ‘Culinary Arts & FoodTech’. A new era of education: for ages 6 to 99 Skillogs’ digital learning platform, ACARYA, aims to bring an end to chapter-based e-learning, and identical MOOCs for everyone thanks to its adaptive learning approach. Using data analysis, ACARYA distributes individual curriculums to each learner , giving users an arsenal of tools to identify the problem areas. It uses this data to constitute homogeneous groups, optimise time, & give exercises according to the levels of each learner. ACARYA analyses questions & identify all relevant segments of the course related to that question. Skillogs’ innovating EdTech with international ambition The EdTech start-up is launching its international bachelor’s in culinary arts & "FoodTech" and is looking for international partners. An EMEA Vocational and Culinary tour will take place in Autumn to launch this 100% online course, piloted by Artificial Intelligence and the best trainers and experts across EMEA countries.   A trusted partner for expansion Skillogs’ platform is a respected vocational training tool in France. C3 Group , a major vocational training provider based across the Channel, has entrusted the start-up with all the digital content for their Associate Degree courses. It is currently used by over 350 students using 800 hours of lessons that are now 100% online. The company has seen greater student engagement as well as increased student satisfaction (+5%). Such is the success of this partnership that C3 will roll out the solution to 2,000 students at the start of the next school year. Dedicated to upskilling, a key partner for businesses ACARYA users can acquire over 13,485 skills . Whatever the curriculum, it is integrated into ACARYA’s e-learning platform, and the content is adapted to each student: from coding to sales, foreign languages to catering & more. Vocational training & employee upskilling can be make-or-break for modern businesses, with a UK national survey showing that 70% of respondents indicated that job-related training and development opportunities influenced their decision to stay at their job . This figure was even higher among millennials, at 87%. [i] ACARYA has proved a success in France, where Skillogs’ customers range from vocational centres & universities to businesses. The importance of upskilling employees for businesses is not to be overlooked and is shown to have a positive impact on the bottom line. According to a survey by the Association for Talent Development, companies that offer comprehensive training programs enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spend less on training . [ii] A long-term research project commissioned by Middlesex University for Work Based Learning found that from a 4,300 workers sample, 74% felt that they weren’t achieving their full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities. [iii] What’s more, 40% of employees who don’t receive the necessary job training to become effective will leave their positions within the first year, entailing recruitment costs and loss of production. Vocational training & upskilling, as offered by Skillogs, can be key contributing factors to a company’s success. A Skillsoft survey from the UK shows that roughly two-thirds of the workers stated that they felt workplace training should continue throughout their career , regardless of their seniority. [iv] Find Skillogs on the French Pavilion at stand SR40 at Bett 2020. [i] https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236438/millennials-jobs-development-opportunities.aspx [ii] https://businesstrainingexperts.com/knowledge-center/training-roi/profiting-from-learning/ [iii] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842 [iv] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842  


Clevy to launch in Ireland at Dublin Tech Summit

Julia Balvay - 08-avr.-2019 18:27:32

Founded in May 2017, Clevy is a SaaS platform dedicated to conversational technologies (chatbot, voicebot, callbot). The Clevy platform allows companies to create conversational agents answering recurring questions. Today, Clevy is a leader on the conversational market dedicated to employees and on many use cases (HR, IT, Legal, Change Management…). In 2019, Clevy chose to wider its value proposal and opens it to B2C conversational for clients and consumers.   By providing instant answers to employees and eliminating "polluting" e-mails, Clevy enables companies to improve operational efficiency and worklife quality. Clevy can integrate any other classical communication channel (Workplace by Facebook, Google Hangout, Skype for Business, Slack, Chatbox...). Clevy is 100% owner of its technology and its performance rely on NLP (Natural Language Processing). Our platform has been awarded several times (Grand Prix de l’Innovation Digitale, Grand Prix du Jury RMSconf, Challenge Sanofi, Challenge Manpower, distinction at the AWS Summit...).   Clevy works with both private (Danone, SNCF, Crédit Agricole, Capgemini, Roche, Yves Rocher, SANOFI) and public clients (the city of Orleans, the Ministry of Army, Anah).


Vive la French Tech - 160 French Tech startups at CES 2019

Catherine Ryall - 02-janv.-2019 11:08:50

The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion . With 160 startups in total, it will be the largest European delegation as well as being one of the largest at the show globally.    New for 2019:  26 brand-new startups selected by a jury of Business France-certified experts will be exhibiting their breakthrough innovations. These promising startups were handpicked for their ability to take advantage of their presence at the CES and for their commercial potential. Business France will be bringing together 9 French regions and 120 startups under the national banner of La French Tech. The French government agency will also play host to around 40 startups from other parts of the country   Back again for 2019   For the 2 nd year running, Business France will be running a French Pavilion for the automotive industry in the Central Plaza (LVCC, Central Plaza - CP-4), a space which will showcase how France is leading the way in the Auto Tech sector with connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems along with new mobility technologies. Additionally, Business France will support a dozen startups as part of a ‘Family & Friends’ delegation, made up of firms who have worked with the government agency previously and whose technology shows commercial potential. This year, the main innovative sectors showcased at the French Tech pavilion in Las Vegas’s Eureka Park will be: Health Mobility Voice Assistants  Who are the 26 startups selected for CES 2019’s French Tech pavilion? Archos will present solutions that bring AI and blockchain to a wider audience. The ARCHOS Hello personal assistant combines visuals and voice commands, while maintaining maximum privacy. The ARCHOS Safe-T is a hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. Aveine has developed a connected wine aerator with a temperature sensor. The accompanying app allows the aerator to be adjusted by scanning the label on the wine bottle. It suggests an optimal aeration level depending on the wine in question. Snips is an embedded voice-recognition platform for connected devices. Snips’ vision is to fit a smart voice assistant to every device, making the technology so intuitive that it becomes invisible. The company has already raised over $20m. Carfit uses AI to analyse vehicle vibrations in real time and anticipate the maintenance requirements of coachwork parts without sensors (brakes, tires, wheels, shock absorbers, etc.). Chronolife ’s solution remotely monitors patients with heart problems using a connected t-shirt and app. The system offers continuous monitoring and alerts patients and doctors if required. R-PUR has developed R-PUR NANO, an anti-pollution mask, made in France and specially designed for two-wheel users. It is equipped with a patented nano-filtration® technology that allows users to breathe clean air by filtering toxic particles, fine particles, pollen, etc. in the air. The mask can be connected to a mobile app that tells the users when to replace their filter according to their personal use and the real-time air pollution rate. Vivoka  (NRF) specialises in voice recognition and AI. Their objective is to revolutionize man-machine interaction using the human voice. See the catalogue detailing the full list of startups selected by Business France’s jury to exhibit at the show. Business France is organising the French Tech pavilion at CES 2019 , with the support of Orange , BNP Paribas , the INPI ,  All Circuits , STMicroelectronics , Arrow and France Brevets . For further information, please contact: Maxime Sabahec / +33(0)1 40 73 31 39, +33(0)6 68 67 22 35/ maxime.sabahec@businessfrance.fr


“Augmenting decision-makers’ capabilities with a Human-Supportive A.I taking the form of a distributed Cognitive Operating System.”

Catherine Ryall - 07-nov.-2018 20:03:00

BRAINCITIES LAB bridges the gap between humans and their ever-changing environments by making ecosystems such as cities, cars and businesses responsive. We are augmenting decision-makers’ capabilities with Human-Supportive A.I taking the form of a distributed Cognitive Operating System. Founded in 2013, BRAINCITIES LAB is a French Startup based in Paris, specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. The company creates dynamically evolving knowledge bases to train, then fuel predictive models and measure the readiness of evolving processes. This architecture enables the mining of meaningful stories from heterogeneous data sources. Decision-makers need A.I that Understands Human Behaviors to enable frictionless interactions between environments, technology and people. Inspired by this foreseeable reality, Braincities builds and provides the first human-supportive Artificial Intelligence endowed with judging and empathy capabilities. This unique technology helps decision-makers solve structural problems like: • The human inability to quickly identify trends and patterns • The lack of business self-serviceability • Top management needs to make informed decisions when and where it matters • The increasing volume of unreliable data flooding in the Global Datasphere (163 Zb by 2025) BRAINCITIES LAB combines a proprietary semantic data refinery with a deployable decentralized infrastructure as a service. Such Data Analytics Infrastructure and its related universal personal Datawallets comply with European GDPR regulations. The associated services and protocols secure the data used by our A.I algorithms to provide accurate and reliable recommendations to individuals, businesses, governments and even, smart-devices like autonomous cars. The described Data Analytics Infrastructure is powered by a scalable network of autonomous computation units (the Datawallets), that ultimately will enable us to release the first Distributed Cognitive Operating System . By 2025 our technology will endow all computerized equipment with judging and empathy capabilities drastically improving the machine’s ability to deliver accurate and contextualized services and recommendations to humans. Looking for ways to grow your business with AI? Contact us to discover our use-case in HR, Finance, Smart Cities, Automotive.   Antoine BRUEL | Head of Growth Key Account Manager Email. antoine.bruel@braincities.co Mob. +33 601 642 742 www.braincities.co   BRAINCITIES LAB 21 Bvd Haussmann 75009, Paris Tel. +331 56 03 67 52 Tel. +447 413 341 581 contact@braincities.co www.braincities.co  


Blue Whale Company wins award at French CES 2019 Innovation Awards

Blue Whale Company - 31-oct.-2018 12:02:46

French start-up Blue Whale Company, the creator of the SMS-driven Spy Can Compact has been announced as a French Honoree in the Smart Cities category at the French CES 2019 Innovation Awards . Blue Whale Company designs, develops and markets IoT products, data loggers, measurement probes and smart valves all based on an innovative SMS communication technology.   The latest, the Spy Can Compact The Spy Can Compact is a simple battery-powered tool to save water for use in - housing - residential sites - professional buildings and more   Small with a nice design, simple to use, GSM connected, the Spy Can Compact is a small monobloc fixture of less than 6 inches long.  The Spy Can is fitted with a leak detection system: Whether the flow is very low, standard or very high, a specific algorithm is at work. As a result leaks are detected very quickly and the alerts sent immediately by SMS are very efficient.     The Spy Can Compact is also fitted with: Different algorithms that monitor permanently the daily consumption, the weekly consumption and the monthly consumption: As soon as one of the limits has been reached, it sends an alert An internal   clock function so that water can be shut off automatically every day outside the working hours. This limits the risk of flooding when buildings / infrastructures are not occupied and it reduces mechanically the wastage of water. All in all the experience is that one can expect a reduction of 30% of water consumption with that technology, a crucial benefit at a time when water shortages are visible everywhere on the planet.  Thanks to its very competitive price, the investment is quickly profitable with the savings but if it prevents only one case of water damages the return on investment is immediately there.    A very technical fixture The Spy Can Compact is cutting edge IOT product. Its construction is made up of very long lasting materials. The electronic PCB is micro-coated so that it works even when covered with water. There is no resin casting protection that makes recycling very difficult and that makes battery replacement very difficult.   Its casing is designed to be IP68. If necessary the battery can be replaced very easily.   On the operational side things have been designed to facilitate the installation. There is a Bluetooth communication for the setup. Terminal for the connexion of the water meter are of easy access. The design of the antenna makes it very performant so that it works in places where usually smart phone have lost access to the network.   There are also provisions such as a double monitoring of batteries, an anti-fraud function, an internal check-up and also a manufacturer setup that can be re-instated if necessary.   The Spy Can is also fitted with an internal memory recording all the information sent over the air. Setup can be modified remotely if necessary. Many provisions have also been integrated in terms of security, to prevent hackers from entering into the system. Clearly the Spy Can Compact has been designed to offer a maximum of satisfaction to the user.    The company Created in March 2016, t he company is financed by its shareholder and President, Véronique Stankowiak. The company is managed by Thierry Sartorius who has extensive experience in business development. A team of 10 specialised engineers has been recruited with experience in microelectronics and radio, software development, CAD and mechanics.   Véronique Stankowiak declared: ‘’We are very proud of this award that I want to share with the team. This will mark a new era in the development of the company’’.    The company is based in the North of France in Saint Léonard in the neighbourhood of Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Blue Whale Company is supported by the French Hauts de France Region and Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais as well as the BPI.  For more information: bluewhalecompany.com   contact@bluewhalecompany.com


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