Jean-Noël Barrot and Clara Chappaz, respectively Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications and Director of the French Tech Mission, announced this Thursday, October 27 the list of start-ups winners of the 1st edition of the French Tech DeepNum20. Focus on these deeptechs that the government wishes to support to shape the breakthrough innovations of tomorrow.
According to the Observatory Deep Techs carried out by Bpifrance, France has more than 2,000 deep tech start-ups in all fields. And the government seems to be taking a close interest in it, in particular within the framework of its 30 billion euro France 2030 investment plan, which has initiated support for these digital technologies capable of boosting our industrial sovereignty 5 years ago. As a reminder, the term “deep tech” refers to all start-ups that offer products or services based on breakthrough innovations.
“France now has more than 2,000 deep tech start-ups, and is the 2nd European ecosystem in terms of funds raised, adds Clara Chappaz, director of French Tech. And this momentum is growing: 250 of them were created in 2021, up 26% compared to 2020. The ecosystem also captured 28% of the amounts raised in France last year. Among these start-ups, many have the potential to become international giants, which will make France a reference on an international scale. This is also the objective and the meaning of the support of the French Tech Mission. »
Like the French Tech Green20 and the French Tech Agri20, the French Tech DeepNum20 program was launched to support start-ups offering breakthrough innovations on major societal challenges. A total of 22 winners were pre-selected this year based on very specific criteria on the territorial anchoring of the company in France and its innovative character, the minimum threshold of economic maturity as well as alignment with the themes deemed priorities by France 2030 (space, electronics and microchips, industrial robots, quantum, cybersecurity, 5G, cloud and artificial intelligence).
“The next big wave of innovation will be fueled by quantum technology, artificial intelligence, 5G, cybersecurity and even the cloud,” said Minister for Digital Jean-Noël Barrot in the official press release. Its economic, commercial and social impact will be felt everywhere, driven by deep tech companies positioned on these topics, which aim to solve many of our most complex problems. The convergence of these technologies and new approaches will accelerate and redefine innovation for decades to come, and decide who will be able to meet the great challenges of this digital and technological society. France must maintain its rank as a great digital nation and has its place in this game that is beginning. »
List of winners:
- Pasqal builds quantum computers from ordered neutral atoms in 2D and 3D lattices with the aim of bringing a practical quantum advantage to his clients, on real-world problems, especially in quantum simulation and optimization.
- Qarnot Computing is a French cloud provider, whose activity is based on a low-carbon, secure and sovereign infrastructure. It distributes its servers within clusters and fully recovers the heat they emit to heat the city. IaaS/PaaS/SaaS service provider and Cloud Computing specialist, Qarnot is expanding its catalog with high environmental performance storage and IT infrastructure offers.
- whenela, develops complete optical quantum computers. A complete player (hardware, middleware, software) in quantum photonic computing, Quandela offers a cybersecurity reinforcement solution thanks to a 2-qubit processor and will make its first 6-qubit NISQ quantum computer available on the cloud from autumn 2022. Quandela also supports and advises companies in the exploration and development of the first use cases.
- Scintil Photonics develops and markets integrated circuits for optical communications, high performance computer interconnects and quantum key distribution. SCINTIL technology is the only one capable of integrating multiple lasers on advanced silicon photonic circuits, to provide durable communications at a speed of several terabits per second and improved efficiency. The technology is protected by 35 patents and manufactured in microelectronics foundries.
- Spectronite markets wireless transmission equipment for mobile operators to route communications from relay antennas to the core of the network with a speed 10 times higher than that of traditional equipment manufacturers, while limiting costs and energy consumption.
- Cailabs designs, manufactures and sells solutions in the field of photonics. By combining its advanced technology in light shaping (MPLC for Multi-Plane Light Conversion) with optimal engineering, it creates innovative products for multiple applications, including laser machining, aerospace, terrestrial telecommunications or even defence.
- Snowpack develops a patented network overlay to make its users and their data invisible on the Internet. It is a combination of anonymity and security that can interface with current encryption methods without going through the network infrastructure (hardware and software).
- Aleia is a Multipersona and end-to-end Data Science and Machine Learning platform. It offers a marketplace of datasets and algorithms for accelerating the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence applications in production. It allows its customers a fast path to create AI projects and put them into production in a few clicks on a sovereign infrastructure, while mastering traceability and AI trust.
- Alice & Bob is developing a quantum computer to allow all industries to access exponential computing power directly via the cloud. With its unique self-correcting superconducting quantum bit technology, the cat qubit, Alice & Bob is leading the way to universal, error-resistant quantum computing.
- Amiral Technologies is a CNRS spin-off created in 2018 specializing in the prediction of industrial equipment failures in blind mode. It revolutionizes the processing of industrial IoT data for critical, complex and high value-added sectors.
- Clever Cloud designs and develops software technologies in France with a very high level of optimization for the deployment and maintenance in operational conditions of applications and data systems on the Cloud. Its solutions can be embedded on all cloud infrastructures and save 30% of computing time, exploit servers to their fullest potential and ensure high availability of deployed applications and processed data.
- Firecell is developing a 4G & 5G Open RAN private network solution for enterprises. Targeting industrial applications, Firecell makes private 5G as easy and affordable as WiFi enabling businesses of all sizes to automate and modernize their industrial facilities.
- Ganymed Robotics improves patient benefits, surgeon experience and therapeutic efficacy in its target indications. It is developing, in close collaboration with world-renowned physicians and consultants, a proprietary technology platform based on computer vision, which is one of the branches of artificial intelligence, and mechatronics.
- Giskard is the first collaborative and open-source software platform, ensuring the quality of AI models. The solution provides interfaces for AI teams to evaluate and test ML models through the creation of automated tests and collaborative feedback. Giskard accelerates model validation work and enables the elimination of regression and bias risks to make AI models more reliable, robust and ethical.
- Glimps designs software aimed at automating the computer security processes of companies: on the one hand the detection and analysis of viruses by the security centers of companies, on the other hand the auditing of software to assess its security.
- IADYS (Interactive Autonomous DYnamic Systems) designs, develops and markets innovations at the crossroads of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Autonomous, robust and easy to use, the Jellyfishbot is a versatile solution for collecting waste or hydrocarbons from the surface of bodies of water. A veritable Swiss army knife, the Jellyfishbot is aimed at everyone: ports, marinas, leisure and sports bases, hotels, campsites, industrial sites and construction sites, shipyards and research institutes. It allows operators to clean hard-to-reach areas, safely, independently or remotely.
- Kermap offers geo-intelligence products and services for urban, natural or agricultural spaces. Its objective is to operationalize advances in academic research to facilitate access to Earth observation data. It provides public and private actors with territory monitoring and turnkey strategic information, derived from its AI satellite analysis models to support ecological transition and climate resilience initiatives.
- Lexistems creates artificial intelligence technologies based on meaning (vs. keywords): voice recognition, data extraction, documentary research and text summaries. They also bring unique operational benefits: auditable security and compliance, edge computing, active eco-responsibility.
- MyDataModels develops a suite of software solutions to guarantee its customers simplified and informed decision-making, based on the exploitation of their operational data. Its solutions are based on a unique artificial intelligence engine, particularly effective on Small Data. It automatically generates predictive models and offers the best solutions to business issues. These models are understandable, transparent, reliable and embeddable.
- Olvid is the most secure instant messenger in the world. It uses cryptographic protocols to mathematically prove the impossibility for a third party to read communications. The only instant messaging service certified by ANSSI, Olvid thus responds to all of the following issues: controlling digital identities, protecting data by complying with the GDPR, securing internal and external communications, combating shadow IT, s free from foreign solutions subject to extra-territorial laws, continue communications during a computer crisis, and offer easy-to-use tools.
- Spaceable develops space monitoring capabilities from the ground (telescope, camera, space weather) and from space as well as analytical tools. It thus aims to very significantly increase the accuracy and completeness of information on assets in low Earth orbit and to offer new in situ inspection services.
- XXII designs, develops and markets a SaaS platform for analyzing real-time video streams for public and private markets: XXII CORE. It supports local authorities and private operators to meet the challenges of the future: reduction of energy consumption, management of new forms of mobility, fight against incivility, etc.
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