Tech for Future 2023: discover the 6 winners from Lyon and its region

Tech for Future 2023, here we go! After Marseille yesterdaythe biggest tech event in France, a merger of the 10,000 Startups to Change the World Prize and the Think Tech Summit, continued this Friday, January 20 in Lyon its tour of France of the innovations of tomorrow, embellished with debates on the most burning issues of the ecosystem.

The principle: to crown six startups in each territory, one per category: Environment & Energy, Industry of the future, Data & AI, smart-tech (use innovations), Health and Start (nuggets in the seed phase). 26 startups from the Aura region came to pitch their innovation to a jury of professionals. In addition to La Tribune were our partners French Tech Lyon-Saint-Etienne, Bpifrance, Business France, BNP Paribas, Dalkia and Wojo.

Will one of them be the big national winner? To find out, meet at the Grand Rex on April 6 at 7 p.m. for the award ceremony, which will bring together the entire French innovation ecosystem. April 6 will certainly be a highlight for startups, investors, institutions and large groups: this final fireworks display will conclude an entire day of debates and keynotes to reflect on the future of French tech and the challenges surrounding its capacity. to guarantee France and Europe its necessary technological independence, made even more crucial by the global geopolitical and economic crises.

But before perhaps having the honors of the Grand Rex, the winners awarded this morning will have to beat in their category the other winners from the regional stages in Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg and Lille. At the Grand Rex on April 6, in addition to the six prizes -one per category-, the national jury will also award a Coup de coeur prize, an Impact prize and an International prize, all among the non-winning regional winners. Finally, there will also be a special Overseas Prize, rewarding a startup resulting from three special stages in Reunion, the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana) and French Polynesia.

In the Environment & Energy categorythe jury rewarded Nathan Freret, the 24-year-old CEO of Fairme. This startup from Isère is reinventing the agri-food distribution chain by allowing milk producers to transform their milk on site, at the farm, into yogurts, cheeses, ice creams or butter, thanks to an autonomous dairy processing machine. The patented system miniaturizes food processing technologies while reproducing the manual processes of master cheesemakers, for example. The elimination of intermediaries between the producer and the consumer – who orders via an app and has it delivered in a short circuit – allows Fairme to double the remuneration of producers while keeping a price similar to organic supermarkets for the consumer.

In the category Industry of the futurethe winner is Dominique Mercier, the 53-year-old founder and CEO of Cheoos. This Grenoble-based deeptech has developed a community platform that allows manufacturers to reintegrate their unused maintenance parts into the circular economy, and find the ones they are missing, to lower their inventory levels, reduce the risk of rupture, find rare parts and avoid the enormous waste of unused parts, which causes economic and environmental damage. Kheoos’ ambition: to create a transparent and efficient global market for the reuse of industrial spare parts.

In the Data & AI categorythe winner is Anne-Laure Bergenthal, CEO and co-founder ofEuveka. The Valencia startup has developed a physical robot dummy and software to capture, reproduce and analyze morphological data. Professionals in the fashion and clothing industry can thus better produce their garments, which drastically reduces unsold items and returns, as well as textile waste. Euveka’s patented solution is already deployed in the world of fashion, medical, defense and security, with clients such as Nike and Amazon.

In the Smart tech category (use innovations), the winner is Héloïse XXXXX, the founder and CEO of StepOne. This nugget from Lyon designs, manufactures in France and packages hygiene and detergent products in powder form, to be transformed at home with water. This patented innovation makes it possible to consume zero-waste, healthy and natural products (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, facial cleanser, laundry detergent, tomorrow toothpaste) at low prices. Step One’s ambition: to become the European benchmark for powdered products.

In the Health categorythe jury awarded Yahya El Mir, the 54-year-old CEO and co-founder of Ziwig. After three years of R&D in high-throughput RNA sequencing, this Lyon-based deeptech has developed the Endotest, the first saliva test for the diagnosis of endometriosis, which concerns more than 2 million women in France and 200 million in the world. A real world-class revolution, in collaboration with 15 expert centers and based on the expertise of the Institut du Cerveau (ICM), the test allows the sequencing of the RNAs contained in saliva, in a reliable manner (98% effectiveness) and non-invasive. It is marketed in 15 countries, including 9 EU countries at an average price of €800.00.

And finally, in the Start categorywhich rewards young start-ups in all fields, the jury awarded Stéphanie Robieux, the 24-year-old CEO of Orion. The nugget from Lyon has designed a mobile application for visually impaired and blind people, i.e. 1.7 million people in France alone. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the app uses the smartphone’s camera to instantly locate around a hundred everyday objects (keys, glasses, water bottle, electrical outlet, etc.). The user scans his room with his smartphone, the software identifies what he is looking for and a voice tells him where he is and how to get there. 2,200 people already use the app in around 60 countries.