The Digital Week in Bordeaux is an opportunity for assessing and better understanding the role that the Bordeaux digital ecosystem plays in the city, the nation, and the world. This role is reflected in the latest news. As always, a lot has been happening in this area.
The digital ecosystem
The French Tech experience once again highlighted the scope of the Bordeaux digital ecosystem – 24,000 jobs and 7,300 companies – along with its dynamic nature.
This vitality enlivens the news with new company updates, young companies that are doing well, successful start-ups that have been able to raise regular funds, and still more mobile applications and collaborative platforms made in Bordeaux.
New gems that continue to shine:
- Immersion, a leading French company in virtual and augmented reality, which successfully launched its initial public offering at the beginning of the year, just signed with Testia, a subsidiary of the Airbus Groupspecialized in inspection and quality control.
The company is also in the process of negotiating with Microsoft to ensure the compatibility of the HoloLens headset and Shariing, Immersion’s leading product.
- HoloLens is also in the news for its connection with Asobo Studio. The Bordeaux based video game publishers just developed hologram programs for Microsoft’s Hololens.
- Good news for Dolist, a company specialized in email marketing communication. It enjoyed good growth in 2015, with a 10% increase in revenue.
Start-ups on the verge of success:
- Invivox, created in 2015, is a one of a kind medical platform that connects surgeons and medical specialists for the purpose of receiving practical training.
The start-up just raised 1.2 million euros to continue its commercial development in Europe. A new fundraising campaign, scheduled for 2017, is aimed at developing the company’s commercial development in North America.
- Snapp’, a pioneer in mobile loyalty,with its Fidme application, allows users to save their customer loyalty cards on their smartphones. Today the application boasts 4 million users, 7,000 brands, and 10,500 local businesses in 80 different countries and 19 languages.
Despite this success, Fidme has a weak rate of monetization. Snapp’ is therefore preparing to raise 2 million euros in funds for the development of its application’s revenue-generating uses.
- Wiidii, the personal assistant on your smartphone launched in 2014, is unique in its combination of artificial intelligence with human skills.
In only 2 years, Wiidii has won over many major stakeholders in the area of global tourism– the Cannes Film Festival, Paris Inn Group, Voyages SNCF, the Tourist Information Offices of Bordeaux, Canada, Dubai, Hong-Kong, Singapore, among others– and the negotiations with other stakeholders are going well.
Collaborative platforms and popular applications:
- SamBoat, the Bordeaux platform for boat rentals between individuals, now boasts nearly 2,000 boats for rent, 250,000 users and a fifteen-fold increase in activity in 2015.
- Mesoigner.fr is one of the latest platforms from Bordeaux. It allows clients to connect with the closest pharmacies that have the medicine they are looking for, and even fill the prescription and make a home delivery.
- QuCit is a Bordeaux start-up based on predictive data analysis.
BikePredict is the first mobile application developed by the company. The application optimizes the use and management of bike share systems.
- Tricy is a fun and popular application from Bordeaux.
The application combines elements from Snapchat and Instagram, and allows several people in different locations to start a countdown and simultaneously take pictures, sharing the moment from a distance.
This flourishing digital ecosystem, and the scope of the digital sector in the economy, have led to an increase in the number of places that host these companies:
Darwin, La Banquiz, Le Node, L’Auberge numérique, Pépinière éco-créative des Chartrons, 33entrepreneurs, Digit’Halles…
The Cité Numérique, (Digital City), will be a space that transcends mere business purposes. The centre will be completed in 2017, and promises to become a flagship site for the digital activities of the Bordeaux urban area:
- 26,000 m² of allotted surface area, of which 82% have been commercialized to date;
- 80 housing units for entrepreneurs and employees;
- 40 million euros in investments;
The location is destined to become a center of economic, cultural and social excellence, dedicated to digital purposes.
Sources: La Tribune Bordeaux, Bordeaux 7, APS, Aquiti