A non-exhaustive review of the latest news on SMEs and start-ups revealing the economic momentum of the Bordeaux metropole.
The innovative company Implanet, which specialises in knee and vertebral implants, has seen its turnover soar during the 3rd quarter of the year, following two quarters of decline.
The presentation of its JAZZ Band vertebral implant on the market in the USA is bearing fruit and allowing Implanet to strengthen its position on the other side of the Atlantic, a position confirmed by the announcement that the Brazilian health authorities have granted regulatory authorisation to market JAZZ in this country, where nearly 27,000 back surgery operations are carried out.
Ô Sorbet d’Amour, the artisanal ice cream maker from the Bay of Arcachon, was bought this year by Pascal Hamon, the owner of 2 restaurants, and has made its international development official by signing a master franchise contract with Richfields Capital Limited: an exclusive agreement for development in China, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong.
Over 4 years, 300 shops should be opened across this vast Asian territory, enabling Ô Sorbet d’Amour to become the first business in artisanal ice cream in these countries.
In coming weeks it should also be listed on the stock exchange.
JeStocke.com, the first collaborative platform in France for storage space rental between private individuals (and now also open to professionals), and the winner in Aquitaine of the Mapubici Competition organised by BNP Paribas, has been shortlisted for the French final, which will award the winner a media campaign worth €200,000 – which would be most useful to boost the platform’s reputation, in particular with a view to going international.
The accelerator and investment fund for wine, gastronomy and tourism, 33entrepreneurs, has launched a new call for proposals for its 2016 selection of new start-ups to be incubated and which will benefit from an investment of up to €500,000, as well as support from a team of entrepreneurs and mentors who are experts in their field.
3 Bordeaux start-ups have recently been chosen by La Poste, out of the 15 French enterprises in its delegation to the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the high-technology trade show (from 6 to 9 January 2016 in Las Vegas):
- Netwyse Labs develops connected objects and associated mobile applications, for which the flagship product is Gablys, a connected keyring.
- IQSpot proposes a solution for monitoring and analysing the energy consumption of office buildings by involving the users.
It has just concluded a €300,000 round of fund-raising.
- Parking Facile offers an application that allows drivers to geo-locate available parking spaces and to reserve one for the duration of half an hour.
Bordeaux companies are also continuing to develop innovative and creative concepts:
- La Manufacture du soda created by 2 young Bordeaux residents who aim to restore the prestige of fizzy drinks, inspired by the upmarket world of wine.
Their fizzy drinks, distributed in simple, elegant bottles are 100% natural and made from local fruit (picked within a maximum radius of 200km), contain no artificial flavourings or colours and have low added sugar content.
- A group of Bordeaux fathers have created the “MaCanaille” platform, which allows parents and early-years childcare staff to be connected and communicate regularly on the activities and progress of children. 2,500 professionals are already using it.
Sources: Objectif Aquitaine, Bordeaux 7, Sud-Ouest, Challenges