the Grand Est, a real cocoon for start-ups

Matis Ringdal from Strasbourg is at the head of Pixacare, a start-up that three years ago created software for decision support on skin pathologies. Fifteen hospitals, including the University Hospitals of Lille, Brest and Liège, have adopted it and Pixacare has raised just € 2 million “to improve the algorithm and continue development. Marc Berthold, also from Strasbourg, launched his Gaming Privé platform for the sale of e-sports, gaming and pop culture items in the garage of his parents ’house with a capital of € 1,000. Today, it has 11 employees, has a turnover of € 1.2 million and is looking for € 3.5 million to expand. Older than the first two, Laurent Villemin, from Woippy, is the co-founder of Replace Plastics, which offers alternative solutions for plastic ignored by traditional recycling circuits. He already has the first production unit in Marne and makes, in particular, viticultural stakes!

Their common point? The three are part of the Quest for change network of incubators, benefited from financial assistance from the Grand Est Region and acknowledging that it has been decisive. “During national meetings, when we were told how we were incubated in the Grand Est, everyone wanted to come with us”, sums up Laurent Villemin.

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Quest for Change is the networking of five incubators in the Grand Est, these incubators supporting start-ups from the very beginning of their lives. It was built on the Alsatian Semia model, in which four other incubators joined: The Pool in Metz, Quai Alpha in Épinal, Innovact in Reims and Rimbaud’Tech in Charleville-Mézières. This allows its team of 40 experts to offer simple assistance. Some figures make up the weight gained by this network of 240 start-ups, € 12 million in turnover, 1,100 founders and employees, including 700 jobs created. This makes it a major player in change in France.

Effects on work

The Grand Est Region understood that this was one of the benefits of development for the future of the territory. He supports start-ups incubated in labeled file structures. Includes the Quest for change. “Creating a start-up is no longer an incongruity and has a direct impact on employment, GDP and the economy. The sustainability rate is 85% in five years. The Region has committed more than € 27 million over four years to help create, strengthen Research and Development and accelerate regional startups ”, said François Grosdidier, Vice President of the Grand Est Region. , delegate for higher education, research and innovation.

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The fundraising career

For all of these start-ups, a fundraising career is important. In the network, it is worth € 102 million. “By the end of 2021, 61 start-ups have already undertaken one or more operations allowing them to collectively value them up to € 250 million”, describes Stéphane Chauffriat, managing director of Guest for Change. One amount has risen to more than two-thirds of health start-ups, making Quest for change the leading incubator in France in the field (60 projects). The industry will come just then, with 40 start-ups supported: “More than € 407 million will be needed over five years to supply their production tool,” warns Stéphane Chauffriat. Another decisive step.

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