Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. With the beginning of the new year, we took a look at a bunch of European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups (each country) to look out for in 2014. We started with France – and it’s been hard to narrow this list down to 5. However we’ve decided to just go with 5 promising French startups out of different sectors. All of them entered the market within the last two years and each of the listed startups has something special to add to the web experience in 2014.
1. Pricing Assistant: A simple service that gives smart pricing recommendations to e-merchants. The service this Paris-based startup also allows its clients to track prices of products across various vendors in order to weigh their own prices against their competitors. Pricing Assistant was founded in the end of 2012 and received € 500K seed funding in September of 2013. Pricing Assistant also won the prestigious LeWeb London startup competition in 2013.
2. mention (alert.io): A Paris-based startup which changes the way you manage your online presence. Create alerts for your company name, your brand, your competitors. Get updated in real-time by tracking the most relevant mentions over the web and social web. React, get statistics, collaborate with your team, all on the go! Founded in 2012, mention (alert.io) raised € 590K seed funding in the first quarter of 2013.
3. Flayr: Officially launched in 2013, Flayr is a unique place for shopping discoveries, allowing people to discover outsourced and crowdsourced edgy little brands and take benefit of great deals on big brands. The platform offers product of many different categories and is already available in French, German and English. In November of 2013 the French startup received € 4.5 million in Series A funding.
4. PriceMatch: A Parisian startup that wants to industrialize and democratize revenue management for hotels. PriceMatch builds state-of-the-art econometric algorithms predicting future demand and giving price recommendations. Those algorithms are implemented on a web-platform that is easy to use, well connected to all kind of data sources, well connected to software already used by their clients, and finally entirely automatic. PriceMatch developed powerful tools to measure the impact of its price recommendations on the revenue of its clients. Founded in 2012, PriceMatch received € 1 million in seed funding in November of 2013.
5. whyd: A free social music platform started in 2012 and designed for music lovers to keep, play, and share all of the internet’s music. It is the missing link between places where people post music to stream, like YouTube and Soundcloud, and the places where people share music, like Facebook and Twitter. In the beginning of 2014 the Paris-based whyd-team received $700k in Seed funding. whyd’s CEO recently stated: “2014 will be a year of international expansion and growth for Whyd”.
The above list has been prepared with the help of the European Startup Initiative (esi). During their research they spoke to accelerators and startup enthusiasts out of all EU member states and asked them which three startups from their home country will most likely be successful on a global scale. Their answers were one of our sources that led us to the above list of 5 French startups to look out for in 2014.