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5 French startups to look out for in 2013

Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. With the beginning of the new year upon us, we’re taking a look at larger European countries and coming up with a list of five startups in each country to look out for in 2013.

We started with France, and it’s been hard to narrow this list down to just five. With this in mind, we decided to go with five promising French startups from different sectors, and both big and small. They all have something special to add to the web experience in 2013.

Leetchi is a Paris-based social payments startup, which secured €4 million in a Series B round in 2012. The promising company primarily used the fresh capital for the expansion to the UK and Germany. Since Leetchi is now available in French, German and English, the young company, which was founded in 2009, is on a good path to become a big and truly European player in the space of group payment solutions. Leetchi allows users to collect and manage money for a group, which is very useful if you want to collect money for a group gift, a bachelor party or trip.

Mailjet is one of the younger but at the same time most promising French startups. The Paris-based company helps you to improve the deliverability of your emails. Whatever the email you send (transactional or marketing), Mailjet transparently helps your message reach its recipient and offers you tracking and monitoring tools (real-time flow and visual reports). The startup raised $3.3 million in a Series B round at the end of 2012. The funding will be used to improve Mailjet’s product and to grow the team internationally.

Lengow is a Nantes-based startup with a web interface that allows online merchants to centralize, optimize and track the distribution of their product catalogues on all online distribution channels – including comparison shopping sites, affiliate networks, marketplaces, sponsored links and social networks. Now present in many countries worldwide, Lengow’s system is indexing over 68 million products every day and 15,000 feeds on more than 750 supports in the world.

Pearltrees is a Paris-based social curation startup founded in 2009 which describes itself as “a place to collect, organize and share everything you like on the web”. The young company creates for users their own “interest graph” to make social connections based on shared interests. Pearltrees allows you to create networks of ‘pearls’ on screen, where each pearl is linked to a piece of content which can then in turn be connected to other pearls. The startup raised an additional financing round in 2012 worth €5 million. It’ll be exciting to see what Pearltrees will do with this much capital during 2013.

Ofertaldia (Update – March 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website, and we therefore deactivated the original link). This startup aims to provide you with the best offers and temptations available in your city, based exclusively on your own pre-defined preferences. The young company, which was founded in 2009, is focused on bringing benefits to both users and partners. Ofertaldia offers an additional sales and internet presence channel for its partners while simplifying the lives of users, providing them access to great and personalized offers in their local communities. In 2012, Ofertaldia, which is also based in Paris, received $180k in seed funding.

By the way: More promising and more early-stage startups from France can be found here.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).


  1. It’s excellent you’ve started with that series of promising startups per countries. I suggest you list more than 5 startups and more than 5 countries.

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