Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at major European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups (each country) to look out for in 2015. Especially in the case of France, it has been hard to narrow this list down, but we’ve decided to just go with just 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 2015.
1. Breaz: Founded in 2014, breaz is a marketplace that aims to connect the best talent to the best companies in the tech industry. The Paris-based startup could be described as an auction-house where companies are able to bid for talented programmers, designers, sales managers and other tech related professionals. Breaz is a nice alternative to the existing headhunting models. In case you found your next rockstar employee through Breaz, the startup takes a monthly payment of about 0.8% of annual salary over 18 months.
2. Teezily: A fast growing crowdfunding platform for custom apparel based in Paris. Teezily provides a platform that allows individuals to create campaigns in order to sell custom products. Campaign creators are expected to design and market the product themselves leveraging social media to make money. Teezily will fulfill orders on campaigns that have reached their sales goal and will ship item to buyers. Launched in January 2014, the company reported in June a 600% month-over-month growth rate. Teezily is already available in 7 languages.
3. happn: A location-based mobile dating app that enables its users to build connections based on real-time interactions. Founded in 2013, happn helps its users to discover people they’ve crossed paths with. As the startup describes it: “happn is the app that saves us from missed Connections”. The app is available on iOS and Android. In December of 2014, the Paris-based startup secured $8 million in Series A funding.
4. Smokio: A French startup that develops and sells connected electronic cigarettes and innovative apps for them. Smokio’s easy-to-use products enable their users to track their consumption (and reduce it), follow their progress, monitor their health and check their financial savings. The young company is based in Paris and was founded in 2013.
5. Cryptosense: Founded in 2013, Cryptosense creates an innovative security analysis software with a particular focus on cryptographic systems. The Paris-based startup provides its solutions to an international customer base in particular in the financial, industrial and government sectors. In September of 2014, Cryptosense secured a seed investment of €700K by Elaia Partners.
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