By Raphaele Leyendecker, September 5, 2022
As MD of Paris Techstars Accelerator, focused on Sustainability, I am happy to share the launch of our second 2022 Class. 12 solid companies start today on Monday September 5th our 13-weeks program. As we run on hybrid format, we welcome 33 participants for this first week in Paris, coming from 10 different countries. Most of them will leave Paris next week-end to return home and attend the 11 next weeks remotely before coming back on November 28th for our last week in-person and prepare for the online pitches to our network of investors.
Our investments are tackling challenges such as energy transition, waste and water management, green and social finance. They build Biotech, Deep tech, Web 3 technologies and software products using AI or machine learning. 41% of this Septembre 2022 Class has been founded by women.
To give them a world class experience, Paris Techstars Accelerator counts on a rock stars team: Rebecca Ravenni, our Program Manager, Emma Goldberg, our Ops Associate, Anna Nikolova, our Design Associate, Harshit Jain, our Lead Gen Associate. We will also receive the support of two former french Techstars alumni as Entrepreneurs in Residence: Baptiste Fradin (Techstars NYC), exited entrepreneur partner at VC FAMAE Capital to guide entrepreneurs on the impact investment side and Alexis Botaya (Techstars Anywhere), exited entrepreneur to give solid Communication advice. We also enrolled really close members of our community with 4 Mentors in Residence: Arnaud Weiss leading the Sales practice, Caroline Woussen-Franczia expert in Inbound marketing, Andrea Sasso giving the best Financial frameworks and Sera Evcimen expert in hardware and manufacturing. 115 Mentors will be joining us in two weeks to start what we call Mentor Madness and help our 12 intakes take a step further.
Our accelerator program’s first month will be dedicated to giving our purpose-driven companies a solid network, while the second will focus on execution and the third on fundraising. As a Sustainability accelerator, we guide them to choose the appropriate impact metrics to their business and give them access to a Leadership ESG tool so they grow with the right mindset. We also assess the carbon footprint of each company and set some ambitious collective goals to save CO2 by the end of 5 years.
canB is a neobank for individuals with the ambition to become a great European player in impact finance.
eGreen is a climate fintech company aimed to accelerate positive environmental impact by democratizing the investment in green projects with clear impact measures. The company tokenizes voluntary carbon offsets and delivers to investors a Crypto asset called EGRN coin.
Energy Shift is a web based, blockchain powered platform that democratizes the energy sector by enabling citizens to jointly invest and co-own solar farms. Their main mission is to accelerate transition to sustainable energy by lowering entry barriers for investments into renewables, while generating attractive financial returns to customers.
Gammanics Ltd is a Silicon Valley-based nanotechnology company established to develop and manufacture semiconductors, energy, and battery solutions to resolve issues regarding high energy costs, energy accessibility and distribution, battery shortage and overheating, and nuclear waste.
Hydroquo+ utilizes a unique product suite to improve water quality and reduce losses. They harness the power of chemometric analytics tools to maximize information and data available for leading water innovators, to dramatically improve the quality of water worldwide.
Kudoti builds more circular economies by digitizing and optimizing waste supply chains across waste collectors, recyclers, manufacturers and brands. The goal of the company is to help brands and Governments reach a zero waste impact.
LISUS Energy supplies lithium for batteries leveraging expertise in Data and AI
Nyungu AFRIKA is a social and environmental impact start-up that is adding value to agricultural waste of pineapple and corn husk fibers into eco-friendly and body friendly sanitary pads .
RAZFinance.io is a stakeholder engagement network and due diligence tool that makes it possible for:
PROJECT OWNERS to measure and manage integrated impact-financial data and performance;
INVESTMENT FUND AND ASSET MANAGERS to find verified impact, ESG and sustainable investment opportunities;
INDIVIDUALS to finance verified impact, ESG and sustainability outcomes.
The Retouch is the first upcycling B2B tool for the fashion & textile industry. The data-driven company enables brands to use unsold garments and turn them into new products.
Trilleco creates the world's first no-code IoT sustainability platform and helps companies to measure, understand, respond to, and transform their sustainability footprint.
WINIM is an impact startup that aims to reduce food waste. Through the use of an application, they allow food businesses such as restaurants and large producers to liquidate surplus food at a discounted price.
If you are interested in joining our Corporate speed dating online event to meet them on October 27th or our hybrid Investor Speed Dating on December 1st, feel free to reach out to email@example.com.
Raphaele Leyendecker is the Managing Director of Paris Techstars Accelerator. Raphaele is a sustainability and digital entrepreneur, startup board member and early stage investor. She is also versed in strategic innovation and venture building, working with 55+ corporations such as Engie, Suez, Schneider Electric, L’Oreal, Nespresso Unither Pharmaceuticals or Kiloutou over the years.