Day One, a business solidarity platform born in Orléans, raises 1.2 million euros

Elise Thibault Gondre shows a wide smile of a happy businessman. With Cindy Kargol Bauer and martin belorgeythe 29-year-old from Orleans is the co-founder of the start-up Day Onewhose headquarters are located in the city of Joanina.

Launched in June 2020, the online platformthat facilitates the commitment of employees to solidarity actions, is growing rapidly.

Its functioning…

first day done the link between the associative world and that of companies. The platform lists partner associations, indicating their needs.

Companies pay for the turnkey service offered by the start-up and encourage their employees to commit during the days they work, being paid. In just a few clicks, they make their choice according to the cause that interests them, its availability, location and skills.

Élise Thibault-Gondré presents the Day One platform. Photo Anne-Laure Le Jan

Tasks can last from half a day to several months. “If the mission exceeds 24 hours, it is part of the skills sponsorship“, says Élise Thibault-Gondre.

The sponsorship of skills aims to offer employees days to carry out actions within the associations, in your working time and without loss of pay. And it entitles the company to a tax benefit.

The latter cites some actions taken recently by employees of the Ursaf (Union for collecting social security contributions and family allowances), one of Day One’s customers : “the creation of an introductory brochure for Sésame Autisme Loiret; participation in the distribution of fruits and vegetables for the association of aid to the most needy, Les Cœurs De Yolene, based in Tours, in the Indre-et -Loire”.

Loiretaine creates Day One, the link between companies and associations, in just a few clicks!

Your good growth…

At a time when many citizens, especially the younger ones, consider their company’s social commitment essential, The first day seems to have a bright future.

At the moment, fifteen people work for the start-up : a third party has a permanent contract; one second alternately; the third in an internship or freelance.

The average age of Day One employees is 30 years. first day photo

With around twenty clients – structures ranging from fifteen to 3,000 employees – it has located in Centre-Val de Loire, Île-de-France and Hauts-de-Francewith the ambition to expand across France and Europe, as well as to double its portfolio by the end of 2022.

Since its launch, the start-up has 500 associations listed and 1,500 actions implemented.

“We are targeting 2,000 associations in two years and more than 20,000 missions carried out.”

A joint fundraiser…

To accelerate Day One’s development and ensure its solidity, its leaders a fundraising of 1.2 million euros. Part of the money comes from Go capital, a regional investment fund specializing in digital; the rest of ten “business angels”, five women and five men.

“At the fundraising launch, twenty-five investors expressed their interest to us, but all were men. It is representative of a reality. In recent years, many men have held positions of responsibility, earned a good living and have the means to invest. There are fewer women.”

For the team, he was not it is not conceivable that the Board of Directors of the first day is 100% male. “It didn’t reflect our values: gender balance, diversity and inclusion. With our work, we intend to move the lines and this also involves the governance of our own company”, he details. Elise Thibault Gondre.

Two months ago, the start-up therefore launched a call on a professional social network entitled “Where are the women?”, collecting more than 700,000 views. Following this publication, the company received 450 messages that brought female profiles. “60% of these women are investing for the first time,” she says.

Business development, digital marketing, Web development, support to associations, companies and employees… To support this great growth, Day One will recruit ten new employees in the coming months, most of them with permanent contracts.

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Anne-Laure LeJan

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