What are the first start-ups to enter the Next Top 20?

The next top 20 can officially start. The ten winning start-ups of this program started for the first time this year by Club Top 20 and the French Tech Aix-Marseille Région Sud, and supported by Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence and Richardson as sponsoring partners, were revealed this Thursday. , may 12. Kiro, ImCheck Therapeutics, Volta Medical, Mailinblack, Tchek, Skeepers, Ombrea, Telaua, DualSun and Nawa Technologies will join the first promotion. ” Three sectors are represented, health, digital/data and green technology, which corresponds to the territory’s strengths “, notes Jean-Baptiste Geissler, director of French Tech Aix-Marseille Région Sud.

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Of the 33 applications sent to join this regional program that aims to promote relationships between large companies and start-ups, 20 were presented to the jury composed in particular by David Layani, president of One Point, the president of the Top 20 Club and its board, as well as representatives of the two sponsors. To select the finalists, they relied on three criteria: the amount of fundraising and/or turnover, local influence and, finally, potential. Not to mention the bid. Among them, the selected start-ups represent 1,000 jobs and raised 210 million euros.

Access to local CAC 40

The idea of ​​creating these synergies was born during meetings with the Club Top 20, which brings together the leaders of the largest companies in the metropolis of Aix-Marseille Provence. ” In September 2021, during Grand Bain, we signed a best practices letter. We continue to discuss and imagine this project “recalls Jean-Baptiste Geissler who had already received requests from French Tech members to collaborate more with large local groups. ” There are national programs, but they are more administration-oriented. »

Diving into a greener industry

But this necessity became necessary because “ this can allow startups to accelerate their growth by finding customers and partners who can open their network to them or even become investors. “, continues the general manager. On the business side, they can acculturate to innovation, find service providers in projects and thus progress “. All in a strategy ofopen innovationwhich consists of innovating in addition to relying on its research and development department and seeking external collaboration, from other companies with complementary skills, for example.

The desire is, therefore, to create a positive innovation spiral to cast champions. But also attract new ones. ” It’s an additional argument for startups who would like to settle here to be able to access the local CAC 40. As far as I know, it doesn’t exist anywhere else. »

To make Aix-Marseille Provence the first center of attraction in the Euromed-Africa area, our The metropolis must be perceived and experienced as an attractive territory for the establishment of innovative companies and the reception of the best talents. “, adds Bruno Cagnol, president of the Top 20 Club.

Next Top 20: A sequel in 2023

For one year, each winner will be accompanied by a Club Top 20 mentor who will introduce them to events, for example. But each pair may evolve differently, as Jean-Baptiste Geissler points out: “ There will undoubtedly be specific sessions but they will only be punctual. We prefer to offer something less formalized to leave room for meetings. »

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While no quantified goals have been set at the end of this year of exchanges, ” It is obvious that if this contributes to the emergence of unicorns, we will be delighted, but the aim is to help companies advance to a higher stage of development. With the number and quality of candidates present in this first year, the program should be renewed in 2023.

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