Grand Ouest Industry Trophies: vote for your favorite start-up – Le Journal des Entreprises

The Grand Ouest Industry Trophies, organized by Le Journal des Entreprises in partnership with the Grand Ouest Industry Fair at the Nantes exhibition center, reward companies from Brittany, Normandy and Pays de la Loire that are exemplary in terms of territorial anchoring, ecological transition, transition digital and CSR. But not only. The Trophies also intend to honor a start-up from these three regions, created less than five years ago and whose activity, linked to the industry, is in line with one of the four themes of the Trophies. For this, the editors of the Journal des Entreprises chose six start-ups from among all the applications received, taking into account the state of progress of the company’s project, its ambition, its usefulness for the industry and its development potential.

These six start-ups are now subject to their votes to nominate the three nominees whose leaders will present live during the Trophies ceremony that will take place on October 4, 2022 at the Salon Industrie Grand Ouest at the Parc des Expositions in Nantes. It is the audience that will ultimately designate the winner of 2022.

H2X ecosystems accelerate with green hydrogen

Stéphane Paul, CEO and founder of H2X Ecosystems – Photo: Baptiste Coupin

The world of tomorrow will be virtuous and H2X Ecosystems (30 employees, 500,000 euros turnover in 2021), an innovative Breton SME that is developing multiple projects around green hydrogen, intends to contribute. Born in Redon in Ille-et-Vilaine in 2018, the company, which knows how to produce, store and supply this new fuel full of promise, set up shop in Bruz, in the Rennes region, in the summer of 2022. but also in its workshops in Redon, Brest and Bordeaux, where it tests its solutions.

As it was able to do at the beginning for the agglomeration of Redon, H2X-Ecosystems proposes to the territories the creation of a complete ecosystem combining energy production and decarbonized mobility. For this, the company combines the production of hydrogen from renewable energies and mobility and delivery services: self-service cars, urban logistics, sea buses, drones, etc. no air pollution.

Faced with the increase in electricity prices, H2X Ecosystems also wants to be able to present itself as a less expensive energy alternative for companies, thanks to a generator that it is currently testing with the electricity supplier Enedis. The equipment will be able to supply the factories of tomorrow. “As we are not dependent on the market price, there is stability in the price of hydrogen over time”, says Stéphane Paul, CEO and founder of the company. With our generator, industrialists will be able to produce their own hydrogen tomorrow, and thus better control their costs.”

Imagin-VR develops its immersive virtual reality rooms for companies

Marc Travers and Marc Douzon, co-managers of Imagine-VR.
Marc Travers and Marc Douzon, co-managers of Imagine-VR. – Photo: Rémi Hagel

Marc Douzon and Marc Travers created Imagin-VR in 2018 in Laval (Mayenne). The start-up designs, sells or rents immersive and interactive virtual reality systems. In particular, it offers an immersive room (cellar) where 3D reproductions of full-size prototypes are projected. This technology allows a manufacturer to ensure that its future production line is scaled to the needs of operators.

With its solutions, Imagin-VR has become indispensable for customers much larger than itself, including Lactalis, Bordeau Chesnel, Bel, Bridor, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Safran, Ducros, etc. These immersive virtual rooms are also used for training, for example for electrical business. Both partners are committed to ensuring that their products can also be used by VSEs: kitchen designers, plumbers.

In January 2022, the company patented a mobile system. This equipped Suitcase-VR allows one person to be autonomous to present a product to scale on a wall or screen. It is aimed at players in the construction industry, architects, trainers. A second patent was filed in late April to reduce the space needed to install a Cave system.

After three years at a turnover of 300,000 euros, the company is expected to end its 2021-2022 financial year at 600,000 euros at the end of September 2022. It is preparing a new patent and should recruit two employees.

Bysco wants to accelerate the environmental transition of materials

Robin Maquet, president and co-founder of Bysco, a Nantes start-up that turns mold byssus into textiles.
Robin Maquet, president and co-founder of Bysco, a Nantes start-up that turns mold byssus into textiles. – Photo: David Pouilloux

The start-up Bysco de Nantes was co-founded by Robin Maquet and Florence Baron in 2021 with the initial ambition of accelerating the environmental transition of materials. “Just as we talk about the energy transition, where we go from fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas) to renewable energies, we can do the same with materials”, explains Robin Maquet, 28, engineer, to move from fossil to renewable materials and bio-based materials.” For this, Bysco invents the industry to recover the mussel bissus, a fiber that allows molluscs to cling to rocks. “It is an unused by-product of mussels, which is transformed into industrial textiles, says Robin Maquet. It can be used in acoustic comfort panels, individual protection equipment, in thermal insulation, in the real estate, nautical or aeronautical sectors …”. Bysco has a design office that supports SMEs and ETIs in the choice of materials that participate in the environmental transition. The company entered the industrialization phase of its processes, after the validation of its innovations. “We have already collected 300 thousand euros of investment, in the form of loans, and 200 thousand euros of subsidies are being studied, to finance our research and development, and to finance the industrialization of byssus washing”, underlines Robin Maquet: Our ambition, within 18 months, is to dominate the entire value chain and therefore bring the first textile processing machine to Pays de la Loire, which we are subcontracting. , and become a major player in the environmental transition of materials.”

Neolith transforms waste into aggregates for construction

Nicolas Cruaud co-founder of the company Néolithe
Nicolas Cruaud, co-founder of Néolithe – Photo: Fabien Tijou

Born in 2019 and currently based in Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), Neolithe will set up shop in July 2023 on an 11-hectare industrial site in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, on the Angers-Cholet axis. A €9.2 million project funded by Alter Eco, the departmental planning agency. The start-up will launch the manufacture of its fossilizers there for recycling, public works and builders, with the ambition of producing four fossilizers per month from 2024. Neolithe, which has already registered eight pre-orders this year, has in fact developed an accelerated process of fossilization to turn non-recyclable waste into aggregates, which can be used in construction. The company also completed its third funding round in three years in June 2022, this time raising €20 million from Otium Capital and family investors. “The operation’s income has two main objectives, indicate the three co-founders of the company Nicolas Cruaud, Clément Bénassy and William Cruaud. – recyclable waste treatment units with a capacity of 20 tons per day, from 2023. On the other hand, continue the intensive work of research and development of new sources of waste.” For now, the fossilization process applies only non-hazardous industrial waste (DIB) The objective is to eventually be able to process all types of non-recyclable, non-inert and non-hazardous waste, including household waste.

Sabella, a pioneering tidal turbine company

Benoït Bazire, President and Fanch Le Bris, CEO of Sabella.
Benoït Bazire, President and Fanch Le Bris, CEO of Sabella. – Photo: © DR

In 2008, Sabella was one of the first tidal turbine manufacturing companies in the world. Its founder, Jean-François Daviau, had already created Hydrohélix in the same field with Hervé Majastre. To go further on the industrial level, Jean-François Daviau joined forces with Sofresid Engineering, Dourmap and In Vivo Environnement to launch Sabella. The first experimental tidal turbine, named D03, was submerged in Bénodet (Finistère) in 2008. D10 followed in 2015, submerged in Fromveur, to supply electricity to Ouessant.

In mid-2014, a first round of fundraising made it possible to consolidate the share capital of the Quimper-based company and secure the budget for the D10 project thanks to a €4.3 million capital increase from two investment funds. (Demeter Ventures) and Go Capital, and three manufacturers, IWD, Farinia and Geopetrol, two of which find commercial synergies in the construction of tidal turbines. It is also the year of the arrival of the current general manager, Fanch Le Bris. Two years later, the second fundraising raised 6 million euros (+ 2 million euros in 2018), with emphasis on the entry into the capital of Bpifrance and other banks. This year, the PME raised again 2.5 million euros. The funds needed to finance the trials and one day reach an industrial stage.

After ten years at the helm of Sabella, the emblematic president Jean-François Daviau gave up his seat in 2019 to Benoît Bazire, an engineer in maritime engineering by training. The Quimper-based PME, also present in the commercial port of Brest, now has around twenty employees and two tidal turbines tested in real conditions, D03 and D10. The challenge for Sabella is to be ready when the tidal turbine market develops in France. Abroad, it is already participating, with its partner Nova Innovation, in a tidal turbine farm project in Scotland.

Dametis reduces the environmental impact of the industry

Dametis’ goal is simple: to support manufacturers towards zero carbon energy, reducing their consumption to what the start-up calls “minimum achievable energy”. be cut into different moldable blocks. “We use the lego® theory”, says Julian Aristizabal, director of Dametis, characterizing each component of the factory and analyzing its industrial performance. water consumption are the main issues we are working on.”

Discreet in terms of its turnover, Dametis currently employs around forty people, in Angers and Paris, and works mainly with industrial groups in the food industry and various industries, plastics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, paper, 80% in the Great West, with also some projects outside the country. “We can work with SMEs that have two or three factories, specifies Julian Aristizabal, but they must have sufficient energy consumption, at least 400,000 euros per year, for our intervention to be efficient.” The Angers start-up opened an office in Mexico this year: “It’s a very industrialized country, the manager confides, and it’s an excellent test for us.”


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