Trendex, a start-up between Corsica, California and Japan

The innovative company, which was born in Ajaccio in March 2021, was one of the rare nuggets of French technology selected by the prestigious American business incubator Y Combinator. Along the way, it attracted large Japanese investors.

Y Combinator, the most prestigious start-up accelerator in the world, which from California created, among others, AirBnB, the website dedicated to property rentals, Dropbox specializing in file sharing or Algolia, the search engine for companies , now bet on Trendex, the young shot of Ajaccian.

And that’s how Andrea Bonapersona, Nicolas Alfonsi and Jean-Joseph Mariani, founders of the platform that allows “to invest in talent” spent almost three months in California maturing his project before presenting it in early September in San Francisco to an audience of major international investors.

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The beautiful trajectory of the innovative company seduced. These are the Japanese who played a generous hand. “One of the biggest Japanese investment funds, DG Ventures, chose to participate in the adventure. Nothing like promoting Corsican technologyπŸ‡§πŸ‡·welcomes Andrea Bonapersona.

several billion

The start-up, which was born in March 2021, is growing rapidly. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Quickly, we were able to exchange more than half a million talents. What looks like a great performance. We then raised funds with renowned entrepreneurs such as SΓ©bastien Borget of Metaverse The Sandbox, Guillaume Lestrade of unicorn Meero, and Guillaume Dubois of digital giant Webedia.πŸ‡§πŸ‡·, he lists. By the way, the partners loop “a seven-figure round table”.

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The Ajaccian team, actively seeking resources and development, believes there must be a logical continuation. She is broadening her horizons internationally. To get started in this field, Y Combinator is a must, according to Andrea, Nicolas and Jean-Joseph. “We decided to register online. Even knowing very well that we were in a hyperselective process”, they get up.

To stand out from the crowd, they will need talent, sass, solid foundations and plenty of room for improvement. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Out of 20,000 applicant companies, only eight start-ups were selected for France, including Trendex. For the first time in history, a Corsican startup joins this incubator. You should know that Y Combinator only invests in companies that have the potential to be worth billions in five to ten years.β€œ, explains the businessman.

a cosmopolitan network

To achieve this goal, Y Combinator opens its agenda and multiplies work sessions. Everyone is able to go further in their project. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·We were residing in Sonoma Valley, not far from San Francisco”, remember the three islanders. Your colleagues are American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Saudi or Brazilian businessmen. Each one with an economic background, skills and a project to promote that can become an essential contribution to the professional network to boost their career.

In this cosmopolitan atmosphere, the days are punctuated πŸ‡§πŸ‡·seminars, workshops and think tanks in order to boost our entrepreneurial approachπŸ‡§πŸ‡·πŸ‡§πŸ‡· This must be considered both “from a technological, managerial or even psychological point of view. The mindset, that is, the state of mind, is very important data”they develop.

In California, the three also understood the need “to iterate very quickly” to make your business successful. We propose, test, readjust, at a constant pace. “Every 15 days, for example, you have to launch a new version of your product, present it to customers and observe what they do with it. Because they can divert it from the intended use by its creator. Initially, the air conditioning was designed to lower the temperature in the graphics.πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

import value

Thanks to this support, the creators of Trendex are convinced that they have increased their chances of success and filled a gap. “Often, we are unaware of the working methods prevailing abroad and that make others more competitive than us. Although we are on the internet and the information is accessible to as many people as possible, we realize that there is a lot of information that we are not going to look for. We proceed a bit by instinct or as we were taught a few years ago at school. Finally, a mechanic is set up that is not the ideal mechanicπŸ‡§πŸ‡·analyzes Andrea Bonapersona.

And at the island level, the stakes are high, he said. They refer to global perspectives, to the creation of sustainable and skilled jobs. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Thanks to digital technology, geographic barriers are falling. We can serve thousands of customers around the world and import value to the island. But for that we have to be at the level of our competitors, mainly the Americans. In that sense, the Y Combinator experience has been very formative”he adds.

It will undoubtedly be one of the best allies for the evolution of Trendex but also of other island start-ups. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·I have already played an advisory role in many structures, I am also vice-president of the association of young entrepreneurs in Corsica, Ajec. Everything I learned in California I intend to bring to the Corsican ecosystemπŸ‡§πŸ‡·concludes.

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