Future Unicorns Trophy
In order to promote French entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur Venture, Euronext, EMLYON Business School, Reputation Age and Roland Berger joined forces to create the ‘Trophée des Futures Licornes’ (‘Future Unicorns Trophy’), in partnership with Challenges and CNews.
The prize-giving ceremony, hosted by Pierre-Henri de Menthon, Deputy Managing Director of Challenges, was held at Euronext Paris' premises on 14 March 2018 in the presence of Delphine Gény-Stephann, Secretary of State for Economic and Social Affairs for the Minister of Economy and Finance.
Among the 50 nominees, the jury distinguished promising companies across five sectors, including: Biotech & Medtech, E-commerce & Marketplace, Greentech, AI & Big Data, and Connected Objects & SaaS, as well as also awarding a special mention.
- In the Biotech & Medtech category, the trophy was awarded to MedDay Pharmaceuticals by Amélie de Montchalin, Member of Parliament for the sixth constituency of Essonne. MedDay is a company which specialises in the treatment of neurological diseases, mainly for multiple sclerosis but for also autism and Alzheimer's disease. MedDay distinguished itself thanks to the high quality of its business model. 9,000 patients have already benefited from its treatment, thanks to a Temporary Authorisation for Use (ATU) which was obtained at the end of 2016, despite the difficulty Biotech companies often experience when applying for such authorisation. This ATU has therefore allowed MedDay to generate a turnover. Please find bellow the French interview in of the Frédéric Sedel CEO:
- The E-commerce & Marketplace Future Unicorn Trophy was awarded to Believe Digital by Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Euronext. Believe Digital is the world leader in digital distribution and services for independent artists and labels on streaming platforms. With a truly strategic vision for the company’s future, Believe Digital founder Denis Ladegaillerie, has managed to establish his company as the reference point for this sector. If you want to watch the French interview of the CEO Denis Ladegaillerie
- The Greentech Future Unicorn Trophy was awarded to Neoen by EMLYON Business School students. Neoen is specialised in the production of green energy through solar panels, wind turbines, biomass and energy storage. This Greentech company has made a name for itself in France where it is number two in the solar energy sector. Neoen has also found popularity in Australia and Latin America, where it is strongly developing its growth.
- Shift Technology was awarded the Future Unicorn Trophy in the AI and Big Data category, by Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO of Roland Berger. Shift Technology uses artificial intelligence to determine the legitimacy of insurance claims. This start-up, which is currently little known to the general public, quickly rose to prominence amongst insurers thanks to its incredible technology, and it is now enjoying a rise to international fame’.Jeremy Jawish Co-Founder and CEO gave an interview in French afterter the ceremony click here to see.
- The Future Unicorn Trophy for Connected Objects & SaaS went to Talentsoft. The trophy was given to the company by Frédéric Zablocki, CEO of Entrepreneur Venture. Talentsoft offers a tailor-made cloud solution for Talent Management, which helps to better recruit, manage and retain employees. In recent years Talentsoft has created a place for itself amongst the big players in the field of HR, and it has become a European leader. An interview has been ginnen in French by the Talentsoft team Click here tu view Jean-Stéphane Arcis, Alexandre Pachulski et Joël Bentolila.
- Finally, the jury’s special mention went to Doctolib, awarded by Delphine Gény-Stephann Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, and Bernard Liautaud, General Partner of Balderton Capital. Doctolib is a platform which facilitates the making and management of medical appointments with health professionals. As a key player in e-health in France, Doctolib impressed the jury with its current economic model, and the innovative way in which the start-up has helped healthcare professionals andindividuals. But above all, what made Doctolib stand out was its promising future and estimated capacity to diversify and expand internationally, notably into teleconsultation. Watch bellow the inteview held afterwards with Julien Méraud CPO&CMO
What is a Unicorn?
A unicorn is an unlisted technology company whose valuation exceeds €1 billion.
What were the criteria for selecting companies?
The partners established a quantitative and qualitative selection process from a base of 1,400 companies, screening them based on the following criteria:
- Registered office located in France
- Established since 2003
- Total amount raised since inception exceeds €5 million
- Belongs to one of the five defined sectors
- An unlisted and independent company
- Valuation of less than €1 billion.
The Jury was composed of ten members from the entrepreneurial, economic and political world:
- Charles-Henri d’Auvigny, F2iC
- Charles-Edouard Bouée, Roland Berger
- Jean-Pascal Brivady, EM Lyon
- Mailys Ferrere, Bpifrance
- Eric Forest, Euronext
- Bernard Liautaud, Balderton Capital
- Pierre-Henri de Menthon, Challenges
- Amélie de Montchalin, Deputy of the Essonne department
- Frédéric Zablocki, Entrepreneur Venture
- Eric de Riedmatten, C News