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13th edition Tremplin des entreprises 2012

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The day of October 8, 2012 at the Senate brought together thirty winning innovative companies selected from 240 applications, in search of funds. Tremplin Entreprises, co-organized by the Senate and ESSEC since 1999, is the competition for innovative companies and a reference event for entrepreneurship and venture capital.

"While Senators often note the difficulties entrepreneurs encounter in raising funds, we wish to encourage, through Tremplin Entreprises, innovative, solidarity-based projects that bring growth and jobs, by enabling them to meet investors," says Jean-Pierre Bel, President of the Senate.

Every year, these investor-entrepreneur meetings bring together the players in venture capital and innovative company financing who come to discover the winners selected by the selection committee in a national competition. This 13th edition focused on the theme "from the innovative start-up to the growth company with international ambitions". »

Winners looking for between €200k and €5m. The average amount of capital sought is 1.9 M€ and varies according to the categories: 1.6 M€ for "software and systems", 2.1 M€ for "internet and services", 2.4 M€ for "energy, materials and components", and 1.5 M€ for "life sciences". The vast majority of the companies are less than 5 years old and half of them generated revenues in 2011. More than two thirds of the winners are applying for a first capital increase and nearly one third for a second round of financing. 21 companies are from the Ile de France region and 9 from other regions.

The eight winners for Internet and services 

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Leankr: Contextual search engine backed by the television program - Social and enriched television market. www.leankr.com

Captch Me : Advertising agency on Captcha anti spam - Online advertising market.  www.captchme.com

Content-Square: A range of marketing solutions for testing, research and internet optimisation - E-commerce market, branding, corporate, agency, advertising agency. www.content-square.fr

Jokerly: Monetization system dedicated to video games for advertising investments - Advertising market in video games.www.jokerly.com

Qapa: Market place dedicated to the employment of non-managerial staff with a matching tool - Job market of which 80% of the offers concern recruitments up to Bac+2. www.qapa.fr

Smartsy: 2D and 3D visual recognition system on mobiles - E-commerce market. www.smartsy.fr

Sojeans : Online sales site for 75 brands of jeans - European online jeans market: €6 billion by 2017.  www.sojeans.fr

Zenpark : Web solution for shared car parks - Motorists market of major western cities. www.zenpark.com

Internet and Services Grand Prize: Leankr awarded by Subventium

List of other winners 

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An event acclaimed by previous winners

Since 1999, 327 companies have been awarded the prize and more than 75 % of them still exist. The study conducted between March and June 2011 by ESSEC Solutions Entreprises on a sample of 86 managers of winning companies confirms the growth potential and investor interest in these winners.

33% of the prizewinners have a turnover of €1 million or more. They employ an average of 17 employees and plan to recruit an average of 15 over the next three years. 65% of the laureates surveyed have raised funds and the same number plan to raise an average of €2.4 million in new funds. Nearly 80% of them are developing on the international market. For nearly 46% of the companies surveyed, the increase in capital is the first source of financing, followed by subsidies (28.2%) and self-financing (12.9%).

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