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- School 42 selected for the WISE Awards 2017 thanks to its innovative pedagogy.
- ClockTweets raises 465,000 euros and changes its name.
- Wecasa, formerly MyCut, is raising 250,000 euros to develop its offer.
- 56% of business leaders over 55 do not know about data visualization.
- French entrepreneurs reluctant to cede too much capital to their investors
- The nominations: Mathieu Plassard, James Smee, Marie Nossereau…
School 42, recognized for its innovative and collaborative pedagogical approach, is one of the 15 finalist projects of the WISE Awards 2017. Created in 2013 by Xavier Niel, Nicolas Sadirac, Florian Bucher and Kwame Yamgnane, school 42 has set itself the mission of filling the skills gap in IT development. Completely free, it is open to students, graduates or not, who are between 18 and 30 years old.
“By proposing a project that contributes to digital inclusion and the reduction of social inequalities, 42 hopes to participate in the educational renewal essential to the whole world. We are honored and proud to have been selected as a finalist of the WISE Awards, thus underlining the interest that our project can have for a new education and for all», Declares Olivier Crouzet, director of 42.
Among the other finalist projects this year, we find the project Ubongo Edutainment, which combines education and play in primary school. Spanish Science Bits, specializing in the fun learning of science, or the American OPENPediatrics, which allows doctors to share their best practices in childhood illnesses, are also part of the pre-selected projects. The names of the winners will be announced next September.
The WISE Awards recognize each year the 6 most innovative educational projects in the world. The latter receive an endowment of 20,000 dollars, and participate in the biennial summit organized by the association. Supported by the WISE association (World Innovation Summit for Education), an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, this competition has already rewarded 48 projects since its launch in 2009. Beyond their innovative aspect, the projects selected have in common: ” be scalable and adaptable.
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ClockTweets, a social network management platform, announces a first round of funding of 465,000 euros led by PACA Investissements, Var Business Angels, Créazur and Olbia Invest. This investment will allow the start-up to develop in Europe, invest in R&D, create a mobile application and a browser extension, add Instagram and LinkedIn to the platform and finally develop new functionalities. The company also announces a name change, ClockTweets becomes Swello.
Founded in 2010 by Jonathan Noble, then 15 years old, the platform allows companies to program the messages of all their social networks on the same space. The start-up claims more than 2.7 scheduled messages and more than 29,000 users.
Wecasa, home services reservation platform, announces a fundraising of 250,000 euros led by Amélie Faure, Operating Partner at Serena Capital, Stéphane Aisenberg, co-founder and CEO of Linkbynet and Guillaume Montard, co-founder of Vodeclic. At the same time as this round table, the start-up announces its name change. Formerly called MyCut, the company is renamed Wecasa.
Launched in September 2016 by Pierre André and Antoine Chatelain, Wecasa first positioned itself on online hairdressing reservations. In February 2017, she launched her school support service. Today, with this investment, the company wants to expand its offer to all home services, from cleaning the house to wellness care.
This fundraising will initially allow the development of the personal service offer and its network of professionals. Wecasa currently claims 300 people listed on its platform. Secondly, it plans to launch new services.
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Although more than one in two business leaders are familiar with the concept of data visualization, only 14% of French VSEs / SMEs currently use it, according to the results of a YouGov study, carried out for the company. Board.
Another finding of the study is that companies that have been in business for more than a year, and less than 5 years, are the most aware of the challenges of data visualization. As far as respondents are concerned, here too the average age of the person questioned affects their knowledge of this new discipline. The 25-34 year olds are thus those who have heard the most about data visualization (at 29%), and who use it the most (at 31%). More than half (56%) of those over 55 have not heard of it.
** Study carried out among 400 business leaders.
12% of entrepreneurs looking to raise funds have neither a client nor a prospect, we learn in a study produced by Sparkup. In nearly half of the cases, however, they do not wish to sell more than a quarter of their capital to potential investors.
Another surprising result of the study, most of the French entrepreneurs interviewed do not wish to be coached to raise funds. Despite everything, 55% of them understand the value of activating their entire network to complete their investment. It should be noted that two-thirds of respondents have so far not done a round table to develop.
** Study carried out among 1,697 French start-ups.
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