The 23 international start-ups not to be missed at VivaTech 2019

by bold-lichterman

Nearly 2,000 start-ups from around the world will be present at the 2019 edition of VivaTech, which takes place from May 16 to 18 in Paris. On the occasion of this technological fair, will bring together 23 international start-ups during a special We Love Innovation evening, on May 16, with the main investors and entrepreneurs of French Tech.

Aerobotics (South Africa, AgTech, $ 4.8 million raised, Series A)

The data analytics company Aerobotics was founded in 2014 in Cape Town. A specialist in AgTech, she uses aerial imagery from drones and machine learning algorithms for the early detection of pests and diseases. She also works on forecasting agricultural yields. Since 2017, Aerobotics has raised $ 4.8 million. Among its investors are Paper Plane Ventures, AgFunder, Nedbank, 4Di Capital, Google Launchpad Accelerator, or even Savannah Fund.

Agrisolare Società Agricola (Italy, AgTech)

Agrisolare Società Agricola is an Italian start-up launched in 2011 by two horticulturalists. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by combining greenhouse cultivation and energy technologies. The purpose of the company’s treated manure is to increase the sustainability of farms while reducing their environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.

Asel-Tech (United States, industrial automation)

Asel-Tech since 2000 has been developing solutions mainly dedicated to the integrity and real-time management of pipelines in the petroleum, petrochemical and energy industries. The company uses AI, IoT sensor and neural network technologies for this. Asel-Tech claims to be able to detect and locate pipeline leaks in seconds. The company is based in Houston and has an office in Brazil.

BreezoMeter (Israel, e-health / environment, $ 12.6 million raised, Series B)

BreezoMeter is an Israeli start-up founded in 2014 by Ran Korber, Ziv Lautman and Emil Fisher. It offers an air quality measurement application to cities, businesses, but also individuals. With a team of environmental engineers, the company has raised $ 12.6 million since 2015 from Entrée Capital, Goldacre and Phi Square Holdings.

The BreezoMeter air quality measurement app. Credit: BreezoMeter. (Germany, data processing and management) aims to support companies in the development of professional AI solutions dedicated to unstructured data. The company founded last year in Munich offers, mainly to industrial players, platforms based on AI and graph-oriented database technologies. The start-up counts Airbus and BurdaForwad among its references.

Cyabra (Israel, cybersecurity, $ 1 million raised in seed round)

The Israeli start-up Cyabra was founded in 2017 by Dan Brahmy, Ido Shraga, Sendi Frangi and Yossef Daar, with the ambition to protect brands and government institutions from false information. For this, it offers a monitoring and alert platform, but also insights for decision-makers. The company raised $ 1 million in June 2018, notably from TAU Ventures.

DataProphet (South Africa, industrial optimization, Series A)

Founded in 2014, the South African DataProphet has developed AI solutions dedicated to optimizing manufacturing processes. The company founded in Cape Town by Daniel Schwartzkopff, Frans Cronje and Richard Craib notably created Omni, an AI solution designed to support manufacturing teams in eliminating defects and reducing downtime. The start-up completed a fundraising of “several million” dollars in 2018. Knife Capital led this Series A.

Emaze (Israel, software, $ 3.7 million raised, Series A)

The Israeli start-up Emaze offers project presentation software. It can be used on PC and tablet, but also on smartphone. The company was founded in 2009 by Motti Nisani and Shai Schwartz. It has raised $ 3.7 million since 2010. Its investors include Firstime Venture Capital and TheTime.

FinChatBot (South Africa, FinTech, $ 693,500 raised in seed round)

Antoine Paillusseau and Romain Diaz have launched EndChatBot in Johannesburg in 2016. As its name suggests, the start-up is developing chatbots to help financial service providers acquire and retain customers. The company has raised $ 693,500 in two funding rounds since its inception. It counts Kalon Venture Partners and Compass Venture Capital among its investors.

Goutra (Algeria, water management solution)

Founded in 2013 by Mustapha Lakhdari, the Algerian start-up Goutra develops solutions for managing, monitoring consumption and saving water. They are dedicated to individuals and industry. The company has developed an electronic device that displays real-time water consumption for each tap use. The device then collects data continuously. Goutra can then offer advice and solutions to save water from this data.

IDNow (Germany, cybersecurity, series B)

German IDnow offers an Identity-as-a-Service platform capable of verifying the identities of users of customer sites in real time. It has developed machine learning technologies for this. Based in Munich, the start-up has raised four funds since its creation in 2014 by Armin Bauer, Dennis von Ferenczy, Felix Haas and Sebastian Baerhold. It counts Commerzbank, UBS, Bank of Scotland, N26, and Telefonica among its clients.

Intuitive Surgical (United States, e-health, IPO in 2000)

American company Intuitive Surgical was started in 1995 by Frederic Moll and John G. Freund. Based in California, she designs and builds medical robots that aim to make surgery less invasive. Among its products is the Da Vinci robot. The company, which went public in 2000, merged with Computer Motion in 2003.

The Da Vinci System from Intuitive Surgical. Credit: Intuitive Surgical.

Isportistics (Brazil, SportsTech, 404,000 euros raised)

Founded in Sau Paulo in 2017, Isportistics develops solutions for capturing, processing and formatting sports content. The start-up uses machine learning and AI technologies for this. The edited content can then be distributed to target audiences. In December 2018, Isportistics had raised 404,000 euros (1.8 million Brazilian reals). The funding must allow it to expand in Brazil, but also internationally.

Juno (USA, VTC, A series)

The ride-sharing start-up Juno was founded by in 2015 by Igor Magazinnik and Talmon Marco, co-founder and former CEO of Viber. Acquired by Gett in 2017 for $ 200 million, Juno launched in the spring of 2016 in New York. Empire Angles, Falcon Capital AltaIR Capital and Target Global are among its investors.

Keheala (Israel, e-health)

Launched in 2014 and based in Tel Aviv, the social enterprise Keheala is developing a suite of mobile solutions designed to combat the misuse of drugs. The solutions connect patients and a community, and provide medical entities with data and analysis to enable them to fight against different epidemics.

Kyme NanoImaging (Italy, nanoimaging)

Kyme NanoImaging was founded in 2018 by three biomedical engineers, a bioengineering researcher and a professor from the University of Naples. This Italian specialist in nano-imaging has developed a platform that aims to improve MRI images.

Nextome (Italy, indoor navigation, 550,000 euros raised, seed)

Nextome is an Italian specialist in indoor positioning and navigation. Based in Puglia, the start-up has been developing BtoC and BtoB technologies based on AI since 2014. They are now present in Europe, the United States and Singapore. The company founded by Domenico Colucci, Giangiuseppe Tateo and Vincenzo Dentamaro has raised 550,000 euros since November 2014, notably from MassChallenge.

PayDunya (Senegal, FinTech)

Founded by Aziz Zerima in 2015 in Dakar, PayDunya offers companies payment solutions on their website and mobile application. The company acts as the link between e-merchants and individuals, for online payments for services or goods. The FinTech API thus makes it possible to accept mobile payments in a country where 90% of the population has a telephone, but only nearly 10% a bank account. PayDunya is also aimed at the general public with a personal account service. (Germany, fashion / e-commerce)

Founded this year in Munich, develops body scan solutions for online fashion stores. The start-up aims to reduce return rates and increase conversion rates through computer vision and deep learning. The technologies create a 3D model of the body measurements of Internet users, via their smartphone. They can then recommend the best clothing sizes.

The body scan solution. Credit:

ProGlove (Germany, industrial optimization, $ 9.1 million raised, Series A)

The German start-up ProGlove, founded in Munich in 2014, develops smart gloves that aim to enable manufacturing and logistics teams to work faster, easier and more safely. Founded by Alexander Grots, Jonas Girardet, Paul Günther and Thomas Kirchner, the company today boasts more than 300 customers from the automotive, supply and logistics industries. ProGlove has raised $ 9.1 million since November 2014, including $ 6.7 million in April 2018. Among its investors are GettyLab, Intel Capital, Techfounders, DIVC and Bayern Kapital.

Scoutbee (Germany, global sourcing, 4 million dollars raised in seed round)

Founded in 2015 by Christian Heinrich, Fabian Heinrich, Gregor Stühler and Lee Galbraith, Scoutbee offers an AI-based global sourcing platform. The start-up’s mission is to provide insights to team leaders in order to enable them to make relevant purchasing decisions. She raised $ 4 million in November 2018 from Toba Capital, 42CAP and HV Holtzbrinck Ventures.

Sea Monster (South Africa, entertainment / communication)

Founded in 2011 in Cape Town, Sea Monster addresses the world of communication. The company creates digital content and experiences using animation, video game and augmented reality technologies. It counts among its references ArcelorMittal, PwC or Google.

Wibbitz (US, entertainment, $ 30.8 million raised, Series C)

The New York start-up Wibbitz has been developing a platform for creating videos by artificial intelligence since 2011. Founded by Zohar Dayan and Yotam Cohen, the company works with publishers, brands and agencies. It raised more than $ 30 million, notably from TF1 in 2017. Among its other investors are also The Weather Channel, Associated Press, NatMobile, Lool Ventures, Horizons Ventures, but also Kima Ventures.