[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/15

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Monbanquet.fr is raising 2.5 million euros to become the benchmark caterer for professional events. Two years after its launch, the start-up claims 200,000 guests in Paris and Lyon at professional events.

Why this is important: Currently, Monbanquet.fr collaborates with around thirty Parisian and Lyonnais artisans (bakers, grocers, cheese makers, wine merchants, etc.). From its software developed in-house and its ecosystem of partners, the young growth is able to serve more than 350 events per month. This round of funding should enable Monbanquet.fr to strengthen its technical team to enrich its platform and increase the scalability of its model. At the same time, the start-up plans to expand into new agglomerations in France before considering expansion in Europe.

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Mario Matar and Maxime Renault, founders of Monbanquet.fr. Credits: Monbanquet.fr.

After digiSchool, Thierry Debarnot will open a student campus in Lyon dedicated to video games. The establishment will open its doors next October.

Why this is important: Spread over 1,200 square meters, the campus will house the Gaming Business School, a management school, the Gaming Academy, an e-sport studies branch, and a Bachelor-level educational program, to train future professionals in electronic sport, as well as the Gaming Guru, a coaching service open to all. By 2021, Gaming Campus aims to train 450 students and deliver 100,000 coaching sessions per year. Valérie Dmitrovic and Thierry Debarnot, the founders of the campus, are already thinking of opening a second establishment in France and of developing the Gaming Guru coaching platform internationally.

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Ketrium, 1.5 million euros to help companies make the right decisions thanks to data. The Parisian start-up is developing a data collection solution for small, medium and large companies.

Why this is important: From this turnkey solution, Ketrium makes it possible to communicate all the software used within companies in order to achieve more in-depth data analysis, allowing companies to improve their management. To date, the young Parisian shoot claims 300 signed customers, including Google, Total, La Poste, Axa and Bpifrance. With this funding round, Ketrium plans to recruit 25 additional employees in the next six months to expand into the French market.

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Alex Androuze, co-founder and CEO of Ketrium. Credits: Ketrium.

Airbus abandons Microsoft for Google Suite. This change concerns all 133,000 employees and should take place over 18 months.

Why this is important: In a note sent to employees, Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, offers them to embark together to move towards a truly collaborative company. The goal is to break down silos by allowing them to access data from anywhere, anytime and on any device via the cloud and the search engine developed by Google. This note obviously aims to motivate employees and get them to join the project. But it also corresponds to the digital transformation in which Airbus has been engaged in recent years.

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The boss of the start-up Rifft indicted for embezzling 4 million euros via crowdfunding. The process used is the same as that employed by a certain Bernard Madoff.

Why this is important: Lucas Goreta, CEO of the start-up Rifft, based in Sophia-Antipolis and specializing in connected objects, is suspected of having launched crowdfunding campaigns to finance innovative products… which have never seen the light of day. To attract donors, Lucas Goreta had developed what looks like a “private club”, to which he promised to pay royalties on the sales of products that were to be launched on the market. The products imagined by the entrepreneur appeared so attractive that the Riviera start-up was even selected to defend the colors of French Tech at CES in Las Vegas.

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ID5 raises 1 million euros to strengthen its synchronization of advertising cookies. Thanks to this fundraising, ID5 announces several development projects.

Why this is important: The start-up ID5 delivers a centralized platform for synchronizing advertising identifiers, which are used in the process of monetizing inventories and audiences in order to fund most of the free services available on the Internet. This financing should enable the company to strengthen its teams based in London and Paris. It also plans to invest in the development of its technical infrastructure and its identifier synchronization platform to support the growth of its activity.

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Algolia acquires the SeaUrchin.IO technology. The start-up, born in France and based in San Francisco, is strengthening its search as a service solution in analytics.

Why this is important: Algolia was created in 2012 by Nicolas Dessaigne (Nantes School of Computer Science) and Julien Lemoine (ex-Epita), former Thales employees. The start-up, passed by the famous Y Combinator, has raised a total of 74 million dollars from Accel Partners, Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital and Storm Ventures. The team is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Paris, London, New York and Atlanta.

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Nicolas Dessaigne, co-founder and CEO Algolia. Credit: FrenchWeb.