Two entrepreneurs, one passion: Eric La Bonnardière and Yvan Wibaux, co-founders of Evaneos.
This is the story of two young travel-lovers, Eric La Bonnardière and Yvan Wibaux, who set about looking for entrepreneurial challenges. After graduating from Supelec and HEC Paris, Eric spent two years working as a strategy consultant. As a seasoned globetrotter, he wanted to find a way of bringing together his love of travel and his business skills. Eric left his job as a consultant and found a new associate, Yvan Wibaux, who had not only a degree from Central Paris under his belt, but a year of travelling the world working in water control and responsible tourism.
Together, they spent nine months coming up with a business concept and breathing life into it. Finally, in June 2009, they took up the direction of Evaneos.
Evaneos is the first online platform connecting travellers directly with ‘the local experts,’ 650 hand-picked, on-site travel agents in over 150 destinations across the globe. As one of the leading online travel players in Europe, Evaneos allows holidaymakers to design 100% tailor-made trips securely through local travel agencies, and this platform is set to revolutionise the way travellers book their discovery and adventure holidays. At 7 years since the conception of Evaneos, the company now consists of an international team of about 80 people and is present across five European markets (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK). Thanks to its unique, 100% customisable trips, the Evaneos team has enabled more than 120,000 travellers to realise their dream holiday!
iContainers was founded by two Spanish entrepreneurs who learned the hard way that the shipping industry was out-of-date. When a client at a former Barcelona-based business venture called for an update on a freight shipment, Iván Tintore and Carlos Hernández realized to their dismay that they couldn’t get ahold of the agent. When they were unable to get ahold of the information the client was asking, relatively basic things like the cost, or whether there was an alternative route, the client went to another firm. Tintore and Hernández then realized that the shipping industry’s lack of transparency signalled an enormous opportunity.
As of 2016, iContainers now has 40 employees with offices in Miami, Barcelona, and Ahmedabad, India and has shipped more than 20,000 containers across 9.8 million nautical miles worldwide. One key to iContainers’ rapid growth: its pioneering of door-to-door shipping, as opposed to simply shipping containers from port-to-port. The company aggregates rates and pricing for roughly 95% of the shipping businesses in today’s market, finally bringing price transparency to the $300 billion logistics industry for the first time. Earlier this year, iContainers brought Jaime Jiménez, a seasoned founder and CEO with a demonstrated background in disrupting dated industries. Together, they are helping everyone from families and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies handle all their shipping needs through a single company, using iContainers’ simple and intuitive website and apps.
This is the story of two young people, fresh out school and working in a start-up, who are looking for entrepreneurial adventure. Even if they know nothing about the automotive industry, they were convinced that the traditional distribution of vehicle had to be updated to real consumer needs: choice, comparison, purchase at better price, Internet…
All started in Paris Nicolas’ studio in 2001, where Nicolas and Guillaume learned about automotive business. Four months later in January 2002, they sold their first car: it was a 206. They launched very quickly their website and developed a physical network of commercial agency in order to meet consumer demand.
More than 10 years later, AramisAuto is one of the largest French online B2C car retailers and sells new and used cars through its website, call center and network of local agencies located in more than 15 majors French cities.
Guillaume and Nicolas allow you to connect to 21st century, where you can climb a 35% discount without negotiating!
This is the story of partners and repeat entrepreneurs. WorldStores is the latest company of Joe Murray and Richard Tucker. These repeat-entrepreneurs have founded two companies before, and in their second business, a marketing agency specialized in the purchase of keywords, they have screened many sectors and have identified emerging on line market in the UK.
They concluded that on line furniture was evident and represented the highest opportunity with real potential.
Joe and Richard launched WorldStores in 2007 and have rescued thousands of sofas, beds and mattresses from a life languishing in Britain’s warehouse, which is key part of their strategy. They have built a powerful supplier network in the UK that allows them to delivery product in 24 hours. Joe and Richard build out an amazon-style ecommerce model.
WorldStores is a central website connecting a multitude of ones from BedroomWorld to DogKennersWorlds and TrampolineWorld, offering more than 300,000 items of furniture and other household goods. It is more than 15 times more products than its main competitors.
A quick delivery and a huge amount of choice are keys of success and help WorldStores grow very fast !