iContainers was founded by two Spanish entrepreneurs who learned the hard way that the shipping industry was out-of-date.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.
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!
Mickael Froger likes to describe himself as a member of a disappearing generation of Web entrepreneurs. A self-taught man, he started his career as soon as he graduated from high-school in 1999. During a professional career spanning M6, LeGuide and 2xMoinsCher, he developed a taste for entrepreneurship, honing the desire to carry out projects and take them as far as possible, with the help of a proactive team. This passion led him to co-found Lengow in 2009, a platform which lets retailers optimise their visibility and profitability on marketplaces, price comparison sites, affiliation platforms and retargeting.
Today, the solution is the market leader in France, and is active around the world. Mickael and his team recently raised €10M in funding, which will allow Lengow to speed up both its technological evolution and its development around the world. These days, there are 130 Lengow employees, split between two offices in Nantes and Paris.
His vision is not confined purely to business. Beyond his company’s business activity, Froger wants Lengow to bring added value to the local, national and even international e-commerce ecosystem. Lengow is committed to promoting and discovering the potential of tomorrow, to supporting diverse initiatives and helping projects to develop and prosper by creating its own incubators within its two offices.
This is the story of an entrepreneur – a former partner in a private equity firm – who was looking for his next challenge. He was already familiar with the startup scene as his 10-year VC background focused on financing young, innovative companies across a wide range of industries.
In 2013, he saw an enormous potential to shift the stagnant translation market online. When he took over the management at TextMaster, his vision was to create a technology-driven company that would combine the power of cloud integration and human expertise. Under his leadership, the company has carefully recruited, qualified and verified some of the best translators worldwide in over 40 languages and fields of expertise. TextMaster has also massively invested in R&D to bring state-of-the-art translation-assistance technologies to anyone, in just one click.
Three years later, that vision has become a reality: over 5000 clients in more than 110 countries access TextMaster’s translation services online or through API and 3rd party integrations. The cloud-based translation service has successfully won over Fortune500 companies, online retailers, global startups and SMBs.
By optimizing and simplifying translation workflows, TextMaster redefines how businesses manage and scale their international expansion.
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 a hoodie that never leaves its owner. This catch-all says a lot about different roles that plays its holder- surfer, coder, entrepreneur- as an immutable avatar. Still wearing his emblem, Alexandre has become one the archetypes of young French geek who dreams of French Tech.
As of the age of 15, Alexandre realized that there was no news mag for young people and founded PlanetAdos.net & ActuAdos.fr, two media portals for teenagers. Four years later at Epitech, Alexandre met Jéremy Nicolas (actual Deputy CEO of meltygroup) and brought this projects to maturity. In 2008, they founded Eeple with others classmates and launched Melty.fr.Success results in a computing program, Shape, developed with his partner Jérémy. This algorithm, whose recipe remains secret, allows to detect web trends in real-time. The two engineers applied it to youth, believing media offer to be very poor.
Becoming instantly popular, Melty network reaches one in three French young people, with more than 16M UV/month. Melty is growing strongly: international expansion (already present in Italy, Brazil, Spain, Germany…), many vertical (Discovery, Buzz, Campus, fashion, Food, Style…) and production of web series.
Bruno Lévêque is a web developer, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for open source innovation. At the age of 16, Bruno joined LeGuide.com, a leading European shopping comparison site where he worked as a web designer, developer and project manager. Simultaneously, he enrolled at EPITECH University where he studied computer science, engineering and business.
In 2007 Bruno co-founded PrestaShop along with Igor Schlumberger. Their mission was simple; make it easier for everyone to open an online store using open source software. Within one month of PrestaShop’s official launch, the software was downloaded 1000 times and translated into 13 languages by community members. That early momentum and open source spirit has propelled PrestaShop into a leadership position in the ecommerce software market.
Today, over 250,000 online stores are running on PrestaShop, making it one of the most popular ecommerce platforms in the world. In fact, PrestaShop stores are actively operating in every country and territory in the world (except North Korea). The software has been downloaded over 5 million times, and the open source community is over 1 million members.
The company has strategic partnerships with leading players in the ecommerce market like PayPal, Google, EBay, Amazon Payments, and many others. The PrestaShop team is supporting this vast global community from offices in France, the US, Germany, Italy, Benelux, and Spain. Bruno currently divides his time between the PrestaShop’s offices in the US and France.
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 !