Paris is a dynamic, thriving city that attracts entrepreneurs from around the globe. The Parisian ecosystem has been vocal about its desire to create a more robust startup scene and has focused on developing established ecosystems like Berlin, London and Silicon Valley. With this ambition in mind, we've compiled some of the best accelerators in Paris for you to explore.
Top 10 Accelerators in Paris
The aim of Scientipole Initiative is to closely associate corporate and technological resources in order to contribute to the emergence of innovative enterprises and support the development of such projects.
Scientipole Initiative audits the potential projects, counsels and accompanies the future entrepreneurs from both a scientific and technological base as well as from a managerial point of view.
The granting of a non-guaranteed no interest loan to the principal entrepreneur(s) of the start-up or project furnishes a real tool of financial leverage. This loan is a personnel loan, ranging from 20 to 90K€ per enterprise, for a period of up to 5 years.
After the loan has been granted, Scientipole Initiative provides a follow-up of the projects it has helped by direct sponsorship, coaching and workshops.
Scientipole Initiative relies on a large network of over 60 experts who provide support to the new entrepreneurs. Since 2002, Scientipôle Initiative’s approval committee has backed 630 businesses with a financial commitment of over €25,5 million. Scientipôle Initiative has a permanent staff of 13. It can call upon a network of some 60 experts, with experience in diverses technologies, finance, marketing and business organization and administration .
Top Industries active in: Software, Internet and SaaS.
Number of Investments: 202
Wilco's most notable exits include Artefact, Gymlib, and Sevenhugs.
NUMA is an innovation hub which brings together under one umbrella three main activities: community events, startup acceleration, and innovation programs for corporates. Whether an idea is just beginning to bloom or vested and almost ready for market, NUMA provides methodology and mentorship to individuals, communities, startups and large companies. NUMA is also a co-working space for entrepreneurs, academics, SMEs, and more. This space enables its clients to accelerate companies, communicate and create, experiment, co-work, and hold events. NUMA is based in Paris, Moscow, and Bangalore.
Top Industries active in: Software, E-Commerce and Social Media.
Number of Investments: 125
NUMA's most notable exits include Streamroot, Realytics, and Jam.
3. The Family
The Family is building the largest and most sophisticated service infrastructure for startups in Europe. Their model is to take 5% equity for free in exchange of long-term support. Today, they have a portfolio of 200+ active companies in London, Paris and Berlin, including Captain Train (acquired by Trainline), Algolia and Payfit.
Top Industries active in: Software, Apps and Health Care.
Number of Investments: 73
The Family's most notable exits include Inqom, Span, and Nestor.
4. Founders Future
An investment firm, founded in 2018 by entrepreneur Marc Menasé, Founders Future combines the agility and operational input of a business angel with the robustness of a fund. We fund tech and digital startups. As seed specialists, we support responsible founders with ambitious projects. Our aim? To take them to the top.
Top Industries active in: Software, Internet and E-Commerce.
Number of Investments: 63
The Family's most notable exits include Inqom, Span, and Nestor.
5. 50 Partners
50 Partners is a French accelerator funded by 50 successful IT entrepreneurs. We provide startups with high-quality mentoring, financing, office space in central Paris, and special services from relevant companies in the ecosystem (VCs, Corporates, Media etc).
Each year, only a few selected startups can benefit from one of the most comprehensive programs (18 months) with the best engaged mentors.
Top Industries active in: SaaS, E-Commerce and Software.
Number of Investments: 57
50 Partners's most notable exits include ProcessOut, Sqreen, and Monsieur Drive.
6. BOOST Programs
We have two programs: - WAI Boost which connect startups and big companies. - Fintech Boost wich connect startups and BNP Paribas entities
Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and Health Care.
Number of Investments: 46
BOOST Programs's most notable exits include PayCar, Antelop Solutions, and SensorWake.
7. Startup Sesame
Startup Sesame is an alliance of European tech events, helping scale-ups, investors, and corporates to engage with the startup ecosystem. It allows startups, looking to develop cross-border connections, to grow with conferences, education, and networking.
Startup Sesame was founded during Challengers, a new breed of a conference where speakers and attendees are willing to make crazy ideas come to life, and was officially launched in June 2015.
Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and Internet.
Number of Investments: 42
Startup Sesame's most notable exits include Keyp, Look Live Media, and OpenBack.
8. Techstars Paris
Techstars Paris is looking for entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their companies in Paris’ thriving startup ecosystem and will work at space in Partech Shaker. Companies focused on Artificial Intelligence, Data and Bots; B2C Apps and services, Blockchain; IoT and Connected Hardware; SaaS and Cybersecurity; Smart city and smart transportation should apply. Corporate partners include Air Liquide, La Française des Jeux, Groupama, Renault Group and Total.
Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and Machine Learning.
Number of Investments: 33
They believe that the challenges facing their world - climate change, scarce natural resources, and sustainability inequality - require new approaches. They envision a new economy, one that is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. They are not alone. There's a global movement - driven by a new generation of various entrepreneurs - who believes the world can and must change. These creative entrepreneurs are launching dynamic new businesses that offer innovative solutions to their most pressing social and environmental challenges Tomorrow's unicorns will be those companies delivering social and environmental impact, alongside compelling financial returns
Top Industries active in: Environmental Consulting, Information Technology and Food and Beverage.
Number of Investments: 24
10. Day One Entrepreneurs & Partners
Day One Entrepreneurs & Partners has developed a unique model in France for financing and development of start-up. Day One E&P provides an intensive, involved and long term mentoring and its formidable network to actively help build some great companies.
Day One E&P supports each startup in the long run, without any exit deadline. Day One E&P has already invested from 100K to 1 million euros in the seed rounds of more than 60 start-up : GuestSuite, Comitam, KOL, Invite1Chef, LegalPlace, Rapidle, SmartMonument, SOSAV, The French Talents... and others.
Top Industries active in: Software, E-Commerce and Internet.
Number of Investments: 21