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13 start-ups from l’X worth investing in, according to Challenges magazine

Challenges recently published its ranking of the 100 best start-ups to invest in for 2019. 13 companies on the list were founded by École Polytechnique alumni, or accelerated or incubated at the institution.

13 start-ups born in the École Polytechnique community—either created by alumni, or accelerated or incubated within the l’X Center for Innovation—appear in Challenges magazine’s ranking of the 100 best start-ups to invest in for 2019. Read on to find out all about them.

Altaroad: making roads smarter
Altaroad was founded in 2017 by Bérengère Lebental, an École Polytechnique alum and researcher, alongside Cécile Villette and Rihad Jerbi. The company develops a sensor that detects cracks on roads in real time. Their solution, which is based on data sales and associated services, is already attracting a number of construction firms.

Cerbair: fighting against drone attacks
Cerbair, co-founded in 2015 by l’X graduate Olivier Le Blainveaux and Lucas Le Bell, markets a surveillance technology for monitoring the airspace of high-risk sites. By analyzing radiofrequency communications, their technology can detect and neutralize drones that are unauthorized to fly over the area concerned. The start-up managed to raise €1.5 million in 2018 and the product is of interest to Charles de Gaulle Airport, prisons, celebrity homes and security companies.

Fotonower: automatic image analysis
Fotonower, a start-up created by École Polytechnique alum Victor Reutenauer and Vincent Delorme, has set its sights on developing image recognition technology to support companies. Combining deep learning and computer vision, the start-up proposes a tech solution involving automatic photo and video analysis. This technology is causing a stir in the insurance sector in particular.

Groover: bringing talented musicians into the spotlight
Groover was born out of the meeting of l’X alum Jonas Landman, along with Romain Palmieri, Dorian Perron and Rafael Cohen. The four co-founders launched a platform to connect artists with media, labels and influencers on the lookout for music talent. After being approached by artists, music industry professionals have seven days to listen to the song sent, give their opinion and share it if they wish.

Healsy/Hillo: support for diabetic patients
The start-up, Healsy, now known as Hillo, created by École Polytechnique graduate Nicolas Caleca and Stéphane Bidet, develops an algorithm that can predict changes in the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes. Relying on artificial intelligence, their application simulates these changes using data provided by the blood glucose sensor, the insulin pump and an activity tracker. Healsy was accelerated at X-Up, the École Polytechnique Accelerator.

Lalilo: helping children learn to read
Lalilo, founded in 2016 by three l’X graduates, Benjamin Abdi, Laurent Jolie and Amine Mezzour, develops a digital teaching tool that assists children learning to read. Using artificial intelligence and intended for use in the classroom, Lalilo enables teachers to offer their pupils more individualized lessons and exercises. The software is available online free of charge, and includes additional fee-based options.

Lili.ai: optimizing project management
Lili.ai, co-founded by Milie Taing and supported by the École Polytechnique X-Tech Incubator, applies artificial intelligence to project management. The start-up’s virtual decision-making assistant is able to simultaneously monitor projects carried out by the user’s company, detect sources of risk and optimize task prioritization.

Luko: better, quicker insurance
The Luko start-up was launched in 2016 by École Polytechnique alum Benoît Bourdel, and Raphaël Vullierme. The company provides 100% digital, no-strings-attached insurance, getting you covered in two minutes and offering payouts within two hours. Their solution has breathed new life into the insurance sector and has already attracted several thousand private consumers.

Matcha: wine suggestions for the digital age
Matcha was created in 2016 by École Polytechnique alum Eduardo Perez, along with Thomas Dayras and Benoît Richert. Using artificial intelligence, the start-up has created a virtual sommelier that provides users with personalized suggestions according to their tastes, budget and menu. Matcha has already enticed two French retailers, Monoprix and Intermarché. The company has also developed a specific product for restaurateurs to create their own wine cellar or menu.

Murfy: tackling planned obsolescence in household appliances
The start-up, Murfy, co-founded in 2018 by Guy Pezaku, graduate of the École Polytechnique PIC Master’s Program, and his four associates, proposes a comprehensive solution for repairing electrical appliances. Users can access free tutorials online, and those who are less DIY-savvy can get assistance within 48 hours from professional repair workers employed by the start-up. The service is currently restricted to the Paris region, but it will be introduced to other French cities by the end of the year, before hitting the international market.

Veesion: keeping a sharp eye on shoplifters
Veesion is a start-up founded in 2018 by Thibault David, Benoît Koenig and Damien Ménigaux, three former students of the Master of Science and Technology: Data Science for Business Program. They are developing a solution to detect thefts in large retailers, automatically and in real time. Using a deep learning algorithm and video gesture recognition technology, Veesion is able to continuously analyze surveillance footage and identify sequences with a high probability of theft.

Wingly: developing flight-sharing
Three graduates of the l’X Entrepreneurship and Innovation Master’s Program, Bertrand Joab-Cornu, Lars Klein and Emeric de Waziers, co-created the Wingly start-up in 2015. They develop a flight-sharing platform that puts pilots in contact with passengers, in order to share flight costs and associated fees. The start-up offers its service for scenic flights or as a method of transport in France, England and Germany.

Workelo: helping new staff get settled in
Workelo, a start-up created in 2017 by l’X graduate Mathieu Cochet and his partner Alexandre Grenier, develops a human resource solution based on artificial intelligence, which helps welcome new employees into companies. It digitizes and automates over 200 tasks, such as managing administrative documents, preparing welcome kits, and planning training sessions and meetings. Saint Gobain, EDF and Michelin are some of the customers already using the solution.