Auxivia, "French IoT" competition laureate will go to Las Vegas for CES 2016
The start-up Auxivia, supported by X –UP, École Polytechnique accelerator, is one of the 15 winners of the "French IoT" competition organized by La Poste. Auxivia will participate from January 6 to 9, 2016 in Las Vegas CES with some other finalists including Air Serenity, another start-up from l’X.
Their connected glass convinced the jury. The start-up Auxivia, a project supported by X - Up, École Polytechnique accelerator, was selected since last April among the 15 finalists of the "French IoT" competition dedicated to connected objects’ start-ups and organized by La Poste and its affiliate Docapost. Within “LA FIBRE ENTREPRENEUR – Drahi X-Novation Center”, École Polytechnique center dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, the young start-up developed a smart glass to prevent dehydration of the elderly people. Auxivia benefits from the acceleration program for innovative start-ups and as such receives the coaching of mentors and experts from École Polytechnique’s community while also having access to unique resources of prototyping.
In addition to being part of the 15 winners of the "French IoT", Auxivia won one of two grand prizes of the competition and received a grant of 20,000 euros to invest in R&D and production of its connected glass. Above all, this competition gives Auxivia visibility and global legitimacy as the laureates will receive special exposure by La Poste at the upcoming CES (Consumer Electronics show) in Las Vegas in 2016. Among the 15 start-ups that will make the trip there is also Air Serenity, a young company supported and hosted at l’X, that develops consistent purify indoor air.
"It is important for a start-up to access the international market," says Antoine Dupont, co-founder and CEO of Auxivia who believes that this event will help Auxivia to get known among health professionals in Europe and worldwide. "The CES will also give us leverage for the fundraising campaign we prepare for 2016," he adds.
The aim of CES for the start-up is to generate interest from investors and key players in the field such as insurance groups. "The aging population is a recurring problem in developed countries, so there is a growing market in the US," says Antoine Dupont, who also hopes to attract engineers in his young company. After recruiting two new collaborators last summer, the CEO hopes to recruit software and hardware engineers as well as a data scientist by next April.
Another advantage of the competition is that the laureates benefit from the network and support of La Poste group as part of the "French IoT" program. This hyper-acceleration program allows Auxivia to continue the development it started at X-UP, including the signature of a partnership with the two European leaders in nursing homes and the filing of a patent highlighting behavioural disorders in elderly people last September.