Eleven X start-ups at the 2023 Paris-Saclay Spring Event
For the 6th edition of this annual event, which took place on the HEC Paris campus, 50 start-ups - the Spring 50 - were selected. Among the 17 IP Paris start-ups involved in this tech event, 11 were coming from the École polytechnique’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
These disruptive start-ups are incubated at the Drahi X - Novation Center and/or founded by X alumni. They have invested in one of six strategic sectors: health-biotech, foodtech, greentech, mobility, digital technologies and newspace.
Paris-Saclay Spring is an opportunity for these entrepreneurs to interact with investors, researchers and R&D and innovation managers.
The first day was devoted to round tables and presentations, workshops and conferences. The second day was devoted to innovation processes, offering the opportunity to visit private R&D centers of the Paris-Saclay Cluster.
The Paris-Saclay Cluster brings together 15% of French research, 14 higher education institutions and research organizations, 280 laboratories, major groups and innovative SMEs. It is one of the top eight innovation clusters in the world.
X start-ups at Paris-Saclay Spring 2023
Three of the 11 École Polytechnique start-ups selected for the 2023 event are specialized in the Health-Biotech sector, three in Mobility, two in Digital Technologies, two in Newspace and the last one is from the Green Tech sector.
X Health-Biotech start-ups
Byorna, co-founded by Pascal Viguié (X1993) and Thierry Ziegler (Georgia Institute of Technology), specializes in RNA biology and the design and production of bioproduction platforms for therapeutic products. Its technology aims to produce high-quality messenger RNA (mRNA) on a large scale, increasing yields while reducing costs.
InSpek, founded by Jérôme Michon (X2011) and incubated at X-Tech, aims to reduce costs and delays due to chemical process errors, thanks to biochemical detection chips. It is particularly aimed at the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.
PGU Medtec, founded by Anabely Gutierrez (Sorbonne University) and incubated at X-Up, develops orthopedic prognostic software that creates a musculoskeletal avatar of patients based on medical imaging. This tool analyzes movements and postures, making it possible to monitor the progress of rehabilitation after, for example, the fitting of a hip prosthesis.
X Mobility start-ups
AtmosGear, founded and managed by Mohamed Soliman (UTC Compiègne) and incubated at X-Up, develops electrically-assisted roller skates.
EcoNautik, founded by Hervé Dumartin (ENSI Chimie) and incubated at the Drahi X - Novation Center, recycles boat engines. It gives them a second, emission-free life through the use of green hydrogen retrofit kits and installation procedures, and contributes to the protection of marine and river ecosystems.
Floware. Co-founded by Julian Garbiso (Telecom Paris), Mathieu Lafarge (ESTP Paris) and Shabbir Ali (Telecom ParisTech) and incubated at the Drahi X - Novation Center, Floware specializes in assisting major European cities with the analysis, design, management and evaluation of their transportation projects.
Digital Technologies start-ups
CyferAll, co-founded by Jean-Louis Olie (X70), Alain Fernando-Santana (University of Iowa) and Grégoire Olie (Creapole). CyferAll provides solutions to protect the exchange and storage of digitalized information, from its creation to its restitution.
Visionairy, co-founded by Daniel Blengino and Yannis Kolodziej (both trained at the Optics Institute) and incubated at the Drahi X - Novation Center. Its aim to improve and facilitate the work of factory operators, thanks to Visionairy software that automates visual inspections. A technology based on a new generation of AI.
X Newspace start-ups
Amphitrite, co-founded by Alexandre Stegner (professor at l'X) and Briac Le Vu (research engineer at l'X). The aim of this start-up is to decarbonize merchant ship routes, which account for 3% of global CO2 emissions. To achieve this, the start-up, which stems from the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (CNRS, École polytechnique - IP Paris, ENS, Sorbonne University), is developing patented methods for analyzing and merging ocean data.
Ion-X, co-founded by Yves Matton (X 2006), Jacques Gierak (CNRS) and Thomas Hiriar (ISAE SUPAERO). Ion-X offers an ion propulsion technology that boosts the thrust, efficiency and effectiveness of small satellite engines, providing an alternative to traditional plasma propulsion technologies that are too cumbersome to equip nano and micro satellite constellations.
BlueNose, co-founded by Joe Sangar (Ecole Centrale de Nantes) and Leon Grillet (Imperial College London) and incubated at X-UP. The start-up aims to reduce the carbon footprint of container ships, which today make up the most polluting fleet on the planet. To achieve this, they have developed a very specific algorithm. BlueNose proposes aerodynamic improvements to reduce fuel consumption.