TECH FOR PLANET : let’s talk solutions!

Climate change is a global emergency. But solutions already exist. Now it’s time to scale them! Let’s build one, or better yet, allow the ones that already exist to scale and thrive.

On December 12th, the One Planet Summit, organized by the French Presidency will gather leaders from all around the world. This incredible opportunity is a clear message from our government: there is a need for a global response when it comes to environmental issues.

On Monday, December 11th, NUMA, with The French Presidency, BNP Paribas, Microsoft, and Schneider Electric, and with the support of SUEZ is presenting Tech For Planet, in an effort to add to this generalized dynamics towards a better future. Designed as an introduction to the Summit, our initiative is a side-event with one goal: move from talk to action.

The beliefs behind our logic

Because it always starts with a why.

1 – Solutions already exist

In the tech world, innovative solutions to concrete problems are already available. They vary in maturity and magnitude, but they all have the same need to be nurtured and supported.

Examples backing this statement are numerous, and we even had the pleasure to work on some of them in house.

For instance, for the past three years, NUMA has developed and scaled the multi-disciplinary program DataCity, alongside key partners such as the City of Paris. In this context, startups Quantmetry and Dataiku co-developed in 2016 a visualisation solution aiming to better adapt urban lighting to actual citizen needs, saving 3% to 10% in electricity costs for municipalities.

Innovation is everywhere, solutions already exist. They deserve better recognition, better funding and they need to be replicated and scaled worldwide for global impact.

2 – Solutions need wide adoption for a real scale up

Corporates and startups, much like progress and sustainability are oftentimes seen as antonyms. But to move from dialog to results, we are convinced that you have to see beyond those unfounded oppositions.

Tech For Tomorrow is not only a great step towards a collaborative mindset, it’s also the physical manifestation of both ethical tech and a change of corporate responsibility towards global warming. Additionally, Tech for Planet unites both corporate and public actors, Companies, and Cities.

There is a will to make things better. Together, let’s pave the way.

The Event

See how we organized it.

Tech For Planet is a mix of inspiring keynotes, and startups showcasing their solutions:

  • The Manifesto Arena.

    Get inspired by world-class ambitious entrepreneurs and leaders, from industries such as finance, energy, transport, but also politicians, and artists:

    • Marie-Vorgan Le Barzic, CEO of NUMA & Luc Jacquet, film director
    • Bertrand Piccard, Founder of Solar Impulse Foundation
    • Bertrand Badré, Founder and CEO Blue like an Orange Capital, Author “Can finance save the world?”
    • Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian, CEO GreenWish Partners
    • Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO of BNP Paribas & Thomas Sunna, Founder of Sunna Design
    • Gilles Boeuf, biologist
    • Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of SUEZ & Jérôme Delafosse et Victorien Erussard, cofounders of Energy Observer
    • Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Executive VP Innovation & Strategy of Schneider Electric
    • Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
    • Brad Smith, President of Microsoft
    • Frédérique Vidal,  Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation & Corinne Le Quéré, Director of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  • The Tech Forum

    Discover the solutions from 30 selected startups, divided in 5 categories:

    • Cities
      • Quantmetry
      • Dataiku
      • Linc
      • Qarnot Computing
      • Karos
      • Pavegen
    • Biodiversity
      • Agriloops
      • Tree – Newreality
      • nextProtein
      • Ecosia
    • Sustainable Energy
      • Morgan Solar
      • Waga Energy
      • SonnenBatterie
      • Sabella
      • DCBrain
      • Heliatek
    • Waste & Water
      • Green Mantra
      • Phenix
      • Skipping Rocks Lab
      • Pili
      • L’increvable
      • Aquassay
      • Wéco
      • Plastic Odyssey
    • Carbon Footprint
      • Zéphyr et Borée
      • Greenspector
      • Cgon
      • Open Airlines


A big thanks to all our partners for making this happen.

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Beyond 2030: The Future of Work – More Than Just a Robolution

The working world is in the midst of metamorphosis. Though the three preceding industrial revolutions saw cause both for worry and progress, the fourth asks even bigger questions, such is the disruption caused by the digitalization of the economy across all industries. With it come financial opportunities, new professions and new forms of interaction, all of which is well understood by the startups which often mirror the very future of the workplace.

The Millennial generation, nomadic work, well-being, big data and artificial intelligence – a galaxy of modern words gravitate around an ever-growing reflection process on the future of work. The Fourth Industrial Revolution – which includes development in domains such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, genetics and biotechnology – is currently underway. The transformations it brings will come to light by 2030, profoundly changing current work paradigms.

Firstly, this is because of today’s young generation and those to come – born in a digital era and one of economic crises – have new expectations. The borders between the professional and private spheres are disappearing little by little every day, now Millennials are looking for jobs and careers with meaning, mixing flexibility and communal decision-making. In order to attract and keep talent, companies are encouraged to innovate on the projects they offer, with regards to both workspace organization and HR policy.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will cause widespread mutation not only in business models, but in job markets during the next five years, not to mention the considerable changes to be undertaken in terms of the skills required to thrive in this new landscape.”

As well as this, we are seeing increased tensions on the job market, at least for the time being. This is because “the Fourth Industrial Revolution will cause widespread transformations not only with regards to business models,

Technologies are indeed modifying the traditional structure of work. The OECD has thus calculated that in the next 15 years, 10% of jobs are directly endangered as 70% or more of tasks performed might be done by machines or via artificial intelligence. As well as this, between 20% and 25% of other jobs will see 50% to 70% of their tasks automated. These jobs might remain, but will change profoundly, added the international organization.

Freelance and flexible workers (mobility and ongoing training…) will also be part of tomorrow’s profiles. Measures and proposals seen in France, such as the Individual Activity Account (le compte personnel d’activité), unemployment rights for freelancers and the Universal Wage are all a reflection of this trend.

Many startups are thus trusting in the capacity of digital intelligence and are developing tools to federate company organization in a world of freelancers

The future of employment is thus on everyone’s lips, and though it may be problematic – and even worrisome – it is above all a motor for innovation. While technology is clearly a transformational force, it also enables transition in the job market. Many startups are thus trusting in the capacity of digital intelligence and are developing tools to federate company organization in a world of freelancers, promote performance as much as creativity and structure entrepreneurial teams using data power.

Recruiting processes, work modes and spaces, data protection, data management and industrial processes, all these domains and more are being propelled into a new era by entrepreneurs already with an eye towards 2030. Here are some such examples.

Recruit Me If You Can

Before embarking on the job interview…

Facebook Headhunter – Work4

Based on the cornerstone that the average web user spends 83% of their time online on social networks, this French startup offers companies Facebook-based recruitment technology. It enables companies to create ads targeting qualified candidates, according to their specific criteria. This e-recruitment will, if Work4 are to believed, separate the wheat from the chaff in the hunt for sought-after profiles.

Chatbots in the Service of Careers – Wade & Wendy 

Wade & Wendy are two chatbots, developed by the American startup of the same name. The former is presented as an intelligent personal careers advisor. Through the use of a user’s professional data, it identifies interesting opportunities and makes the user aware of them. The latter, on the other hand, is presented as an intelligent recruiting assistant and deals with companies in order to monitor the job market and offer candidates who correspond with the company’s projects and culture.

100% Digital Career Coach – Jobmaker

Jobmaker describes itself as the first digital career coach, helping users reboot their careers, change jobs, find work again or simply enter the job market. By means of example, it offers users the chance to learn how to know themselves better and to showcase their added value in encounters with recruiters.

Nomads of the World, Unite!

Co-working spaces are popping up all over Europe

The Platform Giving Freelancers a Helping Hand: Upwork 

Created in 2004, the Californian startup Upwork has developed a networking platform for freelancers and employers. It is designed to respond not only to the needs of freelancers who are looking for contracts, but also to those of companies that are confronted with the challenges of increasing rates of professionals choosing to work for themselves. In this domain, we might also mention Hopwork and Gigster.

The International Co-Working Brand – WeWork 

Founded in 2010 WeWork represents 189 co-working spaces with an identical atmosphere in 48 cities worldwide. The goal is to bring together a global community of creators and freelancers, by investing in spaces featuring flexibility, comfort, lounge spaces and an entrepreneurial spirit. In Paris, we might also mention Kwerk, which has invested in an identity and new ways of working.

The Platform for Those Seeking a Workspace – Beewake

“Where are you going to work today?” – Beewake enables users to find a workspace – whether it be co-working space, conference rooms or even hotel rooms – in order to gain in productivity when telecommuting. The platform is available in 11 cities in France and in Brussels.

Between Workmates

The intelligent agent to share info within your company – 

A Personal Assistant which puts all your company’s contacts within reach, offers a secure cloud solution to share information within your companies. It was launched thanks to the investment fund from Slack, the message service for group projects which is taking the corporate world by storm.

The Bot to Foster Encouragement between Workmates – Growbot

Growbot is presented as a team appreciation bot. It makes it easy to share team or individual corporate results, promotions or other boons via “props”, “kudos” and other “cheers”, which fosters the kind of recognition between co-workers that is often over-looked through mutual encouragement and congratulations.

Growbot makes it easy to share team and individual results within a company.

The Agency which Transforms Information into MOOCs – The MOOC Agency

Education and ongoing training couldn’t possibly escape the digital revolution, and to provide everybody around the world or one company’s staff with new knowledge, supports companies in this digital revolution who wish to train their staff, as they did with the SNCF through their MOOC to recruit 100 train drivers.

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Beyond 2030: Who Will Be the Uber of Tomorrow?

Between now and 2030 cities won’t have stopped growing. With increasing demand on transport systems, current networks have a date with saturation point. City-dwellers must rethink their ways of getting around. There is good news – many startups have already made headway towards making the transition towards intelligent, efficient and sustainable urban transport solutions as smooth as possible.

What will tomorrow’s roads look like? If we want to avoid seeing our cities become a cacophony of car horns, a new transport model must come about by 2030. To combat pollution, traffic jams and accidents, startups are raring to go. Shared vehicles on demand and driverless cars might become commonplace. The innovation race to become the Uber of tomorrow is on.

The Uber of the Future

The rate of innovation in the transport sector is growing. In the 3rd quarter of 2016 alone, €6 billion was invested worldwide in 150 companies within the industry, more than in the whole of 2015. Long focused on electric vehicles, the market turned towards driverless cars. It might swell to over €500 billion by 2035 and has become the focus of quite a great deal of conjecture.

In two short years the young startup Zoox, created by an Australian designer and an American researcher from Stanford, has captured the collective imagination with the mere height of its ambitions – to have developed, by 2020, a driverless electric car and offer a taxi service that would make Uber look old hat… The startup has already been valued at more than a billion dollars.

Founded in 2014, Zoox aims to overtake car manufacturers in the development of a driverless electric vehicle. The startup has already been valued at $1 billion. Its main competitor – Tesla.

Founded in 2014, Zoox aims to overtake car manufacturers in the development of a driverless electric vehicle. The startup has already been valued at $1 billion. Its main competitor – Tesla.

Rather than develop the vehicles themselves, the American startup Drive.AI has decided to invest in the design of the ”brain” of these driverless vehicles: straight out of the prestigious AI Lab at Stanford University, the founders want to equip a whole fleet of share and delivery vehicles with vision and control systems to turn them into driverless cars, and develop tools by which automated driving will be safer and faster than human driving ever was. By ringing the death knell for accident-related traffic jams, these smart cars will also help in the advent of cleaner cities with automated, fluid and energy-efficient traffic.

Should we wave goodbye to the personal car?

We should, at this point, reassure the car lovers amongst us – in 2030 personal cars won’t have disappeared altogether. The migration towards a collaborative driverless transport system will take place progressively at different speeds depending on different countries.

For megalopolises in developing countries, such as Mumbai and Mexico City, which are literally suffocating in exhaust fumes, the major issue is to ease traffic pressure so as to minimize the environmental impact. Restricting access to personal cars will be accompanied by the further development of alternatives – an effective public transport system and an attractive range of shared transport options.

Daimler, the German car manufacturer, have conceived of a driverless car where passengers can swivel their chairs around to chat, read or sleep…

In the United States, where ownership is as sacrosanct as the 2nd Amendment, tentacular cities such as Los Angeles are heading in the direction of popularizing driverless electric cars, without really addressing the elephant in the room – personal cars. As such, in the traffic jams choking the city, users will soon be able to imagine themselves spending time playing video games, checking emails… This innovation hosts great expectations as much for its advances in terms of eco-friendly transport as for the freedom afforded to the driver-cum-passenger.

In Hong Kong, London, or Singapore, personal cars might indeed disappear – thanks to the popularization of car-sharing, the total number of vehicles on the road might fall.

In Hong Kong, London or Singapore, it might be easier to imagine the disappearance of the personal car – users could alternate between modes of transport, depending on the situation – and thanks to the popularization of car-sharing, the total number of cars on the road might fall. This would take place while the number of trips rose, by 20 to 50% by 2030. It is estimated that by that year, in these cities, 60% of vehicles might be electric, of which 40% might be driverless.

The Traffic Jam War

Developing car-sharing is also an answer to one of the toughest slogs faced by city-dwellers – those infamous traffic jams.

This promise of improvement matters when we take into account that French drivers (for example) waste an estimated 23 hours per year in traffic jams. Paris holds the national record, with 65 hours of annual traffic jams per motorist. One radical solution would involve taking off in an Ehang 184, a feasibly accessible drone designed by a Chinese firm. It could allow users to fly over traffic jams during peak hour. Fully electric, its cruising speed is close to 100 km/h (60mph). It has a flight battery capacity of 25 minutes – enough to get you to work on time – and recharges in two hours. What’s more, there are no parking problems as its retractable arms allow it to park in a standard car parking space.

The first flight of the drone-taxi Ehang 184 is set to take place in the coming months, in Dubai airspace.

While they wait impatiently for their chance to look down over the city, startups have been getting down to the business of providing more grounded solutions. Thanks to Stratasys,  a 3D printing giant based in Israel, it might be possible to “print” tailored infrastructure alternatives in the case of roadworks, which are a major cause of slowed traffic flow – and this would reduce traffic jams for users.

All those hours spent driving round in circles trying to find a parking space will be a thing of the past – the Californian startup SFPark is working on an algorithm system to optimize carparks. It fluctuates parking prices according to offer and demand. In this way, spaces are cheaper in less popular zones in order to encourage users to park there and thus reduce demand on zones with heavier traffic and greater pollution levels.

Applied to traffic lights, artificial intelligence will help create smoother flows for vehicles such as ambulances, buses and even bikes, so as to avoid bottlenecks.

Another piece of technology might enable user-to-user collaborative transport networks to see the light of day – blockchain. Thanks to its virtual currency, the “Zooz”, which is traded between drivers and passengers, the Israeli collaborative transport platform “La’Zooz” (“move” in Hebrew) offers the same service as the French car-sharing site BlaBlaCar, but without the middleman.

Even traffic lights are in the startups’ sights. The London-based Vivacity Labs has put them in its cross-hairs as they are responsible for a great deal of significantly reduced traffic flow. It has fine-tuned technology that will enable them to monitor traffic density and to solve flow problems in real time by modifying traffic light frequency. Artificial intelligence should also be capable of providing right of way to vehicles such as ambulances, buses and even bikes, so as to avoid bottlenecks.

Big Data: Tomorrow’s Compass

How can we make sense of all these transport options? All roads may lead to Rome, but some of them will get you there quicker than others and, according to a study published on the website Science Advances, 80% of the possible trips made in metropolises exceed the calculation capacities of the human brain. That is where big data and algorithms come into play. The London-based app Citymapper, a new compass for city-dwellers, is off to a flying start in the urban transport data battle. Using buses, underground, your own two feet or a mountain bike, it suggests the best itinerary according to your preferences. It has even just launched its connected buses feature to optimize traffic flows in London.

The company collects usage rates and shares its data on traffic flows and the condition of roads with local governments.

Early May, three Citymapper smartbuses criss-crossed the British capital. Equipped with a USB port to recharge smartphones, this intelligent bus offers more flexible itineraries, adapted to traffic conditions.

This collaboration could provide the means to significantly improve the public transport network. In France, the startup AiD is working in conjunction with SFR, the RATP, Suez and Paris City Hall on a project to help tourists get around the City of Love. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre via the Champs Elysées, AiD looks at every trip made by tourists, aggregates all the data and analyzes it in order to adapt the available transport options.

Paris to Marseille in 40 minutes

At long last, a speed revolution is in the wings. For the price of a metro ticket, Hyperloop One, the brain-child of the visionary Elon Musk, will offer you a trip at the speed of sound. This project for a magnetic train propelled along a vacuum-sealed tube at around 1200km/h (745mph) convinced the SNCF, who – without going into any exact financial details – participated in the creation of an $80 million fund, with 9 other investors. At this speed, that brings the Paris-to-Marseille trip time down to 40 minutes, from a little more than three hours today. At this pace, Parisians will soon be able to nip down for a quick sun-drenched bouillabaisse.

A futuristic train by Russian graphic designer, Evgeny Kazantsev.

A Made in France version is also under study. Though another five years will be needed before the prototype might be tested, academic Christian Brodhag is working on the French Hyperloop which might link Lyon and Saint Etienne in record time – whipping the current 45-minute trip time down to just 8 minutes. “For a €15 ticket, it will be possible to implement this innovative transport solution in the next 5-10 years,” promised Christian Brodhag. So what’s stopping us imagining that the future 800km (500-mile) trip from Paris to Marseille could be like today’s 60km (40-mile) trip to Fontainebleau?

A constant in all this innovation – beyond the advances in terms of passenger experience and safety, tomorrow’s transport solutions are to be irrevocably clean. Driverless cars, shared vehicles, rebooting rail networks, artificial intelligence applied to traffic flow issues… never before have technological solutions made such sense as when they work together to reduce our carbon footprint, which in 2014 remained at 42% in France, due to our transport methods, to make sure transport solutions – even within urban centers – respect our ecosystem.

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Beyond 2030: Episode 1 – The Food Revolution

With the 11 billion people said to inhabit the Earth by the end of the century and its limited natural resources, it is high time that human beings rethought their way of feeding themselves… and this important food revolution might come from startups.

An increasing amount of mouths to feed, a decreasing amount of arable land and more and more waste – these are the elements of the equation that is set before FoodTech – an alliance between the food industry and new technologies, in order to redefine the foundations of our diet. What we are talking about here is finding a way not only to guarantee consumers the quality of the products they consume, but also to invent an environmentally-friendly and sustainable agricultural production model. As such, this is a revolution that involves the digital mutation of the food industry. The good news is that the innovation race towards inventing the meals of tomorrow has already begun.

The “Datagriculture” Revolution

Pills for lazy night meals, bite-sized insects that you might see served as canapés, synthetic lamb for the Sunday roast… The meals that FoodTech startups are pondering don’t always make for the most appetizing reading, but they do have the advantage of being highly nourishing. We should be careful here not to go overboard on the innovation as 66% of French people say they distrust what they eat. Dehydrated pizza from the film Back to the Future probably won’t see the light of day for quite some time…

Tomorrow’s farmers have garnered an important ally: big data

To make consumers’ lives easier, while also respecting their health, the entire food production chain is going to have to be reinvented. The first link in this chain is, of course, agriculture. For tomorrow’s farmers to be or not to be tech, that will not be the question. Tomorrow’s farmers have garnered an important ally – big data. Agriculture generates and uses a large range of data (weather, yield etc.), collecting and valuing this information on sharing platforms will help to hone tools to anticipate markets, to shape agricultural policy and farmers will have more information at their fingertips in the decision-making process.

In France, companies such as Weenat, which manages irrigation rotations on agricultural land, and Ekylibre offer solutions that combine the internet of things and Big Data analysis. Thanks to these kinds of companies, farmers can gain a wider range of data and use it to improve their efficiency and increase productivity. From now on there is no need to vast tracts of land – small spaces in the heart of cities are enough. The French startup Agricool grows strawberries in this way in containers and has considerable reduced the environmental impact by closing the gap between producers and consumers. Other applications linked to Big Data aim to reduce food waste, such as Phénix, a startup that provides a network for distributors and NGOs.

Agricool – a startup that grows strawberries in shipping containers.

Across the Atlantic retail chain Walmart sees blockchain as a future solution. This promising technology might play a role as trusted third party in a world where questions of where food comes from remain unanswered. While the news is consistently plastered with food-related scandals, blockchain could constitute a measurement of transparency for consumers, in that it would provide a safe platform on which to share data and guarantees the traceability of products, at all levels, from producer all the way to the distributor.

Haute Couture Food

FoodTech could thus enable consumers to take advantage of an increasingly well-targeted wider range of offers, one that is tailored to their lives and needs. For example by allowing them to choose and cook their meals thanks to their smartphones, using food coaching applications, which make use of artificial intelligence.

Could we print our favorite gourmet dish thanks to 3D printing?

A site like Habit is an actor in haute couture food. It offers to develop a tailored menu, according to the needs of the user. The company is uses nutrigemonics, a personalized nutrition science based on genotypes. The only hiccup – outlawed in some countries, the use of the genome for personal use is an ethical dilemma.

On the distribution side of things, delivery platforms have been multiplying, challenging companies to provide improved quality in terms of both products and service. And who knows, might we witness not only the capacity to have your dinner delivered, but even print out gourmet meals ourselves using our very own 3D printer?

French FoodTech on the Rise

The FoodTech dynamic is up and running, showcased by the fact that investors don’t bat an eyelid when injecting millions into promising young startups. Long considered the poor parent in the investment community FoodTech has reversed this trend over the past four years. In 2015 alone, investments in the industry totaled €6 million.

What this means is not the end of the world, but a transformation of an industry towards more openness and collaboration.

Investors have been mostly foreign but Frenchies are getting in on the act. A sign of the times, Marc Simoncini invested in Popchef, Xavier Niel in Epicery, the self-proclaimed “fresh produce Uber”, and headliners such as La Ruche qui dit Oui (The Food Assembly) and Frichti have been funded to the tune of €8 and €12 million respectively over the past few months – something that might just whet entrepreneurs’ appetites. In space of just a few years, a myriad of seedlings have taken root, and some are in full bloom.

So is this where industry leaders and traditional food and farming actors take their leave? Not as such. For us here at NUMA, what this means is not the end of the world, but a transformation of an industry towards more openness and collaboration – a world in which food giants work hand in hand with startups and where smaller actors can build on the know-how of bigger players.


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NUMA is on mission – Marie-Vorgan Le Barzic, CEO of NUMA

In 2030, the global demand for water will exceed Earth’s capacity by 40%.
More than 40% of today’s jobs will have disappeared. Climate change alone will have created 100 million additional poor people.

Have you already read these forecasts? Take a few minutes to read them again, slowly this time. Let what they actually mean sink in.

In 2030, the world is projected to face a 40% global water deficit.

More than 40% of today’s jobs will have disappeared.

Climate change alone will have created 100 million additional people living below poverty lines.

To tackle these dangers, mission-driven tech entrepreneurs, the ones who are part of a bigger picture, contribute to the solution.

I know that they are able to develop and roll out sustainable solutions, taking part in solving some of mankind’s key problems. I also know that the development and implementation of these global solutions to global problems will produce future companies on the Unicorn List.

NUMA is striving to seize and foster this opportunity, by empowering mission-driven tech entrepreneurs to solve the global problems of 2030. It is time for us to demonstrate our drive to support the entrepreneurs who provide answers to the key problems of the future. Education, healthcare, food, mobility, energy, work, transparency and security: we will now devote our work to issues requiring urgent action and a relevant technological response. From now on, this will be our mission.


numa empowers mission driven tech entrepreneurs 2030

The obsession with value creation

In practice, this mission follows on from and confirms what NUMA has always been about. From the outset, I focused on making NUMA a tool of global action, a value creation tool that is constantly reorganised for maximum impact and to heighten its effectiveness. NUMA’s history and structure have changed as we have gained awareness collectively, as our beliefs have been strengthened and as value creation opportunities have arisen for us.



In 2002, following the “Internet bubble”, I worked to snap the Silicon Sentier association out of lethargy, to bring together digital entrepreneurs, so that they could rebuild their career paths and help each other, to assist them in continuing their actions and impact on the world.



In 2008, a movement was launched around Silicon Sentier. Regular events fostered the entrepreneurial drive and created business and development opportunities. This movement was occasional, sporadically meeting for events. It needed a permanent feature. This is how La Cantine came about in 2008, a hybrid space for events and co-working, a common house for the digital ecosystem in Paris.



In 2011, the environment had changed, events were held on a daily basis across Paris and a generation of entrepreneurs had gone by. These seasoned entrepreneurs created a baseline and some became inspiring role models, setting the milestones of French-style entrepreneurship. This excellence and drive to share their experience were the foundation for an acceleration model, for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. The result was Le Camping, the first start-up accelerator in Paris. Its goal was to add performance to ambition, and ambition to performance.


In 2013, the dawn of this faster, more demanding, cross-cutting entrepreneurial era, which hit the most stable industries, had become a matter of course. Collectively, it was certain that beyond technological issues, organisational and management models were being challenged.

I clearly remember the opening address at NUMA on 14 November 2013 when I asked the question out loud: how can common ground be found between major companies and start-ups? How can we prevent society being divided between the old and new economy? Thousands of companies ran the risk of folding if they did not fully gauge the importance of entrepreneurial culture, while thousands of entrepreneurs ran the risk of failing if the ecosystem surrounding them did not adapt to support them. NUMA’s value proposition was to open wide its doors and model to identify common competitive levers, for the benefit of all, for Paris and France’s global outreach.


Go Inter and Go for Profit

There is no doubt that the model that we had built up in Paris created value for the entire innovation ecosystem and was unique. We received an increasing number of calls from accelerators and cities wishing to duplicate our model. The alternatives offered to them were divisive or focused on only a section of the ecosystem. I therefore decided to launch NUMA’s expansion on an international scale, by opening offices in Moscow, Bangalore, Casablanca, Barcelona, Mexico City, then Berlin and New York this year.

numa world

To make this development possible, NUMA became a company. This was also a chance to show that the ideological straightjacket that opposes economic performance and general-interest action is not viable. Economic performance and ambition must serve a broader action than its own advancement. Economic performance cannot be uncoupled from strong values and a drive to make the world a better place.


It is now 2017. The world is full of amazing initiatives to serve entrepreneurs, the digital transformation has become a seemingly infinite market, and the community approach is now an obvious choice for value creation. So, today, in which areas can NUMA still enhance its value creation?

 I am convinced that we can enhance our value creation by showing our willingness to steer our ecosystem and by stopping to be agnostic.

NUMA receives some 6000 applications each year worldwide from entrepreneurs with varying degrees of maturity and ambition. Some stand out. They stand out for a shared quality: they live for their mission. They want to take action to improve the world around them, to put their energy and performance into solving global problems.

One mission before one million

I therefore decided to clarify our mission: NUMA  empowers mission-driven tech entrepreneurs to solve the global challenges of 2030. I am convinced that in doing so, we will be supporting the future companies of the Unicorn List, for two reasons.

  • Successful implementation must be underpinned by an absolute requirement of concentration and simplification for the mission. The mission which guides entrepreneurs is the best asset to ensure successful implementation;

  • The global problems of 2030 are enormous value creation fields, in which entrepreneurs will be able to build up profitable and long-lasting companies.

Remember, according to current forecasts, in 2030, global demand for water will exceed 40% of Earth’s capacity. More than 40% of today’s jobs will have disappeared. Climate change alone will have created 100 million additional poor people.

It is my firm belief, which steers NUMA, that the technological entrepreneurs guided by their mission could prove these projections wrong through their performance.


Behind NUMA’s new mission lies a little naivety and hope and humility in abundance. We are not the first to tackle these issues. We absolutely hope that we will not be the last, the problems we wish to solve are so broad that the entire economic fabric could work to solve them and there would still be plenty of scope for further improvement.


If you think that we can walk part of the way together to support the technological entrepreneurs who make it their mission to meet the global challenges of 2030, please get in touch!


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2017, here we come!

2016 has been a year of extensive transformation and growth for NUMA. But wait until you see what's coming in 2017...

2016 has been a year of extensive transformation and growth for NUMA. First, we opened offices in 2 new countries (Spain and Mexico) and we launched 2 new business lines: Corporate Education and our new software

Our staff doubled and we are extremely proud of our team of over 100 NUMAns now. We are thrilled to have met and welcomed incredible new people at NUMA. This is probably one the most promising achievements of all: continue growing, though keeping our spirit and mindset.

In our 6 NUMA offices around the world, 320 promising startups have now benefited from our acceleration programs. Besides that, a dozen of large organizations have trust us to support them in their digital transformation.

Our Open Innovation platforms reached new horizons, bringing the collaborations between corporates and startups to new levels. For instance: is bringing a brand new IoT platform for startups willing to disrupt the Industrial world with General Electric. aims to solve the challenges of smart cities thanks to entrepreneurs.

This year, more than ever, we have proved that entrepreneurs have the power to solve many of the challenges that we face. We are here to empower them in doing so.

In 2017, we are committed to intensify this support. We will scale our offer to startups, communities and corporates. Keeping our values and spirit in mind, we will discover new territories, extending our brand to new horizons.

Throughout this journey that will take us to a new level, the key is keep our mission in mind: shape unique and responsible leaders for tomorrow’s economy. Whether they’re Entrepreneurs or Corporate Directors. Or both.

“Our task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it” wrote Antoine de St Exupéry. 2017 will be the year that NUMA, with your help, will enable a brighter future.

Happy 2017!

And before starting this amazing new year ahead of us, we thought it’d be good to have a little look back on 2016…


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mVenturesBcn and NUMA commit €4.8M to attracting growth-phase digital startups

- The programme has received applications from 37 countries of 4 continents to take part in the first edition of the acceleration programme which begins on 1 November.
- The startups participating will receive initial funding of €30,000 to develop their project.
- The first NUMA Barcelona programme will culminate in a Demo Day at 4YFN 2017.

Barcelona, 14 September 2016 – mVenturesBcn, the programme launched by Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCB) to create and support new digital projects and businesses, and NUMA, the French global innovation network, have today presented NUMA Barcelona, the first European acceleration programme for growth-phase digital startups. The initiative will invest 4.8 million euro in attracting digital talent to the city, in addition to supporting and developing their projects, with particular focus on their scalability and global impact.

NUMA Barcelona will accelerate 30 startups over the next 3 years, and will launch its first programme on 1 November. The international reach of this programme is clearly illustrated by the applications that have already been received from 37 countries on 4 continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe – in this first call for proposals.

The 10 selected startups will follow a 4-month programme (November to February) which will culminate in a Demo Day on the main stage at 4YFN 2017 during the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Each startup will receive initial funding of €30,000 at the beginning of the programme to develop their project, as well as consulting services, mentoring and offices, among others. Also, NUMA Barcelona will acquire a 5% equity stake, allowing the accelerator to become involved in and monitor the project once the programme has come to an end. For this reason, the initiative has allocated a further €1.5M for possible financial contributions after the programme has been completed. These investments will be made in startups whose proposals possess significant international potential in addition to a strong innovative element.

NUMA Barcelona has a solid network of international mentors who will provide the business teams with constant support. They include, among others, leading figures such as Ali Partovi, investor and consultant in projects such as Facebook, Uber, Airbnb or Dropbox; Gary Shainberg, ex-Vice President of Technology and Innovation at British Telecom and one of the first promoters of Tech Pioneers in the World Economic Forum; Jorge Carulla, ex-Marketing Director of eDreams and cofounder of ShakeUp; and Francisco Pérez, cofounder of Hawkers.

According to Aleix Valls, General Director of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, “NUMA Barcelona is a reflection of the talent and innovative potential in our city. We are generators of ideas, but we have an extraordinary capacity to provide the environment necessary for developing digital projects and making the leap to the international arena.” Along these lines, Pep Gómez, Chairman of NUMA Barcelona, points out that “Entrepreneurs from 37 countries, including Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Cameroon, Russia and Canada, among others, want to take part in our initiative. We are offering to accelerate ventures in the mobile capital. This is unique in the world.” NUMA’s CEO, Marie V. Le Barzic, concludes that “The cooperation between NUMA and mVenturesBcn will allow the strengthening of relations between Paris and Barcelona and the establishment of a true bridge of knowledge and digital innovation between both ecosystems.”

Barcelona: a hub of digital innovation

mVenturesBcn strives to strengthen Barcelona’s role as a business environment for entrepreneurs, startups and investors with initiatives that are scalable on an international level. To this end, mVenturesBcn has opened new offices in Pier01, the centre of reference for digital entrepreneurs in Barcelona backed by Barcelona Tech City that was opened in July.

mVenturesBcn currently hosts 2 leading worldwide acceleration programmes: the first is in the field of the Internet of Things, with Startupbootcamp IoT & Data; the second is NUMA Barcelona, a pioneer programme in Europe for growth-phase startups, sponsored in conjunction with the French innovation network NUMA.

mVenturesBcn also focuses on the acceleration of technological transfer and the creation of new digital-based companies as a catalyst for economic growth. The call for submissions in this area will open in October, in conjunction with universities and research centres. The programme aims to accelerate 20 investigation-based business ventures over 3 years.

About NUMA

NUMA is a global innovation network bringing growth and human capital to start-ups. Since 2000, NUMA has emerged as France’s leading innovation practice. In addition to providing its start-ups with commensurate financial and educational resources, NUMA has created an environment prone to their success relying on an influential network of entrepreneurs, corporates and technical experts. Since launching its first programme in Paris in 2011, NUMA has accelerated start-ups in five different countries (France, Russia, India, Morocco and Mexico), and plans to deploy its model in 15 countries by 2019. NUMA by figures: 109 start-ups accelerated, 1M€ average fundraising, 79% still active, 65% have raised funds; 2 programmes in Western Europe, 6 programmes worldwide.

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About mVenturesBcn

mVenturesBcn, a programme of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, is a key player in entrepreneurship and innovation facilitating the growth and scaling of mobile and digital start-ups, focusing on the globalisation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and attracting international talent to Barcelona.  Located in Pier 01 – Palau de Mar, the entrepreneurial ecosystem hub in Barcelona, mVenturesBcn runs acceleration programmes in partnership with the best accelerators around the world. It also collaborates with the top research centres and universities to build technology transfer programmes and support the creation of technology based start-ups.

Mobile World Capital Barcelona, an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society to help improve people’s lives globally, hosts the Mobile World Congress and delivers 4 Years From Now [4YFN], a business platform for the start-up community.

About Mobile World Capital Barcelona

Mobile World Capital Barcelona is an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally.

With support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, MWCapital focuses on three areas: the digital empowerment of new generations, professionals and citizens; the digital transformation of industries; and the acceleration of digital innovation through entrepreneurship.

Collectively, our mSchools, mHealth, mLiving, mVenturesBcn programmes are positively transforming the health and education system, the industry, and the economy.

MWCapital hosts the Mobile World Congress and delivers 4 Years From Now [4YFN], a business platform for the start-up community.


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NUMA goes for a splash of colour (and changes its brand identity)

If you know NUMA, then you may have noticed that our website has changed. If you know NUMA, then you may also have noticed new colours have slipped into our communications. If you know NUMA, you are probably quite perplexed about these changes rolled out without an explanation, just like that. It’s true, we do owe you a few explanations. Keep on reading.

Don’t touch my logo

Three years ago, an identity was created amid the buzz of NUMA’s set-up in the Sentier district. We had to be efficient, work fast and find a logo that could successfully convey this unique story. The work completed by the agency CBA was remarkable, and from this brief, the NUMA logo that you know and love was born.

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In recent months, NUMA has made great strides, and we have strong ambitions for the future. To support this acceleration in our development, the need to reinforce the brand and leverage a stronger, clearer identity to convey NUMA’s DNA had become important.

Throughout our graphic productions, a key element always attests to its effectiveness. Regardless of the medium or target, our logo has proved to be a valuable asset, widely liked and a good reflection of who we are.

It draws its inspiration from an image representing a window open to the world, a symbol that reflects our position perfectly.

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We have therefore decided to build our new identity on this solid foundation.

Getting back to basics

What is the aim of an identity? To clarify a brand’s communications? To make it identifiable? To send its targets subliminal messages written in RGB and CMYK? In our opinion, a good brand identity must be a fair illustration of the story you are attempting to write. This is the story that we wanted to tell you with these new brand codes.


The entire identity is based on this logo that is dear to us. One of the first principles was to leverage a strong brand icon, from which it is the direct result. This icon is the N in the NUMA logo, which opens up to welcome texts, ideas, pictures and illustrations. This N is open to everything, just as NUMA is open to all. 

NUMA’s strength lies in its ability to bring together and be open to different men and women, to foster ideas important to a team, a company and society as a whole.

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To play this part in full, we also wanted the N to act as a window opened onto an illustration, an image, any visual.


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Contagious, our white paper on NUMA’s joint ­construction, starts with a Prévert-style inventory of our targets. It’s true, we communicate to all these people:

  • Project owners
  • Companies in all sectors, digital start-ups and start-­uppers in spirit,
  • Students and unemployed people,
  • Children of the crisis or baby-boomers, trolls, artists,
  • Communicators, retailers in the Sentier district, major companies,
  • Associations, freelancers, elected representatives, active members of geek culture, programmers, hacktivists, etc.

You guessed it, NUMA is a happy melting pot. At NUMA, in the same day, you can see a training course for senior civil servants and an event on hacktivism. At NUMA, start-ups try to reduce your waste while others help you to chat people up on Snapchat.

Above all, NUMA is in Paris, but also in Moscow, Bangalore, Casablanca, Barcelona, Mexico City and will soon open offices in ten other cities across the globe. To talk about this, we needed at least twelve colours! But not just any colours.

These colours aim to be pleasant, fair and vibrant, but without arrogance, just as we picture the ideal employee.


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These colours always work at least in pairs. What would we do on our own?


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NUMA has recorded significant growth since its launch in 2013 and enjoys positive indicators for all its projections:

# Its turnover has quadrupled in 3 years,

# NUMA has opened offices in Moscow, Bangalore, Casablanca, Barcelona and Mexico City since March 2015,

# NUMA’s clients include 17 groups listed on the CAC40,

# 109 start-ups have been accelerated since 2011,

# Each start-up raises €1M on average,

# The team will have almost 60 employees at the end of 2016.

We also wanted this identity to reflect our drive for performance. To achieve this, we have designed our own typography for figures, inspired once again by the shapes in our logo.


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Creative innovation

On several occasions, NUMA has worked with artists and its illustrative style provides a genuine feature in the brand’s messages. We wanted to work with an illustrator to provide a creative signature to our messages through our own visuals that elegantly underscore our characteristics.

Each country in which NUMA has an office is illustrated by a window in the architecture typical of that country.

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We have also designed visuals for each of our activities.

We will produce new visuals that you will see come to life as we develop our activities.

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New brand identity: mission accomplished! 


At the time of writing, the identity has been rolled out for a few weeks and each new production gives us the pleasure of noting that we made the right choices!

We will let you come to your own opinion.


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Artistic leadership and graphic design: Laurianne Birre and Juliette Poggioli
Illustration: Perrine Grosjean
Web development: Alban Dumouilla, Luc Del Beato and Tristan Lebleu
Project management: Amélia Matar

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NUMA’s international strategy revealed

In a little bit more than one year, NUMA, the leading player in the French entrepreneurial ecosystem, extended its operations on four continents and five countries: Russia, India, Morocco, Spain and Mexico.
Are they playing darts over a giant world map?

The French are famous for being analytical, right? Since we made the decision to go global, we analyzed 80 countries, interviewed 200+ people, crunched thousands of data and traveled 760 000 kilometers (twice the distance to the moon), to find the right spots and the right people to build joint ventures. Here’s the story behind NUMA’s international strategy…

There is method behind the madness

Let’s explain the method with our most recent case study: Mexico.

In 2010 we launched the first-ever acceleration program in France, thus planting a seed for the subsequent exponential growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. If we could find a country at the same level of development as France six years ago, could we once again spur this exponential? 

NUMA Mexico is the result of this quest in the Latin American region. First, we did some desktop research and graded each country in this region using four indicators:

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  • Economic attractiveness: Economic Indicators (GDP per capita, business environment), Market Indicators (population, education, tertiary education), Infrastructure Indicators (general infrastructure, ICTs), Institutional Indicators (political environment, regulatory environment).
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: Entrepreneurial Attitude (opportunity perception, startup skills, risk acceptance, networking, cultural support), Entrepreneurial Ability (technology absorption, human capital, competition), Entrepreneurial Aspiration (product innovation, process innovation, high growth, internationalisation, risk capital), Entrepreneurial Activity (early stage entrepreneurial activity rates).
  • Level of innovation: Research & Development, Knowledge Workers, Innovation Linkages, Knowledge Creation, Knowledge Impact and Knowledge Diffusion.
  • Level of investment: VC investments (amount of equity invested), Size of market capital, Liquidity of market capital, M&A activity, IPO activity.

We backed up these theoretical analyses with 40+ remote interviews with local players. Eventually, analyzing the dynamic of these indicators over 4 years, we determined that Mexico was showing every aspect of an ecosystem on a tipping point, like France had been six years ago.

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We do joint ventures with like minded partners

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Throughout our long history, we have helped many people start their innovation programs, and one thing we’ve learned is that your concept, successful as it may be in your territory, cannot be simply pasted in another. Innovation services are not like Starbucks coffee recipes. An understanding of the ecosystem, the people and the culture is crucial. There is no credible way to implement these services well if you’re not a native.

For us, opening a new location is thus first and foremost about identifying a great local partner who, like us, has been working for years on the ground with entrepreneurs and deeply understands the needs of the ecosystem. A partner who is running a coworking site, or an accelerator, or a venture fund, and is eager to develop the full systemic concept of NUMA.

We usually shortlist three potential partners that stand out as leaders of the ecosystem, and cross-check their reputation with local entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and public institutions and grade them according to four criteria:

  • Working operations (are they running Coworking, Events, Acceleration, Open Innovation?)
  • Network (are they connected to Startups, Mentors, Corporates, Public, International?)
  • Facilities (is their place suitable for NUMA activities and well situated in the city?)
  • Cultural Fit (do we share the same values and vision?)


In Mexico, Venture Institute was the perfect match: they had been running an accelerator and a fund for five years with an excellent track record, had successfully delivered open innovation programs with corporates, and were actively seeking ways to further strengthen their community. And above all: the founders and team are passionate about making an impact on the ecosystem across all of Latin America.

However, it’s common knowledge that even when two partners like each other a lot, compatibility is not always guaranteed. To mitigate this, our way to engage with partners follows a test & learn approach: before signing a joint venture, we run a due diligence process for 3 to 6 months, with training sessions and experimentations, where we carefully check that our partner has the capability to adapt and deploy NUMA concepts, and conversely that we bring real value to the ecosystem.

The result in Mexico speaks for itself: NUMA Mexico has settled in a gorgeous mansion in the centre of Mexico City where we organised numerous events, featuring people like Michael Seibel (YCombinator) or Dave Mc Clure (500 Startups). We successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign to convert a part of the mansion into the first free coworking space in Mexico City, mirroring what NUMA Paris did three years ago. The application period for the 14th acceleration batch recently closed and we’ve just signed the first open innovation program with a corporate (to be revealed later). What else?

The last step in our process is signing the Joint Venture. At NUMA we strongly believe in the phrase: “do as you are”. We nurture diversity in the way people think and work in our teams, giving autonomy and freedom of initiative, trusting them a priori. The same approach is applied to our joint ventures, where our partner is the major shareholder. We want to be involved in the management, but they deserve the driving seat. The result of the vetting process outlined above is that we know our partners share our values and mission, both dreaming big and delivering fast. They therefore have our full trust and support, and we look forward to learning from them.

Why did we decide to go abroad in the first place?


We constantly tell our entrepreneurs that their markets are too small, that competition is global and that they should go international from day one. They appear to take our words at face value: according to the 2015 Compass Study the number of startups that either opened second offices elsewhere or moved their headquarters from one ecosystem to another region was multiplied by 8.4 between 2012 and 2014.

In the first 12 months after following our acceleration program, 20% of startups cross the ocean and thrive in the USA with the support of fellow accelerators like YCombinator or Techstars. This is good, but going West, is not the only option: Blablacar developed in 22 countries, but preferred Russia and India to the USA. Why? F. Mazella (CEO) correctly reasoned that in the USA their value proposition might not work (long distances between towns, not enough incentives for the driver), while in the emerging markets they would solve a real pain point. And they did well: according to Nicolas Brusson (COO), at least 50 percent of their growth was from emerging markets.

With this in mind, we set out to identify an efficient way to support our entrepreneurs to spread their operations anywhere in the world.

During the last three years, we engaged with the best networks of fellows like Google for Entrepreneurs, Global Accelerator Network and ATALANTA which gave us a solid understanding of the ecosystems worldwide. We organised an accelerator summit and gathered 100+ ecosystem leaders, enabling them to share about their challenges and envision future trends, the findings of which were published in a white paper. We confirmed that struggling to find a sustainable business model and eagerness to learn from more experienced organisations is a global phenomenon. And most importantly, we heard that NUMA’s balanced and systemic model, resulting from 15 years of bottom-up innovation, was consistently appealing, particularly in growing ecosystems.

NUMA began as a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in France as a way to improve our economy and our society. In early 2015 the organisation became for profit, and successfully raised funds with a broader mission in mind: creating a global innovation network.

NUMA’s international strategy

We established a three-fold international strategy depending on the maturity of the ecosystem in question and its individual context, trying to answer two questions: what are the challenges of these ecosystems and what is our added value?

1. Early stage ecosystems: few entrepreneurs, lack of public or private support

These markets are too nascent or too small to allow fruitful fields of cooperation between startups, communities and corporates to emerge, which is the core value of our approach. At this stage, education is the key to inciting change. Our strategy is to work with public institutions like the World Bank or private companies willing to support entrepreneurship locally. We train incubator managers, advise public authorities, and promote modern digital policies with the objective of bringing the ecosystem to the next level of maturity.

2. Growing ecosystems: many entrepreneurs, insufficient support to early stage

In these countries, the startup community is quickly growing but there is a missing piece in their support: not enough mentors, unexperienced accelerators, lack of interest from the corporates, lack of seed investment … This is typically the situation in Mexico, Bangalore, Moscow, Casablanca, and this is where our experience as an ecosystem catalyst can make the biggest difference.

Our strategy is to set up NUMA operations in the fastest growing ecosystems, and help them pass the tipping point to exponential growth. In these situations, we rely on experienced local partners, providing them with knowledge and active support, but letting them lead the local operations.

3. Mature ecosystem: high competition, insufficient support to scale-up

In the USA, we have many trusted partners who help our entrepreneurs enter various markets across the country. In Europe, our established partnerships work very well for early stage startups, but market fragmentation across countries makes the situation far more difficult for entrepreneurs in the later stages of growth.

This led us to open our first growth-focused acceleration program in Barcelona, building on our assets as an experienced accelerator, the active involvement of the city hall of Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress organizers in Spain.

We will annually select at least 10 startups in mobile technologies and help them scale their businesses worldwide. This is a model we hope to replicate in other cities; we’re currently discussing opportunities in Europe and other regions of the world.

What’s next for NUMA’s international development?

The team : Aviva, Raphaëlle, Clarisse, Olivier and Fred

We are now present in 6 countries and plan to be in 15 countries by 2019. One of the biggest challenges that lays ahead of us is to strengthen this network and encourage synergies between all of our offices.

Building a global innovation network is truly the next big thing for our team.

  • We strongly encourage internal staff mobility. In 2016, at least 2 NUMA Paris staff will join one of our international offices in order to diffuse NUMA methods and culture.
  • We encourage startup mobility. Some startups will benefit from a mobility grant to help them test their value proposition in countries where NUMA operates. If there is a proven opportunity, our local team can assist in recruitment, business introductions and media exposure.
  • We organize mentor exchanges between all of our locations in order for a mentor from one country to meet on a regular basis with a startup from another.
  • We scale our open innovation programs globally. For the second edition, we want to operate the datacity program simultaneously in France, Morocco, India and Mexico.

Such a big journey over the past year, but it’s just the beginning… Stay tuned for more announcements by the International Team in 2016! Our International Strategy has just begun…

Fred fait l'avion

Article written by:

Frédéric Oru, International Director

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NUMA Mexico is here!

Venture Institute teams-up with NUMA to launch NUMA México and boost Mexico City's start-up ecosystem.

  • NUMA’s international community expands to Mexico City through a joint-venture with Mexican top startup accelerator, Venture Institute, founded by Federico Antoni, and Fernando Lelo de Larrea, to launch NUMA México.
  • NUMA México will play a leading role as a catalyst between startups, communities and corporates in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • NUMA México launches a crowdfunding campaign to raise MXN$700K to open the first free coworking space for entrepreneurs in the country. A meeting space to bring together the startup,VC, and corporate community.
  • NUMA México will be a key hub of NUMA’s global innovation network, aiming to spread the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in all Latin America.

Mexico City, April 6, 2016 – Venture Institute, founded by Federico Antoni and Fernando Lelo de Larrea, joined forces with french ecosystem accelerator NUMA to launch NUMA México, and speed-up the consolidation of Mexico City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Starting today, Venture Institute becomes NUMA México and strengthens its startup accelerator, corporate, educational and community programs.

This joint-venture brings together Venture Institute’s 5 years expertise in the Mexican ecosystem with NUMA’s 15 years of experience in France and international markets. “We are excited about announcing our joint-venture to present NUMA México. Mexico City will be the gateway to the 400 million Spanish speaking consumer market for startups in Mexico and Latin America”, says Federico Antoni, founding partner at Venture Institute.

Mexico shows all the signs of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on the brink of exponential growth. The team at Venture Institute has an impressive track record and is incredibly passionate about spreading the entrepreneurial mindset. Together we hope we can help the city to pass the tipping point. The connection to Europe and other growing ecosystems will give fresh market opportunities to Mexican entrepreneurs“, adds Frédéric Oru, International Director at NUMA.

Mexico City is NUMA’s fifth international endeavor,following openings in Moscow (Russia),Bangalore (India), Casablanca (Morocco), and Barcelona (Spain). Building on the success of NUMA Paris, NUMA will expand its global network to 15 cities during the next three years, aiming to accelerate 700 companies, install 250 open innovation programs for corporates, and thrust entrepreneurial communities.



Building a strong entrepreneurial community is a core activity at NUMA México, in order to create a sustainable ecosystem. NUMA believes in the pay- it forward culture, where successful entrepreneurs share their knowledge, discoveries and experiences, and serve as inspiration for other founders that are just starting, and people with an entrepreneurial drive. NUMA México collaborates with all of the actors involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem; startups, education institutions, both large enterprises in the tech industry and companies with an innovation mindset, government, incubators, accelerators, Venture Capital funds, andAngel investors.Creating a large network of mentors and people who share the conviction that collaboration is the fastest way to innovation. Globally, NUMA hosts 1,400 events per year, bringing together 80,000 attendees.



NUMA believes in openness and diversity. To that purpose, NUMA México Startup Mansion – a 1,000m2 space located in Campeche 233, Hipódromo Condesa, Mexico City- will be open to all startup founders, corporates, SME’s, communities and public institutions to consolidate a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. “We are raising MXN$700Kto truly fulfill our mission of co-building an open and collaborative entrepreneurial community. NUMA México will offer free coworking space for startup founders, and will open its doors to serve as a meeting point for all the actors involved in the ecosystem”, said Coni Riveros, General Manager at NUMA México.



Applications for NUMA México’s first batch will open inApril, and next July 20 startups will join its portfolio in a 5 month long accelerator program in exchange of a small percentage of company equity. NUMA México will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to benefit from 1,000m2 at the heart ofthe Mexican financial, innovation and startup capital. NUMA México accelerator program will attract 40 startups to Mexico City on a yearly basis, from Mexico, Latin America, and international founders, whose value proposition appeals to the spanish speaking market. “With 130 companies in our portfolio, NUMA México, formerly Venture Institute, is the most active startup accelerator in the country,” said Fernando Lelo de Larrea, founding partner at Venture Institute.



Shifting enterprise mindset to build an innovation culture via training, intrapreneurship and open innovation will also be one of NUMA México’s main goals. In 2015, NUMA doubled its corporate innovation team and developed no less than 60 projects involving large worldwide companies.“If Companies wantto grow or simply to exist in the future, they need to reinvent the way they innovate: their processes,their methods,the role of their employees and partners and their management system. The good news is that entrepreneurs are everywhere and companies understand more and more that the key to Digital Transformation is Entrepreneurship and not Technology.” Claudio Vandi, Director of innovation programs.


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