French startup accelerator Le Camping presented its fifth batch of startups today at Numa in Paris. Today is the first part of a demo day tour that will bring the 12 startups to London, Berlin and Luxembourg.
When Le Camping started three years ago, the French ecosystem was very different. There weren’t a lot of events and Le Camping was one of the first startup accelerator in France. These days, there are too many events to attend and many new accelerators popped up in 2013. Recently, Le Camping moved to Numa’s new building and condensed the program from six to four months.
Over the years, 62 startups were accelerated at Le Camping out of 1,000 applications, and 88 percent of them are still alive. Le Camping startups raised $13.8 million over the years (€10 million).
Le Camping manager Elise Nebout told a few success stories: Sketchfab has its own button in Photoshop, Lima raised more than $1.2 million on Kickstarter, Bankin’ has more than 1 million users and more. To learn more about Le Camping startups, head over to Le Camping Mafia.
Here are the 12 startups of Le Camping’s fifth batch.
Krack is a hardware startup around skateboarding. It’s a small box filled with sensors that you stick below your board. It will turn your existing skateboard into a smart board that works with a mobile app. When you learn a new trick by yourself, nobody sees you. Thanks to Krack, your skateboarding experience stays social. You can compete and share info with the app. It records and detects your tricks, it shares your location and more.
Qleek is a way to put all your photographs, books and more in your living room. It’s a physical representation of a Spotify playlist, YouTube channel or Instagram feed. It’s always up to date and can represent anything on the web. You put a Tapp on Qleek’s base, and it starts playing. You can order customized Tapps on the web and you will receive them by mail a couple of days later. The company will sell the base, the player. It wants to partner with content providers as well to create other revenue streams. A crowdfunding campaign is in the works.
Agriconomie is a marketplace specialized in agriculture. While many farmers use their smartphones and modern technologies to help them, there are still multiple problems. The most important one is that they have to get to the supplier very often. On average, suppliers are 50 kilometers away from their farms. Agriconomie is an ecommerce website for all your farming needs so that you don’t lose time. The company is looking for $1 million (€700,000).
StreamRoot is a video streaming technology startup. With existing solutions, when you stream a video, you download it from a company’s servers. It creates bandwidth issues. Video companies have to work with content delivery networks to solve that. StreamRoot is an alternative as it uses peer-to-peer to remove the burden on a video company’s servers. StreamRoot reduces bandwidth costs, removes traffic peaks and more — the peer-to-peer network gets even more efficient during peak hours. The first three customers brought their bandwidth costs down 70 percent after switching to StreamRoot. The best part is that you don’t need to install a plugin.
BandSquare is helping bands and tour managers in order to make profitable tours. Planning a concert is a big financial risk, and many artists don’t know if they have a big enough following in some cities. The platform helped 300 artists so far. BandSquare allows you to measure the demand. It brings artists and fans together to make a concert happen. In April, BandSquare will be available on music streaming service Deezer. You will be able to show your support for a band.
Tripndrive allows you to rent your car while you’re away, instead of just leaving it at the airport parking lot. It’s a car-sharing service between travellers. When you rent a car, the money goes to the parking lot. This way, the person who is travelling doesn’t have to pay to park his or her car. The startup will first start with France’s big airports, then regional airports. After that, the company will bring its service to train stations and other European countries.
Hublo is an analytic company for conversion rates. Many clients leave the site before buying something or creating an account. Google Analytics is not the right tool for this. Hublo can give you insights to fix conversion. When you open Hublo’s admin interface, it’s a very visual experience. You don’t need to be a developer. You browse your own website and click on the important steps to create an account. After that, you will receive data about your conversion rates.
Realytics is a television advertising tech startup. When an advertiser runs a TV campaign, channels only share the gross ratings point. But many viewers use their tablets to browse the web when they want to learn more about a product or service. Realytics puts everything together. You can track your website traffic during a TV ad campaign and get more information. Finally, Realytics shares profiling data with advertisers.
Artips sends a witty and memorable anecdote about an art masterpiece every day. It’s a free newsletter. Today, the company has more than 25,000 subscribers. It has a 65 percent opening rate, which is higher than My Little Paris. The startup works with 80 contributors to make sure that the content is accurate. Hachette is selling the company’s second book. Artips is working on a freemium mobile app. When it comes to other revenue opportunities, the startup will run sponsored anecdotes, sell white-label services to big companies and more.
LocalEyes is an analytics platform for brands and retailers. Big brands have to check how their products are displayed in store. For instance, a store might not run the right promotion. LocalEyes works with 25,000 local observers to run small jobs and check how products are displayed. A company can create a task for multiple stores. As an observer, you can accept the job and report with a picture. This way, brands can quickly know if they need to contact a particular retailer to fix something. The startup has raised $500,000 so far (€365,000).
TasteHit uses machine learning for online shopping. It is a product recommendation widget for ecommerce websites. The current recommendation engine generates 1 million recommendations per month and has a 5 percent click rate. The pay-as-you-go widget works with Prestashop, Magento and Shopify. Amazon and eBay may have their own recommendation engines. But TasteHit brings the same experience to all the other stores.
Takes.io is a video making collaboration platform. It helps producers, directors and others work together on a single platform. It works with YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion. Instead of using email chains, you can share a private YouTube video with a client. You can directly comment and annotate videos on Takes.io. For example, a client can draw an arrow on a particular part of the video from its browser. The company is looking for $415,000 (€300,000).