\French tech startups and scaleups to watch in 2021

$5.2bn in VC funding was raised by French startups in 2020, up nearly threefold since 2015, and France has become one of the hottest tech hubs.

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France has become one of the hottest tech hubs in Europe in recent years amid a huge push by the government and to make the country more startup-friendly.

In 2020 $5.2bn in venture capital funding was raised by French startups, up nearly threefold since 2015 as the ecosystem has really taken off.

But which are France’s most exciting startups and scaleups? Which are the French startups to watch in 2021?

Our team of experts at Sifted have chosen a list of more than 100 exciting companies we think you need to know about, with an added “Sifted take” to provide an extra layer of insight on the most interesting.

It's a mixture of the big and the small, the well known and the under the radar. But all are making waves. Keep reading below and stay informed about Europe’s new economy!

(P.S The data is from European Startups with valuation estimates from Dealroom. If there is anyone missing from this list, or anything is wrong, please let us know by email at [email protected]).

Key

Year founded

Amount raised

Last funding round

Valuation

Employees

Meero‘s logo

Meero

Matches professional photographers with clients to produce beautiful images in a snap

media / content production

meero.com

Paris, France

2016

€269m

SERIES C

€909- M

1000-5000

Alan‘s logo

Alan

Reshaping health insurance

insurance / health

alan.eu

Paris, France

2016

€125m

SERIES C

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Doctolib‘s logo

Doctolib

Medical booking platform

health / health platform

doctolib.fr

Paris, France

2013

€237m

LATE VC

€1- B

1000-5000

Ynsect‘s logo

Ynsect

Transforming insects into nutrients for agriculture

food / innovative food; agritech

ynsect.com

Évry, France

2011

€355m

GRANT

€568- M

100-500

Moka‘s logo

Moka

Round up your purchases, invest your spare change. Easy, automatic and responsible.

fintech / investing

moka.ai/france

Paris, France

2020

€14m

SERIES A

€28-41m

10-50

Ogury‘s logo

Ogury

Mobile adtech

adtech / mobile app

ogury.com

London, UK

2014

€84m

SERIES C

€182-273m

100-500

Pennylane ‘s logo

Pennylane

Pennylane, launched in 2020, is a book keeping startup.

fintech / saas

pennylane.tech

Paris , France

2020

€4m

SEED

€16-€24 M

50-100

Leavy‘s logo

Leavy

Online community-based short-term rental platform

travel; social network /

leavy.co

Paris, France

2017

€13m

SEED

€51-€76 M

50-100

Spendesk‘s logo

Spendesk

Smart spend management software

enterprise software / payments

spendesk.com

Paris, France

2016

€61m

SERIES B

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PayFit‘s logo

PayFit

Simplifying payroll management

fintech; enterprise software / financial management solutions

payfit.com

Paris, France

2015

€90m

SERIES B

€280-€420 M

100-500

Alma‘s logo

Alma

The guaranteed and easy installment payment

fintech / payments

getalma.eu

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

2018

€65m

DEBT

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Agricool‘s logo

Agricool

Technology to grow fruit and vegetables inside shipping containers

food / agritech

agricool.co

La Courneuve, France

2015

€37m

SERIES A

€100-€150 M

50-100

ManoMano‘s logo

ManoMano

Gardening and DIY community

home living /

manomano.fr

Paris, France

2013

€310m

SERIES D

€500-€750 M

500-1000

Lydia‘s logo

Lydia

All your payment needs - in one app

payments / mobile app

lydia-app.com

Paris, France

2011

€142m

SERIES B

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BackMarket ‘s logo

BackMarket

Online marketplace dedicated to refurbished products

marketplace and ecommerce / retail

backmarket.fr

Bordeaux, France

2014

€8m

SERIES C

€440-€660 M

100-500

BlaBlaCar‘s logo

BlaBlaCar

Connecting drivers with empty seats to people looking for a ride

travel; transportation / mobility

blablacar.com

Paris, France

2006

€405m

GROWTH EQUITY

€1,600- M

500-1000

Vestiaire Collective‘s logo

Vestiaire Collective

Circular fashion platform

ecommerce / fashion

vestiairecollective.com

Paris, France

2009

€219m

SERIES G

€236-354m

500-1000

Yubo‘s logo

Yubo

Social platform where Generation Z creates communities of friends around the world

social media / social media

yubo.live

Paris , France

2016

€51m

SERIES C

€160-€240 M

50-100

Alsid‘s logo

Alsid

A cybersecurity provider that protects companies’ Microsoft Active Directory installation from hackers

cybersecurity; cloud; saas; enterprise software /

alsid.com

Paris, France

2016

€15m

EARLY VC

€52-€78 M

50-100

Indy‘s logo

Indy

The accounting robot provides software for professionals to automate their invoicing and keep their bank accounts synchronised

enterprise software / deeptech

indy.fr

Lyon, France

2016

€46m

SERIES B

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Qonto‘s logo

Qonto

Provides online banking services to small businesses

fintech / business banking

qonto.eu

Paris , France

2016

€136m

SERIES C

€416-€624 M

100-500

Ledger‘s logo

Ledger

Provides security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications

fintech / cryptocurrency

ledger.com

Paris, France

2014

€87m

SERIES C

€261-M M

100-500

October‘s logo

October

P2P lending platform for SMEs

fintech / mortgages & lending

october.eu

Paris, France

2014

€55m

SERIES C

€128-€192 M

50-100

Heetch‘s logo

Heetch

Ride-sharing app targeted at late night transportation seekers in France

travel; transportation / mobility

heetch.com

Paris, France

2013

€67m

SERIES B

€15-€22 M

100-500

Memo Bank‘s logo

Memo Bank

New bank for businesses

banking /

memo.bank

Paris, France

2017

€26m

SERIES B

€80-120m

50-100

Kard‘s logo

Kard

Mobile banking alternative for the new generation, offering a never-seen-before customer experience that is cool, social & free

Paris, France

2018

€6m

SEED

€13-€19 M

10-50

Mirakl‘s logo

Mirakl

Best Online Marketplace Platform and Dropship Solution

marketplace & ecommerce;saas / enterprise software

mirakl.fr

Paris, France

2011

€357m

LATE VC

€1.5BN

100-500

Cityscoot‘s logo

Cityscoot

Electric scooters rental

energy; transportation / mobility

cityscoot.eu

Paris, France

2014

€79m

SERIES B

€94-€142 M

100-500

Medadom‘s logo

Medadom

healthtech / mobile app

medadom.com/patient

Paris, France

2017

€40m

SERIES A

50-100

Evaneos‘s logo

Evaneos

Online platform that directly connects travellers to local travel agencies

travel / online travel agency

evaneos.com

Paris, France

2009

€98m

LATE VC

€291-€436 M

50-100

Swile‘s logo

Swile

An app to pay for food from restaurants

fintech / food

swile.co

Paris , France

2018

€114m

SERIES C

€280-€420 M

100-500

Shift Technology‘s logo

Shift Technology

Fraud-detection technology designed for insurance industry

security; fintech / identity & access; insurance

shift-technology.com

Paris, France

2013

€89m

SERIES C

€212-€318 M

100-500

Virtuo‘s logo

Virtuo

App-based car rental experience that's so good, you'll never need to own a car again

mobility / transportation; car rental

govirtuo.com

Paris, France

2015

€29m

SERIES B

€80-120m

100-500

Akeneo‘s logo

Akeneo

A product experience management company

marketing / crm & sales

akeneo.com

Nantes, France

2013

€56m

SERIES C

€167-€251 M

100-500

Delair‘s logo

Delair

Drones and image-based data analysis for industries and agriculture

drones; agriculture; data /

delair-tech.com

Labege, France

2011

€39m

SERIES B

€91-€136 M

100-500

360Learning‘s logo

360Learning

E-learning strategy provider

education /

360learning.com

Paris, France

2010

€38m

LATE VC

€149-€224 M

100-500

Klaxoon‘s logo

Klaxoon

Team colaboration software

education; enterprise software /

klaxoon.com

Paris, France

2014

€50m

SERIES B

€182-€273 M

100-500

TreeFrog Therapeutics‘s logo

TreeFrog Therapeutics

TreeFrog Therapeutics is a stem cell company that will enable millions of patients to access the medical revolution of cell therapies by overcoming current critical manufacturing issues

healthtech / biotechnology

treefrog.fr

Bordeaux, France

2018

€11m

GRANT

€28-€42 M

10-50

CAILabs‘s logo

CAILabs

Provider of innovative photonics solution to increase the capacity of optical fibers

telecom /

cailabs.com

Rennes, France

2013

€17m

SERIES B

€32-€48 M

50-100

Finexkap‘s logo

Finexkap

Web-based platform providing short-term working capital solutions

fintech / mortgages & lending

finexkap.com

Paris, France

2012

€47m

EARLY VC

€160-€241 M

10-50

Descartes Underwriting ‘s logo

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting is an insurtech company that specializes in climate risk modeling and data-driven risk transfer

fintech / insurance & big data

descartesunderwriting.com

Puteaux, France

2018

€19m

SERIES A

€67-€101 M

10-50

Finfrog‘s logo

Finfrog

Smart personal loans

fintech / mortgages & lending

finfrog.fr

Paris , France

2016

€8m

EARLY VC

€20-€30 M

10-50

Ankorstore ‘s logo

Ankorstore

The first marketplace to connect brands and designers with boutiques all over Europe

marketplace and ecommerce / retail

ankorstore.com

Paris , France

2016

€31m

SERIES A

€100-€150 M

10-50

Wandercraft‘s logo

Wandercraft

Develops robotic innovative wheelchair for disabled people

health; robotics / medical devices

wandercraft.eu

Paris, France

2012

€20m

SERIES B

€60-€90 M

50-100

Finalcad‘s logo

Finalcad

Mobile apps and predictive analytics for construction

real estate; enterprise software /

finalcad.com

Gometz-la-Ville, France

2012

€57m

SERIES C

€145-€218 M

100-500

Molotov‘s logo

Molotov

Reinvents how people watch tv

media / subscription

molotov.tv

Paris , France

2015

€8m

SERIES B

€33-€49 M

100-500

Luko‘s logo

Luko

A low cost smart device that improves your home safety and helps you reduce your electricity bill

insurance / fintech

luko.eu

Paris , France

2016

€72m

SERIES B

€200-€300 M

50-100

Angell‘s logo

Angell

Designed and produced a smart bike for better mobility experience

manufacturing / mobility

angell.bike

Paris , France

2018

€10m

SEED

- M

10-50

Qwarry‘s logo

Qwarry

Semantic marketing platform

saas / subscription

qwarry.com

Paris , France

2019

€2m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Agicap‘s logo

Agicap

A software for SMEs to manage their treasury

fintech / investing

agicap.fr

Lyon, France

2016

€17m

SERIES A

€60-€90 M

50-100

PacketAI‘s logo

PacketAI

PacketAI uses AI to automate IT Operations

subscription / deep tech

packetai.co

Paris , France

2018

€2m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Swan‘s logo

Swan

Part of the “banking-as-a-service trend”. Offers white label banking features.

banking platform / payments

swan.io

Paris, France

2018

€5m

EARLY VC

€20-30m

10-50

Joko ‘s logo

Joko

A mobile app that rewards the user every time they spend using their bank card

payments / fintech

hellojoko.com

Paris , France

2018

€12m

SERIES A

€40-€60 M

50-100

Pixpay‘s logo

Pixpay

Offers digital bank card for 10-18 year old teenagers that is managed by their parents

fintech / saas

pixpay.fr

Paris , France

2019

€11m

EARLY VC

€32-€48 M

10-50

Upflow‘s logo

Upflow

The payment platform for B2B businesses to get paid faster and easier

fintech / saas

upflow.io

Paris , France

2017

€3m

SEED

€10-€15 M

10-50

DreamQuark‘s logo

DreamQuark

Provide bank and insurance sales and customer engagement teams with AI based recommendations that generate new sales opportunities and engage better customers

fintech / saas

dreamquark.com

Paris , France

2014

€18m

EARLY VC

€57-€85 M

10-50

Libeo‘s logo

Libeo

Cash flow management tool

enterprise software / fintech

libeo.io

Paris, France

2019

€26m

SERIES A

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Outsight‘s logo

Outsight

Outsight brings Full Situation Awareness to smart machines

artificial intelligence / deep tech

outsight.tech

Paris , France

2019

€21m

GRANT

€73-€109 M

10-50

Typology‘s logo

Typology

Typology is a Paris-based project created to radically change the skincare and consumer industry for the better

manufacturing / B2C

typology.com

Paris , France

2018

€9m

SEED

€35-€53 M

10-50

Iziwork‘s logo

Iziwork

A platform for job seekers to find temporary work assignments

deep tech / marketplace

iziwork.com

Paris , France

2018

€56m

SERIES A

€48-€72 M

100-500

Pigment‘s logo

Pigment

Saas startup based in Paris

saas / fintech

gopigment.com

Paris , France

2019

€24m

SERIES A

€94-€141 M

10-50

Ornikar‘s logo

Ornikar

France's leading online driving school

education; transportation / navigation & mapping

ornikar.com

Paris, France

2014

€46m

SERIES B

€140-€210 M

100-500

Brut‘s logo

Brut

New media exclusively digital

media / content production

brut.live

Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France

2016

€46m

SERIES B

€145-€218 M

100-500

Kayrros‘s logo

Kayrros

Brings in­sights to global oil and gas and en­ergy mar­kets

energy; enterprise software /

kayrros.com

Paris, France

2016

€34m

SERIES B

€89-€133 M

100-500

Welcome to the Jungle‘s logo

Welcome to the Jungle

Recruitment and employment media startup

media; jobs recruitment /

welcometothejungle.co

Paris, France

2014

€29m

SERIES A

€81-€122 M

100-500

Alkemics‘s logo

Alkemics

Enabling personalised shopping experience in both the digital and real world

marketing; enterprise software / ecommerce solutions

alkemics.com

Paris, France

2011

€46m

SERIES B

€84-€126 M

50-100

Proprioo‘s logo

Proprioo

Alternative to traditional real estate agencies and sites of sale between individuals when you want to sell your property

real estate / real estate services; search, buy & rent

proprioo.fr

Paris, France

2016

€26m

SERIES B

€80-€120 M

100-500

Critizr‘s logo

Critizr

Enables users to leave feedback directly to the business

marketing / crm & sales

critizr.com

Lille, France

2011

€22m

SERIES B

€60-€90 M

50-100

Feed.‘s logo

Feed.

Design of natural complete meals in the form of drinks or energy bars

food / innovative food

feed.co

Carquefou, France

2016

€30m

EARLY VC

€44-€67 M

50-100

Selency‘s logo

Selency

Community platform specialising in pre-owned furniture and decor items

home living /

selency.co

Francilly-Selency, France

2014

€18m

SERIES B

€60-€90 M

10-50

Gymlib‘s logo

Gymlib

Access to fitness spaces

wellness beauty; sports / sport league & club

gymlib.com

Paris, France

2013

€14m

EARLY VC

€40-€60 M

50-100

comet‘s logo

comet

Marketplace for freelancer

jobs recruitment /

comet.co

Paris, France

2016

€13m

SERIES A

€44-€66 M

100-500

Doctrine‘s logo

Doctrine

Aims to revolutionize the traditional legal research and publishing industry

legal; education / legal documents management

doctrine.fr

Paris, France

2016

€12m

SERIES A

€40-€60 M

50-100

Sketchfab‘s logo

Sketchfab

Publish interactive 3D content online

media / content production

sketchfab.com

Paris, France

2012

€11m

EARLY VC

50-100

Shine‘s logo

Shine

A bank account & personal assistant that automates most of freelancers administrative work

fintech / banking

shine.fr

Aubervilliers, France

2017

€11m

ACQUISITION

€32-€48 M

100-500

StarOfService‘s logo

StarOfService

To find the best professional for any service close to home

jobs recruitment /

starofservice.com

Paris, France

2012

€11m

SERIES A

€36-€55 M

50-100

Papernest‘s logo

Papernest

Takes the most binding administrative steps in place of its customers

fintech; real estate / real estate software; real estate services; mortgages & lending

papernest.com

Paris, France

2015

€10m

SERIES A

€40-€60 M

100-500

Toosla‘s logo

Toosla

Car-sharing app

transportation / mobility

toosla.com

Paris, France

2016

€9m

SERIES A

€32-€48 M

10-50

Kactus‘s logo

Kactus

Corporate event booking service

event tech /

kactus.com

Paris, France

2015

€7m

EARLY VC

€20-€30 M

10-50

SIGFOX‘s logo

SIGFOX

Low-throughput communication for connected objects

iot internetofthings; transportation / logistics & delivery

sigfox.com

Labège, France

2010

€284m

GROWTH EQUITY

€545- M

100-500

Karos‘s logo

Karos

Short-distance car sharing

transportation / mobility

karos.fr

Paris, France

2014

€14m

CONVERTIBLE

€13-€19 M

50-100

Andjaro‘s logo

Andjaro

SaaS platform for HR management

jobs recruitment; enterprise software /

andjaro.com

Paris, France

2015

€34m

SERIES B

€58-€87 M

50-100

Zoov‘s logo

Zoov

Ebike-sharing service that respects public roads with its lightweight, ultra-compact stations in the densest areas

travel; transportation / mobility; navigation & mapping

zoov.eu

Vanves, France

2017

€6m

EARLY VC

€24-€36 M

10-50

La Belle Vie‘s logo

La Belle Vie

Delivers 4500 fresh, organic, artisanal products, groceries and daily products

food / logistics & delivery

labellevie.com

Paris, France

2015

€17m

SERIES B

€46-€70 M

50-100

Slite‘s logo

Slite

Collaboration software platform

enterprise software /

slite.com

Paris, France

2016

€14m

SERIES A

€40-€60 M

10-50

Tempow‘s logo

Tempow

We stream music from one smartphone to multiple Bluetooth devices (headphones, earbuds)

music /

tempow.com

Paris, France

2016

€4m

SERIES A

€15-€22 M

10-50

Foxintelligence‘s logo

Foxintelligence

Transaction-based market intelligence

enterprise software /

foxintelligence.fr

Paris, France

2016

€16m

SERIES B

€36-€54 M

50-100

Station Paris‘s logo

Station Paris

Browser that unifies work applications in a single interface

Paris, France

2016

€3m

SEED

€13-€20 M

10-50

Tissium‘s logo

Tissium

Develops biodegradable sealants and adhesives

health / biotech

tissium.com

Paris, France

2013

€79m

SERIES B

€156-€234 M

50-100

Flatlooker‘s logo

Flatlooker

Flatlooker - Visit and rent your next accommodation online

travel; real estate / booking & search; accommodation

flatlooker.com

Paris, France

2016

€2m

EARLY VC

€6-€9 M

10-50

Zelros‘s logo

Zelros

An artificial intelligence-driven solution for insurance

insurance; artificial intelligence /

zelros.com

Paris, France

2016

€4m

EARLY VC

€16-€24 M

10-50

Qare‘s logo

Qare

An on-demand virtual medical practice

health; saas /

qare.fr

Paris, France

2017

€28m

SERIES B

€80-€120 M

100-500

Epsor‘s logo

Epsor

A fintech that helps employees manage their savings and investments with a robo-adviser

fintech; enterprise software /

epsor.fr

Paris, France

2017

€7m

EARLY VC

€24-€36 M

50-100

Foodles‘s logo

Foodles

Offers a “canteen of the future” for food in the workplace

Clichy, France

2014

€12m

SERIES A

€40-€60 M

Liberkeys‘s logo

Liberkeys

Proptech startup trying to reinvent the process of house buying

real estate /

liberkeys.com

Paris, France

2017

€5m

SEED

€16-€24 M

50-100

Shipup‘s logo

Shipup

Facilitates tracking of parcels delivered by e-merchants

transportation; marketing / logistics & delivery

shipup.co

Paris, France

2016

€1m

EARLY VC

€5-€7 M

10-50

Oh BiBi‘s logo

Oh BiBi

Mobile gamedev studio

gaming / mobile gaming

ohbibi.com

Paris, France

2012

€23m

SERIES B

€76-€115 M

10-50

Younited-credit‘s logo

Younited-credit

Online platform to facilitate financial transactions between lenders and borrowers

fintech / mortgages & lending

younited-credit.com

Paris, France

2009

€172m

SERIES F

€260-€390 M

100-500

Vade Secure‘s logo

Vade Secure

Security features against sophisticated email scams

security / cloud & infrastructure

vadesecure.com

Hem, France

2009

€82m

SERIES A

€288-€431 M

100-500

Mansa‘s logo

Mansa

A platform offering credit to freelancers and self-employed workers

fintech / commission

getmansa.com

Paris , France

2018

€3m

SEED

€8-€12 M

10-50

Deezer‘s logo

Deezer

Online music streaming service

music /

deezer.com

Paris, France

2006

€480m

LATE VC

€1-B

500-1000

Wecasa‘s logo

Wecasa

Beauty and wellbeing services app

app / beauty & wellness

www.wecasa.fr

Paris, France

2016

€6m

SERIES A

€18-27 M

50-100

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