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12 Most Valuable Unicorn Companies in France

Here's a list of 12 French unicorn startups, including the well-known Deezer and BlaBlaCar.

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There are a lot of things to consider when building a new startup - where to get funding, how to validate your idea, and what features should the product have.

One of the challenges, however, is finding a market that is willing to pay for your solution without even knowing what it is yet.

While some people say this makes your idea too vague and hard to monetize, there’s actually good news.

There’s more money in this space than ever before by angels investing in early-stage companies.

If you're building a startup in France, you must check these 12 companies that have joined the unicorn club.

12 Unicorn Companies in France

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Alan

Alan

Alan is a platform that uses technology to make health insurance more convenient and affordable.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.68

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Charles Gorintin, Jean Charles Samuelian

  • Industries:

    Health Care, Health Insurance, Insurance

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    €310,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    16

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BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar is a long distance ride-sharing platform that allows travelers to connect with other travelers and share the trip costs.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    September 2015

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2006

  • Founders:

    Francis Nappez, Frédéric Mazzella, Nicolas Brusson

  • Industries:

    Car Sharing, Collaborative Consumption, Internet, Peer to Peer, Ride Sharing, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $563,534,130

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Deezer

Deezer

Deezer is a music streaming platform that combines personalisation, global reach, and extensive catalogue.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    August 2018

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2006

  • Founders:

    Daniel Marhely, Jonathan Benassaya

  • Industries:

    Apps, Music, Music Streaming, Web Development

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $531,773,724

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Doctolib

Doctolib

Doctolib is a marketplace for medical services. Their mission is to connect people with the best healthcare experience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.14

    B (

    March 2019

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Franck Tetzlaff, Ivan Schneider, Jessy Bernal, Stanislas Niox-Chateau, Steve Abou Rjeily, Thomas Landais

  • Industries:

    Digital Media, Health Care, Hospital, Medical

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $266,655,051

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Ivalua

Ivalua

Ivalua provides a suite of web-based spend management solutions that cover the full range of purchase-to-pay and financial close cycle activities.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Orsay

  • Started in:

    2000

  • Founders:

    David Khuat-Duy

  • Industries:

    Procurement, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    $134,378,999

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Meero

Meero

Meero provides AI-based services for enhancing photographs online. They offer image recognition modeling and visual search technology, as well as a curated marketplace of world-class photo editors.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Guillaume Lestrade, Thomas Rebaud

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Photography, Video

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $293,434,612

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    17

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Mirakl

Mirakl

Mirakl is the only enterprise marketplace solution (EMS) that provides real-time cross-channel demand insight and tools to identify trending products so you can launch and grow your EMS.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    September 2020

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Adrien Nussenbaum, Philippe Corrot

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Internet, Marketplace, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $393,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    8

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OVHcloud

OVHcloud

OVH offers industry-leading web, dedicated server, and cloud hosting solutions. Their commitment to excellence has earned them a five-star rating from CNET and consistently high rankings from MSPmentor, the web hosting industry’s leading magazine.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    August 2016

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    1999

  • Founders:

    Octave Klaba

  • Industries:

    Cloud Data Services, Cloud Infrastructure, Data Center, Data Storage, Web Hosting

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    €650,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    5

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Veepee

Veepee

Veepee is a multi-platform e-commerce company that helps connect customers to sellers around the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    No Data

    B (

    -

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    La Plaine-saint-denis

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Michael Benabou

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Marketing, Retail, Sales

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Vestiaire Collective

Vestiaire Collective

Vestiaire Collective is a luxury, pre-owned fashion marketplace. It provides people with the perfect way to sell and buy high-quality, designer clothing and accessories at a more affordable price.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Alexandre Cognard, Christian Jorge, Fanny Moizant, Henrique Fernandes, Sebastien Fabre, Sophie Hersan

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce Platforms, Fashion, Marketplace, Retail, Social Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $454,571,116

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Voodoo

Voodoo

Voodoo is a Paris-based gaming company that combines originality, suspense, and emotion into intriguing mobile video game experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    August 2020

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Alexandre Yazdi, Laurent Ritter

  • Industries:

    Casual Games, Mobile Apps, Online Games

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $201,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    5

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Ynsect

Ynsect

Ynsect is a company that delivers innovative solutions for the agro-food and environmental biotechnology industries, by providing biological control products and services.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    February 2019

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Alexis Angot, Antoine Hubert, Fabrice Berro, Jean-Gabriel Levon

  • Industries:

    Agriculture, AgTech, Animal Feed, Biotechnology, Farming, Nutrition

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $399,281,338

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    21

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