17 March 2015
KIC InnoEnergy and WiSEED provide complementary activities to support the development of start-ups within the French entrepreneurship eco-system. KIC InnoEnergy coaches and finances more than 80 innovative start-ups in the sustainable energy field through its pan-European incubator located in eight countries. Some 20 start-ups including Steadysun and Stimergy already benefit from the company’s support.
Founded in 2009, WiSEED is the French pioneer of equity crowdfunding (crowdfunding capital). The company allows individuals to invest in energy and green-tech technology start-ups, including NewWind, the wind power breakthrough, and Exoes, the automotive exhaust heat recovery system. Today, WiSEED has 52 projects funded with more than €15m worth of investment and a community of 40,000 members.
Frédérique Pedreno, Business Creation Officer at KIC InnoEnergy France, commented: “Since 2010, we have collaborated with many stakeholders whose services really complement ours: RETIS, competitiveness clusters, business angels, incubators, investor. We are really enthusiastic about our collaboration with WiSEED, a key partner for innovative startups in the energy fields.”
A win-win partnership
KIC InnoEnergy benefits from the support of the largest European alliance in the energy field – 220 key stakeholders from industry, research centers and universities. This network will facilitate the future development of WiSEED in Europe. Once startups coached by KIC InnoEnergy reach the right stage they can benefit from the expertise of WiSEED – either through equity financing or business development coaching. And in return, WiSEED will direct KIC InnoEnergy towards the energy start-ups that are not mature enough to launch a crowdfunding campaign.
There are also many additional funding possibilities, due to KIC InnoEnergy’s internal investment fund which provides additional funding for particularly promising start-ups.
Stéphanie Savel, President of WiSEED, added: “Projects which develop more eco-friendly technologies, including sustainable energy, attract our investment community. Until now, they have represented more than a quarter of their investments. At the same time, we have developed an internal expertise in these fields and created a committee of external experts. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for WiSEED to be partnering with a company which core business is to promote the development of such innovations.”
WiSEED take part in the development of investments models based on “crowd power”, or crowdfunding. Using internet opportunities, this financing model democratises access to investments that allow individuals to finance the real economy.
With more than 40 000 investors, WiSEED – as part of a Crowdfunding Advisor mission – provided funding to more than € 15 million over 52 French companies with high growth potential in various fields (health, ecological transition, digital, industry or real estate) for amounts between 100 000 and 1 million € since July 2009.
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