1Kubator, a network of incubators specializing in supporting digital start-ups in the digital phase, is preparing to change dimension
In 2015, Alexandre Fourtoy launched 1Kubator with the desire to support digital start-ups in the upstream phase and the ambition to develop the digital ecosystem in the regions.
Its offer is broken down into four areas: training, incubation, acceleration and an offer dedicated to companies.
400 start-ups supported
With more than 400 start-ups hosted since its creation and nearly 10 million euros raised, 1Kubator has become a key player in seed investment, but also in supporting companies with innovation.
Thus, the company already has six thematic acceleration programs operated on behalf of major players, and its internal innovation programs: the Sud Ouest group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Serfim, Intermarché, La Voix du Nord, Les Latest Nouvelles d ‘ Alsace (DNA) and Alsace.
Today, 1Kubator has 150 start-ups in its portfolio, with great successes such as Arskan, HawkCell, Rematch, Foodologic, Maloric, Skilder and Safehear.
The network is present in Lyon, Bordeaux (in the premises of “Sud Ouest”), Nantes, Rennes, Lille and Strasbourg.
What fundraising will change
He is preparing to change dimension. 1Kubator has just raised 6 million euros with Wagram Corporate Finance from BNP Paribas Cardif, the Caisse d’Epargne Pyrénées, the Surya group and historical shareholders including the French Tech fund Acceleration of the Future Investments Program (PIA ).
This will allow him to weave his web even more in France. 1Kubator will open in Toulouse by March 2021 but also a branch in Paris integrating a new unique model allowing the connection between the regional ecosystem and that of the capital.
1Kubator aims to finance 150 additional start-ups. “To a certain extent, the year 2020 has helped us to show the solidity of our approach, but above all how entrepreneurs and innovation are a real solution to the crisis”, affirms Alexandre Fourtoy, the founder of 1Kubator.
“In 2021 we want to go even further, to be as close as possible to startups and to fund 150 more so that our portfolio approaches the 300 funded projects”, he explains.