Companies from the Basque Country Technopole honoured at Bask’Invest 2019

Les lauréats de l'édition 2019. ©Agglo/V.Biard

During meetings between investors and start-ups based in South Aquitaine, held at Izarbel Technology Park in Bidart on the 21 March, two innovative young companies from the Technology Park’s ecosystem won prizes in the pitch contest.

One hundred and ten start-ups and some twenty funding structures took part in the 5th edition of Bask’Invest, an event co-organised by the ESTIA Entreprendre Incubator, Bayonne Pays Basque CCI and EY (Ernst & Young) in partnership with the Basque Country-Adour Urban Authority. Among the 110 young and innovative companies, some ten are based at the different Basque Country Technology Park sites, for example 1A3, Rezto, Expateo, Solikend, Kometa, Sodium Cycle, Vracoop and WaveBumper.

Bask’Invest was held at Izarbel on March 21, with individual meetings for entrepreneurs and investors from the public and private sectors, a round table debate on the topic “Valorisation and Legal Protection of Intangible Assets”, and a pitch contest in which six pre-selected companies had three minutes to convince a jury of professionals, followed by a public vote. Two out of the four winners are start-ups which were set up and are based at the Basque Country Technology Parks. 

Solikend and Kometa Technologies

The 1st prize was awarded to the Solikend hotel booking web platform in aid of associations or charities. “The meetings enabled us to make contact with investors for our future round of fundraising, planned for late 2019. In addition to its financial impact, the first prize also showed that financiers are interested in the system, giving us confidence in the future” reported Yoann Magnin, founder of the start-up based at the Izarbel site in Bidart.

Kometa Technologies, located at Technocité in Bayonne and founded by Vincent Perrin, was another company from the Basque Country Technology Park to win a prize. His project to develop an impact coating deposition technique mid-way between thermal projection and additive manufacturing technologies won him third prize at Bask’Invest 2019.  “The event gave us the opportunity to meet the investors who are already involved in the project, but also to meet new ones to prepare for the future. I am fortunate to have an industrial project which enables me to stand out from the crowd,” said Vincent Perrin. The other two prize-winners Noostrim (a safe, re-usable plastic food packaging) and Docorga (an online assistant for health care professionals) come from Pau and Paris respectively.

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