Outscale, an IaaS specialist and Dassault Systèmes’s cloud operator, has set up a startup incubator called Scaledome to support the future digital champions and improve its competitive edge over the American heavyweights.
Startup incubator Scaledome, which opened just a few days ago, is located on the same premises as Outscale in Saint-Cloud on the outskirts of Paris. Cédric Joly, who’s in charge of the project, explains:
“It’s very exciting to welcome young digital talents to our headquarters. We have lots to offer them in terms of resources, knowledge and experience, but we’re also looking forward talking to and learning from them.”
During the 12-week incubation period, the startups chosen will benefit from free cloud computing services from Dassault Systèmes’s subsidiary. Ultimately, these budding entrepreneurs specialising in machine learning, big data and IoT will probably become paying customers of Outscale.
The personalised support programme for the startups also includes training in finance, sales and marketing given by in-house experts or partners such as Cisco.
Some €500,000 has already been invested in the project this year and more than a million is planned in 2016 to help the 12 startups, funded by a number of partners, including the parent company Dassault Systèmes.
Applications are open until 17 June 2015. The short-listed entrepreneurs will pitch their project to a jury of 20 experts during Outscale’s “Cloud Days” on 25 June. Four startups will then be invited to join Scaledome in September 2015. The three-month incubation phase will end with a presentation to all the investors to help launch the startups.
YOUNG DIGITAL TALENTS TO BOOST innovation
“This is a pivotal time when it’s becoming crucial to identify and help tomorrow’s digital champions. There are lots of initiatives in France today and we’re very excited to contribute to this major movement.”
For Laurent Seror, CEO of Outscale, sharing office space with startups will boost Outscale’s innovation capabilities and help strengthen its competitive edge over the cloud giants. The company has big plans and aims to increase its revenue from €10 million to €100 million by 2018. Outscale currently has two data centres in France, another two in the US and one in Hong Kong.
Last March Partech Ventures decided to finance innovative digital startups with its seed fund Partech Entrepreneur II with a record €60 million provided by a number of partners, including Econocom. The venture capital firm also opened the Partech Shaker, an open innovation campus in central Paris, a few weeks ago. The entrepreneurial spirit is breathing new life into the #Digitalforallnow movement!
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