-  Analysis

Numa expands its innovative program globally


A very unique model

Numa, formerly known as Silicon Sentier, has been very active about the digital transformation in France for the last 15 years. They created:

  • a startup acceleration program, Le Camping, opened in 2011. It has been accelerating 76 start-ups, which made a total exit of €50 M and raised €30M. Some of the startups were very successfull: Lima raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter, Mesagraph was bought by Twitter, and Docktrackr was bought by Intralinks
  • a digital transformation program for companies and administrations. To do this, Numa has been building numerous partnerships with important companies and institutions like BNP, Orange, Google, Techstars…
  • an events program

From a French program to an international program

Now, Numa wants to export its model into foreign mutating ecosystems. With help from local actors it will roll out equivalent programs to those which succeeded in France. This project will be financed with an innovative model including companies, VC, public institutions and crowdfounding.

The strategy will be based on 4 pillars:

  • Exporting Numa’s unique model abroad by rolling-out local partnerships in 15 mutating ecosystems (including Russia – this first programm was launched in March 2015- India, Brazil and Morocco). Numa will also keep building an important partnerships network in more mature ecosystems (Europe, USA, Australia)
  • Creating tomorrow’s champions by accelerating 700 startups in the next 5 years, in France and abroad. About 20 startups will be accelerated at any time (instead of 12 today), and they will be at different stage of their growth. Numa will keep providing financial and human resources, with a more important international dimension.
  • Strengthening the digital transformation activity for French and international companies and institutions, with a goal of 250 clients.
  • Developping an education program on digital and entrepreneurship.

Numa explains : “It’s not about copy/pasting our trademark in other countries, it’s about creating a global innovation network and making exchanges easier”