Support for research start-ups

Seed fund helps life science and digital technology firms in their early stages

About this project

Quadrivium 1 is a €56.1 million seed fund launched in 2013 by French venture capital firm Seventure Partners. It supports high-potential start-ups in the life science – including bio, health and clean technology – and digital and robotic technology sectors.

Two French start-ups presented to European journalists

Health sector businesses have received EU funding
Laurent Boitard of MilliDrop and Antoine Prestat of PEP-Therapy

During a press trip focusing on health in the EU, two French entrepreneurs presented their start-ups to journalists from across Europe. At the same event, Guillaume Roty, spokesperson for the European Commission Representation in France, described EU investment in France’s health sector.

MilliDrop founder Laurent Boitard has developed technology which represents a major advance in culture automation and microbiological analysis, thus facilitating the work of researchers. Antoine Prestat created PEP-Therapy to develop molecules that fight cancer.

Both have received financing from Seventure Partners’ Quadrivium 1 seed fund (€1.3 million for PEP-Therapy and €1 million for MilliDrop). Quadrivium 1 itself has received €20 million from the EU. Thanks to this, the firms have accelerated their research and hired around a dozen employees.

Botfuel joins French delegation to 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon

Javier Gonzalez Helly, Botfuel CEO and Co-founder, at Web Summit in Lisbon

Botfuel has been chosen to join the Business France delegation to the 4th Web Summit, to be held in Lisbon from 6-9 November 2017. With 165 countries represented, 60,000 visitors and 1,500 start-ups, Web Summit is one of Europe’s largest tech conferences.

Founded in 2016 by Javier Gonzalez Helly and Yan Georget, Botfuel develops chatbots – computer programs able to hold conversations – for business. Based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, through which computers learn without being programmed, they allow companies to use conversational intelligence to optimise customer relations.

The start-up raised €1.3 million at the beginning of 2017 from the EU-backed Quadrivium 1 seed fund. This has helped it speed up commercial development of its chatbot platform.

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Quadrivium 1 funding helps MilliDrop gain recognition

Seventure Partners' Quadrivium 1 fund finances start-ups linked to its 12 academic partner institutions. MilliDrop received €1 million from the fund in 2016.

MilliDrop designs and develops systems for locking bacteria into drops of water. This allows them to grow quicker than cultivating them in test tubes or Petri dishes, making analysis easier. For founder and CEO Laurent Boitard, “MilliDrop condenses the world of bacteria into a droplet.” The technology meets a growing need for analysis of microorganisms in industrial and academic research and medical diagnostics.

Laurent Boitard was named among the top 10 French innovators under 35 for 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review. MilliDrop also won the innovation award at France’s Forum Labo 2017 laboratory exhibition.

Project facts
  • 11 companies from the academic world funded since 2013
  • Partner fund to 12 academic institutions
  • Funding from €300,000 to €1.5 million
  • Around 50 employees hired

Partners - Academic institutions and universities:

  • Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie – UPMC
  • Université Paris II
  • Université Paris IV
  • Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
  • Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique – IRCAM
  • École nationale supérieure de création industrielle – ENSCI
  • Université de technologie de Compiègne
  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique – CNRS
  • Institut Curie
  • Fondation Pierre Gilles de Gennes
  • Fondation Voir et Entendre
  • Paris Sciences et Lettres
Philippe Tramoy
EU Funding:
EUR 20 000 000
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France, Paris
2013 - 2023
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