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.

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.

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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 - 2020
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