This year some 9,000 startups are expected to attend the Paris conference. The Innovator has selected 25 under-the-radar to late-stage companies disrupting business. Thirteen of them, marked with an asterisk, are finalists in Viva Technology’s Next Unicorn contest. The winners will be announced May 16.
WHAT IT DOES: A commerce platform that connects fashion businesses across the supply chain to make them more effiecient.
WHAT IT DOES: A digital challenger bank with operations in multiple European countries.
WHAT IT DOES: Helps businesses collect recurring payments from across Europe.
WHAT IT DOES : Allows consumers and investors to connect with socially and environmentally responsible companies.
WHAT IT DOES: Produces a compact, low-cost device for contactless and chip card payments that makes it easy for small merchants to accept payments anywhere.
WHAT IT DOES: Search as a service. Its hosted search application programming interface (API) helps businesses across industries create fast, relevant searches to connect their users with what matters.
WHAT IT DOES: AI-based fraud detection for the global insurance industry.
WHAT IT DOES: Developed technology to help businesses of all sizes manage employee and other company spending in a smarter, more efficient way.
WHAT IT DOES: A technology platform that aims to help companies do everything from data preparation to analytics at scale to Enterprise AI.
WHAT IT DOES: Software as a service. Specializes in online form building andsurveys. Its main software creates dynamic forms based on user needs.
WHAT IT DOES: Advanced cloud-based system that includes business phone and call center software in one tool.
WHAT IT DOES: Integrated payroll and HR management software that aims to help small and medium enterprises to easily and quickly pay their employees.
TECH FOR GOOD
WHAT IT DOES: Grows insects to make high-quality, premium natural ingredients for aquaculture and pet nutrition.
WHAT IT DOES: Builds, grows and invests in pan-African digital champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact.
WHAT IT DOES: Uses containers to grow fruit and vegetables in urban areas.
SKIPPING ROCKS LAB
WHAT IT DOES: Developing Ooho!, an edible water bottle made from seaweed that is biodegradable.
WHAT IT DOES: Makes the Flyboard Air hoverboard, a personal flight device. It is pursuing potential uses for the military, industrial and medical sectors.
WHAT IT DOES: A planned air taxi service employing an electrically powered, vertical take-off and landing airplane that it designed.
WHAT IT DOES: Its platform allows consumers and businesses to purchase renewable energy while managing their costs and consumption.
WHAT IT DOES: Develops SmartWindows which generate clean power. Sensors embedded in the windows monitor light and temperature to automically adjust heating and cooling inside buildings.
ECO WAVE POWER
WHAT IT DOES: A system that converts ocean waves into energy.
WHAT IT DOES: Captures CO2 from the air to sell to customers in industries such as food and beverage, agriculture and automotive.
WHAT IT DOES: Applies machine learning to electricity production and distribution, with the aim of improving reliability, efficiency and transparency while reducing pollution.
UNITED KINGDOM/UNITED STATES
WHAT IT DOES: Uses artificial intelligence to detect viruses and cyber threats inside corporate networks, cloud and virtualized environments, IoT and industrial control systems.
WHAT IT DOES: Uses machine learning to analyze inbound and outbound emails in order to automatically prevent cybersecurity threats, including spear phishing and unauthorized email.
Compiled and written by Jennifer L. Schenker and Chris O’Brien