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Sagacify, developing into the French market and present at VivaTechnology, quoted in La Libre.

About twenty Belgian startups took part in VivaTechnology, the European summit of Technology. Sagacify, already present in the French market with an office in Paris, was part of the Digital Wallonia stand at this summit. Read the French article at the site of La Libre.

Belgian startups show their ambitions at Vivatech

About twenty belgian startups took part in VivaTechnology, the European summit of Technology.

Over the last four years, this summit has become the biggest European event dedicated to startups and technological innovation. For this 2019 edition, more than 100000 people went to Porte de Versailles during the three days of the fair. Therefore, VivaTech had to add a second exhibition hall to accommodate the 9000 startups (including 2000 exhibitors) announced, as well as dozens of major French (all Cac 40 is here!) and international companies (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Huawei ...).

At these types of huge events, where you find both the best and the less good, the risk for any startup is to be unnoticed. But for those who wish to expand internationally, being here is essential if you want to be seen by investors (over 1900 were present) and/or potential customers.

In this mass of startups and major companies, several Belgian startups have taken this risk. And they have done quite well.

This is especially the case for the eleven startups at the Awex's "Digital Wallonia" stand. But also ten startups brought by Hub Brussels. Nevertheless, no trace (visible) of Flanders.

"We wanted to select innovative startups that already had a certain maturity, and we wanted to show the diversity of the Walloon ecosystem," explains Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of Awex and WBI.

Conquering new markets

"We hesitated to come, says Thierry Tacheny, founder and CEO of Invineo.

Our fear was to fall into a geek show. It is absolutely not the case. If you are looking for investors and business partners, as it is our case now, you must be present. In half a day, I had already discussed with Accor, Sodexo, Moët Hennessy and a global player in the wine field! It would have taken at least a month to see all these people from our headquarters in Gembloux. "

There are also startups who are already present in the French market, like Sortlist, or just expanded into the French market. This is the case of Sagacify, a Brussels startup specialized in the development of artificial intelligence solutions for companies. "We went from 9 to 15 people in a few months, says Arnaud De Decker, an AI and business development expert. "We are working for large Belgian companies such as Ethias, Arcelor, BNP, Saint-Luc Hospital ... We want to develop our activities in France, that’s why we have just opened an office in Paris. We think there is a lot of potential here. "

Sortlist, who has participated in every edition of VivaTech, is already in France since 2017. "We are already with eight people in Paris," says Leila El Azzouzi, "brand manager" for the French m

arket. And the investment begins to pay off. Indeed, France generates almost the same level of income as the Belgian market. "But France is our biggest market in terms of requests made by companies on the Sortlist platform, we are running around 230 requests a week." A figure that keeps growing.

The original article was written by Pierre François Lovens.

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