By Marc Rougier & Gabriel Levy.

What are the next hot topics as an investor? This multi billion dollar question is on everybody’s lips. Our crystal ball at Elaia is no more accurate than others. But our analysis has highlighted 5 sectors which we believe will keep growing — even thrive, during and after the crisis. Cloud Infrastructure, RetailTech, Digital Transformation of the Corporation, FinTech and Digital Life Science are compelling investment opportunities due to their transformative potential for businesses and consumers.

We’ll regularly share with you our learnings and insights on each of these game-changing sectors, so stay tuned…


By Marc Rougier & Elnaz Giboulot.

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Recruiting is arguably the single most challenging task for any entrepreneur.

Our mission at Elaia is to invest early in promising startups; because we come in early, we are here when the team grows and therefore when the founding team faces the hiring challenge.

All founders will face the challenge of hiring a great team to take their product or service off the ground, and while the hiring of some roles are easily identified, others can sometimes be overlooked. Typical immediate hires are Developers and Data Scientists who are in continuous high demand as…


By Pauline Roux & Amélie Juge.

What are the next hot topics as an investor? This multi-billion dollar question is on everybody’s lips. Our crystal ball at Elaia is no more accurate than others. But our analysis has highlighted 5 sectors which we believe will keep growing — even thrive, during and after the crisis. Cloud Infrastructure, Digital Transformation, RetailTech, Digital Life Science and FinTech are compelling investment opportunities due to their transformative potential for businesses and consumers

We’ll regularly share with you our learnings and insights on each of these game-changing sectors, so stay tuned to Elaia’s Medium account…


Here’s some advice from Talent.io Founder, Jonathan Azoulay, on how to maximize remote hiring.

Hosted by Elaia.

Will remote work stay forever?

For many tech companies, the pandemic created a huge rush to convert their businesses so that they could effectively operate remotely. For others, this process had already begun with home office days and remote working options. What’s sure, according to Jonathan Azoulay, Founder of Talent.io, is that “remote working is here to stay” and a recent Linkedin case study agrees, 84% of recruiters believe there won’t be any U-turn on remote working.

We’ve taken note of the best practices he’s passed on to us during a recent workshop hosted by Elaia.

I — Want the best? Then it’s time to recruit and hire remotely

A company that offers remote work…


Part of the Elaia team!

Diversity is finally at the forefront of corporate decision-making, with discussions spanning from genuine inspirations to create a more inclusive society, to politically correct opportunism. Diversity is a defining value of Elaia: we don’t approach it as just a palette of skin colors or accents or religious beliefs, but first and foremost as a richness of opinions and thought processes necessary to challenge the status quo. As such, we try to build our team - within of course the respect of our mission and values -, with diversity as a core tenet.

At Elaia, it doesn’t matter where you come…


This article is based on a workshop given by Virgile Raingeard of Figures for Elaia’s portfolio companies.

What does the Premier League of football have in common with European startups?

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The Problem

For decades, we’ve noticed a common problem, salary negotiation remains a pain point in both big and small companies and for all parties involved. So what can be done? Well there’s one idea that’s been floating around: kill the negotiation process.

It may seem like a radical idea, but it could also be what the workforce needs. We know that wage is an issue, people have questions and expectations and there’s never enough clarity to justify the sum. …


By Franck Lescure.

Pherecydes Pharma: At the forefront of the fight against antibioresistant bacteria

Pherecydes checks all the right boxes: bacterial treatment breakthrough and oversubscribed IPO.

If the COVID pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to seriously invest in healthcare and biotech startups and challenge the current state of medical research investment at both a private and public level. Thankfully at Elaia, we were already one step ahead. Our newest listed company Pherecydes Pharma is addressing the growing medical need to treat antibiotics resistance of bacterial infections by reshaping a technology validated by one century of clinical usage, all while setting records on the stock exchange. …


By Armelle de Tinguy & Gabriel Levy.

What are the next hot topics as an investor? This multi-billion dollar question is on everybody’s lips. Our crystal ball at Elaia is no more accurate than others. But our analysis has highlighted 5 sectors which we believe will keep growing — even thrive, during and after the crisis. Cloud Infrastructure, Digital Transformation, RetailTech, FinTech and Digital Life Science are compelling investment opportunities due to their transformative potential for businesses and consumers.

We’ll regularly share with you our learnings and insights on each of these game-changing sectors, so stay tuned to Elaia’s Medium


(aka the amazing story of Acorus Networks)

By Marc Rougier.

Today, F5, (NASDAQ: FFIV), the Seattle-headquartered specialist of app security and delivery announced the acquisition of Volterra, a Silicon Valley-based startup that helps deploy, connect, secure and operate apps across multi-cloud and the edge.

This is a $500m operation (including $60m of deferred consideration): a very solid — and fairly rapid — exit for a company from our portfolio at Elaia.

This blogpost tells the story, hopefully with some useful takeaways, of our journey as a VC, from our first meeting with the Entrepreneurs, to this impressive, final achievement.

📍2015, it all started out as a nightmare!

That night, Scoop.it, a martech startup I co-founded, was under a violent DDoS attack. Stéphane Gault, our brilliant DevSecOps and last defender on the front, called friends to the rescue: Raphaël Maunier and Benjamin Schilz…


By Benoit Georis

« deep tech » is a buzzing word in the startup ecosystem.

Everyone has its own definition…and for good reasons! In fact, this term appeared very recently in startup history. It was coined by Swati Chaturvedi, CEO of Propel(x), in 2015, to differentiate tech startups built on commonly available technologies and those engaged in long-term scientific and technological R&D. Back in February 2019, we published a Medium article “Deep Tech in France: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”

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This trend is massive and global.

In 2018, deep tech investments reached a staggering level of $18 billion, accounting for almost 10,000 startups. In this picture, France is gaining momentum and currently stands at the 3rd seat of the European podium with…

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