Two French Tech Pass winners are rising stars at #MWC18 Barcelona

As Mobile World Congress pulsates in Barcelona, an energetic team of French Tech-ers with more than 100 mobile-related startups are interacting with mobs of mobile enthusiasts.


Apizee and Matooma are just two of the many French Tech startups at the French Pavilion participating in the journey that’s making mobile create a better future. So what’s special about them? They were recently awarded the prestigious French Tech Pass, a special support and mentorship program that accompanies selected hyper-growth and high-potential startups at a crucial time in their international scaling-up phase.

We met with them amidst the vibrant buzz of the show.

Apizee, created in 2013 by Michel L’Hostis and Frédéric Luart, both experts in telecoms and SaaS, provides remote visual assistance and customer interaction solutions. Their multichannel solutions, based on WebRTC, a disruptive telecom technology, are leveraged to work on simple web browser without any plugin or software download and adapt to different mobile devices and connected objects. This ease of deployment has convinced a number of big French companies such as Crédit Agricole, Safran, Renault, as well as leading companies on the international scene including Barclays, Nexity and ExxonMobil.

“The French Tech Pass is giving us the recognition of the French Tech ecosystem and an additional guarantee to accelerate our international development and continue to innovate”, says the startup.

As for Matooma… in a nutshell, they started off in 2012 and they’ve quickly become a key player in the management and communication of devices connected by SIM cards.  Their leitmotif? Simplify the job of M2M and IoT professionals through multiple connectivity services and a unique machine to machine management tool. They currently connect more than 200,000 devices around the world.

The French TechPass has also « boosted our visibility but has also enabled us to reach an international audience to raise awareness about our positioning and our ambitions ».

So, what are they presenting this week at MWC?

Apizee is essentially demonstrating how to democratize real-time collaboration with a simple web connection through 3 flagship solutions:

  • Apizee Diag: a visual assistance solution for maintenance, after-sales support, damage insurance and telemedicine, that enables field users to collaborate in real time with remote agents or experts during inspections, maintenance or support processes. The solution may be used from a smartphone or a connected device (helmet, glasses, external video sources…). Collaboration features include remote snapshots, live annotations, video recording, inspection checklists and video conferences.
  • Apizee Contact: a solution for customer relation management that improves conversion, satisfaction and visitor loyalty through chat, voice, and video engagement, targeting, proactive contact, and agent’s management.
  • ApiRTC:  A cloud-based WebRTC PaaS (Platform as a Service) enabling application developers to add real-time multimedia interaction to their websites and mobile applications.

Matooma is showcasing to the Spanish and international mobile communities its innovative solutions, namely:

  • The  MatooCard: Matooma proposes mono and multi-operator SIM cards that connect to fixed and mobile equipment anywhere in the world. The benefits? Their ability to connect to different networks 2G/3G/4G ensuring seamless continuity. The MatooCard range covers 180 countries and 540 operators.
  • The M2MManager: This IoT management platform simplifies processes, creates autonomy on M2M SIM cards, controls each device, saves time and ultimately optimizes business management. This solution centralizes multiple functions: request, activation, suspension and termination of cards as well as consumption alerts.
  • The MatooWan: A private network that secures and facilitates interoperability, data transmission and facilitates remote access via a private APN that enables an IP address on your SIM card. To sum it up it’s a multiple-operator private network.