News Feed Item

Orange Fab US Unveils Season Five Startups and Expands its Fab Force Program

The Orange Silicon Valley accelerator welcomes seven new startups, boosts resources with five new international partners and introduces open enrollment

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange Fab, the US startup accelerator for European telecommunication carrier Orange, today unveiled seven new startups into their fifth season. These new startups feature the latest advancements in enterprise security, mobile technology and IoT platforms and include Ayda, Bitwage, Fitnet, Kryptnostic, Loop, Spinnakr, Toymail. These new additions join 34 startups that have graduated from the Orange Fab accelerator since it began in March, 2013.

Orange Fab startup accelerator, part of Orange Silicon Valley.

Over the next 12 weeks, the seven selected startups will gain access to Orange Silicon Valley's vast network of resources and international partners via the Fab Force program. Each of the startups will participate in mentorship sessions with notable entrepreneurs, experienced designers, marketing experts and product specialists, receive an optional $20,000 in funding and gain work space at Orange Silicon Valley's office in San Francisco.

"Orange Silicon Valley is an integral part of our open innovation strategy. By collaborating with startups, our goal is to anticipate future trends in the digital industry, whether it be the development of innovative technologies or new business models," declared Pierre Louette, Deputy CEO and Secretary-General, responsible for digital investments at Orange.

Orange Silicon Valley also announced the expansion of its Fab Force alliance with the addition of five new international partners including EDF, TF1, PSA Peugeot Citroen,Veolia, and DPDgroup, the parcel delivery network of GeoPost. The Fab Force program features international organizations that offer distribution and growth opportunities to the startups within the Orange Fab accelerator. The five new partners join Orange Fab international alliances with major global businesses including Airbus, LG Electronics, Moët Hennessy, TOTAL M&S, Visa, and others.  

"TOTAL M&S constantly focuses on improving the journey of its customers, whether they be consumers or enterprises," said Marc Gigon, Vice President of Digital Transformation at TOTAL M&S. "Fab Force gives us great access to bold startups and fresh ideas that will help us deliver on our promises to our customers. On top of that, Orange Fab's deep knowledge of the trends in the valley, their extensive network of key people and companies, is a great opportunity to learn more about the digital revolution."

"Growing our roster of corporate partners not only delivers more value to our startups, but shows how corporate innovation teams recognize the challenge of starting their own accelerator, and the value of our established Silicon Valley network," said Georges Nahon, CEO of Orange Silicon Valley and President of Orange Institute. "With our fifth season, the human and logistical infrastructure for sustaining and growing a community of entrepreneurs that feels at home here continues to evolve."  

Season Five's Orange Fab class is made up of seven companies set to having a profound impact on the markets in which they compete. They are:

  • Ayda: creating a fertility tracking platform that enables women either planning or having difficulty getting pregnant to conceive faster.
  • Bitwage: leverages blockchain technology to make international payroll faster, easier and lower cost for employers, employees and contractors
  • Fitnet: a personal trainer for everyone delivers exercise instruction and feedback on iOS and Android.
  • Kryptnostic: enables secure & private collaboration through fully homomorphic encryption, allowing servers to process the data without ever decrypting it, leaving no openings for bad guys.
  • Loop: a personal display with the mission to connect people to their family and their home.
  • Spinnakr: transforming real time data streams into a feed of important events and patterns.
  • Toymail: a messaging platform for kids that works via IoT toys to entertain, educate and keep children connected to those they love, without putting them behind another screen.

Since Orange Fab's inception, their portfolio of startups has seen multiple commercial engagements and pilots between accelerated startups and Orange. Orange Silicon Valley's and Orange Fab's support and counsel often leads to powerful business results for start-ups within the program. For example, Orange Digital Ventures recently participated in a $30 million Series B investment in Chain, the leading provider of blockchain technology solutions and a member of Orange Silicon Valley's ChainForce program. Additional investors in this round included NASDAQ, Visa, Citi, Capital One and Fiserv.

Other notable achievements among Orange Fab startups include:

  • Chronos: acquired by Life360 in August 2015
  • TrackR: shipped over 500,000 devices and has closed a Series A financing led by Brad Feld of Foundry Group
  • Talkdesk: recently announced a $21M Series A financing round led by DFJ with a strategic investment from Salesforce Ventures
  • MedWhat: completed a pilot in Africa and introduced a customized Diabetes App for Orange's 2015 mHealthTour in Europe.

Orange Fab US is currently considering applicants for Season 6. Any start-up company with an existing product or an advanced beta version can apply via the new open enrollment process. To learn more about Orange Fab US, please visit: www.orangefab.com

About Orange

Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 200 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan "Essentials2020" which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

Press contacts: +33 1 44 44 93 93

Olivier Emberger ; [email protected]  / Sylvie Duho ; [email protected] 
Pascale Diaine ; [email protected]

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151104/284164LOGO


To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/orange-fab-us-unveils-season-five-startups-and-expands-its-fab-force-program-300173340.html

SOURCE Orange Fab

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Moroccanoil®, the global leader in oil-infused beauty, is thrilled to announce the NEW Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks, a collection of dual-benefit hair masks that deposit pure pigments while providing the treatment benefits of a deep conditioning mask. The collection consists of seven curated shades for commitment-free, beautifully-colored hair that looks and feels healthy.
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
The textured-hair category is inarguably the hottest in the haircare space today. This has been driven by the proliferation of founder brands started by curly and coily consumers and savvy consumers who increasingly want products specifically for their texture type. This trend is underscored by the latest insights from NaturallyCurly's 2018 TextureTrends report, released today. According to the 2018 TextureTrends Report, more than 80 percent of women with curly and coily hair say they purcha...
We all love the many benefits of natural plant oils, used as a deap treatment before shampooing, at home or at the beach, but is there an all-in-one solution for everyday intensive nutrition and modern styling?I am passionate about the benefits of natural extracts with tried-and-tested results, which I have used to develop my own brand (lemon for its acid ph, wheat germ for its fortifying action…). I wanted a product which combined caring and styling effects, and which could be used after shampo...
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one b...
Steaz, the nation's top-selling organic and fair trade green-tea-based beverage company, announces its 2017 "Mind. Body. Soul." tour, which will bring authentic experiences inspired by the brand's signature Mind. Body. Soul. tagline to life across the country. The tour will inform, educate, inspire and entertain through events, digital activations and partner-curated experiences developed to support the three pillars of complete health and wellness.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
Platform9, the leader in SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has announced it will present five sessions at four upcoming industry conferences in June: BCS in London, DevOpsCon in Berlin, HPE Discover and Cloud Computing Expo 2019.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. I...