It has been our ambition since the creation of Possible Future in 2016. Today, our start-ups bring specific expertise to our innovation projects and our corporate clients, while at the same time our Innovation Bureau supports and enriches our start-ups. Possible Ventures is a start-up studio that joins together the talent of its founders, the striking force of its large partner groups, and our expertise in innovation.
At Possible Ventures, we bring together our talented founders and our large corporate partners around startup ideas that we have previously vetted thanks to our innovation methodology. The right idea, the right team: the adventure can begin!
We use our entire network and skills to ensure that our start-ups focus solely on what is most valuable: their product and their development.
Michael studied at Central Paris where he majored in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. Though he had planned to pursue a career in academia, researching applied physics, he quickly realized he loves collaboration and launching projects. This led him to join Prynt, a tech start up based in San Francisco. He also created Plast’if: a start-up that encourages recycling in the workplace. Michael loves that Possible Future is constantly reinventing itself, striking a balance between strategic thinking and action.
Raised in Brussels, Sixtine holds a masters degree from Central Paris. Prior to joining us, she spent several years crafting digital strategy for consulting firms and agencies, satisfying her passion for AI. As Possible Future’s first engineer she aims to use technology to drive positive change. For extra-curricular fun, you can find Sixtine watching TEDx talks on astrophysics, sharing jokes on slack and creating board games for her 3000 cousins (no joke).
Ariane trained as an engineer before spending 5 years in a digital strategy consultancy where she developed her superpower: finding the best business models to ensure our innovations and startup projects have real business potential! During her time off, Ariane turns into a raw adventurer: 15 days alone in Iran and Turkmenistan staying with locals, one week by herself at the North Pole… On a windy day, you can find her roaming the Northern beaches of France between two kite surfing sessions.
Denis comes to Possible Future from the golden shores of Silicon Valley, where he studied Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and designed and engineered parts of iPhones for the past 4 years as a member of the iPhone product design team. He wanted to break free of the tech bubble in California and take a huge leap into the unknown, and so he came here to Paris to join the dynamic, idealistic, and passionate group at Possible Future. When he’s not busy learning French, he enjoys photography, backpacking, and daydreaming about how to make the world a better place.
Adrien is a “swiss knife” : After studying industrial design and UX/UI he decides to learn how to code at Wagon. Joining Possible Future’s startup studio was a very natural choice for Adrien : It has allowed him to help startups build their projects, see them grow – and why not take the lead of one of them one day. Adrien is also passionate about drawing and has launched several initiatives about his passion.
Clément always has projects on this mind and loves to carry them out: Go on a trip around the world to meet HEC alumni, launch his own Poké restaurant in Paris, or start investing in the blockchain … Clément likes play with ideas and launch them, all the better if they turn out to actually gain traction. Clément was our first official intern and came back to Possible Future after his studies to put his entrepreneurial mindset to work on projects with our corporate clients. And to eventually open our Honolulu Office and to be able to surf whenever he wants.
Before joining us, Noël worked for almost 10 years with many agencies and startups (Deezer, Lunchr, Viadeo etc.) as a UX / UI Designer. He also released his first website when he was 12 years old. At 19, he created a magazine on soccer fans with two friends that was available all over France. Noël tries to travel as much as possible and always seizes the opportunity to discover a new stadium during soccer games (already 104 so far).
We imagined and tested a site waste management and recovery service for building craftsmen which resulted in the launch of a start-up: Les Ripeurs.
With a rapidly evolving building renovation sector, the role of the craftsmen is changing: end-users who are becoming prescribers on their building sites, a need for more and more advice, regulatory changes to be aware of, digital devices settling in … For La Plateforme du Bâtiment, this led to having to rethink the support they offered to craftsmen. This is reason why La Plateforme du Bâtiment asked us to imagine a new innovative service, aimed at their craftsmen clientele.
During our exploration phase, we identified a key pain point in the daily journey of craftsmen: managing waste on construction sites.
Evacuating rubbish, cleaning construction sites, and bringing bags of rubble to rubbish dumps are painful, expensive, and time-consuming tasks for craftsmen, which prevent them from focusing on their core business. Some services exist for the evacuation of rubble, but they are not always adapted: not flexible enough, and not adapted to the constraints of urban renovation sites (waste in rubbish bags, often high up on building floors).
Existing solutions are so unsatisfactory that craftsmen are turning to illegal disposal solutions: it is estimated that 40% of waste produced by construction sites ends up in wild dumps.
Based on this insight, we imagined, prototyped and tested the service Les Ripeurs. A rubbish bag disposal service for building professionals, ultra-flexible and ultra-responsive: intervention on demand, in less than 3 hours.
After 4 months of project, we had:
At the end of our mission, together with La Plateforme du Bâtiment, we decided to launch this service as a startup. 2 months later, the startup “Les Ripeurs” was born, offering its service in the distribution network of La Plateforme du Bâtiment, in Paris and in the suburbs.
For its first year of operation, the startup accumulated a turnover of 350k€,which represents 1700 tons of waste collected. 40% of this waste has been revalued. As proof of its potential, the incubator Paris&Co selected the startup in its 2018 Social and Solidarity Economy cohort.
Our ambition doesn’t stop here! In 2019, we want to:
tons of wastecollected in 1 week by the team during the "in-vivo" test, during the prototyping phase.
AMTime at which the team woke up to get rid of the rubble for the first customers during the prototyping phase.
people hiredin one year of operation of Les Ripeurs to support the growth of the activity.
clientsmainly construction professionals.
We support the start-up Inuk: a service for companies to offset carbon footprints in a direct, traceable, local and impactful way.
Accompany the development of the start-up from its first POC all the way to commercial success.
contracts signedin the first 2 months within the studio
introduction to the communityand support in the network integration
We designed, tested, launched and co-host the Ressourcerie with Malakoff-Médéric Humanis: a community center to provide relief and support to caregivers.
It is in January 2019 that the department dedicated to social action at Malakoff Médéric Humanis approaches Possible Future. The mission? Challenge the reality of the support provided to individuals who assist their non-autonomous relatives in their daily lives: the precious “caregivers”.
This challenge immediately echoes the DNA of Possible Future since it is very oriented towards the development of a project with positive social impact.
Concretely, the organization wishes to give visibility to its many psychosocial support services, which are often little known. A second major challenge quickly expands on the initial brief: reach a large audience that does not always recognize the “caregiving” role. The benefactors, including children, adults and elderly with disabilities or loss of autonomy, often consider the role as fulfilling a duty resulting naturally from a filial or marital link.
Starting from January 22, 2019, brief in hand, Possible Future opens the first phase involving 2 months of exploration and conceptualization. Bringing together a few representatives from Malakoff Médéric Humanis and a panel of 15 volunteer helpers quickly enables our teams to direct prototype the project and to precisely define the value proposition in co-creating with the target users, caregivers and non-caregivers.
Workshops are dedicated to the definition of the services to be implemented and the positioning of the final project, which are followed by more workshops centered around the modeling of the future spaces that will give body and substance to the concept.
Our teams have also looked into the question of the economic model that can guarantee the viability of innovative social support such as this one. The track favored by Possible Future quickly becomes that of co-financing: a place of support, which brings together several actors and also different sources of income.
At the client’s request, our teams also propose a method to evaluate the relevance and impact of the different components offered. A matrix of 40 quantitative criteria and interviews with the social action officers will make it possible to measure the real impact of the project at any time and to justify its raison d’être.
This warm, inviting space, accessible to all, opens its doors on the 1st of April 2019 at the heart of Bordeaux, 2 months after the launch of the project at Possible Future.
Here, no scary desks, stigmatizing hospitality, or out-dated decorations…the place is not solely reserved for caregivers! The Resourcerie is a soothing place, punctuated by a calendar of activities offering walks, workshops, relaxation, artistic activities … and also a place to come for a coffee, read, discuss, rest and to take your mind off things.
If needed, the hosts of the Resourcerie can also count on the help of a specialist in social aid, aware of the particular psychological burden they face.
The first 3 months since opening has allowed for the testing of the functionality, service offerings and economical model of the location. The different hypotheses are successively put to test on the field, during “sprints” of a week. The opportunity to quickly check the effectiveness of a communication channel, a subscription to activities, the availability of the venue in the evening, etc.
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We hope to see the Resourcerie multiplied in other French cities! In the meantime, if you go through Bordeaux, come visit us :).
monthsThis is the time elapsed between the initial brief and the opening of the first version of Resourcerie in Bordeaux.
m2The total area of this third place, which contains several living spaces.
millionscare-givers in France, 64% of whom do not recognize themselves as such.