The HRTech Startup Landscape in France

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Previously this year, I posted a list of the upcoming HRTech Startups in Germany and discovered around 120 companies in that space. I’ve then started to research the French startup landscape which has an equal amount of teams trying to disrupt, automate, augment or improve HR in France.

Some key findings:

  • an estimate of 70% of those services/products are not available or marketed outside of France (and therefore website are all French only)
  • Skill Development, up-/re-skilling and finding a career seems to be an important area which might be due to the unique French educational system
  • a growing number of marketplaces or matching solutions is focussing on gigsters, temp workers, students or freelancers and my assumption is that this is (equally to Germany) due to the “employee-protective” labour market
  • The market doesn’t seem to grow by quantity in the past years (as the number of new companies has slightly decreased, yet startups have a fairly strong backing from the state and an impressive ecosystem and support from hubs like La French Tech, Station F, Le LabRH and obviously role models like Fred Mazzella or huge events like VivaTech
  • I didn’t count, but would assume that 85% of the companies are located in Paris and the rest is spread evenly throughout the country with a small peak in Lyon

Here are some simplified breakdowns of how the early stage HRTech (and some EdTech) looks like in France:

Startups by main problem space

Before we get to the full list:

  • If you know of a startup team that I’ve overlooked, send me an email so I can update this post and include them in my research
Si vous êtes une startup Française spécialisée dans la HR Tech et que vous vous intéressez au marché Allemand, contactez moi dans la mesure où j’organise un évènement « HR Tech» le 4 décembre prochain à Berlin (en association avec le French Tech Hub Berlin ainsi que Cornerstone On Demand) auquel vous pourriez participer.*

*If you’re running a French HR Tech startup and you’re interested in presenting in Germany, ping me as I’m doing an HR Tech Meetup in Berlin on Dec 4th with La French Tech Berlin and Cornerstone On Demand and can still include you in the pitch lineup!

(Click “embed” to view the full list on airtable and feel free to download it also)

(startup categories are mostly broad categories; some of the startups offer more than one service or tackle more than one problem space obviously).