The 2019 French Fintechs Panorama

The French Fintech ecosystem is thriving and boasts today of 500 startups. Wow! Even as a sector-specialist VC, we keep discovering new ones every day (see from our 2018 mapping)! Without further ado, please find below 2019’s version of the French Fintech ecosystem, a joint effort between France Fintech and ourselves!

While mega-rounds used to take place across the Channel or the Rhine, 2018 saw several large Fintech deals take place in France with October, Alan, Qonto and +Simple all raising €10m+! We are convinced the ecosystem will keep on raising ever larger rounds in 2019 and, at BlackFin Tech, we’re looking forward to making sure this trend ultimately produces World champions! (preferably with two stars…) ;)

Zooming in on subcategories gives the following overview

  • The Insurtech space is booming, and we like it so much! The French ecosystem is getting more and more active, even if we have only one full stack insurer, Alan (See our analysis about full-stack players in Europe). Last year, the accelerator Startup Palace launched its French Assurtech program to support Insurers’ PoCs with selected insurtechs. Besides, we are sponsoring the most active Meetup Group related to insurtech in Paris: last months we enjoyed various meetups about IoT/distribution, Parametrics Insurance and AI applied to claims management. Our next event will be about Cyber insurance with influential entrepreneurs in this sector so stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter!
  • Investment and Financing Services remains the most crowded Fintech category with 66 new startups. From consumer credit solutions to online brokers, this sector hosts plenty of exciting businesses! Some subcategories like crowdlending have started consolidating but there is a trove of startups building new financial products that are worth following as they take off towards success
  • Payment services are diversifying their activities with PSD2 (finally!) coming into force in 2019, thus enabling businesses like providers of loyalty solutions to leverage current accounts data to offer better services.
  • The Banking/PFM segment is not growing as quickly as others. Probably because strong leaders are already occupying the space in France, think of Qonto (B2B neobank), Lydia (B2C payment app turning into a kind of metabank), Bankin, Linxo & Budget Insight for example. Also, Europeans leaders keep eating market shares, such as N26 achieving the highest valuation ($2,7B) of the fintech world for instance. In a nutshell, these subsegments are already quite mature and slowly become saturated in France, so that it appears complicated for new players to grow in 2019.
  • Finally, Regtech should be a key topic for 2019. The daunting increase in GDPR/AML/MIFID2/PSD2/you-name-it compliance costs is pushing regulated institutions to implement tools to facilitate compliance checks and reporting. KYC & ID Management remain hot topics (see our analysis about KYC value chain). In this context, 2019 should be the year these cutting edge technologies come off age. Can’t wait for it!

Happy New year and may 2019 be a great year for fintech players in France! See our predictions for 2019.

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