Founded in 2018 and based in Limoges (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), FACIL’iti offers a patented digital inclusion solution that customises the display of internet and intranet sites according to users’ preferences, for greater autonomy on the web.
Founded by Frédéric Sudraud, the young company has just raised its first funds from four leading groups who have taken a stake in FACIL’iti:
- The TF1 Group, France’s leading television media group, which had integrated the start-up into its Media Lab TF1 accelerator at Station F back in 2018.
- Bouygues Telecom, a telecommunications operator committed to digital for all.
- The Crédit Agricole Group, the leading financier of the French economy, through Crédit Agricole Régions Investissement, a subsidiary of 11 Regional Banks, including the Centre Ouest Regional Bank based in Limoges, which supports regional businesses and projects.
- Malakoff Humanis, a major player in social protection, committed to a fairer and more inclusive society.
FACIL’iti aims to accelerate its international development (USA, Canada, Europe and Japan) and to rapidly launch new innovative services by intensifying its R&D.
Meet the challenges of accessibility to digital services for people with disabilities
“Our ambition is to support more and more people in search of digital autonomy”, explains Frédéric Sudraud, CEO and founder of FACIL’iti. “This fundraising will enable us to train new developers in our technical know-how, which is unique on the market today. We plan to release new products using augmented reality to pursue our mission: to put technology at the service of people.”
Frédéric Sudraud looks back on how he experienced this transaction: “The support of the Carmine Capital teams was invaluable in allowing a good understanding of the different options that were presented. This fundraising was a first for me. Thanks to their advice, I was able to make informed decisions.”
“The TF1 group is delighted to continue its collaboration with FACIL’iti. We pay particular attention to the accessibility of our digital products, especially as part of our CSR commitments. After choosing their solution to equip our digital platforms, MYTF1 and TF1INFO, we wanted to support the start-up in the development of its next innovations, by investing a minority ticket via our investment fund “One innovation”” shares Olivier Penin Director of Innovation of the TF1 Group.
“As a benchmark operator, Bouygues Telecom has made strong commitments since 2005 to reinforce its accessibility criteria for its products, services and communication tools. By working with FACIL’iti, we enable visitors to our websites to adapt the display to their viewing needs. We are proud to support this innovative start-up in this new stage of its development” comments Anthony Colombani, Corporate Director of Bouygues Telecom.
As a multi-awarded company, FACIL’iti is one of the few French start-ups to have obtained B-Corp certification. It employs twenty people, has more than 500 sites equipped throughout the world (Cdiscount, Veepee, LVMH, City of Tokyo, Clarins, etc.) and more than 2.2 million users.
“The technology developed by Facil’ITI is unique on its market and allows us to meet the challenges of accessibility to digital services for people with disabilities. We are proud to have been able to support this fundraising and we are so convinced by the interest of this solution that we have deployed it on our site” says Anne-Laure Beuriot, Founding Partner of Carmine Capital.
For more information about this transaction, please contact Anne-Laure Beuriot and Mariia Krasnikova.