When the right people meet at the right time, conversations start, ideas are born and partnerships are made. Thousands of startups, investors, media, and partners come together at VivaTech to find their crowd every year. And when they do, some pretty inspiring VivaStories come out of it. We found some marketplace bali exciting ones that hit home this year.
Sector: Mobility, transportation
HQ: Saclas, France
Year founded: 2020
Who we interviewed: Bertrand Lepage, CEO
Airbnb raised the bar for successful C2C platforms in 2008. Now comes the revolution for the electric charging stations market. French startup WattPark has designed the first ever bookable and monetizable charge point for electric vehicles (EV). People with an extra parking space and access to an electric outlet can rent out their space for EV owners needing a charge.
Charging station owners have control over the price per hour, availability, who can use it for free (like employees, or visitors), and when to cash out their earnings. Fully controlled by a mobile application, the charging unit doesn’t need a connection to the internet, which means it can be located anywhere.
Charging up success
Setting their sights on an ambitious future, WattPark applied in 2020 to be evaluated for a Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, awarded to companies that pass a rigorous evaluation process. It aims to shed light on economically viable solutions that protect the environment. WattPark earned their label in May 2022.
“We were one of the thousand solutions selected by the Solar Impulse Foundation in 2020. Among them, we got invited as one of only 10 other startups to go to VivaTech in 2021. The foundation had a big booth, so we had the chance to showcase WattPark and talk to many key stakeholders in our ecosystem,” Bertrand Lepage, CEO of WattPark explained.