Air Liquide’s i-Lab and Paris Région Lab inaugurate the “Breathe in the City” start-up incubator

On June 16, 2014, three start-ups, AirBoxLab, Air Serenity, and NaturalGrass, join in the new “Breathe in the City” incubator created by Paris Région Lab and Air Liquide’s i-Lab.

This selection follows the call for projects launched in January, 2014, to identify innovative start-ups focused on developing products, services, and technologies dedicated to air quality in the city. These 3 start-ups were selected in April, 2014, by a committee gathering representatives of Air Liquide, Paris Région Lab, Ville de Paris, and Bpifrance. Of all applicants, AirBoxLab, Air Serenity, and NaturalGrass were selected for their innovative approach in terms of technologies and applications.

These start-ups will be hosted in the Paris Région Innovation Nord Express facilities, located in the 18th arrondissement in Paris. They will be able to rely on the Paris Région Lab know-how and the Air Liquide Group’s experts skills in managing both oxygen applications and projects and business development.

With its “Breathe in the City” initiative, Air Liquide’s i-Lab aims to develop new offers by joining forces with these start-ups, in order to meet the many air quality challenges: cutting down the emission of pollutant gases, supporting people suffering from respiratory conditions, providing pure air in mobility, measurements, air quality mapping and processing…

Air Liquide’s i-Lab also gets the opportunity to strengthen its relations with start-ups, to spot breakthrough technologies, and to set up new partnerships.

Olivier Delabroy, Vice President R&D at Air Liquide, stated: “We are delighted to welcome these 3 start-ups in this new incubator, which enables us to strengthen our relations with the innovation ecosystem of Paris. The “Breathe in the City” incubator is fully in line with Air Liquide’s “open innovation” approach.”

Jean-François Galloüin, Paris Région Lab Managing Director, commented: “As an active contributor to public life, Paris Région Lab is very proud of the opening of the new incubation program dedicated to a major issue, namely the quality of the air we all breathe. The selected start-ups will benefit from an ideal environment to speed up the development of their innovative solutions in this area, thanks to closer relations with both Air Liquide and the innovation ecosystem of Paris Région Lab.”

About Paris Région Lab – Incubateurs

Paris Région Lab – Incubateurs has used its expertise to support innovative entrepreneurs for over 10 years, and helps them during the seed and start-up stages of their projects. Today Paris Région Lab manages over 20 incubators focused on a variety of topics: Digital Technologies, New Media, Responsible and Sustainable Finance, Video Games, Cleantech, Digital Publishing, Urban and Connected Services… Each year 200 companies are thus accompanied by support teams with business diagnosis, coaching, conferences, trainings, mentoring, connections with international groups, individual methodological follow-up… Relying on a network of almost 500 start-ups, Paris Région Lab – Incubateurs opens its ecosystem to international groups, enabling them to spot technologies, and to set up business partnerships with start-ups. / @Paris_Incub 

About the start-ups

Airboxlab designed a connected device dedicated to the general public’s health and wellbeing. Thanks to its embarked environmental sensors, it measures, analyzes, and enables its users to optimize indoor air quality. The related application, available on smartphones and tablets, provides a constant readout of the results, as well as an interpretation, counseling, and customized predictive management interface.

AirSerenity has developed an innovative technology to process indoor air. The patented solution enables to suppress all pollutants from indoor air (VOC, particles, microorganisms…) without generating secondary pollutants. It also provides airflow monitoring through pollution sensors and real-time follow-up of indoor air quality through a smartphone application.

NaturalGrass, specialized in the development of vegetated surfaces in urban areas, designed a solution to revegetate urban roofs and walls with the use of a patented ultra-light substrate. This solution enables to grow profuse vegetation, thus contributing to a greener city and a more breathable air.

About Air Liquide’s i-Lab

The i-Lab is the Air Liquide group’s laboratory for new ideas. Its purpose is to help accelerate the pace of innovation and to explore new markets. Boasting both a think tank and a venue for experimentation (a “Corporate Garage”), the i-Lab develops new products, solutions, and technologies in conjunction with the Group’s Innovation units and World Business Lines. Based in Paris, the i-Lab works with the Group’s R&D sites in Europe, the USA, and Asia. @iLabAirLiquide

About Air Liquide

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with more than 50,000 employees and serves more than 2 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly. Air Liquide ideas create value over the long term. At the core of the company’s development are the commitment and constant inventiveness of its people. Air Liquide’s revenues amounted to € 15.2 billion in 2013, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented around 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes. @AirLiquideGroup