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What are the French unicorns?


All valued at more than a billion dollars at least without going public, companies and start-ups that have crossed this symbolic milestone are called unicorns in France. At the start of 2022, France has 26 unicorns on its territory, proof of the dynamism of the market.

In the first ten days of the year alone, three new companies have joined this restricted circle. Thus, Payfit, Ankorstore and Qonto have officially become unicorns for this list updated to January 13. 2021 was also a record year in terms of new French unicorns and the country should benefit from new spin-offs throughout 2022.

Here are, in alphabetical order, the unicorns listed under the tricolor flag. All of them are among the cream of the market linked to new technologies and digital services.


Founded in 2014, Aircall is a cloud telephony company for business calls. Its system makes it possible to exchange anywhere in the world but also to integrate company software into its offer. Aircall is valued at more than a billion dollars and already generates more than 100 million dollars (about 87.5 million euros) per year in turnover.


This health insurance is in the age of the digital world to offer a digital solution like neobanks, while a chat allows you to exchange ideas to obtain quick answers to your questions. Alan is valued at $1.4 billion.


Present in 23 European countries, the unicorn Ankorstore describes itself as a wholesaler to connect professionals via the digital world. Founded in 2019, the start-up joined the French unicorn club in early 2022 and is already valued at $2 billion.

Back Market

Having become a must in the online sale of refurbished electronic products (particularly smartphones), BackMarket was created in 2014. It is now a marketplace valued at $5.7 billion.


Created in 2006 at the dawn of the first reflections around carpooling, BlaBlaCar is no longer a start-up but a heavyweight in the transport industry that is part of our daily lives. It is now valued at over $2 billion.


Specialist in the analysis of behavioral data from Internet users and mobile users, Content Square quickly took an important place in this market when it was created in 2012. This company is already worth 2.8 billion dollars.


A French nugget present in the sector of audio streaming platforms (music and podcasts), Deezer is now well known in the entertainment industry. Founded in 2007, Deezer has exceeded $1 billion in value.

dental monitoring

A company specializing in MedTech (medicine combined with technology), Dental Monitoring is aimed at dental and oral health professionals, in particular for monitoring patients remotely. This company founded in 2012 is worth a billion dollars.


The Covid-19 pandemic has exploded the booking of medical appointments through the Doctolib platform. Created in 2013, it now exceeds one billion dollars in value. A must.


By focusing on independent real estate agents, IAD has changed the game in this sector since its creation in 2016. A network now well established and valued at $1.2 billion.


Well placed in the B2B sector, Ivalua was founded in the year 2000. It is therefore a veteran of the unicorns which offers a service connecting suppliers and managing expenses. We are talking here about a valuation of one billion dollars.


Founded in 2014, Ledger quickly became a go-to company for people holding cryptocurrencies. By offering hyper-secure wallets on crypto keys, Ledger has taken advantage of the international crypto-asset boom and is valued at more than $1.5 billion.

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Mobile payment between friends, here is the creed in which Lydia quickly launched in 2011 to become the leader. Today, this fintech is valued at over a billion dollars.


DIY is booming and a sector that had no real marketplace until the creation of ManoMano in 2012. With a valuation of more than 2.6 billion dollars and an extensive business in Europe, DIY has been able to bring in big.


With the boom in social media and the web, the world has become more addicted to visual content. Since 2014, Meero has understood that the business of professional photography can be supported with multiple services. She is valued at a billion dollars.


In just 10 years of existence (since 2012), Mirakl has become one of the heavyweights in publishing marketplaces for companies that need them. There is talk of a valuation at over $3.6 billion, one of the most important unicorns in the country.

OVH Cloud

Listed on the stock market at the end of 2021, OVH Cloud has been able to capitalize on the impressive growth of the cloud market. Created in 1999, however, it was a unicorn before going public with a valuation of $4 billion.


Artificial intelligence at the service of drug development and the thinking of doctors to give them “superpowers” to treat. The MedTech Owkin has grown significantly since its creation in 2016. In the field of health, this unicorn has exceeded one billion dollars in valuation.


Because establishing payslips can be complicated for SMEs, the Payfit company has been offering an outsourced solution and a management platform for services since 2016. This start-up already weighs 2 billion dollars.


Qonto has joined the circle of French unicorns. Valued at $5 billion (one of the largest in the unicorn sphere), this fintech launched in 2016 has been running its business since 2017 by supporting SMEs and entrepreneurs like a neobank with dematerialized services to monitor their projects. .

shift technology

Shift Technology bets on artificial intelligence in the insurance sector. To date, more than 2.5 billion claims have been analyzed worldwide thanks to its technology. Its valuation exceeds one billion dollars.


In the NFT sector, Sorare has won over football fans by drawing inspiration from collectible cards and by allowing players to play an online game that allows them to earn money by playing coaches. Launched in 2018, the year 2021 allowed it to follow the explosion of the NFT market and the company is now valued at more than 3.7 billion euros.

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Formerly Lunchr when it was created in 2016, the company became Swile in 2018. It offers a card intended for company employees to combine their benefits, such as restaurant tickets, coupons… It has since exceeded one billion dollars of valuation.


Already present on the online sales market thanks to its significant discounts, Veepee (formerly has ended up internationalizing -hence its change of name to a more English-speaking one. One of the great French successes in this sector and valued at more than a billion dollars.

Communal changing room

In the middle of French Tech, Vestiaire Collective joined the French unicorns in March 2021. This company specializes in second-hand luxury products, by developing an expertise system to verify that the product sold is not a counterfeit. A valuation of more than a billion dollars.

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In the video game sector, the name Voodoo may not mean much to you. And yet, this start-up specializes in mobile games, such as, Stack Colors or even Cube Surfer. We are talking about 300 million monthly players. Voodoo reaches a valuation of $1.4 billion.

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