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vorteX-io raises 2.9 million euros to become Europe’s leading provider of real-time in-situ hydrological data for sustainable water management

Toulouse, June 6, 2024 – vorteX-io, the Toulouse-based startup specializing in large-scale hydrological monitoring solutions, opens its capital to institutional investors. This funding, led by Banque des Territoires and MAIF Impact alongside AFI Ventures – Ventech’s impact fund – and SpaceFounders France, supplemented by bank financing, will enable the company to accelerate the roll-out of its network of connected micro-stations and its Maelstrom platform. vorteX-io aims to become Europe’s leading provider of real-time hydrological field data.

A strategic service for knowledge and management of water resources

Europe is experiencing an increase in extreme weather phenomena, resulting in a growing number of natural disasters, exposing 11% of the population to the risk of flooding and a third of the territory to water stress. Climate change is prompting governments and institutions to gain a better understanding of water resources in order to manage them more sustainably.

To meet this challenge, vorteX-io has developed a disruptive technology and an innovative business model in the field of continental hydrology. Based on satellite altimetry techniques, its solution measures the key hydrological parameters of rivers and streams (water level, surface velocity and images) in real time, with unrivalled precision. The data is analyzed on its Maelstrom platform, which provides strategic services to public and private decision-makers: real-time risk notification, optimization of water management for local authorities, infrastructure security, and anticipation of agricultural and industrial needs.

Europe's first real-time hydrological forecasting service

Winner of the 2023 EIC Accelerator program, vorteX-io has already received a 2.5 million euros grant from the European Innovation Council for its WHYLD (Worldwide HYdrological Large-scale Database) project, aimed at creating Europe’s first real-time hydrological forecasting service. By the end of 2024, 1,000 micro-stations will have been deployed in France and Croatia, two European countries at high risk of flooding.

The 2.9 million euros raised from investors will enable vorteX-io to accelerate the deployment of its network, with a further 2,000 micro-stations by 2026 to model the main European river basins. The company also plans to double its workforce by 2026 to 80 employees, including 10 new hires from 2024. A development supported by its investors, convinced by the positive environmental and societal impact of the solution.

Our aim is to provide decision-makers with strategic tools and services that will enable them to improve their water management and better forecast extreme weather phenomena such as droughts and floods, which are major challenges for the safety and resilience of territories,” says Jean-Christophe Poissonco-founder and CEO of vorteX-io.

François Wohrer, Director of Investment at Banque des Territoires, emphasizes: “Against this backdrop of great environmental tension, and with 18 million French people living in flood-prone areas, protecting people and property is a major challenge for our country. It’s in this spirit that we’re supporting the growth of vorteX-io, a Toulouse-based startup whose river monitoring technology is an innovative, high-performance tool for local authorities, and which, by developing employment, contributes to social cohesion.

Hélène Hannoir, President of MAIF Impact, adds: “Responding to the climate emergency and implementing actions that enable populations to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change is at the heart of the strategy of MAIF Impact, the MAIF Group’s impact fund. The vorteX-io project won us over thanks to its degree of technological innovation and its positioning among local players, particularly local authorities. For these reasons, MAIF Impact is delighted to add vorteX-io to its portfolio of innovative start-ups whose business model creates positive impacts for society and the environment.

For Charles Fourault, Partner at AFI Ventures, “Water tech has long been neglected, but it’s our mission as seed investment funds to understand and support it. The urgency of climate change calls for the creation of new technological solutions adapted to these challenges. vorteX-io is just that. Guillaume and his team had the idea of adapting space technology to create a connected hydrological micro-station to revolutionize river monitoring. Traction, both in France and internationally, proves that this meets a real need, and can only be accelerated.

Strongly rooted in the space domain, vorteX-io’s expertise in altimetry and spatial oceanography is mobilized to meet the climate challenges of continental hydrology. Supported by CNES since its creation, vorteX-io deploys a network of sensors providing high-precision in-situ measurements for satellite calibration and data enhancement. This network also plays a crucial role in protecting critical infrastructures from the risk of land-based flooding,” says Anaïs van Wynsberghe, Investment Manager for SpaceFounders France.

This first round of financing testifies to our partners’ confidence in our solution and our ambition to democratize access to real-time hydrological data. Our services address current and future environmental challenges, providing governments and economic players with strategic information in a simple, cost-effective and global way,” concludes Guillaume Valladeau, President of vorteX-io.

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About vorteX-io

vorteX-io is revolutionizing continental hydrology by offering turnkey solutions for river monitoring, improving flood and drought risk management. The company’s offering is distinguished by the unique combination of two major innovations: a connected, autonomous micro-hydrological station based on space technology, and a web-based platform offering a wide range of high value-added services. Among these services, the provision of real-time alert notifications enhances the responsiveness of those involved.

Its services are aimed at all sectors exposed to water-related risks, including civil protection, tourism, insurance, transport, industry and energy. Since March 2023, vorteX-io has been receiving financial support from the European Innovation Council to create Europe’s first river forecasting service. Based in Toulouse, the company is expanding rapidly and extending its hydrological network across Europe. With a staff of around thirty, vorteX-io has established itself as a major player in the field of hydrological intelligence.

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About Banque des Territoires

Banque des Territoires is one of Caisse des Dépôts’ business lines. It brings together in-house expertise for the territories. A single point of contact for its customers, it works alongside all local players: local authorities, local public enterprises, social housing organizations, legal professions, businesses and financial players. It supports them in carrying out their public-interest projects by offering a continuum of solutions: advice, loans, equity investments, consignments and banking services. By reaching out to all regions, from rural areas to metropolitan areas, Banque des Territoires aims to maximize its impact, particularly in terms of ecological transformation and social and territorial cohesion. Banque des Territoires’ 37 local offices ensure that its activities are deployed throughout mainland France and the French overseas territories.

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About MAIF Impact

In 2020, MAIF became a company with a mission to serve the common good. This is the aim of MAIF Impact, an investment fund for social and societal innovation, whose ambition is to invest in young innovative companies whose business model creates positive impacts for the benefit of society and the environment. Through its investments, MAIF Impact targets five priority themes: education and fundamental rights, adapting cities to transitions, promoting circularity, responding to the climate emergency, and preserving and regenerating biodiversity. With a capital of 40 million euros, MAIF Impact has supported the development of some thirty structures since its creation.

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About AFI Ventures

AFI Ventures is a seed & pre-seed fund supporting impact startups focusing on environmental and social issues. Managed by Ventech and endowed with €31m, AFI Ventures is committed to supporting the emergence and scaling of entrepreneurs at the intersection of “for profit” and “for good”, developing fairer and more sustainable solutions for all sectors of the economy in France and Europe.

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About SpaceFounders France

SpaceFounders is a gas pedal for European space startups, whose aim is to identify and support future champions, enabling them to amplify their impact on the structuring of the space industry. Launched in 2021, it is operated by the French Space Agency (CNES), the University of the Bundeswehr (Munich, Germany) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
SpaceFounders France, a subsidiary of CNES Participations, also invests in startups with a proven track record throughout the support process.

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