Air Liquide believes that innovation must form part of an open ecosystem. In 2013, the Group created ALIAD, a venture capital company, to acquire stakes in promising start-ups in three areas: energy transition, healthcare and digital. We spoke to Matthieu Eyriès, director of this entity, which has eight members based in Paris and San Francisco.
Marie-Paule Battista and Abdoulahi Sarr, Access Oxygen intrapreneurs at Air Liquide, are working hand in hand to deploy oxygen therapy treatments to small health centers in rural and periurban areas in Senegal. An interview.
"Open Innovation, a key to transforming customer experience"
In April 2017, Air Liquide entered into a partnership with the U.S. start-up accelerator Techstars. Launched in 2007 in Colorado, this accelerator partners with large companies to select and support start-ups that teach them their agile and focused working method in return. Techstars has served as a springboard for over 1,500 projects.
Air Liquide was present at VivaTech with a booth located at heart of the Hall of Tech. Health, green tech, food, safety, and employee integration: a great opportunity to discover the potential of Tech4Good (innovation for the common good) by testing the technologies developed by four start-ups, partners of Air Liquide, and by experiencing numerous pitches given by Group experts, start-ups and partners.
Air Liquide’s R&D experts work hand in hand with the business teams. Aude Bertrandias, an engineer at the Paris Innovation Campus, and Benjamin Fillion, Biomethane Operations and Projects director in the United Kingdom, tell us how they work together to optimize the production of clean energy derived from organic matter. This example of cooperation shows how diversity of view points is a source of collective intelligence that accelerates innovation to serve the customer.
In a rapidly changing world, detecting customers’ needs is key to anticipate products and services that will meet their challenges—whether they be to gain efficiency, improve the user experience or reduce the environmental impact of their activities.This is the reason why Air Liquide collaborates with more than 100 start-ups around the world, across all its businesses.
Located on the Plateau de Saclay in France, the Paris Innovation Campus includes Air Liquide’s largest Research and Development Center. Inaugurated in September 2018, this flagship for the Group’s innovation is, by design, customer centric, open to innovation ecosystems, and favorable to collaboration – as early as next year it will host a deep-tech start-up incubator.