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eFounders is a startup studio located in Paris and Brussels, focusing on enterprise software startups. It was founded in 2011 by Thibaud Elziere and Quentin Nickmans.[1]

FounderThibaud Elziere, Quentin Nickmans



eFounders is a company that aims at repeatedly building several companies in parallel.[2] The team develops ideas internally and provides the first financial and human resources to help their startups grow and become independent within 18 months.


eFounders focuses on building Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startups addressing a global enterprise function or issue. The software applications are licensed on a regular basis to other startups and small businesses.[3] Their primary targets are companies between 5 and 5000 employees worldwide.


Since its creation, eFounders has built 6 independent startups.

As an early and hands-on investor:

Created internally:

  • Textmaster: a Belgium startup that offers on-demand content translation, copywriting and proofreading.[5]
  • Pressking: a virtual pressroom acquired in February 2015 by ePressPack.[6]
  • Mention: a media monitoring tool competing against Google Alerts.[7]
  • Front: a San Francisco-based startup that provides a shared email box to businesses.[8]
  • Aircall: a cloud-based virtual phone system.[9]
  • Spendesk: a smart spending solution for company.[10]
  • Slite: a note taking app for teams.[11]

In June 2015, eFounders raised $6 million from private investor Oleg Tscheltzoff.[12] In December 2016, eFounders raised an additional $5.3 million (€5 million) from entrepreneurs and family offices.[13]

See alsoEdit

  • Venture builders


  1. ^ Li, Charmaine (April 2, 2015). "Sizing up the startup studio model: A look at eFounders, a company that builds companies".
  2. ^ Elziere, Thibaud (September 16, 2014). "Startup Studio: the 3rd Co-founder Model".
  3. ^ Elziere, Thibaud (January 26, 2015). "eFounders' startup building thesis".
  4. ^ Perez, Sarah (April 18, 2012). "Cloud Emailer Mailjet Hits 1 Billion Emails Sent, Launches Apps For Tracking Emails In Real Time".
  5. ^ O'Hear, Steve (June 25, 2015). "Translation And Copywriting Platform TextMaster Scores $5M In New Funding".
  6. ^ "ePressPack announces the acquisition of PressKing and pursues its international development". February 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Dillet, Romain (December 18, 2013). "Mention Becomes A Full-Fledged Media Monitoring Tool With Buffer Integration".
  8. ^ Sullivan, Mark (September 30, 2014). "Team email startup Front raises $3.1M for 'multi-player version of Gmail'". VentureBeat.
  9. ^ Dillet, Romain (June 2, 2015). "Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service".
  10. ^ Dillet, Romain (December 8, 2016). "Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can't get enough of SaaS".
  11. ^ Lynley, Matthew (February 2, 2018). "Slite looks to build a new smarter notes tool for internal teams". TechCrunch.
  12. ^ Dillet, Romain (June 23, 2015). "Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups".
  13. ^ Dillet, Romain (June 15, 2016). "Spendesk makes expenses and company cards suck less".

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