Press Release – OpenDataSoft, The Open Data Institute
OpenDataSoft joins the Open Data Institute’s start-up programme
PARIS, France – June 27, 2014 – OpenDataSoft has been selected to be part of the Open Data Institute’s new start-up cohort.
The Open Data Institute (ODI) has announced today the names of the start-ups that are joining the latest batch of its incubation programme during a pitch breakfast in its London office. Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI’s mission is to catalyse the evolution of Open Data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value.
The Open Data Institute start-up programme
Along with six other Open Data companies, OpenDataSoft, a French online data processing and publishing company, will be supported by the ODI in the next few months through mentoring, networking opportunities, funding advice and communication support. Launched in 2012, the ODI start-up programme supports start-up businesses using Open Data as part of their service or product, and/or publishing Open Data for others to benefit from. According to Gavin Starks, CEO at the ODI: “I have been struck by the mission-driven nature of the teams, and their drive to create not just great businesses, but to deliver social and environmental impact – factors which are increasingly necessary, and are becoming a competitive advantage. The start-up programme is part of the ODI’s mission to explore new business models, and to demonstrate the power of open innovation.” Alumni of the ODI incubation programme include companies such as Big Data specialist Mastodon C and government procurement data experts Spend Network.
OpenDataSoft is already the technology behind several Open Data portals (e.g. the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the City of Brussels, the French National Railway Company or the City of Paris). Joining the ODI can accelerate its growth especially on an international level. Jean-Marc Lazard, OpenDataSoft’s CEO said: “The ODI start-up programme is a great opportunity for OpenDataSoft to benefit from the ODI’s experience and expertise. Our product is ready, we have found a sustainable business model and now we need to grow on a global scale to have a wider impact and help more organisations open their data.”
The Open Data Institute: a global network
Last year, the ODI created a network of nodes in 11 countries. OpenDataSoft is the first French company to join its incubation programme. Jason Hare, Director of Open Data at the ODI of North Carolina commented: “It is very exciting to see OpenDataSoft join the ODI start-up programme. I have been following this company for some time and I am looking forward to working with them to open more data and launch more portals.” Ibrahim Elbadawi, Managing Director of Exantium, Dubai’s ODI, stated: “Two months ago, the ODI Dubai Node signed an agreement with OpenDataSoft to join forces to address Open Data and Smart Government projects in the UAE and the Arab Region. Now that OpenDataSoft has joined the ODI incubation programme, the projects we are working on will speed up and get more traction.”
About The Open Data Institute
The Open Data Institute catalyses the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It unlocks supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues. Founded by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, Limited by Guarantee company. It has secured £10 million over five years via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, $750,000 from global philanthropic investor Omidyar Network, and is working towards long-term sustainability through match funding and direct revenue.
Founded in 2011, OpenDataSoft develops a turnkey SaaS platform designed for smart and easy transformation of all types of data into innovative services (APIs, data visualizations, real-time monitoring). Its mission: make it easier for business users to publish, share and reuse data. Headquartered in Paris, France, OpenDataSoft powers data sharing portals for customers such as the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Paris Region, the City of Brussels, the French National Railway Company, Veolia, m2ocity…
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