Based on a global study published in 2017 by the “Harvard Business Review” showing that executives of large companies spent an average of 23 hours per week in meetings, Jean-Baptiste Huguenin and Igor Cheloudiakoff, from Dijon and Belfort, who had already developed the Rushout software together, in 2019, before the start of the pandemic, embarked on a collaborative platform project that would facilitate the preparation, holding and monitoring of remote meetings . “We were looking for a high impact project and such a tool did not exist”, says Jean-Baptiste Huguenin, CEO and co-founder of GetCollective.
Their idea: to automate the process in a solution dedicated to companies with more than 250 employees, the first in their line of sight. To understand their needs, they have spent eight months at Prologis, Icade and in the city of Châteauroux (Indre), three structures confronted with this problem and “recruited” to serve as laboratories, with contracts as a result. Their observation? Meetings are not adapted to their users and generate a real waste of time.
In “overlayer” of Microsoft
Supported by bpifrance and business angels, including Angelsquare, up to 250,000 euros in total, the two founders of the start-up GetCollective, based in Colombes in Hauts-de-Seine, have designed a collaborative platform that uses automated data aggregation technology to respond to the generic use detected in these three companies.
The solution, which comes as an “overlay” to the Microsoft software suite used in almost all mid-sized companies and large groups, automates note taking, sorting and sharing of files, supporting users over time. “We optimize recurring meetings, for example, with a saved template functionality that can be found in one click,” explains Jean-Baptiste Huguenin.
According to a questionnaire completed by 500 users of the solution, it would save an average of 5 hours of work per week. Designed as a project site, which gives access to all the information and decisions taken, it has already won over clients such as RATP, Vinci, Eiffage, Saint-Gobain, Havas, Salomon, Société Générale, Richemont… GetCollective is aiming for a figure of business of 3 million euros in 2022.
Creation date : 2019
CEO and co-founder: Jean-Baptiste Huguenin
Effective : 7 people