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Qair joins the French Tech Next40

Paris, 22 May 2024 – Independent renewable energy company Qair is proud to be recognized as one of France’s 40 most promising and successful companies by being included in the 2024 promotion of the French Tech Next40 programme.

Qair, already a Next120 winner last year, has reached a new milestone by being selected for a second consecutive year, this time in the Next40.

The French Tech Next40 is a French government programme launched in 2019 by Mission French Tech and dedicated to the most successful companies with the potential to become world-class technology leaders.


Particularly demanding 2024 selection criteria

The French Tech Next40 is aimed at high-potential companies, selected based on objective criteria to assess their growth potential, whether through analysis of customer confidence (revenue growth) or investor confidence (fundraising).

For the class of 2024, Mission French Tech has adjusted the selection criteria for the French Tech Next40/120: the 120 places are now equally divided between those based on revenue (60 places) and those based on fundraising (60 places).

This year’s class of 2024 has also adopted a more comprehensive approach to performance, incorporating issues such as the ecological transition and gender equality.


At the forefront of France’s future floating wind and renewable hydrogen industries

For Qair, this recognition testifies to the company’s commitment to the energy transition. The Group is positioning itself as a pioneer in innovative sectors such as floating offshore wind power and renewable hydrogen and is today building the foundations of the French industrial sectors that the French government has called for.

We are delighted to be included in the prestigious Next40 and to be one of France’s most successful companies,” says Louis Blanchard, Chairman of Qair Group.This recognition confirms the French government’s support for our projects and reinforces our belief that our company is well on the way to becoming a major player in renewable energies in France and around the world.”

About Mission French Tech: Mission French Tech is the government body responsible for supporting the structuring and growth of the French start-up ecosystem, both in France and internationally. Reporting to the Directorate General for Enterprise within the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, it federates and leads the French Tech ecosystem with a network of 16 Capitales and 99 labelled Communities in France and abroad. It also supports start-ups by facilitating their interactions with the authorities via a network of over 60 French Tech correspondents. Mission French Tech supports the most mature start-ups through the French Tech Next40/120 programme, as well as start-ups positioned in sectors identified as strategic within the framework of France 2030 with its first sectoral programmes: Green20, Agri20, Health20 and DeepNum20. Finally, through the French Tech Tremplin programme, Mission French Tech is helping people with little experience of entrepreneurship to create their own start-up, anywhere in France.

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About Qair

Qair is an independent renewable energy company developing, financing, building, and operating solar, onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectric, tidal energy, energy from waste, renewable hydrogen production and storage projects.

With more than 1 GW of capacity in operation, the group’s 600 employees are developing a portfolio pipeline of 30 GW in 20 countries across Europe, Latin America and Africa. Our ambition is to become an independent leader in responsible energy.

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