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Nemopay, a 100% UTC start-up acquired by Weezevent

Arthur Puyou, Mathieu Guffroy and Thomas Recouvreux, three students at UTC in the Computer Sciences and Applications speciality, began developing their project for a cashless pay system, based on the UTC student’s card. The aim was to simplify things for both students and associations. “Our system was immediately adopted and has been extended to numerous associations”, recalls Arthur. Today they have sold their start-up “Nemopay” to Weezevent, an actor in the world of ticketing and on-line registration.

Nemopay, a 100% UTC start-up acquired by Weezevent

Arthur Puyou, Mathieu Guffroy and Thomas Recouvreux, three students at UTC in the Computer Sciences and Applications speciality, began developing their project for a cashless pay system, based on the UTC student’s card. The aim was to simplify things for both students and associations. “Our system was immediately adopted and has been extended to numerous associations”, recalls Arthur. Today they have sold their start-up “Nemopay” to Weezevent, an actor in the world of ticketing and on-line registration.

 

"In the beginning, our objective was to offer the opening of a single account, at the student's Bureau, to simplify and optimize personal and association accounts. With Mathieu and Thomas, we developed a system enabling the students and other users, to debit and reload their credit card. That way the holder could pay for travel expenses, attend events ... Then the system was adopted by ITC itself to run the photocopy services, the automatic distributors ... Finally, our system was installed for all the pay services on the campus!" says Arthur Puyou, beaming. _ The system is cashless, and non-contact in a closed loop design which can be a school, an entertainment park, a company ... The aim is not to compete with classic bank card settlements, but to equip well-defined spheres with an in-house pay-scheme that avoids people having to carry small change around.

First client: LaSalle-Beauvais!

The solution and the offer were so simple that the team was rapidly contacted by other engineering schools. The first client will be the Picardie region school LaSalle-Beauvais. "We offered to share the source-code, but it turned out that they preferred to pay to use the system. That gave us the idea to market the product" Nemopay was created by the three students, who hesitated a little before launching the system, at the end of their diploma cursus. 

The question was - do we go it alone as entrepreneurs or do we prefer to look for a salaried job? "We wanted to work together to develop our product, something which we liked a lot; in fact, we were not really taking a huge risk; if the worst came, we would have learned a lot and eaten spaghetti for 6 more months non-stop!" Another safety net lay in the dynamic employment market at the time our trio graduated, especially in computer sciences and applications. So they set up shop in Paris, where they sought out clients and prospects, including Weezevent - where Arthur Puyou had done an end of course placement. Since then, Weezevent have bought out Nemopay to launch the first integrated cashless ticketing system.

From UTC to Weezevent

"As we saw it Nemopay introduced a real added value to on-line ticketing: Weezevent's customers only need to make one stop for the ticketing and pay at the event door entry" explains Arthur. "For us the credentials and commercial skills of Weezevent are essential factors to success and so now we are free to concentrate on our core skills - to continue to improve the product and its technical solutions" 
Arthur is convinced that UTC played an important role in their adventure: the a la carte choice of course and key lecturers for the development of their solution - covering technical, legal and operational aspects and the associative local life to test the beta versions. Today, Mathieu Guffroy lectures at UTC in a credit course for software development and web architecture.