Tech freelance platform LeHibou raises €6 million

With 60,000 tech consultants, LeHibou is positioned as the leading freelance IT platform. Created in 2016 and based in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), it currently has 50 employees divided between its headquarters and its recent agencies in Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lyon, as well as on the island of Mauritius .

The startup works with major clients such as Axa, BNP, Renault, Accor Hotels, ManoMano, LVMH and Vinci. “We are a platform for mediation and service delivery. We upgrade our consultants to connect them with our clients,” says Christophe de Becdelèvre, Founder and CEO of LeHibou.

Digital and human hybrid

The moderation system checks the profile of independent consultants, the algorithms link the acquired skills and their availability with the expectations of clients. “We are a vertical search engine for IT careers.” Following the digital phase, the individual is interviewed to assess the technical skills as well as the behavioral skills of the profiles selected to ensure a match between the client project and the freelance candidate.

Serene partnership

Thus, LeHibou lists professionals in the field of cybersecurity, systems, networks, cloud computing, application or mobile development, DevOps projects, as well as data, which alone represents 25% of registered persons and a company turnover of 31 million euros in 2021.

“We are aiming for between 50 and 60 million euros in 2022.” To meet this ambition, LeHibou has just raised six million euros from Ring Capital. “We have common values, and we are not going to change the management of the company too much. In particular, the fund has an influence fund and cares about social issues beyond pure profitability. This is not a financial shark.”

All-round development

Since its inception, the company has already tested its model, linking hypergrowth to profitability. With this support, the startup intends to reach out to new customers. In addition to the big energy and telecom accounts he doesn’t yet have, he wants to accelerate his expansion in the provinces to capture ETI, mid-sized companies “who also have needs for their digital transformation,” Christophe insists. De Bechdelevre. Looking for one and targeted digital actions for others, LeHibou will hire 30 people by the end of the year to carry out these parallel missions.

“We also plan to expand internationally, starting quickly in Switzerland and Belgium.” The platform also plans to invest in its product by making its tool a point of contact between freelancers and clients.

“We want to improve the user experience, add new features. In particular, we have developed the FMS software block, Freelance Management System, so that our clients have access to reports and dashboards on the activities of freelancers.” For their part, the self-employed could benefit from a new dedicated space that integrates the management of their jobs, customer ratings, or even the partnerships offered to them.

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