An active investor in deep technologies for Idinvest Partners in the US and in Europe, Julien is now based in Asia deploying Smart City Fund I in China and Asean region. The fund was set up in 2016 with a global mandate (EU, US, Israel, China, Asean) and is focused on the betterment of cities, notably in Asia, through new energy technologies and services, mobility & logistics, digitalization of industry and real estate, as well as deeptech enablers (AI, cybersecurity, robotics).
To date, Julien has mainly invested in B2B business models with global reach: WeRide.ai (Driverless mobility, China), DST Car (EV Logistics, China), Neurala Inc. (Deep neural network software, US), TrustInSoft (Automated code analysis and flaw remediation, FR), Enlighted Inc. (IoT networks for buildings, US, sold to Siemens), First Fuel Software (Energy data analytics, US, sold to Tendril), Organica Water Inc. (Decentralized waste water treatment, US/HUN) and Actility (Low power IoT networks, FR). Prior to joining Idinvest in 2011, Julien was based in China where he developed and acquired power projects for EDF Group. He shifted to technology start-ups in 2009, working with entrepreneurs to advise them on their deployments in the Mainland.
Julien holds degrees from ESCP Europe, La Sorbonne University, Beijing University and the French School of Oriental Studies. He is a fluent Mandarin, English, French and Spanish speaker and has working capacity in Japanese.