Explorers' Words give a voice to French entrepreneurs and their company’s experience abroad. They share their testimonies, their successes, and how Bpifrance helped them through this international journey. Their advice may help other French entrepreneurs to explore worldwide opportunities and broaden their horizons!
When a forensic scientist disrupts the state homeland security industry: This is Explorers' Words of Cosimo Prete about his Lille (Nord) based start-up Crime Science Technology (CST).
A French-owned company, with real international recognition
As a former forensic expert, Cosimo Prete founded his company in 2010. In 2013, he proposed an innovative fingerprint recognition technology that was much faster than existing methods, which attracted Scotland Yard and the FBI. After the first fundraising in 2015, the entrepreneur launched a new project. He recalled: "Banknote paper is unique and safe." There is no formal plastic receipt. "
In three years, CST developed a unique molecule designed to secure documents and currencies and industrialized its production. His main goal is to bring together R&D and production. Member of both Excellence and French Tech label communities of Bpifrance, Crime Science Technology considers itself as a French-owned company, with real international recognition, since it already delivered pre-series to international customers.
It's all about people.
The company has been able to count on the support of Bpifrance, Cosimo Prete affirms: “Bpifrance allowed us to fund our innovation, which is ranked among the top 50 security innovations in the world today and also to fund our export growth, with strategic recruitments to deploy ourselves”.
Cosimo Prete believes that the world is your oyster! And his advice to those who wish to expand internationally is to surround themselves with the right people. “Bpifrance has been an extraordinary growth lever not only to fund our innovations but also to have strategic recruitments in our company. We went in search of export. It's a real human adventure. Embark on this adventure! It's all about people. ” he declared.