The car turns into a locomotive. The French School of Code announces next Wednesday, June 29, 2022 to buy Emil, a young shoot specializing in Data Science online courses launched two years earlier by Thomas Bouttefort and Paul Mochkovitch. These two entrepreneurs are also climbing the wagon by becoming vice presidents.
Emil’s 100% online offer is considered complementary to that of Le Wagon (two 9 or 24 week training courses in web development and data science). With this acquisition, the first for Le Wagon, which is approaching its tenth anniversary, the aim is to offer more flexible ways of learning (e-learning) in addition to these face-to-face boot camps.
Their target: the curious, the converted aspirants or the boxes who want to educate their employees in skills. On the occasion of this acquisition, we outline in eight figures the history of Le Wagon, this French start-up that is driving code learning around the world.
The story of a brother or sister. In 2013, Romain Paillard and his younger brother Boris wanted to transfer the California code training of one of their friends to France. “In just nine weeks of training, he was immediately hired for a salary higher than mine…after eight years of study, says Romain Paillard, a trained criminal defense attorney, now 38 years old. And then it matched a very concrete need for dummies like me to learn them. †
Nearly ten years later, Le Wagon employs 174 people, 90% of whom are on permanent contracts (excluding Emil’s workforce). At their side are more than 1,350 freelance computer science teachers. Usually they also have developer vacancies in companies in the French ecosystem. With the takeover of Emil, about thirty independent trainers join the troops. Newly founded in 2020 and the team is completely remote, the logistics of the handover couldn’t be made easier. The added value of this acquisition? The anonymized datasets that Emil’s students are working on come from real companies, such as Ornikar, for example.
This is the number of start-ups founded by Le Wagon alumni, one hundred of which have raised nearly 850 million euros internationally alone. Among them: Farmitoo, Matera, Skello…
In millions of euros, it is the amount that Le Wagon raised during the only real fundraising in the spring of 2020. The investor fund at the time was the Cathay Capital group. To date, no information has been sent to us regarding a potential future fundraiser and no price has been communicated in relation to the acquisition of Emil. Although the Paillard brothers remain discreet about the figures, according to Les Echos their turnover was estimated at 20 million euros last year.
At Le Wagon, the average age of students is 29 and the median age is 32. With the takeover of Emil, this average should increase as his training is less intensive and more independent (only two evenings a week with a teacher, and this for 8 weeks ) makes it possible to reach a wider audience.
Le Wagon alumni currently represent a community of 15,000 people. Every year the start-up launches two actions around the world. In Paris, where they get the most applications, classes are made up of about 40 students. Promos in regions are twice as small.
This is the average price in euros of a boot camp at Le Wagon (9 intensive weeks in boot camp or 24 weeks part-time) against logically 1,500 euros for training by Emil, more than four times less. This new module will be available from this summer. In 2023, the start-up will also announce the release of a new training in No code, which is increasingly in demand among both young shoots and large companies.
Bali, Cape Town, Casablanca, Madrid, Marseille, Mauritius, São Paulo, Tel Aviv, Zurich… Le Wagon training courses are available in 45 cities, in 25 different countries, on five continents. By 2023, the school will open three other sites in West Africa (Senegal, Nigeria).