Reflecting on SESAMm’s Journey and Series B2 Funding

Reflecting on SESAMm’s Journey and Series B2 Funding

SESAMm CEO Sylvain Forté reflects on the company’s Series B2 funding round close and on the company: where it is, where it’s been, and where it’s headed.

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SESAMm has secured Series B2 funding, and I want to share my excitement about this milestone and reflect on the journey.


After months of hard work from our team, we closed on a €35 million Series B2 funding round led by Elaia and Opera Tech Ventures (BNPP), which followed a €7.5M B1 round led by New Alpha and Carlyle in January 2021. That means we can now pursue the next phase of SESAMm’s growth.


We want to accomplish many things with this investment, and I’m incredibly grateful to all of our investors, partners, and clients who helped us during this process. But before I talk about them and SESAMm’s future, I can’t help but think about how the company started.


Academic beginnings

It’s still hard to believe that SESAMm sprouted from an idea, an academic project, and three college students. I still remember Pierre Rinaldi asking me to develop the first algorithms that used social media to analyze financial markets while in school. Pierre worked at a bank trading desk while finishing his studies and doing a research internship at a behavioral finance lab, where the idea came up for the project. I studied engineering and was passionate about AI already, so I started coding, and the first project was born.


Eventually, this project outgrew my capabilities. The volume of data involved needed hardcore algorithms to process them, the kind of algorithms Florian Aubry could build. Florian was the best developer in my engineering school, and lucky for us, he was also my friend.


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