In 2014, Lelivrescolaire.fr, which was experiencing rapid development, moved to the Lyon metropolitan area to further boost its growth. This decision took this publisher of collaborative, open-source schoolbooks into the big leagues.
When education goes digital
For Émilie Blanchard, Raphaël Taieb and Jonathan Banon, the founders of Lelivrescolaire.fr, education is a collaborative effort. These three former teachers dreamed of reinventing the world of publishing by adding some innovation and collaboration. They achieved their goal in 2009 by creating a start-up.
What’s the concept? Enabling secondary school professionals to design schoolbooks in a collaborative, open-source environment. What’s the goal? To innovate in teaching, by combining pedagogical expertise with digital know-how.
This has turned into a community of 2,000 teachers who contribute to writing schoolbooks, which are completely free to use. The schoolbook publisher’s website is now the most visited one in France, with 1 million monthly sessions and an audience multiplied by 5 in 2 years.
Transferring to Lyon: the right move
"It was the right call: In two years, we scaled up, publishing 40 new schoolbooks, which was a huge challenge for a company like ours, as each schoolbook is a project requiring 9 to 12 months of work", notes Émilie Blanchard.
Its workforce also grew quickly, going from five employees to almost fifty. And more employees are being recruited in every area: publishing, innovation, marketing and sales.
Aderly’s real estate expertise, serving businesses
To find their offices in Lyon, the founders called on the expertise of Aderly. An advisor helped them choose from a selection of premises in the city centre, ranging from 100 to 150 sq. metres. They decided on offices with a surface area of 136 sq. metres on Rue Neuve, right at the centre of the Presqu’île quarter.
The publisher is currently getting another boost: Lelivrescolaire.fr is now part of the “Pépites” programme, run by Métropole de Lyon and the Lyon Métropole Saint-Etienne Roanne CCI. Every year, this programme helps about twenty SMEs with very high potential for hyper-growth.
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