Éric Carreel (born 28 June 1959 in Amiens), is a French engineer and serial entrepreneur. He is the founding president of Withings, Sculpteo and Invoxia, and was a founder of Inventel. He is a graduate of ESPCI ParisTech, holds a PhD in Engineering from the Pierre and Marie Curie University, and has authored over 50 patents.
Graduating with a degree in engineering from ESPCI ParisTech (École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris, class of '84), Carreel began his career in institutional research as a radio scientist. In 1990, in collaboration with Prof. Jacques Lewiner, he founded Inventel of which he was President from 2002 to 2005, thus becoming one of Europe’s foremost businesspeople in the field of triple play. Inventel conceived the Livebox for France Telecom. After the takeover of Inventel by Thomson SA in 2005, he became technical director of Thomson’s household products division, where he created and managed the Advanced Product Development group.
In June 2008, with Frédéric Potter and Cédric Hutchings, he founded Withings, a manufacturer of communicating objects for health and wellness, such as the WIFI Body Scale, which was launched in 2009 and has become an icon of e-health. In June 2009, together with Clément Moreau, he founded Sculpteo, the online 3D printing platform which commercializes its service to both consumers and professionals, and which manufactures objects coming from 3D files. Then, in June 2012, he founded Invoxia with Serge Renouard. Invoxia is a manufacturer of IP telephones. The first Invoxia device was unveiled at IFA in Berlin in September 2011, branded shortly after as the Smart Office Phone.
In July 2012 Carreel becomes vice-president of France Digitale. France Digitale is an association which aims to bring together entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and to promote the digital economy among public authorities.
In September 2013 he was appointed head of the Connected Objects plan established by the French Ministry for Economic Regeneration (Ministère du Redressement Productif).
- In December 2011, Carreel was awarded the 2011 Engineer of the Year Prize for an entrepreneur by the Conseil national des ingénieurs et scientifiques de France and L'Usine Nouvelle magazine.
- In April 2012, he was awarded the 2012 Prize for Digital Technology Innovator by Télécom ParisTech.
- In Novembre 2013, Carreel won the trophy for Revelation of the Year at the BFM Awards.
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