Pierre Bellagambi and Simon Lillamand, two young entrepreneurs from the south of France, were long-standing business partners with complementary professional backgrounds. They started taking an interest in mosquito control in 2012.
Birth of an idea
After the publication of a scientific article by Dr Poulin on humid areas and how mosquitoes are controlled within them, they started to consider the catastrophic impact current methods to control mosquitoes on a large scale have on the environment. The arrival of the tiger mosquito in France only confirmed their concern. So they decided to develop an efficient solution for controlling mosquitoes which respected the environment.
From the initial attempts in the garage of Simon's grandfather to the first operational prototypes, numerous tests were carried out and the model continued to be improved. The entrepreneurial duo then presented the fruit of their research to the Centre de recherche de la Tour du Valat and the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, which, conscious of the environmental impact of such a solution, provided the project with their technical support. In 2014, a patent was filed and the Techno-Bam company was created.
In 2015, 16 anti-mosquito traps were installed in the pilot village of Sambuc (a Natura 2000 protected area) in Camargue. The results confirmed how efficient the solution could be on a large scale. The experiment resulted in an 88% fall in the number of mosquitoes!
The final design for the general public appears under the brand name Qista
Installation of mosquito traps in Europe and the South Pacific.
Research and development to continue to improve performance.
Presentation of the eco-friendly solution for controlling mosquitoes at the COP 22 in Marrakesh.
The final design for the general public appears under the brand name Qista.
The beginning of recognition
Accepted onto the French Environment Ministry’s Green Tech Verte initiative, recognised by World Efficiency, Med’Innovant, Territoria de bronze, Talent INPI, etc.
Air Liquide, France Industrie and TDH acquire a stake in the company.
Awards : 2 Awards at the Las Vegas CES
Opening up of capital to private investors
Disease vector control
The island of Réunion and the cities of Marseilles, Hyères and Toulouse gear up to protect schools, nurseries and public areas.
Qista doubles its turnover.
Global public health challenges
The Treasury Department chooses Qista from among 226 companies for a sustainable town project in Africa.
Hyères renews an order for 100 additional traps to protect its citizens and tourists.
6,000 traps installed
58 strategic locations
4 continents supplied
Double Innovation Award at the Las Vegas CES!
Since its beginnings at the Cleantech start-up hub in Aix-en-Provence, Qista has been accepted onto the Green Tech Verte initiative run by the Ministry for Ecological and Socially Responsible Transition and continues to be recognised for its innovation. For the 2 young entrepreneurs the 2018 Las Vegas CES was an accolade with 2 awards for the connectivity and real-time monitoring of the anti-mosquito trap. However, prior to that they had already crowned their success with 1st prize at the 2018 World Efficiency, the Med’Innovant 2017 prize awarded by Euroméditerranée and la Cité des entrepreneurs, and other prestigious awards.
These awards led to encounters which were essential for the development of Qista, particularly with the Environment Ministry.
Invité par le MEDEF et Business France, Qista a eu l’occasion de se rendre à Bamako afin d’échanger sur les opportunités d'investissement qui s’ouvrent au Mali. Lors de la conférence de presse donnée à la Primature du Mali, nous avons pu exprimer avec fierté notre volonté d’apporter notre technologie dans ce pays.