Company Background

Defacto Technologies is an innovative chip design software company providing breakthrough RTL platforms to enhance integration, verification and Signoff of IP cores and System on Chips. 

After more than 10 years of recognized leadership in Design for Test at RTL, Defacto is now offering a complete EDA solution based on generic EDA tools to cover advanced Design Restructuring, Design Verification, Low Power Design, IP Integration & RTL Signoff needs.  

The company headquarters are based in Grenoble in France and has a worldwide representation.  Since 2013 Defacto Inc. the company US branch is continuously growing with a local technical and a business team.

Historically, the development of Defacto’s technology was began at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG-France) in 1997, under the leadership of Chouki Aktouf, PhD.

More than 18 man-years of work were invested in Defacto's unique DFT technology. Dr. Aktouf and his team did the early market assessment and established proof of concept by working with a large European semiconductor manufacturer to validate the benefits of the company's technology.

In 2003, Dr. Aktouf, Michel Oger, Philippe Duchene, and James Girand founded Defacto and the company raised Series A to D from two major investors in France, namely Innovacom and CIC-CM.

Also since the start of the company, Defacto received strong support from French’s government through the OSEO Agency now known as BPI.


CM-CIC Capital Innovation

CM-CIC Capital Innovation is the venture capital subsidiary of CIC – Banque de Vizille Group.

 Its objective is to invest in promising technology companies in their early stages of development with a high growth potential in dynamic sectors such as information technologies, telecommunications, electronics, life sciences and new materials.

CIC – Vizille Capital Innovation's policy is aimed at providing assistance over time (5-7 years) to high-tech start-ups, which will ultimately lead them on the right track to succeed. This involvement is achieved by working closely with the company through advices and networking, but without interfering in the day-to-day management of the company.

Investment levels are suited to each case – usually between €0.5 and €3 million - and injected gradually in several phases, as development needs rise. CIC - Vizille Capital Innovation always invests jointly with other financial partners, often as lead or co-lead investor. 


innovacomInnovacom is a leading French Venture Capital firm providing early stage equity financing to companies operating in the fields of microelectronics, telecom hardware, communications software, enterprise software, Internet services and contents.

Since its creation in 1988 as France Telecom's venture capital subsidiary, Innovacom has helped launch innovative telecommunication, information technology and semiconductor start-ups like Gemplus, Business Objects, Soitec, SnakeTech/Simplex, Cobalt Networks, Infovista, and Kelkoo.

With €400 million of committed capital under management and offices in Paris, Stockholm and San Francisco, Innovacom is an active investor in Europe and North America.



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