Born in Aix-en-Provence, Julien Tchernia has a rich and successful experience in creating companies. After working in France (Brittany & Burgundy), Poland and Italy, he ensured and secured subsidiaries growth in France, Italy and Belgium, in highly competitive markets. In 2007 he went into the energy market with the determination to link business development with reducing the climate imbalance. Putting an end to his career in telecoms, he attended training courses in energy at the Ecole des Mines in Paris. After working in the energy field for other companies, he finally responded to the entrepreneurship call, and founded in 2015 ekWateur with his partner, Johnathan Martelli, upon personal investment.
With a background in telecoms, Julien has experience in creating companies, ensuring and securing subsidiaries growth in France, Italy and Belgium. In 2007 he entered the energy market with the determination to link business development with reducing the climate imbalance. He eventually responded to the entrepreneurship call, founding ekWateur in 2015 with his partner, Johnathan Martelli.
What’s different about ekWateur?
ekWateur positions itself as part of the collaborative economy, “at the intersection of ecological, economic, and digital transitions“. In addition to providing electricity sourced 100% from renewable sources (which is already offered by the likes of Planete Oui, Enercoop, and Lampiris), ekWateur also offres renewable natural gas, which it sources from biomethane produced in Scotland. Since 2017, the supplier has been chosen by the French State to provide energy for 53 public buildings, such as the Picasso Museum, the Météo France HQ or the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel.
ekWateur’s collaborative business model is also an innovation on the French retail energy market. In addition to financing through the crowdfunding platform LUMO, the supplier involves current customers in their sales strategy, and will pay them (up to approx. 25€ per hour) for responding to enquiries over the phone or by chat (note: they must declare themselves as auto-entrepreneurs).
Though not yet finalised, the company plans to purchase energy produced by its customers (those with solar panels, etc). Currently only EDF is able to authorised to purchase energy produced by its customers.