A French company that recently opened its U.S. headquarters office in Kansas City plans to hire 44 employees in the next five years, Missouri economic development officials said Thursday.
Bime Analytics, which opened its headquarters with seven employees at 1812 Broadway last month, plans to expand its workforce, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
“Kansas City is a growing technology hub where we have access to a lot of great tech talent, but Missouri also has a friendly corporate tax structure that allows us to keep our cost of business low,” Rachel Delacour, CEO and co-founder of Bime, said in a statement.
The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Launch KC, a city effort to encourage more investment in high-tech firms.
“Kansas City is a fast-growing, high-tech community, and Bime selecting our city for their American headquarters is proof of that,” Mayor Sly James said in a statement. “It’s also proof that capitalizing on our assets, like Launch KC, is a smart economic development strategy.”
Bime also has secured $4 million in new capital. The firm, which helps businesses deal with big data, said it received the funding from a group led by Alven Capital Partners in Paris.
Customers use Bime’s technology to query and combine databases online and in real time, rather than setting up software, computers and staff to collect and manage databases.
The company, which was founded in 2009, chose Kansas City partly for its time zone, with the ability to work with customers on both U.S. coasts. Bime is headquartered in Montpellier, France.