\nAeklys, the intelligent ring invented by Jérémy Neyroux and Fabien Raiola, has won the Léonard de Vinci prize at the Lépine 2021 competition, along with 2,000 euros and a gold medal. "We came5th among the 302 inventions that were selected, we are very happy to have won the Leonardo da Vinci trophy that recognizes innovation, it's an extraordinary wink," says Fabien Raiola, CEO and co-founder of Icare technologies. The connected ring that replaces keys and bank cards and works without a battery was created in 2016. It was designed by the famous designer Philippe Starck. The start-up Icare, which entered the incubator Inizia, then the M3E of the Capa, "is now flying on its own wings," ensures Fabien Raiola.\n2.5 million in European funds\nThe 2.5 million European funds (Feder) obtained in 2018 via the Economic Development Agency of Corsica (Adec), allowed him in particular to finance the industrialization of the ring (more than one million euros) and to pay for, among other things, the patents and the realization of the mobile application. We have made very good use of the European funds," says the general manager. We have sold about 10,000 rings. The object now costs 149 euros. It is sold on the website aeklys.com and at the Fnac in Ajaccio. The sales contracts signed for marketing on the sites of Darty.com, Boulanger.com and Fnac.com have however ceased, "the commissions to ensure this marketing were too high," justifies Fabien Raiola. Raiola does not disclose the turnover of his company and only says: "We did what we said we would do with our shareholders". Among them are the international footballer Blaise Matuidi, the designer Philippe Starck and the judoka Teddy Riner. The company, based in the Castellani building in Aiacciu, is preparing in the next few months to raise new funds from private investors. The first prize of the Lépine contest was won this year by a computer scientist, Omar Seck, for the creation of a multi-function coffee table, named "Jobstable", capable of transforming itself in 30 seconds into a complete computer station.