Philosophy that drive our company

Social economy

Our company is a social enterprise.

Our social purpose is to contribute to the development of the Cytomine open source project, and manage it's community.

By community we include every user, researcher, teacher, software developer, physician, institute, research center, hospital, or any company which has some interest in large-scale image analysis and Cytomine.

This social enterprise status implies that majority of the profits of our commercial activity must be invested in the realization of our social purpose, members accepting limited assets (maximum 6% of their shares annually).


Our company is managed democratically on the one member one vote principle : each member has one vote during general meetings, regardless of the number of shares he/she holds.


Our shares are of two types :

Code Type of share Type of members Price
A Guarantors Founders and employees for more than one year 200 €
B Cooperators Each individual or entity respecting the social purpose of the company 200 €

Having a share implies that you take part in the governance of the company at least once a year, during the general meeting, and that you can receive each year a limited part of the annual benefits (maximum  6% of your shares per year).

If you or your company want to be involved in the management of Cytomine cooperative, or want to invest in our company, please contact us to explain why you want to be a cooperator, and how many shares you want to purchase.

For a more detailed description of our governance model, please read our statutes [in french].