Born in Octobre 1958 in Alger, Bruno Bonnell lived there until the age of eight when his family of Catalan origin settled in Lyon. He obtained his bachelor at the age of sixteen and began graduate studies in mathematics some time before pursuing a chemical engineering course at CPE Lyon until 1980.
Since the 80s, Bruno Bonnell is a multi-entrepreneur specialized in interactive technology. He started businesses following the developments in the sector. Described as a visionary, he has realized his insights in the creation of value and jobs in innovative and international companies.
He graduated from CPE with a degree in engineering and in 1982 obtained a Master of Economics degree from the Université Paris Dauphine. He was named “Entrepreneur of the year” in 1995. He was awarded the French Ordre National du Mérite in 1997.
In 1983, he founded INFOGRAMES, which purchased ATARI in 2000 and became one of the main international video game companies. In 25 years, the company went from being a garage-based start-up to a multi-national organization with a presence on every continent.
In 1996, he co-founded INFONIE, the first Internet service provider in France, and which participated in the expansion of the Internet in the country.
In 1999, he co-founded GAMEONE TV, the first all-digital world television station, now part of the MTV group.
Since 2007, with his associate Denis Guyennot, he has chaired ROBOPOLIS, the biggest service robotics company in Europe.
Bruno BONNELL also founded AWABOT in 2011, leading company in the market for telepresence particularly active in the areas of education, health, event assistance to the person … Awabot thus part of an assumed process of developing new reports men- machinery and meet current societal issues in terms of business, quality of life and remote virtual presence. The company distributes a range of particular autonomous communicating or telepresence robot controlled remotely, Beam ™ SPS (Smart Presence System).
In 2012, with PRIMNEXT and ORKOS Capital, he created the first European investment fund dedicated to service robotics: ROBOLUTION CAPITAL. The fund has established itself as one of the pillars of robotics in France and Europe, to meet the challenges and encourage initiative in this fast-growing sector.
Since 2012, he is Chairman of the Board of EMLYON Business School.
He has written two books : Pratique de l’Ordinateur familial (Using the family computer) in 1982, before the wave of personal information technology, and Viva la Robolution!, published in 2010 by JC Lattès. He has five children and lives in Lyon.