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Start-up & SME Club

Co-chaired by Sébastien Goldenberg, CEO & Co-Founder,

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Launched in March 2015,, aims to become the leading marketplace for services related to residential sales and letting in the UK. TheHouseShop offers free property advertising, alongside tenant referencing, rent collection and rent guarantee insurance and other services to private individuals and estate agents. It is an integrated one-stop-shop that intends to disrupt the traditional approach to buying and selling property by offering a free of charge option for all players (estate agents, private buyers/sellers, landlords and tenants). TheHouseShop already attracts more than 30,000 daily visitors and already has more than 300,000 properties listed. It is the 3rd largest property portal in the UK by number of properties. Until December 2011, Sébastien was Managing Director and Global Head of Inflation Trading at Citi, offering liquidity and structured solutions on all inflation-linked products around the globe. Sébastien previously worked for ABN-AMRO and Credit-Agricole Indosuez in similar roles. He has more than 15 years’ experience trading fixed income products, having run businesses with an annual revenue exceeding $250m. He has been involved in many of the major innovations performed by the European sovereign and corporate issuers in the inflation-linked market. He has been a regular speaker at major conferences and prime time television programmes, including Bloomberg TV. He is also the author of Inflation Linked Products: A Guide for Investors and Asset & Liability Managers, and an editor of Inflation Risks and Products: The Complete Guide (Risk Books, 2009). As a worldwide expert in inflation linked securities, Sebastien continues to act as an expert witness in financial litigations.


and Jeanne Monchovet, Founder and Principal Consultant of Olystix
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By 2020, Millennials will make up 35% of the workforce while Generation Z will make up 25%. So in two short years, young talents will make up 50% of the global workforce. While it is important to avoid generalisations, it is fair to say that these young generations have different skills sets and a drastically different outlook on what they expect from their employment experience. They heavily prioritise career development and culture over perks or pay. They want opportunities to learn and grow, opportunities for advancement and they want to engage with good causes. Jeanne Monchovet is the founder of Olystix, a communication and leadership skills company with a strong focus on developing young talent. Over the past 3 years, Olystix has been working hand in hand with fast growing tech startups to help them scale from 20+ employees to over 100. During periods of such rapid growth, one of the main challenges has been to equip young team members, being quickly promoted to the role of managers, with the right people and communication skills.  A dedicated programme for first-time managers was created: Rising Leaders. The second challenge has been to help address the change in people dynamics as staff started exceeding 100 people. A dedicated programme for non-managers was created: Soft Academy - how communicate, collaborate and organise effectively. These two programmes are now being embraced by larger companies to develop their young talent.

Aims & Objectives

The Start-up & SME Club is unique at the Chamber as it is aimed at ambitious small to mid-sized entrepreneurial member companies looking to grow, willing to learn and to share best practice about topical issues and challenges facing them, with a special dedication to Franco-British trade. The group meets regularly at the Chamber and gathers CEOs and Directors of Media, Technology, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Retail and Consultancy SMEs and start-ups, with key speakers from various professional backgrounds invited to give advice and present case studies.

Upcoming Sessions

Next session will be on 05 June 2018 from 8.30 to 10.00 at the French Chamber.

The theme will be 'Start-ups and Corporates: Building and Evolving Valuable Relationships'

Guest speakers: To be confirmed

Please register your interest with Ophélie Martinel.

Click here to access the 2018 Forums and Clubs Calendar

Past sessions

Click here for minutes and presentations from past SME Club sessions.

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