The French Chamber has a particular focus on supporting start-ups, as an increasing number of French entrepreneurs are crossing the Channel to establish businesses in the UK. With well over 40 innovative start-ups amongst its members, the Chamber has identified key areas in which they require specific help, ranging from legal and financial advice, to attracting talent, finding investors and meeting fast-changing logistical requirements, and has shaped its offer to meet their needs.
> Network widely and access large corporatesTake part in more than 50 events per year, including ‘Small meets Big’ events, which are opportunities for start-ups to meet relevant contacts within big organisations, expand their networks and ultimately develop their businesses.
> Gain recognition and visibilityEnter the Start-up & SME category at the Franco-British Business Awards organised by the Chamber.
> Workshop with peersJoin our Start-up & SME Club which meets six times a year and focuses on transversal issues/challenges.
> Get exposureThrough articles or interviews in INFO, stands at events and participation as speakers at events.
> Use our business servicesTake advantage of the Chamber’s wide range of professional services at all stages of their development, for very competitive fees:• Recruitment (special package for start-ups)• Registered address and company set-up assistance• All-inclusive desk rental• Accountancy and payroll services.
> Benefit from our worldwide networkAs part of an international network, the Chamber can facilitate connections between French start-ups in London and other French Chambers in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai
Selected start-ups among our members are invited to pitch in front of a pool of high level mentors, who choose those they want to help, according to the start-ups’ needs and the mentors’ specialties.
- Gilles Avenel, Partner, Visconti Coaching- Christophe Chazot, Group Head of Innovation, HSBC- Jean-François Cecillon, Founder, Universal Matrix- Alexandre Covello, Founder & CEO, Angelscube- Olivier Decanniere, Head of Ardian UK, Ardian- Serge Harry, Member of the Executive Committee,London Stock Exchange Group- Maxime Holder, Chairman, PAUL- George Merrylees, Associate Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell LLP- Olivier Njamfa, President & CEO/Co-Founder, Eptica- Marc Reboux, Senior Director, CBRE- Louise Tingström, Managing Partner, Chandos Communications - Benoit Reiller, Founder, Launchworks- Frederic Ichay, Partnet, Pinsent Masons- Franck Sidon, Managing Director, Tax Assist- Andrea Cropley, Corporate, Partner, Irwin Mitchell- Christophe Desgranges, Partnet, Consulting, PwC- Virginie Gourdou, managing Director, RMP
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