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France Digitale

Startups and investors join forces to create the French digital champions.

Presentation of France Digitale

Qui sommes nous

Who are we ?

We bring together the champions of digital entrepreneurship: start-ups with strong growth plans and potential investors (venture capitalists and business angels).

In 2012, France Digitale was born from two observations made by entrepreneurs and investors:
- A general misunderstanding of the economic and social potential of the digital landscape.
- The French economy’s inability to create new economic champions.

Our mission is to transform France into a territory that is ripe for the development of start-ups, both within our borders and abroad.

In concrete terms, France Digitale’s actions hinge on two main areas:

1. Ramping-up the digital arena: community building, a feeling of belonging, networking, knowledge transfers, exchanges of good practices, and so on.

2. Lobbying French public institutions, major economic players, the media, and the European Commission.

Our mission

To build an alliance between digital entrepreneurs and investors, so that France becomes fertile ground for the creation of digital champions of international stature.

Our values are those of our members. France Digitale is:
- Pragmatic : France Digitale has no political leanings, but instead systematically bases its proposals on ad hoc studies and numbers.
- Agile : France Digitale nourishes a culture of performance and goes wherever needed.
- Pioneering : France Digitale promotes a new business model in which young people, innovation and the creation of shared value have a major role to play.
- Independent : The members of France Digitale march together toward the same goal while remaining independent. The only code of conduct: come as you are.

Missions

Meet our extraordinary league

Marie Ekeland

Marie Ekeland

Co-president

Partner at Elaia Partners. Co-president of France Digitale. Writes code. Loves good music. Mother of the new tax scheme for entrepreneurs.

Olivier Mathiot

Olivier Mathiot

Co-president

Co-founder and Marketing Director of PriceMinister #Rakuten. Business Angel. Author of La Gauche à mal à son entreprise. #MoreUsefulThanALittleHippo.

Eric Carreel

Eric Carreel

Vice-president

Father of the Livebox router. Co-founder of Withings, Invoxia and Sculpteo. The inspiration for France Digitale’s CTO Meetups and Special Deals.

Jean Bourcereau

Jean Bourcereau

Vice-president

Partner at Ventech. Came up with the superb name of France Digitale. Particularly enjoys tech that involves soldering components. Intuitive and laid back.

Marc Menase

Marc Menase

Vice-president

CEO of Menlook. Saves men from bad taste. Gives a jolt of adrenaline in any circumstance. Makes lightning-fast decisions. The first President in (our) history.

Patrick Robin

Patrick Robin

Vice-president

CEO of 24h00. Wields a mighty quill to defend fellow “pigeon” (fall guy) entrepreneurs. Natural plumage of a white open-collar shirt. #DonttellmumIamaleftist entrepreneur

Delphine Villuendas

Delphine Villuendas

General Secretary

General Secretary at Partech Ventures. Speaks fluent Gantt chart and shareholders’ agreement. In charge of the European Commission project.

Romain Mazeries

Romain Mazeries

Treasurer

CEO of MangoPay. Head of Sales and Finance at Leetchi Corp. Royal Treasurer of France Digitale. Biggest smile in the history of time. Knows more than 500 shortcuts in Excel.

Willy Braun

Willy Braun

Executive Officer

Neck-tied. Weekend Start-up Evangelist. Founder of Brocooli.com. Put a lolcat on the cover of his book. Jack of all trades. #BlackBeltInBeingEverywhere.

Mathieu Daix

Mathieu Daix

Marketing Director

Responsible for marketing and communications. Aficionado of branding and pop culture. FD’s Nostradamus. Wants to become new Auverngnat marketing Pope.

Taro Ugen

Taro Ugen

Dir. of Research & VC Relations

Head of Start-up Europe. Franco-Swiss-Jap-Tibetan crooner. On a freelance tour in Paris. Coke Zero addict. Banker-cum-blazered researcher.

Melissa Blaustein

Melissa Blaustein

Head of United for Start-ups

In charge of United for Start-ups. An American in Paris. San Francisco => White House => G20 => France Digitale. Gets down to business.

Emmanuelle Coulon

Emmanuelle Coulon

Resp Biz Dev & Events

In charge of biz dev and events. Judo black belt. President at The Mash Up. She'll beat you if haven't paid

ABOUT the association

Our activities

Proposals to improve the environment.
Trading of magical formulas between champions and through events & publications.

Operations

Proposals to improve the environment.
Trading of magical formulas between champions and through events & publications.

Our goal

For digital entrepreneurship to become one of the main growth drivers in the French economy and for the recognition of its potential.

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Why ?

Aside from the cool factor, there are (at least) six good reasons to join the France Digitale family, one for each day of the week (Sunday is for reading):

  1. Boost the power of your start-up’s voice (lobbying, tax and regulatory issues, etc.).
  2. Gain access to the association’s key events (topical workshops on subjects like HR, taxation, M&A, digital skills and more) held in Paris and with regional broadcasts, Join a Start-up, and CTO, CMO and VC Meetups, and bring members together for top international events.
  3. Take advantage of a network of 30 investment funds and 100 start-ups at the heart of the digital landscape.
  4. Enjoy the benefits of Special Deals: great start-up-2-start-up deals for you and your employees (apparel, homeware, high tech goods, activity gift cards, jewellery and more).
  5. Participate in France Digitale Day, the association’s flagship event, rated as the “event of the year”.
  6. Receive the best welcome pack of all time. Plus the added bonus of proudly flying the France Digitale colours on your lapel.

 

 

How ?

The association is open to:

- French start-ups with strong growth plans, which have already raised funds from VCs/BAs or plan to raise such funds.

- French investors (VCs and BAs) dedicated to the digital sphere or which do substantial business in the field of digital technologies.

New members are co-opted in (by sponsorship or independent application).

The association is also open to a limited number of strategic partnerships, but exclusively those offering services related to the digital landscape.

To join, please send a note by carrier pigeon… or by email to willy@francedigitale.org, or click the button below.

 

 

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Want to join us, but you do not yet have the means to do so? Good news! France Digitale has created a new €200 category for new companies (with turnover of less than €250,000, for initial enrolment). Additionally, Google will put up half the funds. That’s right, just €100 to join the club.

>> Enrolment fee:

Start-ups:

Turnover < €250k: €100 (Initial enrolment)

Turnover < €3m: €500

Turnover between €3m and €10m: €1,500

Turnover > €10m: €2,500

VCs & VCs:

Business Angel : 500€

Managed funds < €30m: €1,500

Managed funds < €30m: €1,500

Digital services company :

Agency, consultant, studio : 3000€

Strategic partners:

Enrolment: please contact us

Payment :

Pay by bank transfer:
ACCOUNT No. 18829-75416-0165224974021

BIC: CMBRFR2BCME

IBAN: FR76 1882 9754 1601 6522 4974 021

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Publications


With the goal of advancing concrete proposals that will foster an environment conducive to the development of digital start-ups in France and Europe, France Digitale, along with its board members and permanent staff, is committed to preparing reports, studies and barometers. Pragmatic and pioneering, as we said.


FD AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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France Digitale is working with the European Commission, studying the structure and composition of venture capital in Europe. The goal is to promote digital investment opportunities. This is a four-part project: an initial documentation report, a series of interviews and questionnaires, drafting of the report, and creation of a website designed.   France Digitale travaille […]

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COMMITTEES: A USER MANUAL

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France Digitale’s operations rely on our members’ willingness to work together to shift the lay of the digital landscape. Our committees meet regularly to propose concrete actions to counter the roadblocks encountered by digital entrepreneurs. The International Committee and the HR Committee are already hard at work in this arena. If there is anything keeping […]

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Barometer

2012-2013

Each year, France Digitale works with EY to produce a barometer that examines the economic and social performance of digital start-ups backed by venture capital.

This study has brought four key points to light:

- A sector experiencing strong growth (revenue up 40%).

- With a very solid international component (33% abroad).

- Which is actively recruiting (headcount up 25% between 2011 and 2012).

- With a new business model (81% of companies allow their employees to buy into their equity, and executives’ salaries are up to 2.7 times higher than average salaries).

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Community

Members & Partners

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Events

France Digitale day

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France Digitale’s High Mass. Each year, this event rallies the entire landscape of digital entrepreneurship to network, share their experiences and good practices, give product demos and more. On 2 July 2013, 700 crucial players in digital innovation (including VCs, entrepreneurs, directors of innovation, institutional directors, and Minister Fleur Pellerin) came together for France Digitale […]

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Join a Start-up

Organised by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Join a Start-up is an event that brings the best French start-ups together to connect them to top talent: engineers, technicians, developers and designers.

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Contact us

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Have a question? A doubt? An irrepressible urge to join us? Write us at 12 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France or contact:

Willy Braun (Executive Officer) – for anything, anything at all. Mathieu Daix (Marketing & Communications Manager) – for the content and use of the France Digitale brand. Taro Ugen (Director of Research & VC Relations) – for any points relating to the European Commission project.

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