Highlighting the G20 2019 Young Entrepreneurs in Japan

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G20 leaders will meet very soon in Osaka, Japan, on 28 and 29 June 2019 as part of the international consultation. This major event is also in the form of a G20 of Young Entrepreneurs and aims to highlight the role of entrepreneurs as an engine of growth, innovation, job creation and economic and social sustainability. On this occasion, 36 French entrepreneurs, including three New Aquitaine entrepreneurs, met in Fukuoka, Japan.

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs (YEA) met in Fukuoka, Japan

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union and meet each year at the international consultation. It accounts for 85% of world trade, two-thirds of the world’s population and more than 90% of the world’s gross product. Its weight in international relations is therefore substantial. This year, the European Union will be represented by President Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission. The main themes will be:

  • economic growth and reducing inequality
  • quality infrastructure and health
  • global issues such as climate change and plastic waste in the oceans
  • the digital economy
  • the challenges posed by ageing societies

The Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance (YEA) G20 is a global network of associations of innovative business leaders and job creators in G20 countries. It is also held annually in the host country of the G20. 500,000 young entrepreneurs and organizations support the YEA. Born in 2009 at the G20 summit in Italy, the YEA publishes an annual report on a common theme. The 2019 edition focused on the theme of “imagining an economy that can guarantee a sustainable future”. Published September 21, 2018, the YEA has developed three concrete recommendations:

  • Quality education: Governments need to implement education policies to promote project-by-project approaches that promote intellectual freedom and initiative, develop skills such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, etc. The aim is to strengthen the relationship between education and research and development for companies and organisations and to foster a culture of cooperation and trust;
  • International mobility: The global economy is growing and requires the free mobility of key job creators. YEA recommends that governments extend existing youth mobility agreements and business visitation programs to young entrepreneurs;
  • Taxation: Governments must adjust tax thresholds to meet entrepreneurs’ turnovers, simplify and digitize the tax compliance process, and implement tax policies that take equity-based compensation (capital) into account.

France represented by 36 entrepreneurs

Citizen Entrepreneurs is the French organization leading the French delegation of the G20 YEA. Its mission: to promote entrepreneurs as a solution for growth and jobs and to unite synergies for entrepreneurship. The French 2019 delegation is made up of 36 French entrepreneurs, with an average age of 39. 28% are women entrepreneurs, its geographical distribution represents 31% of the territories, 86% have international activities and the average turnover is 20 million euros per 110 employees on average per company.

Here are some examples of entrepreneurs at the G20 YEA 2019:

  • Shirley Billot, CEO of Kadalys, the first brand of natural cosmetology whose skincare products are based on Martinique bananas. Shirley is the Recipient of the Overseas Overseas Network Innovation Award Citizen Entrepreneurs partner;
  • Sébastien François, founder of INDUO, asmart textile company whose first innovation is a 100% cotton shirt fabric that stays clean, fresh and comfortable in all circumstances;
  • Vincent Bruneau, founder and CEO of SparkUP, SaaS platform to stimulate exchanges and collaboration on all meetings;
  • Romain Carrère, CEO of EasyCartouche, which specializes in the online sale of remanufactured ink cartridges: a more economical and environmentally friendly solution;
  • Hugues Cazenave, founding president of OpinionWay,a French political polling and marketing research company;
  • Anne Chauder, President of Domes Pharma, a pharmaceutical group that has been in existence for more than 70 years and has been one of the pioneers of veterinary medicine in France;
  • Franck Coppola and Pierre Alexandre Entraygues, co-founders of Hexaglobe, a provider of IT software and services for the audiovisual sector and to support its clients in their television, internet, mobile and social networking projects.

New Aquitaine leaders on the front line of the G20 entrepreneurs

Three New Aquitaine entrepreneurs were represented in Fukuoka:

  • Nicolas Cargou, Managing Director of Samboat, a boat rental website between individuals. The community platform connects boat owners and tenants;
  • Arnaud Brillaud and Maximilien Petitgenet, co-founders of Domalys, a major player in innovation in the Silver Economy that designs and manufactures equipment that improves the daily lives of dependents;
  • Cyril Dané, Owner of AIO, has been working for more than 10 years to make human work easier in automotive assembly plants through environmental and frugal robotics.

On this occasion, they were able to express their visions of the world and the future, “Today, SMEs account for 80% of net employment growth in the G20 countries. The voice of young French entrepreneurs must be heard. How can we create more responsible companies that are more in tune with today’s environmental and societal challenges? This summit in Japan is a real opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs from the 20 G20 countries and to influence our governments,” said Cyril Dané, CEO of AIO.

The challenges of the G20 and the G20 YEA are becoming more and more important year after year, shaping the world of today and tomorrow. The G20 YEA makes numerous recommendations to governments each year to anticipate future transitions and problems. Entrepreneurs are the heart of the economy and carry with them the innovations of tomorrow. Governments must therefore adapt quickly and follow the advice of economic actors.












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