Village by CA supports the international development of start-ups
Founded by Crédit Agricole in 2014, the Village by CA is a value-creating ecosystem and a start-up incubator that supports high-potential projects. The first Village was created in Paris in 2014 and fifteen other Villages were gradually established until 2017. In the New Aquitaine region, the inauguration of the Bordeaux branch of the Village by CA took place in May 2017. With offices and services in 25 cities around the world (London, Moscow, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, etc.), Villages by CA support start-ups in their international development. On June 18, it was as part of “International Day” (an event common to all villages by CA) that start-ups and partners of Crédit Agricole were able to meet. Having taken place at the 11th Course on 30 July in Bordeaux, the event was able to benefit from a prime location in the centre of the city to allow entrepreneurs to meet.
“International Day”: the event to boost the development of start-ups abroad
Indeed, this day was the perfect opportunity to benefit from the support and network of the Crédit Agricole group around projects related to international expansion. A roundtable discussion began at 9:00 a.m. It dealt with the subject: “How and when to develop internationally?”. Richard Hardillier (President of H-A Location), Daniel Floret, (Head of International Desk UK, Ireland and Nordic Countries of CACIB) and Patxi Ospital (Founder of Invivox) hosted the first part of the morning for an hour. At 10:00 a.m., the B-to-B meetings were held as part of an Expert Forum. With the participation of Business France, FIDAL Group, Crédit Agricole Aquitaine, Altios International and BPI France, participants had the opportunity to network and discuss international development issues, as well as strategic directions to be defined for their expansion.
It is important to remember that the Village by CA Network is now the only one with an offer for the international development of start-ups. The Village by CA label is a solid certification to drive international growth. With the Hub@Luxembourg (a platform for connecting start-ups and Credit Agricole partner groups), entrepreneurs can benefit from an innovative development resource that brings members closer together. By CA villages also manage to be recognized by foreign start-ups thanks to their “French Tech Visa” label. The business accelerator of Crédit Agricole is therefore looking for constant improvement for entrepreneurs in order to bring them performance and international growth.
An innovation accelerator that unites companies
With more than 490 start-ups accompanied in 2018, 26 villages and approximately 430 partnerships established, Villages by CA demonstrate the strong propensity of the brand to establish itself as one of the business accelerators in the future by continuing its territorial deployment. As proof, a new village there CA will settle in Laval within the hotel of innovative companies.
In the heart of Bordeaux (11 courses of the XXX July), the accelerator of Crédit Agricole enjoys an ideal location and a state-of-the-art environment within the New Aquitaine region. In addition, the Village by CA Aquitaine has hosted 23 start-ups since its inception and currently hosts 21 start-ups in a total acceleration phase. These evolve in an innovation ecosystem supported by 13 Ambassador partners (Bouygues Building Southwest, Fidal, Pichet Group, Gt Location, Sanofi, Microsoft, Keolis Bordeaux metropolis, Mazars, Philips lightning, EDF, Samsic, Sopra steria, H-amp;A rental) and thematic experts. Cédric Vicente, the “Mayor” entrepreneur of the Village by CA, appreciates the idea of allowing start-ups to accelerate their growth. He wants to “support local economic development, especially these start-ups which, we hope tomorrow, will become SMEs, ETIs and large groups,” he said on 24 May. He also notes the advent of the e-health and fintech sectors. According to him, these sectors represent great prospects for the companies of tomorrow.
Finally, he believes that in order to remain dynamic, New Aquitaine must promote exchanges between the territory’s businesses. According to him, interactions with all local players (incubators, nurseries, clusters) are part of the village by CA’s opening strategy.
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