Hosted by Sébastien Couasnon – BFM Business journalist #TECH&CO
French people’s perspective on business creation is evolving. Far from their Elders dream of becoming a civil servant or getting in one of the Big 5, current students’ dream is to create their own company.
The cases of “serial entrepreneurs” are multiplying… “I’m not afraid, I’ll try again!” Startups aspire to become Unicorns and are not scared of being mocked… All these protagonists carry in themselves a strong capacity to take risks.
Are we experiencing the same opening in the financial world, leading to more risk taking? Are we still an annuitant’s country voting in savings books at the expense of stock exchange, venture capital funds with limited resources, and entrepreneurs fleeing abroad to escape predatory taxation?
Finance is based on a combination of gain and risk. According to your status of entrepreneur, business angel, investing fund or even investor in a fund, the evaluation of the risk differs. Which benefit each one of these actors can expect?
Taking risks implies to accept failure: are we more or less open than our European neighbours? How do we promote the Anglo-Saxon vision in France?
Alternative funding plans such as crowdfunding brings in general public at the same level as companies. Business angels are no longer only former CEOs, but also show-business stars! Is this the sign of a mindset change among French?
The pursuit of liquidity is ultimately requested by financiers: what are the existing options? When to sell? What are the conditions for a good IPO.
Promoting access to funding for startups at all their development levels is a central topic in France Digitale.
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