Last week, Zlio’s Jérémie Berrebi and Iliad’s Xavier Niel announced the launch of their new seed fund, Kima Ventures, which I wrote about in TechCrunch Europe. Kima’s aim is to invest between €5,000 and €150,000 in 100 start-ups within the next 2 years. Uh, that’s a lot of seed. There’s been a lot of whispering about whether […]Read More Le Seed: FCombinator and the TechEtoiles
One of my first posts was called “France, Meet Twitter” where I happened to very slightly criticize French VCs for their absence on Twitter. Well, I take it back. I discovered some very high-profile French VCs on Twitter, namely Guillaume Lautour (@G_Lautour) of AGF Private Equity. Even though I haven’t come across the Twitter accounts of anyone from Partech International, Sofinnova or […]Read More The Truth: French VCs ARE on Twitter
I think the VC community in France had a promising start for 2010. The month of January included the launch of the Paris Founder’s Club and tech innovation cluster System@tic launched its investment club with 17 VC firms. In addition, quite a few start-ups got funding, including (and obviously not limited to): eYeka (@eyekafr) This company likes to […]Read More French start-ups that got VC funding in January 2010
Yes, it happens. French companies get funded, regardless of what Silicon Valley may like to think. Hot start-ups like Deezer, Eyeka, DailyMotion, Streamezzo, MXP4, etc. can all vouch for this. But would someone like Twitter ever get funded in France? French VCs tend to position themselves as different types of investors than their American or […]Read More Would a company like Twitter get funded in France?
Through January 28th, start-ups and entrepreneurs can apply to receive between €45,000 and €450,000 from the government and OSEO (French parapublic SME support organization). And you don’t have to be French to score funds. The contest is open to entrepreneurs of all nationalities (although the company needs to be set-up in France). If you’re just a Francophile […]Read More Looking for funding? Why not ask Sarkozy…