Written on 28 March 2018.
Founded by entrepreneurs, EDHEC Business School has always been keen to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among its students. Today, EDHEC provides a range of measures and opportunities to develop the taste for entrepreneurship through specific tracks in entrepreneurship on all curricula, its incubator and the active support provided for the development of high-potential start-ups.
All aboard, next stop Station F!
Almost a year after its official inauguration in the presence of President of France Mister Emmanuel Macron, the world’s biggest start-up campus played hosted to over 600 people attending the EDHEC Startup Show, the event of the year for entrepreneurship.
Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School, opened the evening. "Founded by entrepreneurs, EDHEC Business School strengthens the entrepreneurial acumen of its students. Being part of Station F came therefore as an evidence to EDHEC Business School. This partnership materializes our mission; we look to make our students belong to Station F unique ecosystem. This could not be possible without the support of our Alumni donors; a warm thank you to you all!" , says Dean Métais.
“Becoming an entrepreneur is a real adventure, both in human and professional terms”, Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School
The programme featured a series of exclusive videos, start-up pitches (Canard Street, SmartEar and Yuka: 5 minutes to convince the public of their success!) and speeches from recognised personalities like Philippe Léopold-Metzger, EDHEC 1977 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Piaget. "Donors’ role is vital, both at EDHEC, as an institution commanding a strong reputation for educating new generations of talent, and elsewhere", he said.
Fundraising must be supported for its undeniable impact on education and both intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial initiatives, Philippe Léopold-Metzger, EDHEC 1977
Next up was a round table on the theme of “Entrepreneurship, keys to success”. Steered by Sacha El Baz, EDHEC Alumni 2017 (part of Facebook Dublin’s strategy team in June 2018), the round table counted with Béatrice de Montille, EDHEC 1999 (and founder of Merci Maman), and Hugo Sallé de Chou, EDHEC 2014 (and co-founder of Pumpkin). Béatrice has launched her business internationally, while Pumpkin regularly features in the fintech world.
The evening then continued with a cocktail reception that gave the whole EDHEC community the chance to network, exchange ideas and enjoy the atmosphere until late.
Station F was founded by Xavier Niel to foster the emergence of a new generation of entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. It aims to support 1,000 promising young entrepreneurial talents from around the world, 40 of whom from EDHEC Business School. The EDHEC workspace within Station F is devoted to selected start-up projects incubated by EDHEC at the boost and/or fund-raising stage, and to entrepreneurs originating from EDHEC MSc in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. This ability to host start-up projects within Station F provides a perfect complement to EDHEC existing sites in Lille and Nice and enables projects to reap the benefit of an optimal ecosystem unique in Europe. As a result, the EDHEC incubator now offers 150 places, split between Lille, Nice and Paris.
This strategic initiative was primarily driven by a group of Alumni donors, eager to provide EDHEC entrepreneurs with access to an unrivalled ecosystem.