ISSUE #59 – Today, more than 20% of the French Chamber’s members are entrepreneurs. This trend clearly illustrates the booming start-up ecosystem in Singapore and the French Chamber has decided to take further actions to support French start-ups by launching three new main initiatives.
Together with the French Trade Advisors and Business France, the French Chamber has launched a Mentoring Programme, which aims to advise French SMEs/start-ups in their development in the region. They are mentored by high-profile business people volunteering to give some time and advice.
With 15 candidates in the first year, this programme is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs or SMEs to exchange freely on internal issues. It is also a unique chance to further the mentee’s professional network and knowledge of the local market. This initiative is free-of-charge.
The Business Advisors Group (BAG) is a new and free initiative to support and advise French start-ups via a single meeting between one entrepreneur and a panel of advisors.
The group of advisors consists of successful entrepreneurs, professionals with valuable expertise in various sectors and functions, and individuals looking to personally invest in companies.
Seven entrepreneurs have already pitched their business models and benefited from the feedback and advice of the panel of professionals.
Last but not least, the French Chamber organised the first edition of the French Entrepreneur Awards in November 2015.
In total, 16 companies applied for the title and only six were shortlisted by the Jury of eight business professionals:
- Frogy’s (O Batignolles, O Comptoir)
- Kacific Broadband Satellites
- La Petite Ecole
- Le Petit Dépôt
- The Vintage Wine Club
The French Entrepreneur of the year 2015 was awarded during the closing cocktail of the Forum Travailler Ensemble and it was sponsored by Banque Transatlantique Singapore.
After much deliberation, La Petite Ecole was named French Entrepreneur of the year 2015.
La Petite Ecole is a French bilingual preschool in Singapore. It offers a bilingual curriculum in French and English, for children aged three to six years old.
Classes are taught alternately by a native English classroom teacher (from the UK, the US, Canada or Australia) and a French “Professeur des Ecoles”, and follow the French Ministry of Education curriculum.
The teachers are all experienced and qualified in early childhood education in their native language.
Viviane Salin and Vincent Rosa, the two French entrepreneurs also recently opened a French nursery called La Petite Crèche.
We congratulate all the entrepreneurs who took part in the first French Entrepreneurs Awards.
Article published in the FOCUS Magazine “The Enterprising Spirit” – Issue #1 2016
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