Station F, Paris
HEC Paris’ annual entrepreneurship summit, is opening its doors for the first time at Station F. Dedicated to accelerating the innovative projects of students and young entrepreneurs, this year’s event is designed to give young entrepreneurs outstanding visibility and networking opportunities by showcasing their ideas at the world’s biggest startup campus. On June 6th , attendees can expect an exciting afternoon of panel discussions, pitch competitions and networking opportunities with seasoned professionals from all areas of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Organized by students from the HEC Paris MBA, Seed 2018 will bring together a diverse audience of entrepreneurs, students, large companies, incubation structures and venture capital investment funds. Attendance is open to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of entrepreneurship. More than 10,000 startups have been set up in France over the last five years, and the investment possibilities for young startups has never been stronger. Venture capitalists invested an estimated $2.7 billion in France in 2016, as reported by Business Insider, which describes France as a “seriously impressive startup ecosystem.” HEC SEED 2018 is a way for students and young startups to get noticed: it provides them with the ideal opportunity to share their projects, either by pitching in front of a panel of judges or by enabling them to meet other Seed participants, which include prospective customers and business partners.
The HEC SEED 2018 Agenda (June 6, 1-8 pm):
- Pitch contest: Ten startups will have 3-5 minutes to pitch their business ideas to win a €5000 grand prize and other, non-monetary awards. There will be two competitions, Concept and Scale Up. Deadline to enter is April 30: http://bit.ly/applyhecseed.
- Panel discussions: Each panel discussion features at least two experts from each sector. Topics include: “Retail: Fashion and Tech,” “FinTech and Banks: Friend or Foe?” and “Social Entrepreneurship.” The FinTech discussion will feature Olivier Goy, founder of Lindix, Olivier Godement, head of startup operations of Stripe, and Alexandre Prot, co-founder and CEO of Qonto. Other panelists will be announced shortly.
- HEC Innovation awards: HEC SEED 2018 is proud to host the awards ceremony for the HEC Innovation Awards, which features two prizes of €25,000.
- Networking cocktail: The best place to meet future business partners and customers!