Business speed-dating events
Topic of the practice
Investments in start ups
Good Practice Information
IncubAlliance connects the start-up to “business developers” (managers who have capital and free time, and that want to invest in start-ups). To give investors a central role in the maturation phase of the local cleantech incubation process. As Pierre Perrot (Director of IncubAlliance) underlined, “the final output of the (start-up) project won’t look like the initial project: either they are adapted to demand, or they disappear. This is a real Darwinian process: the survivors are those who are adapted. That is why we built business speed dating events. This practice complements the traditional selection process in Essonne, which cannot fully play its role because the diversity of the cleantech ecosystem is not rich enough.
Evidence of success
Currently seven sessions have been organised as well as 200 speed-dating meetings leading to 20% of the projects finding developers. The initial idea is: there are many senior professionals that have difficulty on the job market after their long-standing careers.
IncubAlliance accepts today that cleantech projects are obviously missing both technical and commercial maturity. The main purpose of the incubation process at IncubAlliance is to build this corporate ability and link good ideas to interested business developers that believe in it, and corporate investors that are committed to invest.
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