Lyon Ville de l'Entrepreneuriat Network Governance

Project information

Index: 0875R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location FRANCE CENTRE-EST Lyon Rhône-Alpes Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2004-06-01
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

Network of business support organisations

Good Practice Information

Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivers Lyon Ville de l'Entrepreneuriat - a network of business support organisations, together with the Greater Lyon institution. Created in June 2004, LVE is a professional network for business creation and takeover in the Greater Lyon area. In 2002, European project PACEREL laid the foundation of structuring a network of business creation experts to conduct analysis of the state of play and agree on an action plan to improve the system. Today, LVE is a brand that provides readability to the business creators, a structured network of stakeholders, a number of projets that improve the quality of the services provided by the structures, and a mode of gouvernance. The network coordinates 26 so-called gateways in the Greater Lyon area, where business creators are welcome to ask their questions and be oriented to the member of the network that will best answer the problems.
The 44 stakeholders of the network are specialist organisations with different ore activities: business coaching, consulting, training, financing, implementation, formalities, post-creation follow-up, etc. Membership in the network requires that the organisations comply with a certain number of criteria and pass a quality audit. The network counts 28 members at this date, which are institutions and economic services, associations and business support services, Cooperatives and incubators. The network works specifically on three main pillars: 1) Make a review of the local state of play for each territory, 2) Transversal projects e.g. marketing, female business. and 3) Quality unit. The network has a shared database called 'LVE PRO' which facilitates information sharing between all stakeholders. It provides transparency on the creators pathways ie. all structures have access to the creators pathway within the network, thus enhancing the efficiency of the support.

Evidence of success

The LVE network is one of its kind and the oldest network of entrepreneurship specialists in France. 11,000 creators are welcomed, informed and oriented by the network each year. A survey shows that 77% of the entrepreneurs would recommend a coaching with the LVE network.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Hervé Sultana

Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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