14 Jan The French Government announces the composition and objectives of the French Tech Finance Partners
Following the first meeting of the French Tech Finance Partners, which took place on 3 January in the presence of Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Transition and Telecommunications, the Government today revealed the composition and objectives of this new body.
The French Tech Finance Partners was created in response to the following observation: French tech investors are key players in the growth of companies but do not have a dedicated representative body that allows them to make concrete proposals and have a structured dialogue with the Government.
In the short term, the French Tech Finance Partners is focusing on three priority areas: financing startups in the regions, the financing of deeptech, and selection criteria for French Tech programmes.
The work of this body, which is representative of the financing ecosystem, will be reported in early spring and will inform future government decisions.
Led by Reza Malekzadeh, the French Tech Finance Partners is placed under the leadership of the French Tech mission.
This body comprises 16 members, with equal representation, occupying a leading position within the structures they represent. Its composition ensures an exhaustive representation of the financing ecosystem, with players present in all industries at all stages of maturity. The French Tech Finance Partners therefore include:
- Alice Albizzati (Revaia)
- Rania Belkahia (EQT Ventures)
- Jérôme Berger (Orange Ventures)
- Claire Calmejane (Société Générale)
- Claire Chabrier (France Invest)
- Delphine d’Amarzit (Euronext)
- Philippe Englebert (Lazard)
- Paul François Fournier (Bpifrance)
- Benoist Grossman (Eurazeo)
- Xavier Lazarus (Elaia)
- Reza Malekzadeh/Philippe Collombel (Partech)
- Marc Menase (Founders Future)
- Maya Noël (France Digitale)
- Pierre-Emmanuel Struyven (Supernova Invest)
- Rafaèle Tordjman (Jeito)
- Roxanne Varza (Sequoia)
Announced on 08 December 2022 by Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty and Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate in charge of Digital Transition and Telecommunications, the French Tech Finance Partners aims to work on measures to ensure valuable and concrete solutions at all stages of financing for French startups.
The aim of the French Tech Finance Partners is threefold: to identify the obstacles to business financing in France, to contribute to the development of public policies and to strengthen the attractiveness of France for international investors.
Jean-Noël Barrot, Minister Delegate for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, said: “I am very pleased to launch the French Tech Finance Partners in this new year, and I look forward to working with these key players in the development of tech in France. Our innovative companies need public action that is best suited to their issues and this is what this forum for dialogue and work will allow.”
Photo: French Tech entrepreneurs at CES 2023, gathered around Jean-Noël Barrot. © twitter.com/jnbarrot