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Bootstrap Sophia Antipolis: Young entrepreneurs boost their business project

Fourteen young entrepreneurs, comprising students and alumni from SKEMA and its partner schools, participated in the SKEMA Ventures Bootstrap workshop in Sophia Antipolis between November 25 and 27.

The participants used this opportunity to strengthen their business models and prepare themselves for their entrepreneurial journey. They worked on fine-tuning their value propositions, identifying the most suitable market segments to launch their business and making choices regarding differentiation from their competitors. They also learned how to operate their business, among other things.

SKEMA Ventures Bootstrap 2019-Sophia Antipolis

The workshop alternated between a mix of lectures by SKEMA Ventures director Philippe Chereau, coaching sessions from the SKEMA Ventures team, and testimonials from successful alumni. The participants learned from the experience of Alex Raffaitin, a co-founder of the gourmet fish-burger restaurant Père & Fish, and Audrey Lieutaud, the founder of the swimwear brand Monpetitbikini.

The projects were from a diverse range of fields such as technology product and services (Thibault Herpe and Gabriel Flores), travel apps (Ludivine Bourgeois), platforms (Marlo Cottin, Maxence Padua, Timothée Caron, Pierre Cailler, Lucie Vivarat, Zineb Larabi), innovative concepts in catering (Guillaume Lejeune, Sebastien Desfosses, Maxime Simeon), clothing (Maxime Vasserot) and Cleantech (Pierre Aguy).

SKEMA Ventures Bootstrap 2019-Sophia Antipolis

On the third day of the Bootstrap workshop, the entrepreneurs got the opportunity to present their business model and a preliminary version of their business plan to a jury comprising academics, investors, incubators and entrepreneurs at Le Village by CA’s Sophia Antipolis branch. Everyone benefitted from the valuable feedbacks and resolved to implement them at the earliest.

SKEMA Ventures Bootstrap 2019-Sophia Antipolis


“Thank you for the wonderful three days! The coaching and feedback from the jury members were tremendous.”

“Many thanks for this rich training. We are now ready to start our project!”

“Even though the feedbacks were challenging at times, I learned a lot and my project matured significantly. I would definitely like to go through this process again.”

SKEMA Ventures Bootstrap workshop took place at the Raleigh campus in November. Read about it here.

SKEMA Ventures

SKEMA Ventures is a business unit created by SKEMA Business School dedicated to impact entrepreneurship and innovation. Through a unique value chain, that encompasses teaching, coaching, incubation, and acceleration, SKEMA Ventures allows each SKEMA student and alumni to think, design, test and launch an impactful entrepreneurial project in a global context, on six innovative territories on four continents, benefiting from the best of each local ecosystem. With SKEMA Ventures, GloCal impact entrepreneurship is born! Watch this video to know more

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