by Jean-Philippe delattre
Lille. Business Angels , the “business angels”. As such, rather catchy, refers to people who invest in companies or become distressed, drawing from their own funds. Some are retired, some are still active, mostly entrepreneurs. “ There is no well-defined profile,” says Jeremy Henneton young business angel 30 years and a member of the club of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. However, they all have one thing in common: “ These are people who prefer to invest in local businesses rather than scholarship. “
Club Business Angels North of France, created in 2002 at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, based in Lille, has thirty members . This is one of the smaller networks France. This does not prevent him from being active, including “ develop innovative projects ,” Clement develops Messias, coordinator of the club. Indeed, although the average age of members is 50 years, the arrival of thirty shows that the investment of the city in the new digital technologies and innovations what attract young entrepreneurs willing to risk their personal fortune in local projects. “ They better assimilate current industry issues. They also have in mind that the market is turning to e-commerce and new media. “
” This is proof that in the North, third industrial revolution started , “said Jeremy Henneton. Houcine with Miri, business angel of the same generation, it invests for the second time in a box. “ It is often more to bring a project, whereas ten years ago, one would put one or two ,” because at the time, the average ticket was about 100,000 invested euros. “ Today it is 30 to 50 000 euros per person ,” said Miri Houcine. In other words, the crisis is felt but by investing more, companies have roughly the same assistance that ten years ago.