Tech Conference Paris 2014
The first edition of EnterNext Tech conferneces took place at la Gaîté Lytique, Paris, on November 17th, 2014 in the presence of Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Data.
During the conference, EnterNext Chairman and CEO Eric Forest announced some measures to give tech sector stocks fresh impetus :
- Enhanced visibility for tech companies, through an analysis programme covering 320 Tech SMEs in partnership with Morningstar;
- Tech 40 label, composed of 40 highly performant Listed Tech SMEs that have access to premium services (dedicated index, special events & roadshows…) ;
- TechShare, the EnterNext new educational and mentoring pre-IPO programme designed to familiarize Tech CEOs with the financial markets ;
- Enter The Next Stage, online communication platform dedicated to the financing of Tech companies by capital markets.
More than 300 participants, including Tech companies & Entrepreneurs (24%), advisors(24%), Investors, Analysts, VCs & Business angels (14%),media and public bodies (notably the French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron) reunited themselves, and 5 companies showcased their innovative products
Replay the highlights of this day dedicated to financing Tech companies :
Frenchweb, the web magazine online covered the debates during that day and interviewed the speakers :
Eric Forest, EnterNext Chairman and CEO explained this is "the first Tech conference dedicated to financing Tech growth, that gathers entrepreneurs and the capital markets". Investors are very interested in this "disruptive" sector, "provided that Tech companies have a story to tell to the markets [...] and are likely to convince."
Frédéric Mazella, Chairman and CEO of Blablacar, told that it's very important "to match investors ambitions with companies needs" to succed a find raising.
Benoît Thieulin, Chairman of the French digital national council, considered the landscape is very favourable for the European Tech companies, but it remains brakes, especially in the matter of financing. He calls the European Union to adopt measures that will help Europe to become the first digital market in the world. It's also key to reorient European abundant savings towards the Tech companies financing.
Khaled Helioui, Bigpoint Chairman and CEO, a Tech company that raised 350 billions euros in 2011, told the IPO is a solid option when private equity has reached its limits. The private investors don't always understand the business models of Tech companies in Europe, compared to the USA or Asia. The stock exchange has a very important role to play in bridging the financing gap.
Henri Seydoux, founder of Parrot considers that : "technology is an international business and we are able to think international from Paris. We are able to find money in France, let's go!"
Replay also the intervew of Eric Forest by the website Digital Business News :