Eager to provide financing solutions for innovative projects with high added value and exponential growth potential, the Business Angel, often a working business executive or former entrepreneur, commits part of his personal savings, shares his network and provides advice to promote the development of a startup and lead it to its success. If the objective pursued is the possibility of generating substantial added value, the desire to participate in a human and entrepreneurial adventure and to advance technologies that will build the world of tomorrow are also motivations.
It is in this dual perspective that Arts & Métiers Business Angels is inscribed.
An organization almost unique in France
Founded in 2008 by Alumni, Arts & Métiers Business Angels (AMBA) is a national network of Business Angels that now brings together 130 members (Gadzarts or not) who invest in the capital of innovative startups, with a strong environmental and societal impact. Attentive to take particular care to support the leaders from the start of their project, the members share engineering experience and network of expertise.
Both national and endowed with regional delegations (Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, Grand Est, Bretagne Pays de la Loire and South-West region) which promotes local contact, AMBA works with a vast ecosystem of startup creation.
This organization, almost unique in France both in terms of its scope and its means, is strong in its fields of interest and intervention that range from biotechnologies to fintech, energy transition, software, and of course industry.
From 80,000 to 150,000 euros invested per startup
With two powerful industrial partners: Novares Group, a global supplier of plastic solutions, designing and manufacturing complex components & systems for the automotive industry, and John Cockerill Group, world leader in hydrogen electrolyzers, AMBA generally invests between 80,000 and 150,000 euros in each of the startups monitored, or about fifteen each year.
Since its creation, it has supported 140 startups for more than 14 million in investment. 10% of positive exits have been achieved, 30% of companies have been liquidated and 60% remain today accompanied by the association.
The investment is made either individually by each member or collectively through a Business Angels Investment Company (SIBA).
If there is no shortage of money, its distribution evolves and certain data, such as debt or profitability - immediate or potential - of the company are now carefully scrutinized.
A demanding selection process
Incoming files come from different sources, starting with the Arts et Métiers ecosystem, AMBA member networks, networks of other Business Angels and traditional incubators, in Paris and in the region. Finally, John Cockerill and Novares, bring their own files.
500 applications per year are submitted on the Arts & Métiers Business Angels (https://s.42l.fr/AMBA) platform, which serves as a data room for the investment process. Of these 500 projects, a hundred are invited to pitch in front of AMBA members. About forty files will be examined (business plan, model, team, etc.). Finally, only fifteen will be chosen and accompanied for an average of 5 years.
Startups and Metanoia
Reiterating these "Entretiens d'Arts et Métiers Business Angels", AMBA organizes this September 25 the fourth edition. In the presence of its two partners, John Cockerill and Novares Group, the theme chosen "Startups and Metanoia", extends a reflection at the heart of contemporary issues: how to change the way of thinking and operating to adopt a more sustainable and responsible approach around the challenges of reindustrialization and decarbonization.
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