Sophia Business Angels and SKEMA Business School bring their International Venture Academy to Aix en Provence

Sophia Business Angels and SKEMA Business School bring their International Venture Academy to the camp Accelerator / Le Village by Credit Agricole in Aix en Provence, re-enforcing early-stage co-investing and eco-system across the entire PACA region.

The Winners Beeing, The Edge Company, Keeex and Morice point to new direction of Angel Investing in Environment, sustainable Mobility, and future of food.

SBA readies for 15-year Celebration with France Angels and EBAN – European Business Angels Network, as well as local and regional partners on Novembre 29th in Sophia Antipolis/Nice.

12 November, Sophia Antipolis-Aix France:  As Sophia Business Angels (SBA), one of Europe’s first Business Angel groups readies itself to welcome local, regional, national, and international partners to the celebration of its 15th Anniversary, it is continuously re-inventing itself and Angel Investing.

This last 25-26 October saw the SBA extend its year-long partnership with SKEMA Business School to include a new partnership with the camp Accelerator / Le Village by Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence, thus at once re-enforcing its ties with the PACA region and initiating an exciting extension of its Venture Academy formula to include not only business schools, but also accelerators, such as B06, with whom the SBA already has a relationship.

The camp accelerator – Le Village by CA Alpes Provence is a joint venture between the camp and le Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence and attracts entrepreneurs from around the world for, among other programs, ‘climb at the camp’ an intensive 3-month program, immersing early stage startups in workshops on marketing, fundraising, team building, and market traction.  Each founder team is assigned mentors, several of whom have come from the SBA and SKEMA.  As such, the teams are perfect for the SBA Venture Academy’s “Coaching and Mentoring Day” which focuses on “almost investment ready” teams.

20 coaches and judges from 7  countries, representing the SBA, Get in the Ring, PACA Investissement, SKEMA, Yes School, and the Camp coached and judged 10 founder teams coming from Italy, France, Ukraine, and Senegal.  Contrary to previous Venture Academy editions which featured mobile technologies and apps, this edition featured companies involved in the environment, mobility and  food sectors using Internet of Things technologies.

The winners were:

  • BEEING won the Most investible start up award,
  • The Edge Company won the Best Presentation Award,
  • Keeex won The Michael Rogosin Best Team Award,
  • Morice won the Most Improved Presentation award,


Winners will be exclusively featured in the EBAN Scaleup of the Month:  The winners of the two top prizes will be exclusively featured in the EBAN Scaleup of the Month, an initiative by EBAN and its members to inspire Europe’s Start-Ups to “Scale Up”.  “Too many of European Start-Ups never gain market traction,” said Marcel Dridje, President of the SBA, one of the co-founding judges of the EBAN Scaleup of the Month and Member of the Board of EBAN.  “This is a great cooperation between the SBA and EBAN to collectively set the bar higher for entrepreneurs to achieve real revenues, real traction, real customers.  We can no longer continue to invest in companies who do not create value or impact.  This is also why we are branching out into companies in the environmental, energy, mobility, and food sectors using Internet of Things and bringing real solutions to the world’s problems,” concluded Dridje.

The SBA will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this November 29th at an Investment workshop, held in conjunction with France Angels at Espaces Antipolis, followed by a Cocktail Reception Celebration.

The next SBA International Venture Academy will take place in the Spring of 2019 in the Sophia Antipolis/Nice area.


For more information on the SBA, please contact:

Annie Prodhomme, Secretary General Sophia Business Angels