Concerning the author
Anne-Sophie is French-American, born in Versailles, France and raised in the Silicon Valley. A big fan of entrepreneurship, she’s been enjoying discovering the French startup scene since returning to Paris last fall 2011. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sophie_Bousset and read her blog on life in France and entrepreneurship at www.sophiebousset.wordpress.com
Here is her articleSi vous souhaitez le lire en français, rendez-vous sur https://www.patrick-hannedouche.fr/france-silicon-valley-le-monde-des-entrepreneuses/Returning to France after 12 years in the Silicon Valley, I was overjoyed to find a thriving entrepreneur community in Paris, and especially of “entrepreneuses” (female entrepreneurs.) They may not have much visibility, but they’re there alright ! Here are a few thoughts on female entrepreneurship in France as seen by a Californian.Women-Only Incubators Silicon Valley entrepreneurs also created female-only incubators so I wasn’t too surprised to find more in Paris. The Fédération Pionnières, for example, has been creating and managing incubators to support entrepreneuses in a dozen French regions, including Paris, since 2005. Their incubators offer pre-incubation services, fully equipped offices, as well as introductions to business angels, VCs, consultants, and research centers… They’ve already achieved nice results: over 1,800 project proposals received and 230 startups created. (Keep in mind that the population of France is 64 million, that of California is 37 million, and that of the Silicon Valley 7.5 million.)More and More Visibility Online Just like in the US (once again), entrepreneurship has become the next big thing, and articles and websites have been popping up all over the net. Now that the initial buzz is dying down, the electronic and paper press are turning to entrepreneuses. Here are some of the websites I found especially interesting (in French):
- Terrafemina’s « Créer sa boîte » (« Starting a Business ») rubric pairs interviews with practical advice
- Mixité17 and Portraits d’Entrepreneuses present portraits of enthusiastic, inspiring female entrepreneurs. My only regret: there isn’t much advice about the challenges few men face but women do, such as raising children while starting a business.