On March 8th, WIL Europe with the support of Women in Equity organized a luncheon at the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance in Paris, with Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs. This luncheon focused on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Talents Management. It gathered 16 top-notch French women entrepreneurs, picked among the 50 women Leaders awarded by Women Equity Growth. WIL Board Members, Viviane Chaine-Ribeiro and Béatrice Delmas-Linel were amongst them.
After Mr. Macron’s brief introduction underlying the importance of SMEs for the dynamism of the French economy, the guests explained their growth strategies in a market traditionally dominated by multinationals. For Martine Bocquillon President of Point Service mobile, first French company dedicated to the immediate repair of mobile phones: "Having the spirit of entrepreneurship, means first and foremost being a pioneer in your area". The participants to the luncheon described their growth strategy and how they are making a difference in their market share.
They all agree upon the fact that they are heavily investing in innovation which is key to their success. According to Laurence Pottier-Caudron, President and founder of Valoris development: “Relying on innovation, particularly in the digital sector, helped us become one of the top key players on the market”.
Together with innovation lies the need to constantly adapt in a very shifting world. Therefore, SMEs are innovating not only in terms of products and services but also internally by adjusting their organizational structure and methods towards digitalization and multiculturalism.
This event was the perfect opportunity for SMEs’ leaders to share best practices and acumens with their fellow women entrepreneurs, and to provide Emmanuel Macron, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs with a high-level insight on the entrepreneurial sector.
For more information (in French) on this event, please follow this link.