EDHEC Rendez-vous 2018: Under the lights of entrepreneurial stories

More than 700 people enjoyed an incredible evening full of lights in Paris. EDHEC Rendez-vous keeps shinning in more than 30 cities around the world; the whole event expects more than 1800 participants by the end of July

Written on 14 June 2018.


EDHEC Rendez-Vous 2018: Rock your network!

This year’s edition of EDHEC Rendez-Vous, the flagship event organised by the EDHEC alumni association, showcased some fine success stories featuring EDHEC entrepreneurs operating in the digital universe

 

Paris under the magic lumieres

EDHEC Rendez-Vous took place in the magical environment of the Atelier des Lumières, the recently-opened digital art centre housed in an old foundry in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. Attendees discovered the inaugural exhibition “Gustav Klimt”, realized by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto et Massimiliano Siccardi.

 

PRIZES 2018

The prize "EDHEC of the Year" was awarded to Sacha Poignonnec, co-founder and co-CEO of Jumia, an African online platform that is also Africa’s first unicorn (a start-up valued at over $1 billion). 

The EDHEC Start-Up Creator Prize went to Julie Chapon for Yuka, the mobile application "scanning your nutrition habits".

The EDHEC Entrepreneur of the Year Prize was won by Maxime Legardez (EDHEC 2011) for Everoad (ex-Convargo), a start-up that brings businesses and road haulage companies into contact.

Maud Sarda (EDHEC 2005) received the EDHEC Solidarity Entrepreneur prize for Label Emmaüs, the Emmaüs charity’s online store.

“These fine entrepreneurial successes are really inspiring for future generations of EDHEC graduates who are eager to innovate and have a positive impact on business and society”, declares Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School. “We are very proud to award the EDHEC of the Year Prize to Sacha Poignonnec, co-founder and co-CEO of Jumia, Africa’s first unicorn! From finance to digital, his journey is a remarkable international entrepreneurial adventure that embodies many aspects of EDHEC’s highly characteristic DNA”.

“These fine entrepreneurial successes are really inspiring for future generations of EDHEC graduates who are eager to innovate and have a positive impact on business and society”, Emmanuel Métais, Dean of EDHEC Business School.

 

ABOUT EDHEC RENDEZ-VOUS

Created in 1983, the Prize EDHEC of the Year is awarded each year to a graduate of the School who, through his or her professional or personal achievements or specific actions, has contributed to EDHEC Business School’s excellence, development or standing at local, national or international level. 

 

Entrepreneurship: EDHEC’s engagement in figures 

  • A range of 10 programmes for entrepreneurs (specialised tracks, electives and business games), embracing bachelor’s degrees, executive education and a dedicated one-year academic programme (MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
  • 15% of EDHEC students set up their own company just after graduating  
  • 50 entrepreneurship events every year
  • 2,000 exploratory interviews conducted and 700 projects selected
  • 200 start-ups supported and 1,000 jobs created
  • €38 million euros raised
  • 40% female entrepreneurs
  • 150 hosting spaces through EDHEC incubator based on the Lille and Nice campuses, and at Station F, the world’s largest start-up incubator, located in the heart of Paris

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