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Hello Emilie can you introduce yourself?
I’m a business manager for Korner, or as Klanik says, “I2C catalyst”. This means that I accompany Korner’s incubators in their marketing and sales strategy. Every week, I go to see them, they tell me about their progress and together we try to establish the next actions to take. I also try to best allocate the resources of the incubator and of Klanik’s projects: I identify their needs, weather it is technical skills, funds, recruitment, materials, and I make sure that they have access to everything that Klanik can offer them. For example, if I see that they are going to need some accounting training, I will organize one with our accountant. Or if they want to redo their logo, I’ll see the Communication team.
The second half of my time is devoted to Korner itself. We are a recent structure, and we still have many people to meet in the French startup ecosystem. I regularly organize meetings with entrepreneurs especially in the PACA region, institutions, investors, other support structures … The goal is to make us known and find new interesting collaborations.
Why did you choose this job and what was your career path?
I did a business school, and I have a master degree in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, so I guess I’ve always been attracted to this sector. Very quickly I was interested with the world of startups: for me, working in a small structure meant more freedom in my work, fewer procedures, more challenges too. I was also curious to be in constant contact with the R & D, the innovation … And advising people, especially the supporting part. I find it fascinating to see people getting started, to help them in the realization of their project, and I love to work on different topics.
Can you describe a typical day as I2C Catalyser?
Impossible, there is none. It really depends on the appointments of the day: sometimes it is about presenting Korner and our projects to an investment fund, sometimes it is to meet a project leader external to Klanik who would like to benefit from the incubation Korner, sometimes it is to brainstorm with another structure of support on a program to be put in common … I spend generally a day in the week in Montpellier (three of the incubated projects come from this agency) to secure a regular project follow-up. I try to do a bit of monitoring every week about the startup activity of the region, events, competitions, etc … And of course, a lot of planning and logistics to organize training or internal events in Korner.
Finally, as a business partner Korner, how do you see the prospects within this business?
In January 2017 Korner has incubated its first three projects, and now we are organizing the second call for projects for the 2018 session. There are many interesting prospects for Korner: the workforce will double, new training process will be put in place, several programs are being built with some of our partners … We are really looking to provide the most complete support possible to our incubated projects. I sincerely believe that in a few years Korner will be recognized in the ecosystems of Marseille and Montpellier, so the next step will be to develop this model in agencies such as Brussels or Paris, which for the moment are less easy for us to access because of the distance, and all the competition already present and installed in these European capitals. Today, Korner is centralized in Marseille, but it is not destined to stay that way. I would love to be able to manage one of the Korner cells in a BU, for example.