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Entrepreneurship is in ESSEC’s DNA. Find out all the start-ups created by alumni. Check our French site for even more contents! (Page under construction)

Prexem: A Facility for Loans

With the help of ESSEC Ventures' incubator, Valéry Giard (M99) and Christophe Puyo (M99) launched Prexem, a crowdlending platform bringing together SMEs/SMIs and private individuals. Thanks to Prexem, the SMEs/SMIs may borrow from €10,000 to €500,000 over 12 to 60 months. They don't need a bank guarantee and can be eligible under 48 hours. Funds are generally wired in under 30 days. Private i...

Pimlico: A Taste for Nature

According to Charles Baillet (E00), "the organic food market in France is worth €2,5 billion in 2014, with a 10% annual growth rate". He seized the opportunity and created two Parisian stores:​ Pimlico and Élan nature. Charles Baillet now manages 22 employees and offers over 9,000 products from 150 suppliers. Fresh fruits and vegetables, diet foods, organic products, wines selected by an oenol...

Vinizos: All wool and a vineyard wide

Let Mickaël Loreau (E13), a former president of ESSEC’s wine club Elyxir, guide you through the greatest vineyards with Vinizos, an easy-to-use booking platform. Vinizos will help you book your visit at no cost in over 20 wine estates around Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Beaujolais. You can also discover wine away from the vineyard, in Paris, where Vinizos partners up wi...
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Try the world: Our Planet on a Plate

David Foult (E12) hit success with Try the World, a box that samples gourmet delicacies from around the world for food and travel lovers. Every 2 months, renowned chefs such as Christophe Schitt, Adolfo Suaya or Hamid Idrissi select seven gourmet products from small producers, and send them to subscribers with a guide that includes recipes and information about the culinary tradition of the se...
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Monsieur Loup: A Wolf in Man's Clothing

After several years with Hermès and Chanel, Camille Andreu (E14) created the menswear brand Monsieur Loup. "Our name derives from Monsieur, which refers to a civilized man, and Loup, Wolf, by definition wild." You find this double inspiration in each piece of the brand, which all combine elegance and natural materials. Chambray shirts, olive wood buttons, Japanese cotton sweaters... All come f...
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Mauban: The Right Boot

Édouard Quinchon (M09) left his job in a ministerial cabinet to craft standout boots.  "My life changed when I stumbled upon my grandfather's boots while moving. I felt the urge to understand how these outstanding shoes were made." Mauban was born. "We go in the Auvergne to find the softest leather in the world. Our shoe lasts are carved in Cholet, and our shoes are assembled in the last indep...
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Les deux gourmands: Made in Île-de-France

"Les deux gourmands" means the two gourmands - a name that fits well Louis Bataille (M12) and Guillaume Caffin (C11), who created the first food brand from Paris and its greater area. On one side, the terroirs in the Ile-de-France Region (which is 75% agricultural land and forests) are filled with unsuspected treasures. On the other side, consumers want to buy more local products. Hence a sim...
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Le Zeste: A Zest for Cooking

Pol Maire (E15), a double degree graduate of ESSEC-Central Paris, wants to revolutionize dining with Le Zeste, an online restaurant that delivers a chef's dishes in less than 20 minutes. Every day, Mehdi Favri, who worked with Hyatt Hotels and chef Cyril Lignac, puts together elaborate dishes that clients order online and get delivered by bicycle in 15 minutes. "Choosing food used to be st...
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La Laiterie Gilbert: Big Cheese

After 15 years on the trading floor, Christophe Chaperon (E91) took over Laiterie Gilbert, a Grenoble favorite since 1948, and turned it into the first cheese shop franchise in France. Christophe Chaperon's motto could be proximity, advice, quality. In two years, he opened five shops in the Rhône-Alpes region. At the end of 2015, he franchised his brand and the first store opened in Nice. Sin...
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L’Atelier du Chalet Aquitain: Craft From Scratch

With a long experience in the sector, Marli Marchyllie (M10) and Dominique Laboureau reopened l'Atelier du Chalet Aquitain, a shoe manufacturer near Bordeaux. Their model, which was rewarded by Réseau Entreprendre, is based on industrial know-how, local production, and direct sales to consumers. During the first budgetary year of 18 months, the 11-person SME reached sales of €800,000 and a pos...

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