The 2012/08/29 at 08:52
Apprenticeship, continuing-education courses or specialised training, CCIs train 200,000 young people every year, 100,000 of these being apprentices. They manage or collaborate closely with 29 management grandes écoles (HEC, ESSEC, ESC, Novancia…) and specialised schools. The objective: to give young people professional competence in a context of crisis. For students, this support acts as a veritable springboard. Many of them even begin their professional activities before finishing their studies. This was the case of Eugénie Triebel and Bérangère Florin, two students from ESSEC who have launched their start-up “Le Vélo Voyageur”, a web site specialised in organising cycling holidays. “Once we were admitted in the ESSEC Ventures incubator, a partner of the CCI of Versailles/Val d’Oise Yvelines, we were able to benefit from a scholarship and various practical forms of aid to bring our project into reality,” explains Bérangère Florin. These two young women, graduates today, are relying on the CCIs to develop their network.
To meet the needs of professional life, the CCIs have developed services dedicated to young entrepreneurs. Studying a project’s relevance, drafting business plans, choosing a legal framework, finding financing… in every region, advisers support project owners thanks to meetings, individual rendezvous or training sessions. “At the end of our studies, we went to the conference ‘From the idea to the project’ run by the CCI of Paris,” recounts Frédéric Mugnier, 25 years old, one of the two founders of the shoe brand Faguo. “The different stages presented during this conference allowed us to see things more clearly and not to get off the track.” Manufacturing their products in China, the entrepreneurs behind Faguo also called upon the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canton to carry out a survey on a local plant with which it intended to collaborate. Opportunities to take stock, to benefit from the experience of hardened entrepreneurs and bodies in France and overseas are some of the assets that CCIs offer to young entrepreneurs. The only sour note in the eyes of the latter is the timid support extended to candidates who do not come through the grande école system, and a lack of reactivity. “In 2010, we sought to be admitted in the incubator,” indicates Frédéric Mugnier, “but the waiting period did not at all correspond to our growth objective.” The 16th edition of the Université des CCI, taking place from 29 to 31 August in Versailles, will be an opportunity for young people to exchange views with the CCIs on their priorities and coming challenges.