2014 marks the beginning of The Villages by CA adventure. Prompted by the Crédit Agricole, a number of large and medium-sized companies came together to create a unique venue and network entirely given to economic development and to supporting innovative projects. It is in the heart of Paris’s business district, at 55 rue La Boétie, that the very first Village by CA was established. This unique setting set the stage for the creation of a dynamic and value-creating ecosystem.
The Village was designed as a place for sharing and creating around four major goals :
The Village by CA Finistère is the 15th of its kind and was launched in 2017 at the heart of the Ateliers des Capucins, one of Brest’s most iconic landmarks. Its organizational model as a business and start-up cooperative was entirely unprecedented and its members constitute a veritable community in which all actions are subject to collective decision-making.
Since its creation, the Village by CA Finistère has been committed to encouraging the Finistère’s economic development through innovation and cooperation between entrepreneurs and the region’s established players: Start-ups, MSCs, SMCs, major groups, institutions. A place for creating relationships, the Village provides these players with the capacity to jointly innovate and create new business opportunities, particularly around our 4 fields of excellence: the sea, cybersecurity, health, and agriculture/agribusiness.
After 3 years of existence, the Village has carved out its own place in the ecosystem alongside entrepreneurs and local economic entities, by proving its potential to find tangible answers to specific needs. Strengthened by its founding ideas and backed by The Villages by CA network, the Village aims to cement its expert status in supporting the start-ups and established businesses of the Finistère.
Its team of specialized and experienced consultants provides the skills needed to reinforce the Village’s capacity to support and accelerate the development of businesses, regardless of size. Buoyed by its values – Local Focus, Cooperation, Reciprocity, Desire and Realism – the Village offers personalized and pragmatic support tailored to the various phases of a start-up’s development and to the innovation requirements of businesses, in order to set them apart from the competition.
From the environment and coastal planning to infrastructure and maritime transportation, to sailing and the shipbuilding industry, as well as marine energy, mining and biological resources.
From tilling the soil to the transformation and distribution of foodstuffs, by way of livestock farming and the improvement of agricultural production conditions.
From the protection of IT systems and of management data, to risk oversight, to the coupling of cybersecurity technologies with innovative cases in the SmartGrids field, to the future factory, to connected and autonomous transportation and new services in the Internet of Things.
From the development of surgical robots to medical equipment and technologies; from home care, the patient’s digital care pathway, and biotechnology, to the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and the development of well-being through connected objects.
Yvon Tanné, Directeur du Département Expertises et Financements au Crédit Agricole du Finistère