The Villages by CA network

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 :

  • Enabling the advent of innovative projects and of new talent
  • Helping fledgling companies bring their solutions to life and attain commercial success
  • Promoting, accelerating and spreading innovation in all forms
  • Contributing to regional economic development
Now the premier European start-up support network, the Village by CA is present throughout France, working toward energizing regional economies through supporting local innovation. The thirty or so Villages by CA in France and throughout the world form a vast network within which start-ups and businesses can meet and build relationships, with one unifying ambition : Cooperating for innovation.

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The Village by CA Finistère

Facilitating Innovation

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.

Our fields of expertise

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The sea

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.

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Agriculture
Agribusiness

From tilling the soil to the transformation and distribution of foodstuffs, by way of livestock farming and the improvement of agricultural production conditions.

Picto-Cyber

Cybersecurity

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.

Picto-Sante

Health

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.

A multidisciplinary team at your side

Sigolène BRUN

Executive Director of the Village by CA Finistère

With over 20 years of experience in business consultancy, Sigolène supports executive teams in their strategic, tactical and organizational approaches. Trained in the field of economics, Sigolène provides prospective scenario modeling and evaluates organizational and business model resilience.

Gina HERRY

Business Development
Bank-Client Relations

Following her experience as Head of International Development in an SMC and in the banking sector, and after 10 years as Branch Director for the Crédit Agricole, Gina joined the Village in 2018 as head of Partner relations. Now a Business Developer, Gina supports start-ups in the development of their sales revenue in France and throughout the world.

Marlène LE PENNEC

Marketing and Communication Director

Convinced of the potential value and advantages Marketing and Communications can provide to businesses of all sizes, Marlène devotes her expertise and abilities to providing organizations with the ability to develop themselves through the establishment of a global marketing and communications strategy.

Arnaud LE MAOUT

Innovation Consultant – Sea & Cybersecurity

As a former Flight Captain and innovation chief for his squadron in the French Air Force, Arnaud went on to continue his career as an engineer with Airbus before landing in the field of entrepreneurship in 2015. At the head of his own start-up until 2018, Arnaud now contributes his experience to businesses in the fields of the Sea and Cybersecurity.

Emmanuel ETESSE

Innovation Consultant – Agriculture/Agrobusiness

After 20 years in the technical and economic fields of agriculture, Emmanuel became involved in a start-up specialized in management and data value. His ability to provide a bridge between the profession and Finance ensures the provision of comprehensive customer advice. An inquisitive and attentive person, Emmanuel is constantly on the lookout for technological evolutions.

Our Manifesto

Decidedly dedicated to local economic development, the Village by CA Finistère’s reason to exist since it opened in 2017 has been to support start-ups and established businesses in deploying innovative projects. Our ambition is to act upon the concerns of each entrepreneur in order to help them reach their goals, with care, professionalism and efficiency. We are convinced of this magnificent region’s great potential and we hope to give everyone the means to grow and to shine beyond the borders of Brittany.

Pascal Laufroy, Deputy CEO of the Regional Branch of the Finistère Crédit Agricole – President of the Village by CA Finistère, President of the Sea-Wind Sector of the Finistère Crédit Agricole

We help businesses from the Finistère develop their strategies for innovation, regardless of their size – from start-ups to major industrial enterprises. For us, “support” means sitting down with a director, listening to them, understanding their stakes, their context and their constraints, and adapting our actions in order to provide tangible contemporary solutions, as well as rapidly and independently applicable results. Our cooperative continues to exist thanks to our proximity and our mixed governance, and due to the fact that we constantly push our staff to support entrepreneurs as best they can. Our mission is to foster local innovative solutions and to promote emerging innovations from Finistère businesses. The end goal is to put Finistère companies at the top of their respective industries.

Sigolène Brun, Executive Director of the Village by CA Finistère

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25 Rue de Pontaniou, 29200 BREST

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