France wants to create a school for entrepreneurs. The problem is that already exists.

France wants to create a school for entrepreneurs. The problem is that already exists.
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Fleur Pellerin - Entrepreneur

During an interview with Le Figaro, Fleur Pellerin announced that she wants to create a school for entrepreneurs.

The minister, in charge of small businesses, innovation and digital economy wants to make the founding of a company easier and accessible to anyone. It is for now only an announcement, but the general idea is good. Making classes related to management, law and accounting or e-commerce can only benefit the French tech ecosystem. The thing is, such schools or curriculums already exist.

EEMI (Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l’internet – European Internet School) Created by Marc Simoncini, Jacques-Antoine Granjon and Xavier Niel, offers web related curriculums, and emphasizes on e-trade, e-business and e-marketing. The school recently expanded its offices in Paris.

HEC is the historical and prestigious Parisian school which offers different MBA cursus. It is organised as all standard universities or high schools, and has formed many actual founders of the French tech scene. Its former students association, HEC Alumni, is very active worlwide. It is one of the biggest reference for MBA in France right now.

INSEEC is to the private sector what HEC is to the public sector. The group has schools in Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon, Chambéry, London, Monaco and Chicago. Its cursus range covers Business, but not only.

I could have written about EDHEC, ENPC, or any other French university proposing a master of MBA. To sum it up, there are already a lot of good schools offering MBA masters. in France.

Fleur Pellerin’s school would be a good idea, but it shouldn’t copy what already exists. It should aim at helping people found the companies they have in mind, and most importantly, inspire and motivate them. Masters of entrepreneurship already exist, and creating a similar curriculum would be less relevant. It should help improve self-made skills of entrepreneurs, and allow them to be more successful, and to develop e-commerce and exportation, notably. France has the highest company founding rate among the G7 countries (Source : RSM), thanks to the auto-entrepreneur status, and if all these founders could actually go to a school to be better entrepreneurs, the French economy would benefit from it on a large scale.

7 Responses

  1. Nic

    How is that a problem? Do you think competition is bad? The more the better / merrier !!

  2. Matthew Klein

    Sorry, but I don’t think the author quite got the minister’s point. Pellerin said that the school would be open to anyone, specifically those who do not traditionally have access to the schools and the types of tools provided by those schools mentioned here. Seniors, people who have no higher education, generally people for whom “going to HEC” is not a feasible alternative. Copying the grandes écoles, but for people who normally wouldn’t have access to them is exactly what she was speaking about, and it should be.

  3. Frédéric Paste

    EDHC or EDHEC ?

  4. Mathieu Genty (@misterniark)

    I think you missed the main point of the idea … Train all public and not just those already graduated.
    How did you miss it ?

  5. Antoine

    EEMI is for students interested in web startups especially.
    For getting into HEC & INSEEC, planning to create is company is not enough…
    What about peoples that just have a DUT or a BTS?

    You can create companies in other sectors than new technologies, and at a smaller scale than what would do someone from HEC and/or INSEEC. And I think that this is what she was talking about

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