Since 2013, Bpifrance has become the one stop shop for entrepreneurs with a vastly comprehensive toolbox offered in the field to customers through 50 local branches. Our mission is simple: we believe in serving the future, by being entrepreneur-centric and heavily decentralized.
The one stop shop for entrepreneurs
Bpifrance’s goal is to favour the growth of the French economy by helping entrepreneurs thrive. We are the trusted partner of entrepreneurs and champion the interests of those who are visionaries; those who dare to take risks in order to take their businesses further. We have many resources at our disposal to help entrepreneurs, the champions of the 21st century, succeed. We mainly support micro-businesses, SMEs and mid-caps but we also accompany large caps that are considered important to the interests of France in terms of national economy, the territories or employment. We offer a continuum of solutions adapted to every key step in a business’ growth such as: business creation, financing, guarantees or equity investment.
We are also the French agency for innovation, delivering massive programs to innovative entrepreneurs. To put it simply: Bpifrance is a financial institution, with private culture, serving the collective interest. Our values are determination / optimism / proximity / simplicity and also performance: we generate significant returns to our shareholders.
Bpifrance: more than just a bank
We also coach entrepreneurs to help their businesses succeed. Indeed, entrepreneurship is akin to competitive sport and we want to help them win! We finance innovators and accelerators for start ups, but also for small caps and mid-caps in order to help those who are impatient and want to grow as quickly as possible. The number of our accelerators is increasing so watch this space! At the beginning of 2019, 25 SME accelerator programs were launched and the goal is to accelerate 4000 companies by 2021.
It is extremely important to us to create an ecosystem that favours entrepreneurship, which is why we also organise events in France and abroad to allow entrepreneurs to exchange best practices and find new partners. We find that these events encourage our entrepreneurs to be open with their needs and foster business amongst each other. Every year, we gather 45.000 entrepreneurs at our event, the BIG, held in the Paris stadium AccorHotels Arena.
Helping entrepreneurs conquer the world
With the right support and a vast network, French entrepreneurs can have worldwide ambitions. We strongly believe that exporting and international expansion is key to a company’s growth, be it a start up or a midsize company. We help companies conquer new territories through a wide range of products such as export credit, non guaranteed loans,and we became the French Export Credit Agency in 2017. But we don’t stop there. Bpifrance organises over 30 learning expeditions per year all over the world so that entrepreneurs can discover new markets and meet with experts and potential buyers and investors. We also work with an array of expats all over the world that are able to give insider knowledge and help businesses grow exponentially.