67% of companies feel they are not ready for RGPD

With the latest study conducted by NetApp, the war of numbers seems to continue on who is at the point and who still is not on the RGPD side. This last publication does not announce anything reassuring and only confirms the climate of anxiety weighing on the companies.

This is the new figure announced by the study of the US company NetApp  : 67% of companies believe they are not ready for the deadline yet scheduled for May 25. The survey was conducted in March 2018 with companies based in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany and employing more than 100 employees.

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Other figures are advanced by the study: 35% of these companies fear for their economy and the financial repercussions resulting from their non-compliance. More interestingly, 51% think that the RGPD may damage their reputation; we see with the RGPD how the law turns into a real marketing argument.

Alexander Wallner, vice president at NetApp, concludes the study with a positive note: ”  The RGPD, data compliance and privacy issues will undoubtedly affect businesses affecting the data of citizens of the Union. European. There is good news however, despite the approach of the deadline: the entire ecosystem meets the requirements of the RGPD, from resellers to manufacturers.  The accountability of all stakeholders is therefore one of the points to be addressed by the Vice President.

In November 2016, a global study conducted by  Dell revealed that less than one in three companies felt they were prepared to comply with the GDPR and that 97% of them had no plan to comply with the future regulation. A slight improvement whose height can not be clearly ascertained since the studies were conducted by different organizations and are based on other standards.

Start your business

About 15% of SMEs in Canada are female-headed, according to a report filed in 2013 by RBC Economic Research. It’s a little, but be careful: this number is growing 60% faster than men’s. Women have the wind in their sails! The adventure tempts us? We read the following before leaving our job!

Step 1: check if you have what you need

Josyane Desjardins is Executive Director of Femmessor Montérégie, an organization that promotes women’s entrepreneurship by providing access to capital and support services. According to the professional, who has worked for nearly 20 years with entrepreneurs, the business community is not for everyone. “According to the statistics, about 10% of people have an entrepreneurial profile,” she says. Going into business requires special qualities and skills. While some can be developed, many, like flair, are innate. In general, entrepreneurs know how to detect opportunities and seize them at the right time. They also have a taste for risk, but especially a tolerance to the latter,

To succeed in business, you also need management skills. Combined with a good sense of organization, they will allow us to manage the different facets of our business. “Like finances, staff, inventory, schedules, etc.,” Josyane Desjardins explains. Leadership is also an asset to convince people to follow us in our project. Finally, it is important to have interpersonal skills that will help us develop a network and surround us with trusted people who can be delegated certain tasks. ”

Over time, Virginie Morin, owner of Les Glaceurs, which specializes in making cupcakes, understood that delegating is indeed essential to the growth of a business. Because, if she started both hands in flour with happiness in 2006, she is now happy to be able to devote herself to the management of its four shops. “With the birth of my daughters, I had to delegate some tasks,” she says. It’s now part of my work philosophy. It allows me to reconcile work and family. ”

Finally, passion is an essential ingredient in the realization of our project, as confirmed by the chocolatière Geneviève Grandbois. “Starting a business is exciting, exciting and rewarding, but it’s also exhausting and it challenges us,” she says. If our desire comes only from the head, we will lack courage to face everything. “What corroborates François Lambert, one of the dragons of the popular show In the eye of the dragonand author of a book that will be released this spring in which he shares his passion for entrepreneurship and his “recipe” for starting a business. “Our project must be the dream we wake up to every morning,” he says. Starting a business can be difficult. So we often say that we will not go through. But when you’re guided by passion, you do it. ”

Step 2: Assess the relevance of our idea

“To know if our project will hold up, it is essential to do a market study, explains Josyane Desjardins. It will help us find out if there is a potential market, identify our customers, assess whether our product or service matches the needs of the market and identify the competition. ”

Several organizations can help us. This is the case of local development centers (CLD), part of whose mandate is to support entrepreneurs. In Montreal, this role is more that of the SAJE organization, which supports new entrepreneurs through advisory services, coaching and training. To become familiar with the market study and the ways to achieve it, one can also consult the guide offered online by the Canada Business Network or through its Quebec portals Info Entrepreneurs and Business Resources. True gold mines, they offer the complete list of agencies and sites to consult to manage a business, from its start to its closure. Another way to know if our idea is good: we talk about it! “If we do not talk about our idea, strong are the chances of dying with it, warns François Lambert. We are talking about it. To our family, our friends, our colleagues. Their feedback is essential to refine our project and take the pulse of the market. “Very few ideas are stolen,” he says. Good ideas, everyone has them. What makes an entrepreneur strong is how it’s done. ”

Step 3: Create our business plan

“This is a thirty-page document in which we present our entrepreneur profile, our project and all the essential elements to its realization: results of the market study, budget forecasts, necessary resources, marketing plan, etc., “explains Josyane Desjardins. It is usually from this document that the donors will evaluate our seriousness and the viability of our project.

CLDs can help us design our business plan. There is also the SAJE organization, which offers a training called Starting a Business , after which a business plan must be written. This certificate of professional specialization is also offered to adults by most school boards in Quebec. If you’re more of a self-taught person, you can opt for the self-completed business plan template on the Business Development Bank of Canada website.

Business creation: the CIDJ accompanies you

“Act and undertake”. This is the name of the new space created in the lobby of CIDJ (the Center for information and documentation of youth) in Paris in partnership with BGE Adil.

The aim is “to accompany young people for free in an area open to all,” explains Marie Richard, President of CIDJ. An accompaniment which benefited Guillaume and Vincent, two young entrepreneurs.

The permanence of information

The  CIDJ advisers  inform you about the creation of activity. The permanence with the beacon tool, is addressed to any public interested in the idea to undertake.

From Tuesday to Friday, from 2 pm to 5.30 pm, without appointment.

The services of the “Act and undertake” cluster

The Activ Créa course is for those who want to undertake with or without specific project and lasts 3 months.
The pre-incubator course is for those who have a specific idea and want to make it a project. This course trains for 6 months to the formalization of a project and the implementation of a business plan.
The intergenerational incubator lasts one year and is aimed at those who have a formal project and want to test the viability on the market.
coworking space is dedicated to entrepreneurs who can work on their project.

Practical information: see opening hours of CIDJ.

From food truck to business creation

Guillaume Poultorak has just joined the pre-incubator at CIDJ. This 30-year-old, with an atypical background, wants to create a society that creates useful, connected and design objects . “I have a master’s degree in anthropology and I specialized in cultural project management,” explains Guillaume. “I did audiovisual production, I was a bartender and I even worked in a food truck” . It is also one of his customers of the food truck that will give him the idea to create his business. “He arrived with a Daruma (lucky japanese figurine NDLR) telling me that it should be connected. That’s where the idea was born, “recalls the young man.

After 6 months of reflection he decided to integrate the pre-incubator CIDJ to help him cope with the first difficulties and the creation of a business plan. “I did not want to be done in my place but to do with me and thanks to the pre-incubator I was able to enter the magic of Excel tables, ” says the young man. His ultimate goal: “to get to the grail of any entrepreneur: to find a financing for my project” concludes Guillaume.

Use your professional experience to start your own business


Young professional in the hotel business, 29-year-old Vincent Guillot has just created an online hotel training website. “Working at the reception, I realized that there were a lot of shortcomings among professionals and that training in the hotel industry was often long and expensive,” says the young man. “That’s how I came up with the idea of ​​creating a site that offers short and inexpensive courses . 

He joined the incubator at CIDJ to help structure his project. “I really enjoyed the business-oriented training I was having trouble with,” says Vincent. An intergenerational incubator who brought her a new vision of her project. “The incubator allowed me to confront my project with others, completely disputes brought by people different which allowed me to have another look on my project” indicates Vincent. Today, the young man has just launched his website .

Creating a business when you are a student is possible: the status of student entrepreneur

The status of student entrepreneur provides support in the business creation of students or recent graduates.
The status is open to young people under 28 years of age, higher education student or recent graduate who are part of a nugget. The nuggets are distributed throughout France and are generally installed in schools or universities.

The Start of Things to Have in Mind when Creating a New Business

You make a decision as to what you’ll sell and the way you need to market your company. If you wish to keep your own personal and company boards together, ensure that the content is always appropriate and doesn’t cloud the content for your enterprise. When you’ve resolved to begin your own business, it’s tempting to quit your job so that you may present your new business all your attention.

Where to start?

Buy Your Company’s Domain Name If you would like your business to not be taken lightly, then you want to have your own site. No matter the sort of business you’ve got, you will benefit if people are able to find your organization on Google. Therefore, each ideal company is defined by the company owners.

Purchase a franchise If you would like to begin a business but don’t wish to come up with your own goods, or ways of doing business, franchising could become your ticket to business ownership. Somebody who is taken out of the company can supply a different perspective that may otherwise be missed. Starting a company requires many skills and talents you might not have realized you’d need, like Design, legal and tax knowledge. (See more: http://www.rojascenter.com)

Perhaps you think starting your own company will make it possible for you to earn more income, and control your own destiny. You are able to succeed in your company or career and lead the type of life you wish for by following the basic principles described below.

Ideas and Capital

There are numerous, a number of other methods to initiate a business. There isn’t anything wrong with purchasing an enterprise. Successful men and women, and businesses, recognize the demand for change early. You’re able to then access working capital that could be used to create new company, cover current liabilities obligations, or make payroll. Whether you wish to begin a new company or want to get new income streams for a present business, the best business ideas will probably be right in front of you.

Most individuals are frightened to change how they do things in their company. Each business differs and as such each may discover a different or one of a kind method to scrape together the capital required to launch their company. Starting a new company is exciting and scary all at the exact same time.

Finding the way

When it has to do with your company, you must be somewhat selective of what you share in social networking. Before you try to go into business for yourself, you will need to be certain you’re cut out to run your own business enterprise. If your company is in graphic design or whenever you have professional logo designing experience, you might be in a position to get away with making your own logo, however. If you’re fine with conducting business over the telephone, be conscious of one huge pain. If you adore your company, it is going to be exponentially less difficult to give it the care and attention it must thrive. Start by simply listing everything that you are able to think of that must be done in order to launch the company. Your company or product launch is the very first impression people will remember.

Finding the proper notion to begin a little business is the initial step in your startup efforts. Other small business ideas are not anything more than new methods of marketing mundane products. So, among the most important things you have to do is create a sales projection. Before quitting your work, it may be a very good concept to study the lives of entrepreneurs and the various forms of businesses they created.

Creating a business in the social and solidarity economy: the way forward

Organic restaurant, ressourcerie, publisher of applications for the disabled, consulting firm specializing in sustainable development, caretaker solidarity … You have an innovative project and socially useful and can not wait to make it a reality. But between the moment the idea springs and its realization, several stages are essential.

Produce a file presenting the project

Above all, put the idea of ​​your project on paper by asking as many questions as possible.
What do I want to propose? Whose ? How? Why ? By writing these ideas, you will see more clearly and some questions may appear. It is also this written file that will allow you to consult potential partners (incubators, business incubators, support organizations, coworking spaces or funders).

The SSE sector has many structures to facilitate the creation of a business, such as the Regional Chamber of the Social and Solidarity Economy (Cress) , the Regional Union of Cooperative and Participative Societies (Scop) , the Mouvement des social entrepreneurs ,France Active, France Initiative, Entreprendre Network, PACE, Avise , etc.

They usually offer free advice and their support is a guarantee of credibility for your project. “An accompanied company is twice as likely to succeed than a structure that is not,” says Michel Rohart, director of the Regional Union of Scop Rhônes-Alpes. Our incubator, Alter’Incub helps project leaders to formalize their idea and verify that their model is viable. ”

Go to the field

For your file to be accurate and realistic, it is essential to confront the theory with the reality on the ground. It is by visiting the places where you want to establish, by talking with the neighbors, by studying the habits of the population, the potential of customers or the competitive activities that you will be able to realize a market study which will leave nothing to chance.

Do not hesitate to meet peers who can give you their testimonial and their advice.
As its name indicates, the ESS sector is based on the logic of solidarity and experience sharing . Enjoy!

Search for financing

Public subsidies, bank loans, private or participatory financing , the search for funding is often done on several levels and may take some time. But being accompanied by a structure is often a plus.

“When we invest in a project, it creates a leverage, says Jean-Yves Angst, co-president of the National Federation of Cicadas . For example, if we bring in 5,000 euros in capital, the project leader can expect to be granted an additional loan of 10,000 euros by a bank. For example, La Nef or Crédit Coopératif, which are oriented towards SSE, see a project supported by a Cigales club. ”

Get loans and subsidies

Going through a support structure also allows you to practice presenting your project in order to succeed in getting a loan , for example.
To be supported by a Cigales club, a candidate must present their idea to all members of the club. By participating in this great oral, he learns to argue and answer questions that he did not necessarily expect.
He puts all the assets on his side to present his project to a bank adviser or the commission of a public body.

Public subsidies can also be used to finance a project in the ESS. Whether aimed at business creation or more specifically at the SSE, local authorities(regional council, general council, town halls) offer various scholarships. This is the case of the “Désir d’entreprendre” grant in Aquitaine-Limousin Poitou-Charentes or the “Young Entrepreneur Scholarship” in Finistère.

Choose the legal status

Another element to define: the legal status of the structure you want to create. Here too, the support organizations can explain the different statuses and help you choose the structure that best suits your project.

Associations, cooperatives and limited profit-making companies , typical of an ESS company, are that it reconciles economic activity and collective interest and that it is based on democratic organizational and operational modes .

“The other specificity of the social and solidarity economy is that it is possible to start one’s activity by being an employee of an activity and employment cooperative (CAE) . She will take care of all the administrative tasks. This allows you to test your activity while enjoying the benefits of employee status, “said Patricia Eon, director of CRESS Midi-Pyrénées.

Love money, crowdfunding equity, investment funds …: how to finance your start-up?

Luc Pierart created PKparis in 2013. His company designs connected objects (smart USB key, wireless headset …) and is currently developing a diabetic watch that should be marketed in 2020, to measure glucose levels in the body.
PKparis, which today has about twenty employees, received 6 innovation awards last January at the CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas, a must-attend event for new trends in the digital world.
For 5 years, Luc Pierart has managed to raise several hundred thousand euros from various financiers. For him, an entrepreneur must, to succeed, ensure his rear, anticipate and especially proceed in stages.

Luc Pierart Set up your project in parallel with your job

“First of all, when you have a business project, you have to put it in parallel with your job. I, for example, for 6 months, I arranged to ask my days off every Friday and I was working on my project from Friday to Sunday. This rhythm obviously means spending a lot less time with your children, no longer seeing your friends, giving up your hobbies … It’s not easy but it helps to see if we can provide this type of effort, because it is nothing compared to what awaits a future entrepreneur. It is important not to leave one’s job to ensure safety in case the project is not viable.

Start with love money

To start finding funding, you have to bet on “love money”, that is to say, to address your family (family, friends …). The idea is to convince them to invest 500, 1,000, 2,000 or 5,000 euros either in the form of a loan (at zero rate) or in exchange for shares in the capital (while keeping in mind that a chief company must keep as long as possible a maximum of shares). 2,000 euros is a fairly easy sum to obtain. You have to ask an average of 30 people for 10 to agree to invest. The phase of love money is a good test because if the project does not already adhere to itself, it is that there is a serious problem.

Get unemployment

Once one is ready to start, one has to leave one’s job but make sure to collect the unemployment (for example by negotiating a conventional break) to be sure of being able to mount one’s project by obtaining a salary. The French unemployment system allows entrepreneurs to devote time to their business without worrying about earning income. This is partly why we are the second country in the creation of start-ups.

Request BPI and clubs

It is then a question of starting to look for more substantial sums notably with the BPI, the public investment bank which proposes various devices including loans of honor, loans of initiation or loans with the innovation. In parallel, one can address clubs and associations. In general, they accompany the project promoters and can grant between 10 000 and 30 000 euros in subsidies or in the form of loans at 0 or 1% rate. Among these structures, there is the Réseau entreprendre, the Hardware Club, the Investessor network … The Meetup platform also allows, through its groups, to meet and exchange with other startupers.

Watch out for scams!

At this stage of development, you have to pay attention to the scammers. They are fund raisers, intermediaries who make you wonder that they will be able to find you a large sum (1 million euros or more). They approach you or get introduced by someone to give importance and you announce that they will try to convince investors. For this, they offer you to organize meals at prestigious places like the Crillon, the Ritz or the Plaza Athénée in Paris.
They tell you that their fees are 30,000 euros but do not tell you about the exclusivity clause that only an experienced tax lawyer can see and which states that each time you raise additional funds, you will have to pay them new ones. fees of tens of thousands of euros!

Participate in contests

The competitions provide additional funding. In Île-de-France, for example, the winners of Innov’up or Pm’up can receive between 30,000 and 250,000 euros in grants.
There are also competitions that do not necessarily allocate money to companies. These are awards that are awarded. They are just as important because they provide recognition and reassure investors. This is the case, for example, of the CES in Las Vegas.

Starting a business in the ESS: 24 hours with Margaux, co-founder of “Weeds”

Margaux climbs four to four the five floors that lead her to the office of her association Weeds. “I climb like a goat because if I stop, it’s done!” She exclaims arriving on the landing, barely breathless. “And that’s my wallet!” She said, opening the door of a tiny room. Margaux sneaks to his desk, stuck between a pile of cardboard and a white tiled wall.

“It’s small, but at least we have a local to us. No need to squat noisy cafes or each other’s flat to chat with my two associates. It did me a lot of good, to have this place. “

Listen to Margaux tell
how she came up with the idea of ​​creating Weeds

How did Margaux get the idea to create weeds? Passionate about cooking, it seems logical to him to go back up the sector, from the plate to the field, and to be interested in the agricultural production. But for this Parisian, difficult to imagine living in the countryside more than 10 days a year! So why not combine the two by creating vegetable gardens in the city?

In 2011, after a six-week study trip to Canada and the United States, Margaux decided to start and set up an association called Weeds, which she hoped would soon become a cooperative. The purpose of the structure is twofold: to produce fruits and vegetables in the cities to allow the inhabitants to eat healthy, and to create social bonds through workshops or events. But the idea did not come in a day. ” There was a lot of doubt and scratching of the head,”admits Margaux.

From the idea to the formalization of the project,
Margaux explains the different stages

” Before launching, an idea must mature, says Margaux. I met many people, I went to conferences, seminars, I talked a lot about me … I spent 4 months fixing everything on a piece of paper! We also responded to calls for tenders and applications to enter incubators. This helped us a lot to formalize our project.

When we launch into the social and solidarity economy, we receive a lot of support, probably more than in the classical economy because we are not in a competitive relationship. On the other hand, it is difficult to find economic sustainability where there has not been one before. We have to think about all the economic models, find money where we do not usually put it … “

Listen to Margaux give you his advice

“It is exciting ! Margaux enthuses. But it’s also exhausting and exhausting, “she admits. To go up Weeds, she had to go back to live with her parents, accept odd jobs, dig into her savings to rent this room in the 5th without elevator …

“Do not think everything is going to be great. We can not be at 200 per hour all the time. We go through ups and downs, we have moments of crazy energy and total demotivation. I sometimes wanted to move on to something simpler. I felt so tired … And there is no shame in saying that you give up when it does not really become possible for you … “

Margaux tells us about the difficulties of being an entrepreneur

Margaux did not give up. His periods of doubt and fatigue never questioned his project. ” Today, we still can not afford it. We are three partners, and we always knew that we could not live all three. But we wanted to continue because it is a project that is important to us. “

For her well-being, Margaux understood that she had to go back to work and make a living in a more sustainable way. Through her network, she has found project management consultant assignments in associations. “The project will advance faster and better if I can manage my time more effectively and if I work with more enthusiasm” , she concludes before running to his next appointment …

How to start a business

Do you have an idea and want to start your business, but are you wondering about its potential? Maybe your loved ones are not as confident as you are about your concept? Our free and quick training is for you. It will allow you to validate your project without having to invest in a long training.

Come meet us to discover our proven tools for start-up entrepreneurs.

Validate your project

Come and present your project and your expectations. We will help you to determine the potential of your idea, its strengths and weaknesses according to the market where you will evolve. Through hands-on exercises and networking with other new entrepreneurs, you can share and compare ideas.

The steps of creating a new business

When you want to start a business, there is something to be lost. We will help you understand the different steps to move from your idea to your business. An introduction to the notions of market research, planning and business plan will allow you to have a good vision of the steps to take. We will also introduce you the brakes to undertake while giving you the tips to avoid them.

The Business Model Canvas Chart ( BMC)

We will also teach you how to use the BMC, an essential, visual and very easy to use help. It is a modern tool, designed by seasoned entrepreneurs and validated by 470 co-creators. He will be your best ally to clarify your idea and launch your project. Thanks to him you will have a global vision and you will be guided step by step in all the stages of development of your company.

O’Way! Let’s talk about public transportation

The idea :

Monday. 8:30 am On the platform waiting for the next subway, RER, train … We all have a nasty reflex: Ignore other passengers. At this rate, we are millions to take transport every day without saying a word! And if this word was enough to change our daily life? O’Way! The mobile application to discuss with other passengers on the same route. It can change our life? O’Way! Maybe our soul mate, our future employer, our future co-founder are in the same wagon as us. So do not wait on the platform and board.

Operation :

Very simply, the user:

  • Informs you of your journey
  • Creates or joins a group of passengers in relation to ongoing discussions (Group description, topic of discussion, number of participants). The topics of discussion may be around the news, a particular focus but also announcements, a job search …
  • And it only remains to discuss, discuss and then meet who knows …

Why this idea might work (why this startup succeeds) :

Social entrepreneurship has great things to do and it is the belief that together we will contribute to a better world. Without realizing it, there are millions of opportunities for us on public transport. These transports represent finally a formidable space gathering millions of passengers without any effort, having needs, competences but especially full of common points of which the first, the route.

It’s time to enjoy and exploit them!

Originality :

The originality of this idea is that we have transcended our limited vision of transport that dictates that transport is delays, incidents, discomfort … But would all these problems be as important if we shared our trip with other travelers?

The source of all these problems is not structural or institutional but only human.

Your business model (How do you make money?) :

Ah, the famous question of money! Sooner or later, you have to know how to answer it! Several possibilities :

  • Opt for a freemium  model  with paid options within the app
  • Generate advertising revenue
  • Have sponsored links
  • Resell data for advertisers
  • Partnering with the major players in the transport world
  • Count on a pull worthy of the greatest for nice investors to bail out the boxes each time.

Target Region / Country :

Ile de France mainly, then deployment on the national territory, then European and see Mondial!

Transport is everywhere!

Who are your competitors :

  • Ciggo: Connecting professional travelers during their journey by TGV (Pause the project to date)
  • MetroFinder: Dating app that matches travelers according to their itineraries
  • MonWagon: Multi-functional application with a community aspect of journeys

What can our readers do (investors, early-adopters, curious …) for you? :

The curious = To your questions!

Readers = To your votes!

The early-adopters = At ​​your registration on the site (We are in pre-launch)

Investors = At ​​your money!

The jury = To your verdict!