Startup: Top 12 young “business angels” under 35

Posted on 4 Feb. 2019 at 10:38Updated Feb 4 2019 at 17:42

Most of the time you don’t know them. However, with a total of almost 10 million euros invested in the past 5 years, they are the new generation of business angels who knock on their parents’ door.

Certainly, the amounts are not yet on the same level as the tenors of the genre (Pierre-Edouard Stérin, Fabrice Grinda and Xavier Niel), but their practices, their motivations, their knowledge of the economic fabric distinguish them and allow them to establish themselves at the top of the first ranking of business angels under 35 produced by AngelSquare for Les Echos. “The people appearing here are new actors, with new profiles,” explains Charles Degand, president and co-founder of AngelSquare. Four years ago, they weren’t visible at all, and the amounts they’re investing are now very significant.”

Above all, this cohort of investors marks the difference with a helpful approach to the startups they support. “They want to get involved in the lives of the companies they support, and some would even rather forgo a good opportunity if they can’t afford it,” assures Charles Degand. They are aligned with their ecosystem, share the same codes, don’t waste the time of the entrepreneurs who fund them. “They are quick in their decision making, the AngelSquare leader notes. They rely on basic metrics and trust the business leader in front of them.”

A bigger mix

But one of the most striking features of this first-generation ranking is the presence of women. Still outnumbered, they appear where their presence is nanoscopic among the most experienced business angels. Céline Lazorthes and Tatiana Jama have paved the way, but we see personalities like Delphine Groll de Nabla emerging, who are starting to get active despite a still young career.

To explain the rise of this generation, the repetition of successes is the most obvious track. But we must also understand the spirit of redistribution that characterizes it, as Charles Degand explains: “They have no problem communicating about this activity, not showing off their portfolio, but asserting the need to help new entrepreneurs .” This is one of the reasons why they are more commonly found in rounds of BtoC startups, for example, which venture capitalists in their vast majority have largely neglected.

Romain Girbal and Thibault Launay, the leading duo

With the financial support of Xavier Niel, the two men founded Alliance Minière Responsable, a company that develops mining projects in Africa with respect for local communities and the environment. They have invested three years in fifteen start-ups with the aim of identifying and helping to hatch potential unicorns. In particular, the social network Yesomo and Pigzbe, the digital piggy bank for children, are part of their portfolio.

Céline Lazorthes, the pioneer

After the resale of Leetchi, the entrepreneur was able to bet on about twenty start-ups, including Pumkin, also acquired by Arkéa, or The Galion Project, the startup think tank. His motivations can be summed up in a mantra: “Give back, have fun and meet new people.”

Guillaume Lestrade, serial investor

The co-founder of Clan, an employee benefit management solution for businesses, has been investing in start-ups for a year. It has a capital of 16 start-ups, in which it has injected a total of 400,000 euros. Guillaume Lestrade aims to “simplify the different markets in which: [il] invests”. Unkle, who takes care of tenants who do not meet market conditions, is her latest investment.

Arthur Leroy-Beaulieu, for the family

The founder of Family Office TFH, Arthur Leroy Beaulieu, has invested a total of EUR 300,000 in 13 start-ups in two years. He recently entered the capital Pampa, a young shoot who delivers bouquets of flowers, fresh or dried, by bicycle.

Benjamin Dupays, social interest

Founder of Centimeo and president of the Pépite Factory, the 28-year-old entrepreneur has injected 310,000 euros into eight start-ups over the past three years. The young business angel is committed to impact investing and wants to “contribute to the long-term development of activities that serve social interests”.

Dylan Deschamps, the youngest

With a first bet on Voodoo, French Tech’s ‘gaming’ rocket, the youngest in the rankings has already shown his flair for detecting potential champions. Since then, the App4Media founder has made five more investments, most notably in AdMix, a start-up that creates non-intrusive ads in augmented or virtual reality environments.

Yann Leguillon, for karma

The co-founder of the Superprof platform admits investing in young start-ups, especially to work on his “karma”, investing meaningfully and adding risk to his wealth strategy, “less of the impression that he has a toss a coin than in stock stock exchange”. One of the four projects it supports is Eeko, a podcast recommendations application.

Guillaume Gibault, giving back and learning

The president of Le Slip Français has invested 15,000 euros in the French ecosystem by entering the capital of 5 start-ups in two years. His last equity investment was in the start-up Yuka, which scans food or cosmetic products to find out their composition.


2,000,000 euros in 5 years.

1. ex-aequo ROMAIN GIRBAL
2,000,000 euros in 3 years.

2,000,000 euros in 3 years.

1,000,000 euros in 4 years.

700,000 euros in 3 years.

400,000 euros in one year.

310,000 euros in 3 years.

300,000 euros in 2 years.

300,000 euros in 4 years.

160,000 euros in less than a year.

40,000 euros in one year.

15,000 euros in 2 years.

*Source: AngelSquare

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