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Investors & Companies: Occitanie Invest, a major step for the financing of innovative companies in France

The 17th edition of Occitanie Invest will take place on 30 November 2021 at La Cité, in Toulouse. More than a business convention, Occitanie Invest is a fundraising support programme. After a month of intensive preparation, it is an opportunity for managers looking for funds to meet capital investors.

Occitanie Invest: key figures 2020 .

112

Candidates

19

Winners

1

Month of tailored support

108

Investors

54

Investment funds

220

Business meetings

The 2021 edition is coming! .

Occitanie Invest: the main stages .

"More than a business convention, Occitanie Invest is a fundraising support programme."

Call for applications

16 June - 22 September 2021

All company applications can be made online from 16 June 2021.

Selection phase

October 2021

At the end of the call for applications, the selected companies come to present and defend their project in front of a panel of experts in Toulouse or Montpellier.

Coaching and support for the winners

November 2021

Following the panel’s selection, the Occitanie Invest winners benefit from a month of tailored coaching on fundraising to prepare them to meet the investors on the day of the business convention.

Occitanie Invest 2021 Business Convention

30 November 2021

Meeting between Investors and Entrepreneurs at La Cité Toulouse – more than 100 regional and national investors attend the two main events: business pitches in the morning and business meetings in the afternoon.

About Occitanie Invest .

Occitanie Invest is organised by AD'OCC, the economic development agency and is funded by the Occitanie Region. Since 2004, Occitanie Invest has been the main marketplace for equity funding of growing, innovative companies in Occitanie.

Companies

Every year, around twenty companies are selected. These companies benefit from fundraising coaching and present their projects on the day of the conference in front of a hundred or so regional and national investors.

Investors

Business angels, investment funds - seed capital, venture capital, development capital, transfer capital - public financing actors... Occitanie Invest invites you to meet the most successful and innovative companies in Occitanie.

A look back at the 2020 convention

112 applications, 19 companies selected, 1 month of tailored fundraising coaching, 54 national seed and A-level investment funds, 1 digital event, 19 6-minute pitches, 220 business meetings...

"For the company director, Occitanie Invest's support was decisive. "In addition to visibility, being part of the Occitanie Invest Selection gave our business venture credibility in investors' eyes. Moreover, it made us realise that fundraising is not improvised, and that it's crucial to have well-adapted presentations and to practice investor pitches. The training provided by the firm used by the AD'OCC agency to coach the companies was vital. I'm absolutely sure that as long as a company hasn't structured its approach sufficiently, it will find it difficult to raise funds. I'd recommend this course to any company looking for capital."

Miquel Lozano President of Tesalys, a company specialising in the supply of innovative equipment for the treatment of infectious risk waste, has raised €1M from an entrepreneurial venture

"Fundraising is a major step in the life of a startup and Occitanie Invest was a real opportunity for AquaTech Innovation. AD'OCC's broad and high quality support helped us to develop a successful oral presentation, which led to over 15 expressions of interest. Indeed, despite a very difficult context, Occitanie Invest was able to recruit a really interesting panel of local and national investors. Discussions are now underway to raise 1 million euros capital with the fundraiser we met at the event. Fundraising that at first sight may seem very complicated for a startup becomes affordable when you get the support you need to answer all the questions."

Geneviève Marais President of AquaTech Innovation. Winner in 2020, a Montpellier-based startup specialising in wastewater treatment for isolated tourist sites or ecologically sensitive environments

"Demeter has taken part in Occitanie Invest for many years. It's the ideal event for us to discover and talk to the best startups in Occitanie in the course of a day. As the companies have been pre-screened and prepared for the pitching exercise, we're sure to find eligible companies for our various seed and/or growth funds. In this respect, the business meetings mean we get targeted encounters that match our investment strategy. For Demeter, which manages funds with a national and European reach, the interest is not just to source projects, but also to go out and discover the innovation ecosystem and its funding network in Occitanie."

Olivier Bordelanne Partner Demeter, Venture Capital Investor

"By virtue of its DNA, ISAI is always on the lookout for emerging new French Tech champions. Attending the Occitanie Invest business convention means that we get to meet the best innovative companies in Occitanie in one day and in one place. The format is dynamic and efficient with morning Pitches and afternoon 30-minute One-to-One meetings! The dual "selection/preparation" approach guarantees investor-targeted pitches and companies ready to tackle a fundraising process. We'll be there in 2021!"

Thierry Vandewalle General Partner ISAI Gestion, Venture Capital Investor

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