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Occitanie Invest gives business leaders looking for funds an opportunity to meet capital investors.

In concrete terms, it combines a tailored fundraising support programme with a business convention, involving company pitches and one-to-one investor meetings.

Candidate Profile

Occitanie Invest candidates are SMEs or innovative startups based in Occitanie:

  • offering a unique product, process or service with strong growth prospects (in France and abroad),
  • looking for financial investors as part of an ambitious development strategy,
  • that have a healthy financial situation.

Key steps for future winning candidates

Call for applications

Opening on 22 September 2022

All company applications can be made online.

Selection phase

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

Coaching and support for the winners

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

Occitanie Invest 2021 Business Convention

21 March 2023

Investors and Companies meet at La Cité Toulouse – over 100 regional and national investors attend the two main events: the morning pitches and the afternoon business meetings.

Fundraising support, targeted coaching

The one-month support plan for the winners focuses on two main areas:

  • to improve and enhance the firm’s business plan and financial aspects. Coaching is provided by a specialist in fundraising for companies with high growth potential.
  • to maximise the impact of their presentation to investors. Coaching is provided by a communications consultant who specialises in supporting innovation and its financing.

Main stages of support

1. Debriefing and workshop on the keys to successful fundraising

Applicants receive detailed feedbacḱ on their application, helping them to improve their investor presentation. A workshop is organised to explain all they need to know about fundraising: who are the investors and how do they get involved? How should you organise your BP? What are the key aspects of preparing a pitch? What are the valuation parameters? How do you prepare a forecast?

2. Discretionary support with a fundraiser for one and a half months

We provide tailored support right up to the day of the event, so you arrive in front of the investors on the day in the best possible conditions: setting up the investor deck, reviewing the BP and financial elements, and drafting the executive summary.

3. Customised coaching to optimise the investor pitch

Successful candidates receive a working guide on the key aspects of effective investor communication and a presentation template that can be used directly for the investor pitch. This is followed by coaching and pitch training sessions.

Former Occitanie Invest winners talk about their experience

"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