[Made in Bretagne] The Bretons? These digital Faisoux!

by bold-lichterman

There are those who say and those who do. And in terms of digital, no doubt, Brittany is a land of Faisoux – as we say here.

Fertile land for digital.

From Brest to Nantes, from Rennes to Quimper via Saint-Brieuc, La Gacilly, Malestroit, Morlaix, Châteaulin, Audierne … digital has spread massively. While some areas are clearly more prolific, the dynamic FrenchTech extends significantly from municipalities to municipalities.

The actors of the digital sector, by essence structured in networks, form a dense network throughout the Breton territory. We have always known them and have been around them. These are public organizations, coworking spaces, incubators, accelerators, schools and universities, associations, funders, events, investors, start-ups… and all traditional companies in digital transition.

One question, however, remained unanswered:

How to map the Bretons, these pheasants and digital assets of historic Brittany?

By “historic Brittany”, we of course mean the 5 Breton departments: Finistère, Côte d’Armor, Morbihan, Ile et vilaine and Loire-Atlantique. To understand interactions, relationships and correspondences, only one form was needed: a metro map.

We could be accused of Jacobins, but we subscribe to the false! It is “far far awest” that we found an ideal model, implemented by the American consulting company Gartner.

Once our Bretons are on the rails, what is immediately obvious is the plethora of initiatives!


Funding is no longer a problem.

Good projects and good teams easily find the funds to develop in the first and second rounds. More than 100 million euros would be available for young Breton digital entrepreneurs.

In addition, in 2016, the West was not left out in terms of crowdfunding and crowdlending platforms. Kengo and Gwenneg confirm their notoriety and the virality of their campaigns: their communities bring together tens of thousands of active Bretons … The latest comer, options.bzh, should be watched closely given the competence of its teams.

Education, the territory’s growth lever

Invariably, historical establishments train high-level coders: ISEN, ENIB, Epitech, Télécom Bretagne, IUT and BTS (Saint-Louis in Châteaulin in particular) … in addition to 5-legged sheep. Latest to date, Brest Open Campus which recruited multiple quality workers.

In the wake of The Family– a Parisian structure, young Breton talents today benefit from an extra soul on this difficult apprenticeship in digital entrepreneurship with the courses of The Corner (Brest) or Shift (Rennes).

Note, the beautiful dynamic triggered by the Erispoë club and its 350 young people, created in 2012. It is the Bretons club of the Grandes Ecoles et Universités. An exchange network, it aims to train young people aged 18 to 28 in Breton economic, cultural and political issues and to give them the keys to get involved and build together a beautiful Brittany, prosperous, united and open to the world.

Coworking, incubator, accelerator … spoiled for choice

The various support systems for start-ups benefit the digital massification of the territory. On the one hand, private initiatives abound. They are simultaneously looking for nuggets and growth drivers: OFF7 of West France, Silicon B from Beaumanoir, We Nov ‘ by Neovia, Octopus from Lengow, Start by RegionJob…

On the other hand, the public sector is skilfully trying to position itself on this promising theme. It develops its own solutions: West Startup, the Booster or the 222 Business Pool. This last example, carried by the Anticipa technology park, has been put to sleep while waiting to find a more stable model.

Tech Places teams Brest, Nantes and Quimper continue their excellent digital propagation campaigns. And private actors are entering this sector with a different value proposition, like the Startup Palace (Nantes), Swenson house (Audierne), Open Bay (Saint-Brieuc)…

A virtuous circle initiated

Strong growth start-ups (Digital CHR, Klaxoon, AlloVoisins, AMA, Energiency…), successful entrepreneurs (Ronan Le Moal Crédit Mutuel Arkea, Julien Hervouet iAdvize, Mickael Froger from Lengow, Antoine Krier Ubiflow …), traditional digitalized companies (Arkéa: Fortuneo, Leetchi, Younited), quality events (West Web Festival, Web2Day, Start west…), effective support systems (FrenchTech labeled territories, YAO, Locarn…).

The finding is exhilarating. A real lineage is engaged with the new generation of innovator.

The correspondent:

Sébastien Le Corfec

Sébastien Le Corfec is a Web entrepreneur. He is one of the organizers of West Web Festival during the Vieilles Charrues, and co-founder of the West Web Valley start-up accelerator.

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