Why I created my start-up during my studies (3/3)
On the occasion of the publication of the first French Tech Entrepreneurs survey, FrenchWeb produced a series on student entrepreneurs.
Aliaume Breteau-Hascoët is the co-founder of the start-up Bee Healthcare launched in 2014. Three years later, he looks back on his career to FrenchWeb.
FrenchWeb: Why did you decide to launch your start-up during your studies or just after?
Aliaume Breteau-Hascoët, co-founder and CEO of Bee Healthcare: I launched the project 3 years ago when I was still a student at ECE Paris, in the first year of the engineering cycle. Today, it has become a start-up. I created it when I was still a student at ECE Paris, in the first year of the engineering cycle. So I didn’t really have to decide whether to start an entrepreneur during my studies or after. It all happened naturally. As a student, with a multidisciplinary team made up of other engineering students from the same school, we started by developing and validating the concept, which allowed us to have a first recognition of our project (Prize of the Ministry of Health at the Concours Lépine International 2014) and work by validating the technologies, the needs and the global market of our innovative solution. The project then grew according to my academic background with the obtaining of a double-degree Engineer-Manager at Audencia Nantes to complete my business skills related to entrepreneurship. It was then that I co-founded the company Bee HealthCare with my partner Jean-Baptiste de Chaisemartin and that the project was able to change dimension.
How did you organize your time?
Within my first engineering school (ECE Paris) the time devoted to the project was integrated into our schedule because the work on each person’s projects was part of our academic training with a very strong objective of valuation (patent , competition, publication, partnership). Likewise, within our dual training at Audencia Nantes, we took the “Managers and Entrepreneurs” major because the courses were fully oriented on the projects we were developing. However, the time spent on these common core courses was not enough for the development of a project as a whole. The work was therefore divided with my partner between our lessons at noon, on weekends, during our holidays and on a daily basis in the evening during the week after our lessons. We do not count and do not count our hours, that is part of the challenge! It’s all about motivation and organization.
What does your university education bring you? How do you complete it?
My university studies brought me both my know-how on the technology part (biomedical engineer) related to imaging and medical robotics, as on the business part and business creation. My course was clearly chosen according to my wish to undertake. It is supplemented by the day-to-day monitoring of key councils represented by the structures that support us: Atlanpole, the regional incubator of Pays de la Loire, the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes incubator (where we have our head office) , the ECE Cube, Entrepreneur Network of which we are laureates and the Public Investment Bank (BPI) for the financial support of innovation. We are two co-founders and are both 25 years old, our strength lies in our ambition and our vision, complemented by our ability to bring together the right people around us but also by our ability to listen and put into action the advice that we retain as relevant. Our knowledge is also supplemented through each of our exchanges with manager-entrepreneurs who share their experiences with us, whether based on successes or failures.
Do you recommend starting a business when you’re a student?
Being a student is undoubtedly the best time in life to start a business as long as you know how to get support and have a desire to learn daily. Indeed, the constraints private life / professional life are still balanced and our flexibility and our reactivity represent our strength.
By undertaking during, or at the end of his studies, we do not yet have significant needs, especially if you are lucky that your parents will support you and support you financially. By being young and a student, you benefit from advantageous financial aid for accommodation, meals, etc., which will no longer be relevant once the student-entrepreneur status has expired. In addition, if the project carried out represents a real interest for our company, finding accompanists has never been so easy these days, just look at the number of incubators and accelerators offered around the world. The hardest part is finding those who are complementary and who are good.
What’s your next step?
Our next step is to raise sufficient funds during the first half of 2017 in order to accelerate the development of our product, recruit the associated key skills and allow our gradual international expansion.