Our ever popular “Start Up Factory” provides new entrepreneurs and students, with either an active project or simply an idea, the opportunity to network with private investors, bank executives and other experts in the Startup Ecosystem. Some startups pitch to the audience of around 150 people. These evening events take place each quarter in Sophia Antipolis, the entrepreneurial hub of the Côte d’Azur, and are conducted in French.


The world-famous SBA International Venture Academy is a Pitching & Coaching Event jointly organised by The SBA and the SKEMA International Business School. It runs twice a year in April and October. It starts with Thursday afternoon coaching, Friday morning pitching, more coaching and then a final pitching session. Prizes are awarded on the Friday to the three most investible startups. Ten selected companies have the opportunity to benefit from personalized coaching by Business Angels and industry experts. In addition there are three networking opportunities; cocktails on Thursday and Friday plus lunch on Saturday. This event is in English.


  • The investor dinners organized by SBA are opportunities for the region’s key players (investors, institutions, partners and corporations) to federate the ecosystems that foster and accelerate the development of innovative companies.
  • These dinners allow them to exchange and share their vision and ambition for the economic development of sectors such as Artificial Intelligence, nautical/maritime, fragrances/cosmetics and new uses.

PITCH & COACH – online session

From social constraints in 2020 came opportunity. SBA created the Pitch & Coach (P&C) session featuring a new format that is more suitable for online engagement. The Zoom-based interactive event features a select number of early stage startups. They each pitch for 7 minutes and coaches will provide feedback on the strengths and areas for improvement for investment readiness.

The benefit to the startups is they receive targeted feedback on their pitch content and form. Promising companies will be invited to attend a more detailed investment pitch session that will be scheduled a couple of weeks later.

Members and coaches will be alerted in advance of the upcoming schedule for the P&C events which we hope to hold a few times a year.

By invitation only.