SBA Connect

SBA Connect is a quarterly newsletter to foster communication with entrepreneurs and the investment community. It contains club updates, wins from our portfolio companies, exciting discoveries in technology, business opportunities and summaries of events.

SBA Connect Special Memorial Edition For Senator Pierre Laffitte

23 Nov 2021

We at Sophia Business Angels were particularly saddened by the news that our dear friend and colleague, Pierre Laffitte, passed away on 7 July, at the age of 96. He was the President and founder of the Sophia-Antipolis technopole, the largest technopole in Europe.  An eminent scientist but also a committed politician, Pierre Laffitte sat in the Senate for the Alpes-Maritimes region from 1985 to 2008 where he served as the specialist in innovation issues.

SBA Connect Volume - 6

22 Sep 2021

The sixth SBA Connect edition contains news about the club’s events, partners, mentee and investee companies, and its members’ achievements, including the sale of Light Tec to Synopsys by SBA member Yan Cornil. The club hopes for a similar success with its recent investment in EMPE Diagnostics, a TB diagnostics technology company. The investment came about through SBA’s membership in EBAN and collaboration with other angel organizations. The lead investor has a PhD in Immunology from Harvard University.

SBA Connect Volume - 5

04 Nov 2021

Volume 5 of SBA Connect highlights the success of several members who participated in a 1 million euro closing in France, as well as the Startup Factory event held in September that reinforced ties with the regional innovation/entrepreneurship ecosystem. Due to the pandemic, the International Venture Academy was transformed into a Pitch & Coach session for online coaching, and SBA welcomed three new members who participated in the event. The newsletter also features Vice President Jonathan Laroussinie in the Member’s View section and announces upcoming pitch sessions with promising startups. Additionally, a partnership was finalized to help members master digital marketing.

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