Although the past twelve months have been filled with uncertainties and fears, they have also been an opportunity for many of us to prepare for the Post-Covid world.

As we begin to see the light at the end of the health crisis tunnel, we are all aware of the long road ahead to overcome the resulting economic crisis. Within the VTC industry, Covid’s impact has highlighted the fragility of many small VTC companies that survive from day to day with little or no savings for a rainy day.

I am more convinced than ever that the time is right for independent workers to make Covid a turning point. One that enables them to lay the foundations for a less precarious future. It is encouraging to see how many drivers are already coming together in groups to collaborate and I am pleased that FRED will be there to support them.

 

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, I would like to show love to some of the players in the Côte d’Azur startup community who recognise FRED’s potential and actively support our vision.

Thanks to your support, 2021 promises to be a great year for us!

 

Région Sud Investissement

In March 2020, after months of preparation, FRED’s dossier was to be presented to the investment committee of Région Sud, literally at the time of the first lockdown! Despite the uncertainty and restrictions, the committee proceeded and FRED was granted funding. We are extremely grateful to the Region for its support and especially to Delphine Garcia who did an excellent job of presenting FRED.

Rise Partners

FRED was accepted into the Rise Partners Accelerator in April. Ten months later, I can honestly say that joining Rise was one of the best decisions I ever made. Their team is proactive, competent and also very human. They really care about the success of FRED and know how to help entrepreneurs gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential. I would recommend them to any startup with an ambitious project!

Sophia Business Angels

FRED won the Startup Factory, organised by SBA, in September 2020. It was a great event and an excellent opportunity to pitch in front of investors, bank representatives and public funds. We are very grateful for this, but also for all the other pitching and networking events that took place by videoconference throughout 2020 as well as the individual coaching I received from several SBA board members. All these events ultimately enabled FRED to be presented to a large network of potential future investors .

Chambres de commerce et d’industrie

In 2014, Philippe Bellissent interviewed me when the CCI made my first company, Friend in France, the company of the month. Six years later, it was so nice to be interviewed again by Philippe for an article in the “Un jour un talent” series, this time to talk about FRED. These articles are a great way to build brand awareness locally and it’s also very nice to see that the Chamber of Commerce documents the progress of local entrepreneurs over the years.

Founders Ventures

We are very proud to welcome Founders Ventures as one of our new shareholders. In all honesty, although attracting the support of an investment fund is a huge opportunity for a start-up, it can also be a rather scary step. We are fortunate to have found an investment fund with strong values. Founders Ventures is committed to investing only in start-ups with a positive social impact, as defined by the 17 UN sustainable development goals. They are a perfect match for FRED! Thank you for your support.

Flexper

As we roll out FRED’s V1 throughout 2021, we are also embarking on an ambitious development project with Flexper Innovation Accelerator. The first few weeks working with their team have been exciting and I’m really looking forward to the next 10 months collaboration. It’s going to be amazing to see FRED develop into what I envisioned it to be…and more ! Thank you to the Flexper team for sharing my vision and putting your wide-ranging skills on the table to bring it to life.

All of these organisations have been essential to FRED’s progress and behind them are great people who saw our potential and worked hard to ensure we had the support we needed.