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Gonzague De Blignières

Co-founder, RAISE

BACKGROUND / Professional and educational background:

Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Equistone France, he has founded and chaired Barclays Private Equity France, an investment fund based in Paris and specialised in midmarket transactions, and co-chaired Barclays Private Equity Europe.

Gonzague was Chairman of the French growth investors association, AFIC from 2005 to 2006. He sits on the board of Fondation Entreprendre and chairs Réseau Entreprendre Paris, an organisation that supports business creation.

Gonzague is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et en Electrochimie (ESIEE) and holds a DEA advanced studies diploma in Solid-state Physics from the Orsay science faculty.

ACHIEVEMENT / What does the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum consist of ?

RAISE gathers French business success stories which are also shareholders of RAISE and invest into medium-sized companies in order to help them to grow. The team’s generosity allowed to create the RAISE Foundation which is dedicated to younger companies. In a nutshell, with RAISE, the big one help the medium one to grow and then from this success it allows smaller one to rise and to secure their growth.

LOCATION / Where do you lead your project/company (city, region and country)?

RAISE covers the entire French region with teams based in Paris and Lyon, even though France is known for setting up news businesses, we can realize that half of the start-up companies are vanishing – 3 after their creation – because of the lack of support, advice and funding. In the same way, our medium sized companies need slow money and reliable partners to help them grow, in particular abroad. 

IMPACT / How do you evaluate the economic, social, politic and environmental impact of your project / action?

Since 2014, RAISE has been operating on the entire French territory and has risen near than 350 million euros and has invested in 7 medium sized-companies and hosted 13000 young companies and helped the funding and advised 100 growing companies.

The RAISE Foundation can now rely on 20 million euros’ fund.

QUOTE / A sentence, quotation or a word that best describes you

« We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give » Winston Churchill