What does the Angels Santé network do?
It's the first Business Angels network for health in Europe. It brings together private investors with significant experience of the health sector. It has over 60 members from the world of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, IT, health advice, insurance, mass-market retail, pharmacies, medicine and well-being. Every month, we organise meetings with start-ups where they put forward their projects. The most promising then move onto a mentoring stage, where we analyse their potential and their economic models in greater depth. We invest in start-ups at the seed stage, which explains our fairly natural partnership with EDF's initiative: these awards allow us to seek out hidden gems to keep an eye on. And, of course, we support them via financial investment but we also monitor them over time, providing our skills, expertise and networks.
Is this the first time you have personally been involved in the EDF Pulse Awards?
Yes, but it's not the first time I've been a judge. For 15 years, I worked in the field of health and IT-related innovation at the equipment provider Cisco, where my roles included strategy support and implementation work, as well as assessing health projects and selecting start-ups. I'm also a juror for the Hult Prize, sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to identify and support the most promising start-up each year that responds to a given challenge faced by society.