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This article was published on December 12, 2011

    Why Le Camping isn’t just another startup accelerator [Video]

    Why Le Camping isn’t just another startup accelerator [Video]
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    Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

    It seems that you can’t blink without another startup accelerator launching in Europe these days. While most of them follow the same model of taking a small amount of equity in return for a small injection of cash and an intensive coaching program, France’s Le Camping is a little different.

    Created by a non-profit organization, the Paris-based scheme doesn’t take shares in the startups it mentors. As such, it could be perhaps thought of as a ‘school for startups’. Another difference, at least in the French scene, is that all startups must speak English, helping prepare them for the international market.

    Le Camping is now in its second run of startups, and it brought the teams to LeWeb, adding an eye-catching jungle theme to its room. We caught up with Program Manager, Alice Zagury to find out more about this very different accelerator.