Red rooster pinned to her blouse, Clara Chappaz welcomes a handful of journalists with a smile, six days after her appointment. On the second floor of the Parisian incubator Station F, in the French tech mission space that this 32-year-old woman has been leading since 1is November, she details the priorities of her three-year mandate, during which she will animate the ecosystem of French start-ups: scaling up to create more unicorns (start-ups valued at more than $ 1 billion ), diversity, green techs to support ecological transition.
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Clara Chappaz has just spent three years at Vestiaire Collective – where she notably developed the American market – a pioneer in the online sale of second-hand luxury clothing and accessories, and the only French unicorn with two co-founders. “Leaving Vestiaire Collective was a difficult choice because this box is a hit, she confides. But we had just finished a construction phase and everything was working fine. I wanted to change, to have a stronger impact by putting my skills at the service of the ecosystem, and not just of a company. ”
She has acquired her experience internationally. Attracted since childhood by Asian culture, this Parisian who grew up in a village in the forest of Fontainebleau and loves climbing – “My parents were fans of climbing”, she justifies – learned Japanese fast at Essec before completing her final internship in a Japanese hotel. She then spent five years working for start-ups in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore, then two years in MBA in Boston. It was there that she touched entrepreneurship, by creating with an American friend a platform for the sale of second-hand products for children. A study project that made him want to create his start-up.
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