A few weeks ago, we learned that Bilberry, a startup alumni of the Hectar gas pedal, had been acquired by the American giant Trimble. From the beginnings of the R&D in France to the development in Australia and the acquisition by Trimble, Guillaume Jourdain, co-founder and CEO of Bilberry, tells us about this international entrepreneurial adventure.
Farmer and coach? It is possible, and Caroline de Champs proves it: after studying agricultural engineering and a specialized master's degree at Emlyon, she worked at CERFRANCE before becoming a farm manager. In 2020, she resumed her activities as a consultant in parallel with her farm and offers professional coaching and training for the agricultural transition.
Fabien Perrot chose the life of an agricultural entrepreneur in 2018 when he took over his father's farm in Germainville, in the Eure-et-Loir. In 4 years, he has transformed the farm into a sustainable operation that is financially viable and employs 5 people full time. In an interview, he tells us about his entrepreneurial journey and gives us some advice on how to succeed in setting up his business.
With a double degree from Sciences Po and a BPREA, Alexia Rey founded NeoFarm in 2018. Her atypical profile between entrepreneurship and agriculture allowed her to take advantage of the best of both worlds: she tells us about her journey and slips in some advice to start her professional adventure in the living sector well.
With her sister and brother, this marketing professional is thinking of taking over the family wine estate in Fronsac. The passage through Hectar Tremplin gave them the key to an economically fair and socially viable project
Théo and Hilaire have joined forces to set up an agricultural project. Yes, but which one? Starting with a piece of land, they questioned themselves, thought, explored, discussed, studied... That's the life of an agricultural entrepreneur! But in the end, what will they do on their farm? We let you discover it in video!
Menoue de Dreuille is an illustrator. Ten years ago, she launched her company. Not a farm, an online stationery store. But during the confinement, a desire catches up with her: that of taking over the farm of her parents, in polyculture/sheep breeding
Mathieu is 25 years old, and after studying finance at EDHEC, he followed the Hectar Entrepreneur program to take over the family business, 300 hectares of mixed farming and cattle breeding in the Loir-et-Cher. Discover his career path and his aspirations in video!
An engineer by training, Bruno Macias co-founded the association Néo-Agri, which promotes the installation of new farmers in agro-ecological models. He himself converted to arboriculture eight years ago and has gained valuable experience. Bruno uses this experience to advise future agricultural entrepreneurs in the Hectar Tremplin training programme.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS - Julien, Pinar and Gürkan are part of class 2 of the Tremplin programme. None of them was predestined for agriculture, but their desire for a new life led them to think about a project that brought about a real transition in their way of life. Discover their journey!
Julien, Pinar and Gürkan are part of the Tremplin program's class #2. None of them was predestined for agriculture, but their desire for a new life led them to think about a project that brought about a real transition in their way of life. Discover their journey!
Nicolas Buisson is a 35-year-old agricultural engineer who worked in finance before returning to the world of agriculture. His first career served him well when he set up his own organic market gardening business in Finistère: business plans and market studies are part of the baggage of a good agricultural entrepreneur. He uses his double experience to help the Hectar Tremplin training programme.
On February 16th, the Hectar Startup Accelerator kickoff took place during a day of pitches, workshops and networking at the Hectar Campus... A look back at this inauguration in figures and images!
Bérénice, a breeder at Hectar's Godets farm, tells us about her daily life with some 80 beautiful ruminants!
France 3 Paris Ile-de-France came to Hectar! If you missed their report, find it here.
Hectar, the school financed by Xavier Niel, wants to make agriculture more profitable, more attractive, "sexier" through technology. Others in France are already trying.
Christophe Naudin has been appointed to head the 250-hectare mixed farming and dairy cattle farm of the Hectar agricultural campus, created by Xavier Niel and Audrey Bourolleau. He talks to Réussir.fr about his motivations and objectives.
"If I had to do it again, I wouldn't hesitate! Six years after leaving his job as a manager at Bureau Veritas to start raising organic chickens north-east of Rouen, Gaëtan Royer has no regrets...
"We are careful to ensure that the projects meet three criteria: the students will be strongly aware of the social, economic and environmental issues. On this last point, even if we let the candidates choose their mode of production, we make them aware in particular of soil regeneration agriculture."
The co-founder of BlaBlaCar at the head of Hectar, Xavier Niel's agricultural school.
Brut. went to meet HECTAR "When you want to feed yourself in quality and quantity, you have to pay attention to the soil.
"HECTAR does not provide any technical education but accompanies entrepreneurs! (...) HECTAR is complementary. "Audrey BOUROLLEAU
Xavier Niel's Ecole 42 is to set up an innovative training module, Agritech IA, on the Hectar campus in Lévis-Saint-Nom. The aim is to teach young people how to use artificial intelligence to support the agricultural transition.
From Bill Gates to Xavier Niel, why billionaires are putting their feet up.
Presented last February, Xavier Niel's new large-scale project is taking up residence in the fields of the Vallée de Chevreuse.
At the age of forty, she has decided to change her life. Audrey Bourolleau, a former adviser to President Emmanuel Macron, is putting on her farming boots to create, with billionaire Xavier Niel, a vast campus near Paris designed to train the "agricultural entrepreneurs of tomorrow".
Regenerative agriculture includes all practices that improve the capture and storage of carbon in the soil in the form of organic matter, restore soil biodiversity and improve the water cycle.
Did you know that dynamic rotational grazing was invented by a French agronomist in the 1960s?
The reference manual of the American pioneer of regenerative agriculture
This book on regenerative agriculture and animal husbandry by an American specialist details holistic management applied to a cattle farm.
How to design, manage and develop a farm according to the principles of regenerative agriculture?
Launched in 2015, MiiMOSA is the 1st participatory financing platform exclusively dedicated to agriculture and food. Beyond offering an alternative to traditional finance, MiiMOSA is a place for exchange, sharing and solidarity between a community of contributors and project holders in these sectors. Interview with Florian Breton, founder and enthusiastic CEO for whom "small streams make big rivers".
"To help French organic champions emerge".
"Sycomore's teams can see themselves in HECTAR's ambition".
"We are very happy to be associated with HECTAR!"
A meeting with an enthusiast, who reminds us that although the term "agroforestry" was coined in the 1970s, it covers a range of practices on all five continents that emerged in the early days of agriculture.
HECTAR has entered into a partnership with ITK, a high-tech company that explores and offers agricultural monitoring solutions to facilitate livestock monitoring and decision making.
For more than 10 years, the Danone Ecosystem Fund has been developing inclusive and sustainable agricultural models, accessible to all through projects that promote job creation, the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and skills development. In order to amplify HECTAR's impact on future generations of farmers, we wanted to join the project by providing both our expertise in creating agricultural projects with social impact and our financial support.
"The ambition of this innovative campus resonates with the Carrefour Foundation's desire to support the food solidarity transition on a large scale."
"In life, there are two categories of people: those who look at the world as it is and ask themselves why, and those who imagine the world as it should be and say to themselves: why not? Aymeric Jung has made G.B. Shaw's quote his own. According to the managing partner of Quadia, a company dedicated to impact investing that favours the principles of the Regenerative Economy, a company's business model must be as close as possible to the functioning of the living world, throughout its value chain...
Grégoire Bleu sums up what guided his choice of career path after graduating from ESCP in 2003: "Do something useful for the world". Four questions to this innovation enthusiast and bearer of solutions on the impact of waste on the environment.
David Garbous is a specialist in food marketing and the creator of the B Corp training course at Hectar. He is convinced that a company that makes a commitment to its stakeholders for society and the environment enters into a virtuous circle and that a common frame of reference makes it possible to move towards sustainable growth.
"The agricultural entrepreneur of the 21st century will have to put himself in the position of a business creator and not of a farm buyer. He will have to be in a proactive position to ensure that he takes responsibility for his decisions."
"You have to act at all levels by 'agri-managing', diversifying your sources of income and not just delivering the raw material."
If agriculture is to attract the younger generation, the creation and distribution of value must be reinvented.
On the one hand, agriculture is questioned by public opinion for its environmental impact, and on the other, it is the first victim of climate change. In the face of uncertainty, farmers will have to be trained to be agile; they will have to choose and train profiles that are constantly learning. Because the vagaries of the soil and climate will force them to constantly re-examine their production choices.
On his farm in the commune of Bergouey-Viellenave in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Félix Noblia raises a herd of Angus and Blonde d'Aquitaine cattle for meat, as well as pigs, grows a variety of cereals and does market gardening. At the Larrous farm, the aim is to use as few inputs as possible and to achieve a high degree of diversity in order to create osmosis between all the elements of life.
The renewal of generations is a crucial issue. Taking over a farm is very complicated at the moment. We need to ensure a return on investment for those who take over, and this requires more resilient farms. We farmers need to regain control of our economic decisions. More resilient farms are also a lever for food sovereignty.
Natural mechanisms have protective virtues. We must rediscover this knowledge strategy and draw inspiration from natural balances. Let's draw on knowledge and knowledge of the biological processes at work in nature, and let's use technical innovations. I favour an integrated vision, an ecosystem in which livestock are linked to their environment.
The transformations that agriculture is undergoing require farmers to acquire entrepreneurial skills to capture added value, particularly in farm product and short circuit strategies. To engage in agriculture today is to choose a profession where there is no problem of outlets. The big question is the "how". The answer lies in training.
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