Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"French Startups To Get Financial Help From Gov’t"

From PYMNTS.com:
A new multibillion-euro stimulus package aims to keep French startups alive during the tumultuous and lagging economy of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Bloomberg report.

The package will be announced on Wednesday, although the French finance ministry has not named any exact numbers yet. The virus has had crippling effects in France, killing around 800 people so far. The government has acted to try to confine it, asking people not to leave their homes except for short exercise stints or essential shopping runs.

The package is a collaboration between the finance ministry and Bpifrance, a state-backed lender and investor, and it will boost the nascent startup scene in the country. The number of new French startups was on the rise until recently when the virus hit, and President Emmanuel Macron has had a goal of hitting a new record of unicorn companies, or those which are valued at over $1 billion.
To do so, Macron had plans pre-virus of funneling $5.5 billion into a new initiative to spur investors to look closer at French startups. There are only five French unicorns as of right now, according to stats, per the report. Macron wants to see at least 25 by 2025.

Now, though, the government has been focused on trying to pump up the falling economy. Bpifrance Executive Director Nicolas Dufourcq called the current situation a “financial heart attack.” The government is also working on a slate of 300 billion euros ($324.1 billion)-worth in state-guaranteed loans, which is also set to be finalized Wednesday....MORE