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Who we are

We provide founders with fair financing and real mentoring
to propel today’s startups into tomorrow’s scale-ups

Our Story

Breega’s story began in 2013 when three serial entrepreneur friends decided to get together to build a different kind of VC experience.
They wanted to “Bridge the Equity and Experience Gap” they saw missing in venture, which is why they called their fund Breega. Their approach was to find founders they felt had passion and potential, and then to provide them with tangible support to accelerate their success.

Today Breega’s mission is to provide founders with fair financing, real mentoring and accessible experts, propelling today’s startups into tomorrow’s scale-ups.”

Team Breega

It takes a village to raise a company. We work together as a cohesive team
to discover, invest, and support our founders and their missions.

Our Founding Partners

Our Partners use their experience, extensive business knowledge and networks to lead our investment decisions, guide our companies, and raise money to invest in our startups

Maximilien Bacot

Co Founder & Managing Partner

Maximilien Bacot

Max co-founded Breega with François and Ben, adding to the mix his precision, technical expertise, and love of scaling-up businesses.

Background
Max began his career at the management consulting firm, Beijaflore, focused on the Telecoms sector. After launching Tele2’s ADSL Triple Play offer, he left corporate life to become a founder, starting Titane Conseil in 2006, a consulting company specializing in digital transformation. He led his company for seven years, before deciding to co-found Breega so he could help startups overcome the same challenges he faced whilst building his company.

What I can do for you
"I love the challenge of building something from scratch and can help you to organise, structure and grow your business!"

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like small talk.
François Paulus

Co Founder & Managing Partner

François Paulus

François co-founded Breega alongside Max and Ben, contributing his experience as a seasoned entrepreneur, his pragmatism, and his passion for advising and investing in startups.

Background
A telecoms engineer and MBA, François began his career as an independent consultant in London before founding a consulting business for operators looking to enter the European market. After the sale of his company, François joined LDCOM in the early days (which later became Neuf Cegetel) as Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. He left when it was sold to SFR in 2007 to found Dix, an advisory firm specialising in telecom sector deals for VCs and funds. Passionate about growing companies, François also became an angel investor and independent board member of several startups before creating Breega with Max and Ben in 2013.

What I can do for you
"As a former founder, I will help you to ask yourself the right questions and look at your business from every angle, exposing blind spots. Building a successful company involves knowing your market and yourself inside out."

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like being late.
Ben Marrel

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Ben Marrel

Ben co-founded Breega in 2013 alongside François and Max, bringing to the trio his vision, drive and experience as a serial entrepreneur.

Background
Ben began his career in corporate fintech, working on large cross-border mergers and acquisition deals for Macquarie Bank in London and Sydney. This inspired him to found his own boutique M&A advisory firm, specialising in raising capital for startups in the digital, cleantech and sports sectors. From there he went onto to launch Fifty-four, the first financial rating platform for SME’s in Africa, and then Rugby Division, a disruptive rugbywear brand. His passion for entrepreneurship then led him to found Breega.

What I can do for you
"I believe in tough love. I will be there to both advise and challenge you. I’ll push your boundaries, because I want you, your business and your vision to reach its full potential. I’ll help you resolve challenges along the way and celebrate your wins."

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like the word “can’t”. His motto ? "I never lose, I win or I learn" - N. Mandela
Our investment team

Our investment team analyses and evaluates the team, product and market of the startups they meet. They are looking for great founders and companies that will be a great fit for Breega.

Isabelle Gallo

Principal

Isabelle Gallo

Isabelle joined Breega in 2016 after founding two startups, Elsewhr and Pepeats. With her discernment, energy and enthusiasm, Isabelle helps to find and invest in Europe’s best high tech startups.

Background
An ESSEC graduate, Isabelle started her career as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company in Paris, managing projects in private equity, retail and media in Europe. She then co-founded Elsewhere and Pepeats which are still going strong today. After a few years as an active startup founder and as the business developed, Isabelle transitioned her role to advisor and board member. She joined Breega in order to experience the startup journey from a VC perspective.

What I can do for you
"As a founder, I know how difficult it can be to grow a business from scratch and make the right decisions at the right time. I am here and happy to help you with that!"

Dislikes:
She doesn’t like it when there isn’t a good mutual fit.
Victor Drault

Principal

Victor Drault

Victor joined Breega in 2017. A (deep) tech enthusiast and passionate about the founder journey, he tests teams and projects to see if they have what it takes to go the distance.

Background
Victor graduated with a degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille in 2010. During his master’s studies at ESCP Europe, he co-founded CarpeDièse, the first online music school based on an innovative Learning Management System which he developed. He led the business as co-CEO & COO for 4 years. After the sale of the company in 2016, Victor leveraged his experiences in his role as consultant in Digital Customer Experience at Capgemini Consulting. He joined Breega's investment team in early 2017.

What I can do for you
"I can help you to test your market knowledge and the adaptability of your product to that market."

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like being made to eat rabbit (ie healthy) food.
Camille Thomas

Senior Associate

Camille Thomas

Startup founder Camille joined Breega in spring 2019. A fintech enthusiast, she's eager to promote disruptive business models and technologies.

Background
A HEC graduate, Camille began her career at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development building complex financial models for numerous long-term projects, carrying out risk analysis and helping to place consultants in developing economies. She went on to structure & manage financing projects of environmental infrastructures across five European countries and the Middle East. Inspired by helping people to improve their quality of life, she founded the startup Movelinks which proposes face-to-face and digital programmes for personal development.

What I can do for you
"I can help you structure your business plan, assess your funding plan, review your operational roadmap and your B2B sales strategy."

Dislikes:
She hates being stuck indoors for too long and going more than half a day without working out.
Maxence Drummond

Associate

Maxence Drummond

Max joined Breega’s invest team in 2018 on his return from San Francisco, bringing to Breega his international outlook and love of helping startups to develop.

Background
Maxence graduated with a degree in Finance from Sciences Po. Passionate about cinema, he co-founded two ventures; Moot-Moot Production, specialized in producing short and arty films, and WeArts, a peer to peer marketplace for artists, during his master’s studies at Sciences Po. Maxence also worked at XAnge and Middle East Venture Partners (VC fund in Lebanon and Dubai) before moving to San Francisco to help French startups in their U.S. development. He joined Breega's investment team in late 2018.

What I can do for you
"I can advise you on your US go-to-market strategy, to help you save time and money!"

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like seafood or anything that looks like shrimp.
Antoine Veret

Associate

Antoine Veret

A passionate entrepreneur, Antoine joined Breega in 2019 to help the invest team find and vet the best European tech startups.

Background
A Centrale Nantes and HEC graduate, Antoine began his career as a business consultant specialising in assisting companies and decision makers with their digital transformation. Inspired by innovation and the entrepreneurial journey, he launched Mash‘Up, an independent association promoting entrepreneurship amongst students through monthly events, in two major French cities. He then went on to join Green Acres.com, the leading property portal for second home buyers in Europe, as COO, and co-founded Biz Data, a platform providing business valuation for entrepreneurs using big data technologies.

What I can do for you
"I can help you challenge your value proposal and test your operational strategy."

Dislikes:
He does not like crocs shoes.
Our operations team

We believe it takes more than money to build a successful business. So we have hired experts in the worlds of business development, talent and team, legal and finance and PR/comms, and made them available to you and your team, for free, whenever and if ever needed.

Olivier Willi

Head of Business Development

Olivier Willi

Olivier joined Breega in 2017 as Head of Business Development, where he uses his contacts and business knowledge to accelerate the growth of Breega's portfolio companies.

Background
An ESSCA business school graduate, Olivier began his career in the telecoms industry. From LDcom to NeufCegetel, and eventually SFR, he played a key role, encouraging technical development through partnerships and helping to acquire several key French Telecom networks. This inspired him to found his own consulting business specialising in launching startups and accompanying them with their scale-up projects. Having developed a passion for innovation, he headed up the “Open Innovation” program at Deloitte and became a “Greenhouse Leader”. He then cofounded the OpenMindKfé co meeting spaces before joining Breega.

What I can do for you
"I can advise you on your biz dev strategy and provide you with contacts and leads to help further your business"

Dislikes:
He doesn’t like sitting still.
Diana Fattouh

Head of Talent

Diana Fattouh

Diana joined Breega in 2019 putting her excellent people skills to good use in order to scout and hire the best talent for its startups.

Background
With postgraduate degrees in both psychology and human resources, Diana has sourced and recruited talent for both large scale SMEs and startups.
Her career has led her to work in several tech sectors including IT & Telecom consulting, drones, and brandtech. She joined Breega in 2019 to help startups in the portfolio with their organisational, talent and acceleration challenges.

What I can do for you
"I can advise you on all HR-related matters, management strategies, and help you source and hire exceptional people for your company to create an unbeatable team!"

Dislikes:
Diana doesn't like it when candidates rock up to interviews without knowing which company they're applying to...
Helen O’Reilly- Durand

Head of Communications

Helen O’Reilly- Durand

Helen joined Breega at the beginning of 2019, bringing to the table her international PR and communications experience and her love of helping companies to succeed.

Background
A CELSA graduate, Helen’s career has seen her work on reputation, branding and comms strategies with international institutions, government and SMEs. She began working with IFAC to help restore trust in the accountancy profession after the Enron scandal. She went on to join the office of the Minister of Finance and the Economy as Chief PR and Comms officer for the National Business Loan Mediation scheme where her role involved bringing the scheme, SMEs and their financing difficulties into the public eye during the economic crisis. She joined Breega in 2019 to continue working with companies and help startups perfect their marketing, build their brands and forge their reputations as they grow.

What I can do for you
"I am here to help you as you build your brand and devise your communication and media strategies. Let me help you be as well-known and well-loved as you can be. "

Dislikes:
She doesn’t like bananas.
Pauline Chau

Head of Legal and Finance

Pauline Chau

A lawyer specialised in VC transactions, Pauline joined Breega in 2017 in order to work more closely with startups on with their legal and financing issues.

Background
Pauline graduated from HEC Paris in 2012 and was admitted to the Paris Bar soon after. She began her career at top tier French law firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel. As a lawyer, she advised VC and LBO investment funds in their investments, acquisitions and divestments in non-listed French companies. Joining Breega allowed her to gain a broader view of investment transactions, fund management, and startup financing challenges. She is now in charge of financing and legal issues for Breega, its funds and its companies.

What I can do for you
"I can advise you on legal matters, especially acquisition of assets and negotiation of your next fundraising, for both internal & external super-fast growth!"

Dislikes:
She doesn't like hugs or chocolate (?!)
Debora Moya

Office manager

Debora Moya

Debora joined Breega at the beginning of 2019 with a mission to bring order to Team Breega and their companies.

Background
Debora began her career as a security agent at the famous airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle. After a short career as a pop singer, she became an executive assistant working for the LD Com-SFR Executive Boardor during 6 years and left the company in 2009.
She went on to work with different key corporates such as Icade, Alliance Healthcare Répartition, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Equinix before joining Team Breega in January 2019.

What I can do for you
"I can help you out with organisational issues, information and problem solving, and always with a smile :)"

Dislikes:
She doesn’t like people who leave their unwashed dishes in the sink.