First name: Geraldine
Last name: LeMeur
Graduation year: 1995
Master / Program specialization: Marketing
Company name: The Refiners
Position: Co-Founder and General Partner
Location of business: San Francisco
Quote: My courses at SKEMA gave me the opportunity to learn a portfolio of global and fundamental skills which were instrumental when I decided to create my first company.
I’m an entrepreneur who has been living in San Francisco for more than 10 years now. Over the past 20 years, I co-founded LeWeb and several successful tech companies. My latest “baby” is The Refiners, which we launched in 2016.
The Refiners is a San Francisco-based seed fund program devoted to helping startups from other countries thrive in the bountiful yet complicated environment of the Silicon Valley.
Our goal is to equip entrepreneurs with the tools they need to expand their startup’s vision and scale globally.
As an angel investor, I have invested in companies such as LinkedIn, Lending Club and Evernote. I’m also LP in several funds.
If you want to be an entrepreneur, my best advice would be: Never let go, try, iterate and try again. At one point, you will definitely make it right!
SKEMA Ventures is a business unit created by SKEMA Business School dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation. Through a unique value chain, that encompasses teaching, coaching, incubation, and acceleration, SKEMA Ventures allows each SKEMA student and alumni to think, design, test and launch an entrepreneurial project in a global context, on six innovative territories on four continents, benefiting from the best of each local ecosystem. With SKEMA Ventures, GloCal entrepreneurship is born!
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