We couldn't do it without them! It's thanks to Rémi, Virginie, Jeroen, Sophie, Luis and their fellow coaches that we can offer start-ups such a special experience on Cyber@StationF, our cybersecurity programme at Station F, the biggest start-up incubator in the world.
Thales encourages its employees to engage with start-ups on this programme and discover new ways of innovating — and that's what makes this adventure so rewarding, both intellectually and on a human level.
The aim of the coaching programme is to create value for our customers and cybersecurity partners by promoting co-development projects by Thales and the start-ups taking part in the Cyber@StationF programme. At the same time, the coaches share the Group's expertise and experience with the start-ups to help them to grow into the cyber champions of tomorrow
How do I hire my first UX designer? Which is the best pricing strategy? What do I need to set up in a new country? How do I organise a funding round? These are the kinds of questions our coaches and experts try to answer for our start-up partners.
For each new season, the programme assigns two dedicated coaches — a business coach and a technical coach — to each start-up. These Thales employees will be the Group's ambassadors to the start-ups, and vice versa, throughout the season.
The business coaches ease access to Thales's sales and marketing networks and help the start-up to define promising use cases to develop on the programme. They also put them in touch with the people in the best position to answer specific questions and to provide the support they need with their projects.
Technical coaches help the start-ups to find, define and develop the right technical solutions for their projects. They also organise working sessions with experts, including security audits, challenges and special workshops to help the start-ups to fine-tune their value propositions.
Sometimes the start-ups discover new opportunities for their projects thanks to the insights of Thales coaches and experts, as Gonzague Desminières explains:
The international dimension to this engagement by Thales and the start-ups we support is important too, as Jeroen van der Lugt explains:
This culture of sharing and the desire to create something new together makes the atmosphere at work something quite special — and it's an efficient way of working too, because people in every corner of the planet can work together easily.
All the coaches volunteered to join the Cyber@StationF adventure for different reasons — to find a new work culture, for example, or to share their knowledge or just for the challenge of doing something new.
Our experts' engagement with the talent we are helping to boost at Station F is what makes the adventure truly unique, and it's especially important for the future of cybersecurity. We are looking forward to discovering what all these talented people are going to achieve together for this third season currently under way.