Linking innovative French SMEs and key accounts

Thursday September 17, the DGA welcomed 27 key players of the defence sector, among which MBDALogo Club Rapid, the DGA financial programm for SMEs, to its first Club RAPID* annual meeting in Paris, an event organized with Comité Richelieu**. This new DGA  initiative, meant to become a yearly event,  aims to foster group-wide exchanges enabling key accounts to meet SMEs and discover programs that have been developed since Club RAPID was created 5 years ago.

To facilitate encounters, networking and business contacts, 20 minutes face-to-face meetings were arranged. DGA had defined 300 innovating lead themes, among which 40 were of prime concern to MBDA. A team of MBDA experts met SMEs working in innovation fields connected to R&D in systems of weapons to identify opportunities and discuss about innovations carried by Rapid projects.

MBDA’s leading innovation and commitment to strong partnerships find in the DGA initiative a great opportunity to reinforce the dynamics of cooperation and business possibilities with SMEs, echoing its E3 vision Explore, Engage, Endure and creating a real value chain.

*The Dispositif RAPID is a DGA program financing French SMEs developing highly experimental and technological programs.

**Comité Richelieu is a French non-profit organization representing small and medium innovative companies.