12 000 good reasons to study at Groupe ESC Clermont

Business schools have come a long way and have been through many social evolutions, both domestically and globally. So reaching a 100 years in age, being listed in the top 100 international Business Schools for our Master and being amongst the Business Schools to be AACSB accredited is quite an achievement. Our centennial is indeed a very good opportunity to celebrate our history and embrace the future, and we’re doing just this through the names of our graduates and the students and graduates to come!

Each name has a story…

Groupe ESC Clermont has graduated 12 000 students since 1919. When looking closely at the graduates, a total of 2 173 first names can be listed. Some of these names are outdated now, others clearly show how the School has opened itself to diversity and welcomes international students. All these names make a global statement: the forming of a family via special bonds, connections and closeness. All these names are indeed the pride of our brand.

Each name is a story…

Behind all these names are many career paths, which allow us to track the evolution of many professional successes, both in France and internationally. Back in the 2000s, some graduates made their way in life and started to build a career in large corporations– like Alain, Head of the press group La Montagne Centre France, or Catherine, Head of Human Resources at the French bank BPCE –, choosing to join the new economy. Becoming entrepreneurs was an alternative choice made by Arnaud and Laurent who created the “smart” baby products company, Babymoov, from scratch. Nicolas co-founded Hoka One One, one of the latest and hottest companies specialising in trail and running shoes. And, of course, Gilles, Groupe ESC Clermont’s student patron for the academic year 2018/2019, who co-founded the Stickyads.tv start-up, acquired by Comcast for a total of 100 million $ in 2016.

Others made their way in desirable and innovative brands. Eric laid his “bricks” to become the current Head of Sales for Lego in Asia.  Sandrine started as an intern for Clarins and is now the Head of the brand. There are family stories too, like Caroline who, after a few years in a big company, joined her father at La Belle-Iloise, a trendy food brand. Eric brought new technologies and introduced new designs within his 400 years old family cutlery firm to become a French leader with one of the most innovative plants in Europe (TB Groupe).

More recently, start-ups have become more and more appealing. Clément co-founded Voom for Airbus Industries 3 years ago and is living in the Silicon Valley. James and Clément both created Capilum last summer and are looking forward to revolutionizing worldwide the recycling of… hair! They have both just been awarded prizes and are now well-known in the Clermont Auvergne French Tech arena. Over and beyond these attractive start-ups has arisen a new trend, that of balance between passion and career. That’s the case for Jessica, who travelled the world and chose to quit a great position at Disney to start her own blog (Mesptistboutsdumonde), which literally means « my little ends of the world »). She produces web series now and is what you would call… an influencer!

All these names and paths cross and differ, painting a bigger picture all at the same time. They show that Groupe ESC Clermont can open different roads and meets the needs of each and every different student project. From joining a large corporation to inventing new models of entrepreneurship, Groupe ESC Clermont helps all its students to find their way, during their time at School and after graduation!  So the question to ask now is: what story will your name tell?