Successfully growing a network can be a daunting thing to do, there are countless events to attend in the week, and when at these events who is the right person to speak to?
We have previously spoke about the value of growing your network offline in this article we will be discussing networking further, and the value of building a network with authenticity at it’s heart.
Valena Vibe is an innovative customised networking service for high value-added projects and individuals.
Valentine Ghozlan and Alena Levteeva, founders of Valena Vibe, understand that connecting with the right people can highly influence the chances of success of a business.
The way Valena Vibe works is by connecting genuine, influential people to unlock growth potential for new passionate projects. The team invests in people rather than technology to develop intelligently targeted relationships, to create authentic and valuable relationships. They call this human technology, which is just as innovative and offers significant changes in the coming years for sure.
In a recent event, Valena Vibe held for their community, attendees were asked: “What does authenticity mean to you?” Some of the best responses were:
- “Authenticity is being truly yourself while succeeding in business”.
- “Personal touch connections”
- “Authentic networking is speaking to someone for 5min but feel like you have known them for all your life!”
The event was sponsored by:
- Gett: Taxi cab web and mobile ordering service
- Maddyness: The Magazine of French Startups
- Moba: French-Asian modern bakery
During the events, I took the chance to talk to some of the attendees to gauge the value of authentic networking with Valena Vibe.
The feedback was “they truly try to link relevant people with relevant people, always with a good, positive introduction.”
“Valena Vibe has a strong passion for connecting people, bringing individuals together over common missions. The way they behave makes people want to help their network, and work with them”
Sophie Lapoujade: Vice President European Expansion at Fidor
“Valena Vibe first introduced us to Be My App who were running a hackathon in London. We managed to build a promotional partnership, promoting their hackathon to our community and provide a judge for their event.
Valena Vibe also helped us with our own event, Startup Bootcamp Fast Track, in paris. They connected us with potential business mentors who would work with the applicants to our Fast Track. When working with Valena Vibe it did not feel like a random service provider. It felt very personal. They would touch base after the introductions, to make sure the connections were made. It was done in an authentic way.”
Edwina Johnson COO at Startupbootcamp London: FinTech – Insurance
“Laid back, but effective, in the way they help people network. They make informal introductions, which helps create authenticity to the relationships they help create. Valena Vibe has a varied group of individuals in their network, they specialise in connecting the value of the brands they work with to them”
Christian Mouysset: Founder of Hummus Bros
“Warm connections are always made through Valena Vibe. They always initiate contact and follow up with reminders in a fun and easy way. People are always willing to respond to the introductions because of the personal connection have. This is what Valena Vibe are passionate about, it’s infectious.”
Katarzyna Jedrys: UK Business Developer
In addition to the event Valena Vibe has opened the Valena Vibe Club. The club is an R&D laboratory that develops ideas related to professional networking and which allows Valentine and Alena during their events to maintain and grow their vocation in creating authentic relationships.
Valentine and Alena have created a networking services that best suit their client’s business needs, and helping them grow and prosper.
What are the lessons you could take away from this, and why should you care about networking with authenticity?
The true value of connecting with people in an authentic manner, is creating a trusting relationship. Creating trust, means that you are more likely to want to help one another, especially if you share common goals with those you connect with.
The lesson from Valena Vibe is that business partnerships relies strongly on trust. And authenticity is key to reach a high level of trust and allow networks to prosper and leverage each other skills to grow and succeed.