Earlier in December of last year, a new angel network specialising on investment in the maritime economy was launched. In partnership with BNP Paribas, a French private bank, the group called Mer Angels will focus on startups that operate in the nautical sector such as Geps Techno, Iadys, Skippair and Nau. Pierre-Emmanuel Aubert, Vice-President of BAE's French member France Angels said the launch was the first stage of a long journey for supporting and funding startups is tomorrow's challenge.