Avantex Fashion Pitch





Nelly Rodi

Nelly Rodi began her career as an assistant in the Paris office of Woolmark before joining the International Cotton Institute as Director of Fashion and André Courrèges as Director of Communication. In 1975, she was appointed Director of the CIM (Comité de Coordination des Industries de la Mode). She invents the first audiovisual trends and gives recommendations to more than 500 international companies to develop new products. In 1985, she left CIM and founded her own trend agency, which met with immediate success. She invents new ways of working based on a double intuition: on the first hand, fashion is no longer simply a matter of creation but also of marketing, on the other hand, fashion phenomena are no longer only influencing textiles or clothing but more generally the whole universe of the person: beauty, decoration, food, the automobile, technology...
In 1987, she founds a subsidiary in Japan, and then throughout the 1990s, she sets up an important network of agents all around the world. The NellyRodi Agency is established in 21 countries.
Today, NellyRodi Agency is one of the international leaders in providing forward-looking information to all creative actors. Its clients include most of the major luxury and consumer goods groups. In addition to her professional activities, Nelly Rodi is also a volunteer for the development of the textile and French fashion. As such, she initiates the "Paris Capitale de la Création" operation as well as the R3iLab network for Intangible Innovation in Industry, under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry.


  • Adviser to the President of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in charge of fashion design and design + elected member of the Ile-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Co-Chair of R3iLab
  • President of the Fabrique's Establishment Committee (CCIR's school of creative businesses)
  • Member of: the IFM's (Institut Français de la Mode), ESCP Europe's and Comité d'Echanges Franco-Japonais's boards
  • Officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Officer of the National Order of Merit

Skilled change agent with extensive experience in a wide range of industries through communication, governance and innovation, Catherine Abonnenc developed her career as a manager at professional organizations and large groups of Textile, Automotive, Medias and Services, such as the French Apparel Industries Association (UFIH), Didot-Bottin, PwC and Renault.

She acts now as a communication and governance advisor to Funds and SMEs and has also cofounded Evalliance, an association dedicated to textile-apparel trade’s development between ASEAN Countries and Europe.

Active Business Angel and Board Member in some start-up companies, she is Vice-President of the Women Business Angels network, a private investors network of 120 members which financed 100 start-up companies in various sectors of the economy for more 6 Millions €. She is also a member of the experts committee of Startup Connexion, a challenge dedicated to start-up coming from academic research.  

She has a Final Degree of Political Sciences Institute of Paris, a MA in Business Law and is Certified Board Director.

Catherine Abonnenc

Renan Sobaga


Renan Sobaga has more than 20 years experience in the field of innovation and industrial creation in various fields of activity: the environment and sustainable development (circular economy, ecodesign, eco-activities), industrial materials and processes, design and usage professions, the development of hardware (IOT and instrumentation) or digital solutions. Currently, he supports the retail sector in terms of innovation and international development as Innovation & Retail Manager for PICOM (Le pôle de compétitivité des industries du commerce) in Paris' area. He animates the ecosystems of retailers, SMEs and research laboratories; manages ongoing calls; develops innovative projects and consortia; seeks financing solutions; participates in dissemination activities. He also manages the French Tech distribution network at the national level, with 6 clusters and 900 SMEs offering solutions for the retail sector.

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Fashion Pitch n°1


The smart leggings of the American company Torq Labs


Fashion Pitch n°2


Responsible manufacturing 100% Made in France by Coco&Rico


Fashion Pitch n°2


Sustainable and on-demand production platform by Nineteenth Amendment