Laurent Dumas started his career in a real estate company in 1986. In 1989, he launched his own real estate business named Transimmeubles which has become Emerige in 2008. A new name meaning : building for the love of it! Laurent Dumas develops his real estate business guided by his deep aesthetic sensitivity which accompanies his passion for contemporary art. He is also an art collector and a dedicated patron of the arts. He works in close contact with the artists and he is also very supportive of contemporary creation. He has built a special and personal relationship with the arts which transcended gradually the driving force of a free and prolific passion enriched by amazing and fruitful encounters. For the 25th anniversary of Emerige, Laurent Dumas launched the Emerige Grant Funds to develop and perpetuate the corporate patronage and also created the Emerige Revelation Grant in order to promote young artists.