Startup Tour 2017


FrenchFounders and French Morning are launching the StartUp Tour, a contest designed to help Francophone entrepreneurs thrive in North America.

This unprecedented competition will be organized around 8 stages in 8 cities in America, Canada, and France, between the end of May and September 2017. Three prizes will be awarded to the winners (the prize for first place will be worth the sum total of $100,000) during the Grand Final, which will take place in New York in September 2017, and which many high ranking personalities will attend.

The first edition of the Startup Tour is jointly organized by FrenchFounders and French Morning, with the support of the Francophone entrepreneurial ecosystem in the US, which includes the French Consulate in New York, Business France, l’Association des Anciens des Grandes Ecoles de France in the United States and the 3 of the French Tech Hubs present in the U.S. They will all be participating in the selection of 40 French startups currently under development in North America.

5 startups per city will be presenting themselves in front of a jury composed of investors, decision-makers, and key-entrepreneurs in each geographical zone. 8 cities will be hosting the competition: New York, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Montréal, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Paris. The finalist in each city will go on to participate in the Grand Final, which will take place in New York in September, and which will be attended by many high-ranking personalities. Three prizes will be awarded to the most promising startups: a Prix des Grandes Ecoles, a Prix du Public, and a Premier Prix. The latter will be in the shape of a package worth $100,000.

Startups have until May 19th to hand in their application on the devoted platform, and will have to answer to certain criteria to be selected, which include: undergoing development in North America and having at least one French co-founder.

Each selected start-up will benefit from the experience and advice of several individually appointed mentors, during each stage of the Tour. Among the mentors and jury members: Alain Bernard, President & CEO Van Cleef & Arpels Americas, Morgan Hermand-Waiche Founder & CEO of Adore Me, Frederic Montagnon, Entrepreneur et Investor, Frederic Levy, Founder and CEO of Coravin, Marie-Eve Piché VP FP&A, Laurent Claquin, Head of Keiring Americas, Eric Martineau-Fortin, Founder & Managing Partner of White Star Capital, Patrick Cogny, Senior Vice-President of Genpact....


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Regarding the Startup Tour, Benoit Buridant, CEO of FrenchFounders declared: “This contest, organized hand in hand with all of the key French stakeholders in North America, is a unique occasion for French companies to grow in this zone. Beyond the exceptional help the first prize will bring them, we wish to help them make the most of FrenchFounders’ powerful network, to introduce them to the right contacts – mainly entrepreneurs that have faced the same challenges, investors and Corporates.”

Emmanuel Saint-Martin, Founder and CEO of French Morning declared: “From day to day, French Morning tells the story of French entrepreneurs who seek to conquer the North American market. It was only logical that we work together with FrenchFounders to give all the possible breadth to this contest, which aims to separate from the pack the most promising French startups and their North American projects. “


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