Twenty-nine American, Italian, Finnish, Korean and Taiwanese start-ups are in France from 5 to 9 November for the “YEi Start in France” programme organized by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs with the support of Business France, Paris&Co and the association Hello Tomorrow.
This programme aims to introduce the French innovation ecosystem to foreign start-ups through a week of immersion in Paris and wider France with conferences, personalized business meetings and networking events.
Almost 150 start-ups have taken part since the programme’s launch. Above and beyond the many business relationships forged with French companies and laboratories, almost 20 selected start-ups have then decided to set up in France. They include the American start-up Pathmaker, which created a subsidiary within the incubator of the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière (ICM – Brain and Spine Institute) in Paris and employs four researchers there. FlameOff Coating has signed several partnerships in the Pays de la Loire region and will soon begin production in France. The Korean company Dot Watch (selected in 2017) was chosen by Orange this year to exhibit at the Vivatechnology show.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has been organizing this programme for over a decade, as part of its policy to support France’s economic attractiveness. It is also a founding partner of the French Tech initiative and involved in the French Tech Ticket and French Tech Visa and the network of French Tech communities.