Economic Diplomacy – Opening of registrations for the meetings between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (Paris, August 29, 2016)


Following the event’s success in 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development will repeat the "speed-dating” business event between ambassadors and entrepreneurs (“Un ambassadeur, un entrepreneur”) during the 2016 Ambassadors’ Week.

Entrepreneurs – especially heads of innovative companies and SMEs and mid-tier firms – who would like to expand into international markets, will therefore be able to meet with ambassadors on August 29 to discuss their plans to expand abroad and the support they may receive from the diplomatic network and French government agencies.

This event will be one of the highlights of Ambassadors’ Week. It will reflect the ministry’s commitment to supporting French firms, notably small firms.

The first edition of this event in 2015 provided an opportunity for 430 business leaders from almost 40 different sectors to talk with 169 ambassadors during 1,700 meetings. These entrepreneurs came from all over France (60% of them from outside the Ile-de-France region) and were the heads of SMEs: 59% of the companies represented had less than 50 employees and 33% had less than 10 employees. Their international plans focused on all regions of the world, from sub-Saharan Africa (22% of meeting requests) to Asia and Oceania (19%), North Africa and the Middle East (18%), the EU (17%) and the Americas (14%).

Register online by June 24: