Economic diplomacy – Reception of the start-up winners of the YEi Start in France program (Paris, 13 November 2017)


29 American, Italian, South African, Korean and Taiwanese start-ups are in France from November 13 to 17 as part of the YEi Start in France program led by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs together with Business France, Paris&Co, Paris Région Entreprises and the network of French innovators, Rétis.

This program aims to provide foreign start-ups with insight into the French innovation ecosystem through conferences and personalized business meetings in Paris and other regions of France.

Almost 125 start-ups have benefited from the program since its launch. Many have established business relations with their French counterparts. Some of them subsequently decided to set up operations in France, including the American start-up Pathmaker, a 2015 winner, which has set up a subsidiary within the Brain and Spine Institute’s incubator and employs 4 researchers there; Matchupbox, a 2014 winner, will shortly open its research center in Toulon.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has been implementing this program for almost 10 years within the framework of its policy to promote France’s attractiveness. It is also a founding partner of the French Tech initiative, through its French Tech Ticket program which brought 70 foreign start-ups to France this year; the third edition of this program will be announced in the near future.