Deadline: August 24, 2016, | Apply here
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Date: The program starts in January 2017
Duration: 12 months
 1) An early-stage-start-up or have startup idea/plan; 2) Plan to develop your business in France; 3) Be a team composed of 2 or 3 co-founders
Prize: EUR 45,000 per project with no loss of equity
Location: One of 41 top French partner incubators

French Tech Ticket 2016

The French Tech Ticket is a one year program by the French government to attract gifted and ambitious individuals from all around the world and help them set up and develop their startup in France.

More than just a startup visa, this 12-month program offers end to end support on the journey from early stage start-up to successful business – from financial support and training to first customer acquisition.

Selected entrepreneurs and projects will work closely in one of the 41 top French partner incubators providing among others mentoring, fundraising strategy, expert advice and pitch practice.

In January 2017, 70 teams will be selected and welcomed to France to start the program.

Winning teams will receive the following benefits:

  • Funding

€45,000 per team over the course of a year, with no loss of equity (€20k to cover personal costs and €25k to cover professional services)

  • Resident Permit

Fast-track procedure for team members to obtain a French residence permit.

  • Acceleration Program

Tailored program of events to support your startup’s growth: Masterclasses
Networking events
Mentoring sessions
2 Demo days with investors and corporate executives

  • Incubation

12 months in one of the 41 selected partner incubators
Dedicated office space
Weekly and monthly coaching sessions

  • Help Desk

A dedicated contact to help you through administrative procedures so you can focus on your startup

  • Soft Landing Pack

“Welcome Guide” and special offers from their partners to help you relocate easily to France

Who is Eligible?

  • Foreign founding teams of 2 or 3 people. The team can include a maximum of 1 French citizen.
  • English speaking teams. The entire program will be held in English.
  • A startup project. Startups must be in the creation or growth phase. Consulting firms and import-export businesses are not eligible to the French Tech Ticket.
  • A Full-time team in France. Founders must be ready to live in France for a year and devote 100% of their time to their project.
  • The competition is open to individuals aged 18 or older.

Who cannot apply to the French Tech Ticket?

  • Consulting firms, import-export and franchise businesses
  • Startups already incorporated in France
  • Team in which one of the founders may return to school next term
  • Team in which one or more founders will keep their current jobs / still have a side job
  • Teams in which one or more founders is not willing to relocate to France for a year
  • Teams in which one or more founders is not able to begin the program by January 2017
  • Teams in which one or more founders is not able to attend the program if accepted
  • Teams which have more than one French citizen (including binationals)

The criteria for selection

Applications will first be reviewed by an independent panel. Successful applicants will then be interviewed by at least one incubator before being offered a spot.

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • team members and entrepreneurial skills
  • how feasible your product is
  • market potential
  • your marketing strategy
  • an impact of your business being in France
  • financial growth

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