YEi Start in France

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The YEi Start in France founded in 2005 and organized by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is an accelerator for young foreign science-based companies interested in growing their business in France and Europe. This program is organized in partnership with Business France, Paris&Co, RETIS Innovation Network, and Paris Région Entreprises.

YEi Start in France provides provides a personalized immersion week in France including training sessions, networking and one-on-one meetings that will allow each laureate to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

As of 2017, American, South-African, Italian, South Korean and Taiwanese companies are eligible to apply.


For more information, please visit the YEI web site: yeifrance.com.

YEi Start in France News

  • Meet the 2017 US Laureates of the YEi Start in France Program 

    The YEi Start in France program is an annual competition organized by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for young foreign science-based companies interested in growing their business in France and Europe. Meet the 2017 US Laureates of the YEI Start in France Program.

  • YEi Start in France 2017: Access the French Research and Innovation Ecosystem

    The YEi Start in France program is an accelerator for young science-based companies interested in growing their business in France and Europe. YEi Start in France provides a personalized immersion week in France including training sessions, networking and one-on-one meetings that will allow each laureate to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

  • YEi Start in France 2016 - Meet the Laureates

    The YEi Start in France program, started in 2005 and organized by The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US, is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. Meet the 8 laureates chosen this year!

  • YEi Start in France 2016 : Applications are now open!

    The YEi Start in France initiative is an accelerator program designed to help innovative US companies identifying growth opportunities in France. It provides an intensive training in Boston and Paris and one week immersion in France that will allow laureates to benefit from of an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

  • Young Enterprise Initiative (YEi) 2015 Call for Applications

    The Young Enterprise “Start in France” initiative is an accelerator program designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business in France and Europe. Winners of the program will benefit from a one-week immersion in France, allowing laureates to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to some of the best resources in Europe.

  • YEi 2014: Meet the Laureates

    The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi), started in 2005 and organized by The Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the US, is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. It provides an intensive training in Boston and Paris and a one week immersion in France that will allow laureates to benefit from an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

  • YEi 2013 startup competition

    The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi) kicks off its 2013 competition. This French American program will award 12 promising innovative American startups looking to explore development opportunities in France and Europe. Candidates can apply for 2 categories of prizes and be awarded twice.