France Tech Insight - October 2014

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the October issue of France Tech Insight! The leaves are starting to change colors here in beautiful New England, and autumn is officially upon us.

Many exciting and fruitful exchanges between France and the United States are occurring this fall. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick led a trade mission to Paris and Lyon in September, and the Mayor of Lyon recently brought a delegation to Massachusetts. The OST in Boston hosted 5 French companies for a successful NETVA Laureates week, during which the startups competed in a pitch battle at MassChallenge and attended seminars on doing business in the United States.

State House, Marblehead, MA

As always, you will find information about our upcoming events, science and innovation news, employment opportunities, and scholarship offers.

Enjoy the new issue!

1. Our Programs:

- Meet the 2014 YEi Laureates: The 2014 Young Entrepreneurs initiative laureates have been selected!

2. News:

- Governor Deval Patrick in Paris and Lyon
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Science and Research

3. Upcoming Events:

- Café des Entrepreneurs #6 (October 16)
- FAID: Save the Date (December 8 & 9)

4. Grants, Scholarships, & Awards:

- French American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx) 2015
- Prix Charles-Laubry de la SFC
- Grant for Research in Immunology
- APICIL Foundation : Call for Projects

5. Employment Opportunities

- Nantes
- Belgium
- Bordeaux

YEi 2014: Meet the Laureates

2014 YEi Laureates Announcement: 12 companies have been chosen to participate in this year’s YEi Program

The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi), started in 2006 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. 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.

We received almost 200 applications to participate in this year’s YEi program. These candidates went through two selection processes to determine this year’s laureates. The first selection committee convened in Cambridge, MA, on August 6th and narrowed the field down to 27 finalists. The second round consisted of a video pitch and interview session between the finalists and our judges on September 9th and 10th. After two days of great interviews and discussions, the selection committee placed their votes for the YEi laureates.

The Laureates Are:

- eGenesis Boston, MA: "eGenesis tries to harness advances in genome engineering and stem cell technologies to create transplantable tissues to provide robust and potentially curative treatments for damaged or diseased organs."

- Fiverun San Francisco, CA: "Fiverun is the leading cloud-based Enterprise Retail Platform."

- Pathmaker Neurosystems Boston, MA: "Pathmaker is a neuromodulation company applying leading-edge non-invasive neuromodulation technology to the treatment of patients with paralysis, muscle weakness, and neuromotor disorders."

- Qwalytics San Francisco, CA: "Qwalytics is an intuitive cloud analytics solution that lets business users explore their company data by asking questions in normal English."

- SiNode Systems Chicago, IL: "SiNode Systems is a Chicago-based venture developing advanced materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries."

- Symic Biomedical San Francisco, CA: "Symic Biomedical is developing a novel class of compounds that target the extracellular matrix, and have numerous acute and chronic clinical applications."

- Voxy New York, NY: "Voxy is a personalized and adaptive English language learning platform that teaches learners worldwide, across any device."

- Effortless Energy Chicago, IL: "Effortless Energy makes home energy efficiency the no-brainer it ought to be."

- NBD Nanotechnologies Boston, MA: "NBD Nano is an advanced materials company developing surface coatings that offer superior performance in heat transfer and anti-wetting."

- TerraVerdae BioWorks Beverly, MA: "TerraVerdae BioWorks is an innovative green materials company dedicated to the development of sustainable products."

- Kedzoh Palo Alto, CA: "Kedzoh is the world’s leading mobile learning solution."

Governor Deval Patrick in Paris and Lyon

From September 14-19, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick embarked on a trade mission to France, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.

On Thursday the 18th, Governor Patrick met with the Mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb, to establish economic ties between the two regions. This relationship will benefit both the Boston area and Lyon, as both cities’ specialties include innovations in energy, life sciences, and digital technologies.

Consul General of France in Boston Fabien Fieschi, MA Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb, Scientific Attaché Jean-Jacques Yarmoff

This month, the mayor of Lyon brought a delegation to Boston. Read More

On Friday, MassChallenge chief executive John Harthorne was in Paris along with Governor Partrick and life science incubator space LabCentral co-founder and president Johannes Fruehauf, MD, PhD, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with BPI France. The MOU is an agreement for partnership and investment that helps MassChallenge and LabCentral set the stage for growth in Paris and more partnerships between France and the Boston tech scene.

Other annoucments included the opening of Nanobiotix’s first US office in Massachusetts, a French biotech company who developed a product that uses radiotherapy to treat cancer patients more efficiently. Also, Greentown Labs‘ executive director Emily Reichert and executive vice president Mark Vasu joined Governor Patrick to announce the cleantech incubator/shared work space strategic partnership and sponsorship deal with Saint-Gobain.

More information on the governor’s visit here

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

- Orange Fab accelerator partners with Visa, LG, Hilton, and others

While many startup accelerators take in startups, nurture them for a few months, and then let them fly away on their own as they seek fresh funding, French telecom company Orange’s program has a different strategy. The program, Orange Fab, is really a way for the company to find interesting startups it can partner with, learn from, and use to stay on top of the latest tech. [Read More]

- First look: Launch, new Boston incubator for e-commerce ventures

Ben Fischman, founder of Lids and Rue La La, is opening an e-commerce incubator in Boston called Launch. Launch aims to help create and fund one to three e-commerce startups per year. [Read More]

- Akeneo raises $2.4 Million for its Open Source Marketing Operations tool

Nantes-based open source software startup Akeneo has raised $2.4 Million from Alven Capital, the VC fund reported this week. After initially raising a seed round from Kima Ventures and Nestadio Capital, cofounders Frédéric Gombert &
Benoit Jacquemon will use said funding to expand their Product Information Managment (PIM) tool beyond France to Germany & the US. [Read More]

- New fund focuses on startups with Boston College connections

Launch Angels, a Boston-based equity crowdfunding firm, said it launched a new venture fund focused on backing Boston College-related startups.The fund, called the Maroon and Gold Fund, will target a close of $1 million to $2 million and invest in approximately 10 to 15 seed-stage companies with BC ties. [Read More]

- Collaborative Inbox startup Front raises $3.1M led by SoftTech VC

Just one year after creation, Paris startup Front has raised $3.1 Million, let by Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC, for their collaborative email inbox software. The tool, which is designed to help teams manage ‘group’ email addresses – contact@, tips@, jobs@, etc. – brings Hootsuite-like collaborative messaging and responses to email, making it easy to direct general email inquiries to appropriate responders. [Read More]

Science & Research

- Inserm receives an honorable mention for the ‘Digital PR Award’ in the ‘Online Newsroom’ category for its press room

At a ceremony in New York, held on 10 October 2014, Inserm received one the five honorable mentions of the ‘Digital PR award’ for its bilingual online press room,, in the best ‘Online Newsroom’ category. [Read More]

- Joël Lebowitz, grand prize 2014 of the Academy of Sciences, which published the laureates of 66 prizes

American mathematician and physicist Joël Lebowitz, professor at Rutgers University (New Jersey), will receive the grand prize of the Academy of Sciences on October 14, 2014 during a ceremony at the Institute of France, in Paris. In awarding him its "highest distinction," the Academy of Sciences welcomes a "master of statistical physics" and a "major figure of the fight for human rights." The Academy published on October 2 the list of laureates of its 37 grand prizes and 29 thematic prizes.

Read More

- The Nobel Prize in Economics is attributed to the French Jean Tirole

Dr. Jean Tirole, president of the administration council of the Toulouse School of Economics, associated with the university Toulouse-I, and scientific director of the Institute of Industrial Economics in Toulouse, received the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday, October 13, 2014. The committee indicated to reward his works on "the power of markets and their regulation."

Read More

- French biotech Nanobiotix to open 1st U.S. office in Boston

Nanobiotix, a France-based developer of potential therapies to treat cancer, said it intends to open its first U.S. office in Boston. The company announced the move during a Sept. 23 ceremony at the U.S. embassy in Paris involving Susan Windham-Bannister, CEO and President of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Waltham. [Read More]

- Peanut allergy biotech DBV Technologies files to raise $96 million in a US IPO

DBV Technologies, a French biotech developing immunotherapy patches that treat food allergies, filed on Monday, September 22 with the SEC to raise up to $96 million in an initial public offering of ADSs representing shares listed on the Euronext Paris under the symbol DBV. The company also intends to list its shares in Canada and other countries outside of France. [Read More]

- GMZ Energy creates a more powerful thermoelectricity module that can power boilers, furnaces

GMZ Energy, Waltham-based cleantech company that develops technology to help make it cost-effective to convert waste heat into electricity, said Tuesday, September 30 that it released a new module that can produce twice the amount of energy as its first product. [Read More]

Café des Entrepreneurs #6

Event in French

Thursday, October 16

Résidence du Consul General de France
194 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Invité: Jérôme MALAVOY, Fondateur et Président Directeur Général (depuis 2001) TRACE ONE FRANCE « N°1 mondial des plateformes internet dédiées à la collaboration entre distributeurs et industriels »


FAID: Save the Date

Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9

MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139

Join us December 8th and 9th for the 2014 edition of the French-American Innovation Day (FAID). FAID is an annual Franco-American event which brings together scientists, industrialists and investors. It is a free, high-level scientific event in Boston area where researchers and companies have the opportunity to exchange views on a specific technological issue, start-up co-operative activities and develop in business in a transatlantic perspective. This year’s topic is: “Energy Storage and Energy Conversion.”

The 2014 edition of FAID is organized by the Boston Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in collaboration with Tenerrdis, Région Rhône-Alpes, and CEA.

- French American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx) 2015 : Advanced architectures for solar cells: materials optimization, performances improvement and aging analysis

The FADEx 2015 scientific topic is “advanced architectures for solar cells: materials optimization, performance improvement and aging analysis.” The Franco-American seminar will take place at Le Bourget-du-Lac in partnership with the National Institute for Solar Energy (Institut National de l’Énergie Solaire or INES) from Monday, March 23rd till Friday, March 27th. Following the 2-day seminar, the US Laureates will visit several laboratories or research institutions including INES, MINATEC, Photovoltaic Institute of Paris Region (Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France or IPVF). Deadline to Apply: November 9 [Read More]

- Prix Charles-Laubry de la SFC

To encourage the quality of work and theses of medicine, the French Society of Cardiology has created theses prizes to reward the best research in the different domains of cardiology. The theses must have been presented in the two years preceding the application. Sum: 3,000 euros Deadline to Apply: October 14 [Read More]

- Grant for Research in Immunology

Created by the CSL Behring France laboratory, this French grant is meant to support fundamental research in immunology. Deadline to Apply: October 31 [Read More]

- APICIL Foundation : Call for Projects

The APICIL Foundation is launching a national call for projects on the theme "Pains of the elderly person."

The APICIL Foundation hopes to encourage projects that will contribute to an evolution of practices, for a better understanding and management of pain, as well as for the prevention of the risks of associated dependency.

Sum: 150,000 euros. Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2015 [Read More]

-  Machine Learning Researcher — Mathematics — Nantes
The candidate will develop original research activities in the field of multi-source and multi-scale management of renewable energies according to two aspects: the experimental aspect and the numerical aspect [Read More]

- Principal Engineer in Advanced Crystalline Silicon PV Modules — Belgium
The Solar Cell Technology Group at imec aims at developing low-cost scalable high-efficiency solar cell technologies, thereby leveraging maximally the supporting skills, present at imec around semiconductor physics, processing and analysis. This activity comprises about 105 people and is one of the growing domains within imec. [Read More]

- Post-Doc Offer in Behavioral Pharmacology, Systems Neurosciences — Bordeaux
Subject: Psychopharmacological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying individual differences in nicotine addiction. Keywords: nicotine, intravenous self-administration, fear conditioning, place avoidance, in vivo electrophysiology, rat, mouse. Position available in 2015. Technical expertise in nicotine intravenous self- administration in rats will be highly appreciated, as well as theoretical expertise in nicotine pharmacology. Contact: Véronique Deroche-Gamonet :

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