The competition is open to entrepreneurs with Startups in the Creation or Growth stage, and might be of particular interest to UK and Ireland Startups as an opportunity to experience a flourishing and vibrant tech ecosystem, right on their doorstep.
The competition forms part of French Government’s bold efforts to create the best conditions in which startups can grow- efforts which have seen the country become one of the leading host countries for some of the World’s most innovative and exciting companies.
This booming ecosystem is now home to a record numbers of startups who saw a 100% increase in funding between 2014 and 2015, with this year’s figures expected to be equally impressive.
Season 1 of French Tech Ticket saw 23 startup teams from 23 countries take up residence in Paris, and this year plans are even more ambitious with 70 places up for grabs.
What is on offer?
Those startups who make a successful application will receive a comprehensive package of support including;
€45,000 in funding for each startup team
Fast-track procedure to obtain a French resident permit
A place in one of 41 incubators around France for 12 months
A tailored program of Masterclasses, Networking Events, and Mentoring sessions to accelerate growth
A ‘Soft Landing Pack’ to help relocation to France as straight-forward as possible.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The French Tech Ticket competition is open to foreign founding teams of 2 - 3 people with no more than 1 French founder (but you don’t need to have a French founder to be considered). Teams need to be able to speak English, have a startup which is either in the Creation phase, or the Growth phase, and be willing to relocate to France for a full year, and be prepared to devote themselves 100% to their Startup.
Sound like the opportunity for you?
The closing date for applications for Season 2 is fast approaching (23rd September 2016), so it’s time to get a move on. Check out the video below for more info, and to apply pop over to the French Tech Ticket website.