Last year, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sat down with her New York counterpart, Bill de Blasio, and from that meeting came a collaboration between the two cities that is sure to have francophile entrepreneurs champing at the bit. The NYC-Paris Business Exchange, which officially launched on October 14th, is an initiative to help startups from both cities spend time—and possibly grow roots—on both sides of the Atlantic.
New York businesses interested in a stint in Paris (and vice versa) simply need to apply by the November 30th deadline. The selection criteria are fairly broad, and 10 slots will be awarded from each city each year. One person from each winning company will be hosted for free in a co-working space from February through July 2016.
Also included are meetings with investors, potential clients, and business leaders; mentorship opportunities; pitch and business development training; and airfare from AirFrance, one of the program’s sponsors.
Two incubators are the driving force behind this exciting program: Paris & Co. and the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Other partners include La French Tech New York and the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce of New York.
Small businesses of NYC: Paris is your oyster. Foncez!