Apply to the Young Entrepreneurs Initiative competition! DEADLINE JULY 31!

Young Entrepreneurs Initiative competition

Apply to the 2014 YEi competition! Deadline on July 31st

The Young Entrepreneurs initiative (YEi), started in 2006, is an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe.

Are you an early-stage company looking for opportunities to expand to Europe? The YEi program is for you! Come to our upcoming events in Boston to learn more about the Young Entrepreneurs Initiative. This program offers the unique and exciting opportunity for American early-stage entrepreneurs to explore the vibrant entrepreneurial and technological ecosystem in France. Laureates will receive an all-expenses-paid immersion week in France to explore business opportunities while receiving extensive mentoring and guidance suited to their companies’ needs. Visit for more information and to apply.
Come meet us at these events:

YEi Brief Presentation with The Capital Network- "Signing Your First Investor" featuring Mass Challenge

- When: July 22, 8:30-10:30 AM

- Where: 21 Drydock Ave, 6th Floor, Boston

- Event details:

Young Entrepreneurs Initative info table at the Venture Café

- When: July 24, 5:30-7:30 PM
- Where: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

- Event details:

Who is eligible?
Any early-stage innovative company in any industry that meets one of the following criteria is eligible:
Less than 30 employees
• Less than $2 million in annual revenue

If you don’t fit the requirements but still want to apply, please contact:

July 31
Application deadline

August 6
1st selection round

September 10
2nd selection round

September 18
Award Ceremony - Boston-
“Doing business in France” training open to all- the YEi candidates - Boston


November 3, 4 and 5
“Doing business in France” intensive training – Paris-
Personalized connections – Paris

November 6 and 7
Personalized connections – other France regions

The Office for Science & Technology of the French Embassy in partnership with Invest in France Agency are delighted to offer to the 2014 YEi Laureates a free week immersion stay in France including training, connections and mentoring for the laureates. This immersion week will be located in the Paris area and in one French region whose innovative ecosystem best fits the needs of each laureate.

This immersion week will include:
Travel and hotel expenses
An intensive training in Paris on “how to do business in France”
Personalized business connections in the stimulating Parisian ecosystem
Personalized business connections in the ecosystem beyond Paris that best fits the needs of each laureate
Intensive mentoring and coaching

Additional prizes to the YEi candidates:
French incubators and Business Innovation Centers (BIC) partners of YEi and members of the RETIS network will offer a one-week immersion stay in their facilities, providing coaching and mentoring to some of the candidates, chosen through a matchmaking process. French entities will publish a “soft-landing offer” describing the economic specificities of their territories and what they have to offer. In 2013, seven companies received these regional prizes.


Organizers of the YEi competition:
The Office for Science and Technology (OST)
The Invest in France Agency (IFA)

Apply online at:

For further questions contact:
Consulate General of France in Boston
31, Saint James Avenue
Boston, MA

Last modified on 28/07/2014

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