Discover some of YEi Start in France Program Success Stories!!

Discover how YEi Start in France program helped three USA startups launch their first decisive partnership in France!


The YEi Start in France program

The YEi Start in France program, started in 2005 and is organized by The Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the US. It is an accelerator for young science-based companies interested in growing their business in France and Europe.

This program is organized in partnership with Business France, Paris&Co incubators, the network of French incubators (le Réseau RETIS), and the business department of Paris Region (Paris Région Entreprise).


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

Each year, 10 companies are selected in the United Stated through an application process opened from April to May.

The selection process is organized in June and the laureates benefit from an access to YEi experts in France and in the United Stated to personalize their immersion week in France.

The YEi Start in France program focuses on creating technological partnership to support the laureates in the next steps of their products or services development or to adapt their solutions to the European market.

Discover the success stories of some of YEi laureates:

Matchupbox (USA), YEi Start in France 2013:


MatchUpBox provides a range of services based on PikcioChain, its unique permissioned-based blockchain dedicated to the personal data economy, which facilitate the authentication and portability of clients’ personal data.

MatchUpBox solutions secure data exchanges and transactions, all while remaining fully compliant with privacy regulations.

The company opened a subsidiary in France in 2014 in Montpellier where a team of developers and engineers is now working. The team is dedicated to develop the next features of the product and to conduct research and development.

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PathMaker Neurosystems (USA), YEi Start in France 2014:


PathMaker Neurosystems Inc. is a neuroscience company applying leading-edge non-invasive neuromodulation technology to the treatment of patients with paralysis, muscle weakness, and neuromotor disorders.

In January 2017, Pathmaker announced the establishment of a broad relationship with the Brain and Spine Institute (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière – ICM) at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.

PathMaker and ICM will now work together to carry out human clinical trials needed to obtain CE Mark clearance for PathMaker’s MyoRegulator™ system, the first neuromodulation device intended for the treatment of patients suffering from neuromotor spasticity.

More recently the PathMaker was awarded by Bpifrance an initial grant in support to the Company’s first product development, the MyoRegulatorTM. This prestigious grant will provide support for the launch of PathMaker’s clinical development program in France.

The YEi Start in France program provided PathMaker with the introduction to the leading academic researchers who joined Pathmaker advisoryy board and to institutions which became the companie’s partners as well as its mentors. It gave PathMaker access to numerous programs and resources the company has benefited from.

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Flameoff Coatings (USA), YEi Start in France 2016:


FlameOFF Coatings, Inc. is a leading developer of fire resistant technologies that protect lives and property.

FlameOFF is the only provider of fully tested fire retardant and fire resistant intumescent paint products uniquely designed to provide a high-level of fire protection at a reasonable cost.

The products developed by Flameoff are all ecofriendly. The fire resistant paint exceeds many ASTM E119 listing standards and can be applied to most building materials such as structural steel, sheet metal, sheetrock, wood, concrete, composite panels, fiberglass, interior woods, and carbon graphite.

In one week only, FlameOFF had two OEM partnerships and a first sub-contractor in the "Pays de La Loire" Region.

Four of the eight companies FlameOFF met during its immersion week in December 2016 have since engaged in R&D projects to validate FlameOFF’s value-added solution to their products.

Some companies will embed FlameOFF technology into existing products while others will now have new products using FlameOFF solution as a component.

The YEi Start in France program offered FlameOFF the introduction in France it needed to build longtime business relationships.

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Last modified on 20/07/2017

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