Young Entrepreneurs Initiative 2012 Awards Ceremony
On October 2nd, 2012, the Young Entrepreneurs Intitiative (YEi) held the annual Awards Ceremony at the Cambridge Innovation Center. A great success, this unique celebration showcased the 2012 laureates, selected last July to enter the Yei Accelerator, as well as YEi’s many partners from Boston and France.
Audrey Guazzone, U.S. Project Manager of YEi, kicked off the ceremony and outlined the exciting new developments of the program. She then introduced Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France in Boston, who gave the keynote address. The Consul General congratulated the five winners on their success and celebrated the program’s extensive work in encouraging foreign investment in French markets.
Many of the program’s partners and sponsors were on hand to talk about the importance of the program, which provides the laureates with coaches to help them understand entrepreneurship in France, optimize their YEi-funded business trip to certain regions of France, and develop a successful European strategy for their innovative startups.
The ceremony included speeches by several members of the French delegation, including:
Mounia Gicquel, in charge of Innovation & Technology at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Cristèle Couget, Executive Director at RETIS, Senior Project Manager in charge of Local & International Development Programs at TVT Innovation BIC (in Toulon), and YEi General Director
Charlotte Blottiere, Head of European Programs at TVT Innovation BIC (in Toulon) and YEi Coaches Manager
Céline Delval, International Programs Manager at RETIS & YEi Logistics Manager
François Ducroux, President of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in New England
Antoine Mynard, Science and Technology Attache at the Consulate General of France in Boston
Following the acknowledgment of this year’s sponsors, such as Marie Landel & Associates, the 2012 YEi Awards were given to representatives of each of the five winning startups, who spoke about their companies and their first impressions of the program.
This year’s laureates are:
Mike Stone, Co-Founder, President & CMO and Jason Fenner, Director of Business Development at Abroad101
Jane Bearinger, Founder & President at Corporos
Richard Gabriel, CEO & Partner at GLG Pharma
Al Hawkins, Founder & CEO at Milo Biotechnology
Joseph Tesar, President at Quantalux
These five laureates, after two intensive training sessions in Boston, will benefit from a one-week business trip to France as well as facilitated access to incubation services from the RETIS network. RETIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovation players and programs in France. Comprised of more than 100 members, several of whom were represented at the event, RETIS provides advanced training and expertise services.
To read more about the 2012 YEi laureates, please click here.
To learn more about the YEi program and the many benefits of investing in France, please visit the YEi website.
Photos of the five laureates receiving their award from Consul General Fabien Fieschi:
- From left to right: Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France, Jason Fenner, Director of Business Development, and Mike Stone, Co-Founder, President & CMO at Abroad101
- From left to right: Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France, and Jane Bearinger, Founder & President at Corporos
- From left to right: Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France, and Richard Gabriel, CEO & Partner at GLG Pharma
- From left to right: Fabien Fieschi, Consul General of France, and Al Hawkins, Founder & CEO at Milo Biotechnology