French president François Hollande welcomed the 50 international entrepreneurs awarded the Paris French Tech Ticket at the Elysée on March 2nd, 2016.
The ceremony was the occasion for the president to announce the expansion of the program for its second season which will launch early this summer.
– 200 French Tech Tickets will be rewarded (compared to 50 in the first season),
– the program will be open not only to startup entrepreneurs next season, but also to foreign senior managers looking to join a French startup during its international expansion,
– the package, which was launched only in Paris in its first year, will be available throughout France next season via the French Tech Major Cities.
The program received 1372 applications from 90 different countries. The most-represented countries were India, the US, Russia, Brazil, and Egypt. After careful review of the applications and interviews with the candidates, 50 entrepreneurs were awarded a French Tech Ticket. They arrived in the French capital in early 2016. The entrepreneurs were welcomed into startup incubators and by the partners in the implementation of the program led by the French Tech Initiative at the Ministry of the Economy: la Direction Générale des Entreprises, Bpifrance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, Business France, and Paris&Co.