YEi Start in France programme extended to SA


The YEi Start in France programme has opened applications for startups interested in growing their businesses in France and Europe, extending the call to South Africa for the first time.

The YEi Start in France programme, founded in 2005, is an accelerator for young science and technology companies, which provides a personalised immersion week in France including training sessions, networking and one-on-one meetings.

The programme will allow each laureate to benefit from an extensive customised business network and connections to the best resources in Europe. As of this year, South African companies are eligible to apply.

Selected companies will be provided with intensive training, and the chance to get to know the French research and innovation environment and learn how to do business in France. They will receive help with funding strategy, and legal, fiscal and financial support.

It provides assistance with creating a branch in France, and gives startups the chance to be mentored by experienced business people and meet with the open innovation team of a large corporation.

The week in France includes personalised meetings to identify opportunities, access to a dedicated project manager, and a visit to the best competitiveness cluster for the business.


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