Final Competition

Taking place in New York on September 18th 2017

This unique competition is organized around 7 local competitions in 7 cities in North America, between June and September 2017.
The winners of the local competitions will attend the Final Competition, where prizes will be awarded to the 3 winning startups (the prize for first place will be worth $100,000).
The Final Competition will take place in New York in September 2017, with several notable guests in attendance.

Attend the final competition

New York

Where innovation and entrepreneurship meet

The Final Competition will take place in New York on September 18th 2017.
Details about the exact location and dates will be available soon.

Selected Startups

The winners from the local competitions competing in the final

The Jury

Prominent experts in business and the tech industry will select the winner of the 1st Prize

Virginie Morgon Deputy CEO @ Eurazeo

Mrs Morgon oversees the firm’s investments and divestitures, and helps identify, accelerate and enhance the transformation potential of the companies in which Eurazeo invests. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Asmodee, Moncler, and Desigual and is an independent Board member of L’Oreal and Vivendi. She is Vice Chair of the Paris Committee for Human Rights Watch and is a founding member of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.

Michel-Alain Proch Group SEVP & CEO North American Operations @ Atos

After several executive positions held at Deloitte and Hermes in Paris, London and New-York, Michel-Alain Proch joined Atos in 2006 and is appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in 2007, later on supervising Finance, IT, Bid Control, Risk and Security. In 2015, he becomes Senior Executive Vice-President and one of the three members of the General Management Committee led by Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO. Michel-Alain supervises globally IT and Security and is the CEO of Atos in North America, based in New-York and Dallas. In these two capacities, he is a key contributor to the Atos Digital Transformation, particularly in Hybrid Cloud, Application Transformation and Big Data & Cybersecurity

Bruno D'Illiers Deputy Head & COO @ BNP Paribas CIB Americas

Mr. D'illiers is responsible for overseeing the following BNP Paribas departments: Finance & Tax, Information Technology & Operations, Governance & Control, and Branch Management. He also is a Board Member of all major non-banking subsidiaries of BNP Paribas with responsibilities for operational issues.

Alain Bernard President & CEO @ Van Cleef & Arpels Americas

M. Bernard covers the activities of the House in both North and South America, leading the development of awareness, business and teams in the region. Mr. Bernard has strong roots at the Richemont Group, having joined Cartier in 1998 and has since gradually occupied positions with responsibilities within the geographies where operates.

Franck Moison Vice Chairman @ Colgate Palmolive

With 30 years of Colgate experience leading product development and sourcing worldwide, he is one of the industry most distinguished leaders in consumer product innovation, strategic marketing, acquisitions and emerging market business development. Among his numerous responsibilities, M. Moison also serves as a Director of French American Chamber of Commerce.

Herve Brunet CEO & Co-Founder @

Executive with broad international experience in Europe, Middle-East & Africa and Asia Pacific, M.Brunet has led multinational teams to expand revenue in complex and competitive markets while implementing organizations that would sustain the growth. FreeWheel, a Comcast subsidiary since 2014, has acquired in May, 2016 for a non-disclosed amount.

Fabrice Grinda Co-Founder @ FJ Labs

M. Grinda is among the world’s leading Internet entrepreneurs and investors, he has successfully transposed and adapted business ideas. He is also a prolific angel investor with over 150 angel investments in various companies. M. Grinda has also served as CEO for three multinational companies and has an impressive track record as an early investor in Alibaba, Lending Club, Delivery Hero and Brightroll.

Thierry Delaporte Group Executive Board member and Head of Financial Services @ Capgemini

Thierry Delaporte is no stranger to transformation. Mr. Delaporte has held various roles since joining Capgemini in 1995 and has been a dynamic force behind company operations and strategic planning in several key businesses across four continents. The impact of his contributions to several key transformation programs continues to influence the business, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in October 2017.

Alexis Lê-Quôc CO-FOUNDER & CTO @ Datadog

Alexis brings a strong focus on technical elegance and operational efficiency to Datadog. Prior to founding Datadog, Alexis Lê-Quôc served as the Director of Operations for Wireless Generation where he built the team and infrastructure that served more than 4 million students in 49 states. As a member of the original “devops” movement, Alexis spent several years as a software engineer at IBM Research, Neomeo and Orange. Alexis holds an MS, CS from the Ecole Centrale Paris and has presented sessions on cloud monitoring and server performance at conferences including AWS re:Invent, Monitorama, DevOpsDays, Velocity, and PyCon.

Renaud Deraison CO-FOUNDER & CTO @ Tenable Network Security

Renaud Deraison is known in the global security community as the father of the Nessus® vulnerability scanner. Renaud co-founded Tenable Network Security in 2002. Before Tenable, Renaud was the primary author of the Nessus vulnerability scanner – releasing the first version of Nessus when he was 17. He worked for SolSoft and founded his own computing security consulting company, Nessus Consulting S.A.R.L. Renaud continues to contribute to the global security community. He is a member of the editorial board for the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures Organization. In 2013, he received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for defense and security.


3 prizes awarded to the most innovative startups

1st Prize
worth up to $100,000
  • - A check for $20,000
  • - Two desks at The Foundery co-working space for one year (value $18,000)
  • - A one year FrenchFounders membership
  • - 2 months of Public Relations USA powered by ESCAL Consulting - PR Agency, Europe + USA (value $11,200)
  • - 6 months of advertising on French Morning (value $15,000)
  • - Two round-trip flights between NYC and Paris
  • - A $20,000 voucher to be used on a selection of OVH cloud solutions, the startup will be supported by a solutions architect to choose and deploy it's cloud infrastructure. OVH Digital Launch Pad will promote the startup (events, social media..)
  • - Business acceleration program with BNP Paribas experts
  • - Mentoring sessions
  • - Consultations with lawyers and accountants, and even more benefits..
the French Grandes Écoles Alumni Association
  • Awarded to one of the 7 finalists at the final competition selected by the Grandes Écoles Alumni Association
  • - Prize money (a check for $5,000)
  • - A one year FrenchFounders membership
  • - 2 months of Public Relations USA powered by ESCAL Consulting - PR Agency, Europe + USA (value $11,200)
  • - Mentoring sessions with experts from the Grandes Ecoles
People's Choice Prize
  • Awarded to the startup who gets the most votes on the dedicated platform
  • - Prize money (a check for $2,500)
  • - A one year FrenchFounders membership
  • - 2 months of Public Relations USA powered by ESCAL Consulting - PR Agency, Europe + USA (value $11,200)
  • - One round-trip flight between NYC and Paris

After the Show

Private Lunch

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a VIP lunch for finalists, members of the jury, mentors, partners, sponsors. This will be an exclusive opportunity for attendees to engage with their professional.


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