France: a startup nation? Paris: the European hub for entrepreneurs and innovators?
That’s exactly what we’re trying to do in our great city !
Paris, long perceived as a museum-city only attractive for tourists, has henceforth grown into a fantastic and undeniable place to run a startup. And it’s not just the growth of Paris’ startup ecosystem, the fastest in Europe in recent years. Paris currently boasts more than 5000 startups and an ever-growing landscape of co-working spaces, accelerators and incubators Together with a much envied talent pool, a more than potent funding environment, an incredible concentration of Fortune 500 HQs and renowned academic and research institutions. In a nutshell : one of the most complete innovation ecosystems, willing to open its gates and work on the challenges our world/cities face. We strongly believe that this innovation ecosystem can only grow stronger if it becomes more open and accessible to international entrepreneurs.
At the same time, we are convinced that our cosmopolitan city offers so many untapped business opportunities for innovative companies. And this is where we come in…
Our input in this challenge : make it easier for international entrepreneurs when expanding to Europe and moving to Paris. At Paris&Co, we do understand that expanding abroad is a huge challenge for a startup, especially into a world city of 12 million inhabitants. Therefore, we needed to come up with hassle-free and flexible soft-landing tools designed for foreign entrepreneurs wanting to explore business opportunities in this great city.
How ? In 2016, we launched COMET, Paris’ first 100% international incubator located in the very center of the city.
We started Paris Landing Pack_Explore, a 1 month business acceleration program for international startups.It gives the selected entrepreneurs the tweaks on how to make it in Paris. Thanks to the support of curated experts and Paris&Co’s international team, entrepreneurs can obtain a better understanding of the do’s and don’ts in doing business in France, validate their market fit and start making vital connections. We also designed (the) Paris Landing Pack_Invest, a flexible and simple co-working offer which allows foreign entrepreneurs to stay up to 12 months in our international incubator at Comet .
During the first year of the Paris Landing Pack_EXPLORE program we received more than 240 applications from 60+ countries, which confirms the growing international interest in the French Tech scene. And this is what drives us : Having the opportunity to connect entrepreneurs from (literally) everywhere with our ecosystem.
The next steps for us? More programs. More partners onboard. More entrepreneurs from all over the globe. More diversity. More perks and services for entrepreneurs. More connections with this exciting ecosystem.
“Paris is always a good idea”
– Report on 4 editions –
217 applications from foreign startups