Acceleration programs

The French Program for International Startups

Launch Your Startup in a Booming Tech Ecosystem!

Apply to Season 2

We are pleased to inform you that the 21st of June 2016, applications for the French TechTicket Program have been opened, for which South African entrepreneurs will be able to benefit to accelerate their business in France.
Last year, only one South African project was selected, and we really hope that this year, we will welcome more South African entrepreneurs in France! 
Please spread the word and apply!

The Paris French Tech Ticket aims to attract gifted and ambitious individuals from all around the world and to help them set up their startup in France.

This 6-month program offers end to end support on the journey from early stage start-up to successful business – from financial support and training to first customer acquisition.

Selected entrepreneurs will work closely with one of nine leading French Incubators providing among others mentoring, fundraising strategy, expert advice and pitch practice.

In January 2016, more than 50 entrepreneurs  were relocated to Paris to start the program, and in January 2017, more than 70 international startups will be relocated to all the big cities in France

At the end of the six months, entrepreneurs  had the option to renew this ticket for another six months to further fast track their growth.

Accelerate your business with YEi

YEi Start in France, started in 2005 between France and the USA, is an acceleration programme designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. In 2016, this programme has been launched in South Africa.

It provides an intensive training in South Africa and Paris and one week immersion in France that will allow laureates to benefit from of an extensive customized business network and connections to the best resources in Europe.

Further information: here 

What is the French Tech VISA ?

The French Tech Visa is part of the “Passeport Talent ” scheme which was launched in 2016. 

The French Tech Visa aims to attract foreign tech talents 
  • foreign start-up & scale-up founders and employees, 
  • foreign talents joining a French start-up or scale-up,
  • foreign investors and business angels.
Please note that citizen from European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need such a visa

General features :
  • Validity: Four years, on a renewable basis.
  • Family: “Talent Passport – Family” residence permit granted to spouse of the main applicant, guaranteeing identical family treatment and automatic labor market access (as an employee, business founder, etc.).
  • No work permit is required for any work performed as an employee.
  • Upon certain conditions, a fast-track procedure will be provided.


Soft Landing Packages

Paris landing pack

Paris Landing Pack


The Guide : Doing business in France

The Paris Landing Pack is a turnkey offer, ranging from 1 to 12 months, with limited administrative and logistic formalities. This package includes a desk in a Parisian incubator, a housing solution, a dedicated support for foreign managers by Paris&Co and the access to networking events organized by the agency and its partners

The purpose is to enable the entrepreneurs to focus on business development, to set up partnerships with companies or research labs, or to recruit their team. This initiative aims at fostering job creation in Paris, and internationalizing the Parisian ecosystem.

Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris, is launching a brand new welcoming program for foreign companies: the Paris Landing Pack.

This guide, Doing Business in France, written by the Invest in France Agency (IFA) in partnership with Deloitte, is intended to be a working reference guide to the business environment in France.

It has been designed especially for foreign company directors who would like to invest in France, where more than 20,000 foreign companies are already established, running businesses under many different legal forms.

While perusing the pages of this publication, we invite you to discover for yourself this environment stimulating entrepreneurial spirit, investment and innovation.