International Starter welcomes english speaking early stage entrepreneurs from all over the world to come to Paris and accelerate their business idea into reality. We offer mentorship and tailored weekly workshops that help build your business and understanding of the ecosystem in France. Office hours are held with experts in the field to give you feedback on your business idea and answer some of the tougher questions that arise. We hold trainings on how to pitch your product to the public and our network of investors.
The International Starter program is an incentive from President Macron to welcome foreign start-ups into France. Our program helps entrepreneurs build cultural bridges to facilitate working in France and with multiple countries. A four year French Tech Visa is given to participants for our 7-month accelerator program. The Schoolab is located in the bubbling entrepreneurial ecosystem of Sentier in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. International Starter helps define and conquer problems that arise during the early stage entrepreneurial process. The Schoolab is a nurturing environment to grow and start your business in France.
Eligibility and Criteria
- International Starter is aimed at foreign early stage entrepreneurs.
- They have an idea that fascinates them, sometimes a product and a few customers.
- It is important for us that entrepreneurs come from all backgrounds and all formations (business, engineer, design, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, law, journalism, art …).
- What is fundamental is that they are passionate and respond to a real problem.
- Every year we accelerate two batch of startups: in February and August. To participate to the February session, please apply before November, and to participate to the August session, please apply before June. Applications remain open all year!
Awards and Benefits
- It is an amazing opportunity to experience the French startup ecosystem from within. We are convinced that the new generations have the capacity to meet the challenges facing our world and to reinvent themselves tomorrow.
- We help you to quickly create a startup that has potential, pushing you to confront your customers as quickly as possible.
- We mobilize an ecosystem of 100+ mentors and experts to help you make the right decisions and save you time.
- We create an environment of collective emulation, benevolence and mutual assistance between the startups of the accelerator.
- We teach you to know yourself better and develop your potential as an entrepreneur. Because what makes the difference between two startups is actually how well the two teams work together.
- By participating in the program you benefit from the Schoolab network of experts, mentors, entrepreneurs and large corporations.
- A team dedicated to Startup Acceleration programs at Schoolab is at your service when you need it most.
- You benefit from the ideal geographical location of Schoolab. In the heart of the Sentier, the Startups district of Paris, just a stone’s throw from the nerve center of Parisian entrepreneurship.
How To Apply
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