Le Business: Empowering Startups

November 01, 2018

Joint Event



Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 7:00 PM To 9:00 PM


At The French Cultural Center


Co-presented with the French Cultural Center, this panel will explore the validity of President Macron’s desire to embrace entrepreneurship and compare the evolving business landscapes of Paris to Boston in becoming a cradle for startups.

What lessons can be learned from Boston’s ongoing evolution and what can be applied to the French business environment under President Macron’s term? Are France and Paris capable of the reform needed to adopt this agenda, sustain startup growth, and attract new ventures or promote repatriation?

Moderated by Martha Crawford, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School!


Students: $5
Members: $10
General Admission: $20


About the Moderator


Martha Crawford is a Senior Lecturer in General Management at Harvard Business School, where she teaches the school’s main course on innovation in the energy sector. She mentors start-ups in the US and Europe, through the Tech Stars program. Crawford also serves as a Director for Altran (Euronext ALT), a French multi-national specialized in R&D and engineering outsourcing.

Prior to moving to Boston in 2016, Crawford lived and worked in France for nearly 20 years. There, she worked as Chief Technology Officer for Areva (now Orano) and for Air Liquide, based in Paris. In these roles, she managed a global network of in-house R&D centers, as well as innovation partnerships with start-ups, national labs, and universities.

Holding a PhD in engineering (Harvard University SEAS) and an MBA (French College des Ingenieurs), Crawford blends a strong focus on technology development and cost control, with a laser focus on business models and go-to-market strategies. Crawford has been involved in numerous efforts to promote entrepreneurship in France since the late 1990s, including serving on the Boards of the Initiatives d’Excellence (IDEX), on the Advisory Board (Conseil Regional) of the Region Ile de France, and on the Boards of the CNRS and the CEA.

A dual USA-France national, Crawford has been decorated as a Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit. In her free time, Crawford raises children, competes in triathlons, and enjoys French cuisine and wine.




Le Business, a Series


Forty years ago, Général Georges Doriot took the helm as President of the French Cultural Center. French-born Doriot is regarded as a pioneer of venture capitalism, a legendary Professor Emeritus of the Harvard Business School, and one of the founders of l’Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires, which is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in the world.

In honor of his legacy, the the French American Chamber of Commerce of New England and the French Cultural Center / Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge proudly present a special series dedicated to French and American perspectives on business—from startups, healthcare, and biotech, to cross-cultural challenges in a global economy.


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