May 17, 2016
By Nadine Salib, FACCNE Communications Manager
A French delegation of 20 people from the 2016 Class from the Toulouse Business School (TBS) Executive Advanced Manager Program (le CPA) visited Boston, MA from May 1-7, 2016. The visit was organized in collaboration with the French American Chamber of Commerce, New England (FACCNE) as part of its services in the framework of promoting and advancing the economic and business exchange between the US and France. The visit was also an opportunity to identify potential areas of cooperation between the group from TBS and top organizations in Boston.
The program created by the FACCNE was part of a week long discovery of Boston's Innovation Culture and Ecosystem. The TBS i-WEEK (Innovation Week), which started with a two and half days at Boston University, included a visit to MassChallenge and an ecosystem brief of Boston at the Residence of the Consul General de France in presence of FACCNE’s partners such as French Tech Hub and Business France. The group had the opportunity to attend the Cafe des Entrepreneurs event and to interact with experts from MatchUpBox, AMA, Sharalike and Median Technologies. The delegation was also invited to a round table discussion with entrepreneurs at the CIC Boston. In addition to a visit to Lab Central at Kendall Cambridge and a tour of CIC Cambridge. Moreover, a Human Resources workshop, presented by Regis Mulot, Executive Vice-President, HR Staples, took place at FACCNE's offices.
The Chamber received positive feedback from Gerard Woodhouse, the Head of the TBS delegation who thanked the FACCNE team and partners for their efforts and contribution to a successful week. He highlighted the importance of this type of visit for the Business School as well as for the advancement of its objectives and international outreach.
by Nadine Salib
Offshore Wind Power Conference took place on October 28, 2015 at Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf in Boston, MA
Watch the video produced by the French American Chamber of Commerce, New England (FACCNE) here
The Federal government, through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has permitted and pre-qualified the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Wind Energy Areas for the first phases of offshore wind development by three lease-holding companies - Offshore Wind: Massachusetts DONG Energy, and OffshoreMW - through a competitive bidding process.
In the coming years, thousands of megawatts of generation capacity will retire due to aging infrastructure, inefficiency, or regulation, creating a gap in the Massachusetts energy market. As Massachusetts grapples with a complex set of energy challenges, questions are being asked about diversifying current energy mix while reducing the levels of carbon, sulfur and nitrogen that are produced and put in the atmosphere.
The Panelists were:
Thomas Brostrøm, General Manager North America | DONG Energy
Matthew Morrissey, Executive Director | Offshore Wind: Massachusetts
Derek Stilwell, Director, Sales and Tendering | Alstom Wind, NA
The conference was attended by 105 guests and generated positive interaction among the audience and the speakers.
by Nadine Salib
The French American Chamber of Commerce, New England hosted a reception for its "New Members” at the Residence of France in Cambridge on October 8, 2015 (watch video here.)
It was a great opportunity for the members to exclusively meet with the newly appointed Consul General of France Mr. Valery Freland who welcomed them in a short speech. He then gave the floor to Patrick Bian, FACCNE President who thanked both the current and new members for their trust in the Chamber and its ability to offer them all the necessary services, connections and visibility to grow. Patrick highlighted a few of FACCNE’s numbers such as
30 : marking FACCNE’s 30th anniversary this year.
400 : today FACCNE has 400 members from different backgrounds
1000: this is the number of attendees of FACCNE’s events for 2015
After his speech, Patrick invited Ludivine Wolczik, FACCNE Executive Director to give a speech. Ludivine introduced FACCNE’s new team of five who have recently joined the Chamber as part of its expansion and development plan.
Representatives of seven new members introduced their companies and their activities in addition to their potential to expand with FACCNE.
The seven speakers were:
Adeline Moya, Be Relax
Jared Kapela, CEO and Co-Founder of Job-Set.com
Francois Valencony, Mérieux Développement
The pitches were followed by a cocktail reception. This special New Members event takes place twice a year and it is a perfect occasion for new members to introduce their companies as well as their motivations of becoming a FACCNE's member.
During the reception, Nadine Salib, FACCNE Deputy Executive Director interviewed three distinguished guests:
Marc Francois, Essilor VP of operations for Americas and FACCNE Board member. Mark highlighted “The reason I'm on FACCNE board is just because I really believe that French companies have to bring some help in developing the French business abroad, and to make the people from abroad wanting to invest money in France”;
Jared Kapela, CEO and Co-Founder of Job-Set.com - Winner of the FABA 2015 Award -noted “We're very proud to be a FACCNE member, and we were lucky enough to be bestowed the FABA award in digital technology in 2015. We won it at an early stage in this start up, and since then we have spent a lot of time in further developing what we call our minimum variable product that we're going to take to market in early 2016”;
Patrick Tricoli, CEO Nanobiotix Corporation - Winner of the FABA 2015 Award - He comments “it was a very good and a challenging experience because talking 90 seconds is not easy. But it was very encouraging for us because it was only a few months after we arrived here”.
by Nadine Salib
On September 23, 2015 the Consul General of France, Mr Valery Freland, launched the Café des Entrepreneurs #10 (watch video here) at his residence in Cambridge. In his speech, he welcomed Dr Johannes Fruehauf, CEO of Lab Central and Mr. Sebastien Goiffon, co-founder and CEO of the French startup GB&SMITH. In addition, Mr. Freland welcomed the team of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACCNE), including its Board President Patrick Bian and its Secretary Ami Wright. The event was attended by a group of over 50 entrepreneurs, business leaders and partners.
Mr Sébastien Goiffon made a presentation of his company which is specialized in cyber-security software. His company was awarded several prizes such as the Deloitte Fast50 and the EY “Trophée de l’Entreprise d’avenir”. For more info, visit the company’s website www.gbandsmith.com.
After that François Ducroux, former President of the FACCNE, interviewed Dr. Fruehauf about his impressive contribution as a biotech entrepreneur in New England. Dr. Fruehauf spoke about the successful biotech innovation hub, LabCentral, which was launched in 2013. It has currently 130 scientists and entrepreneurs, and provides administrative support. This includes skilled laboratory personnel as well as all required services and support that early-stage companies need to test and grow their ideas. For more info visit http://labcentral.org/
Dr. Fruehauf has recently visited Lyon, France to discuss with key parteners the possibility of extending LabCentral business model to Europe. The FACCNE plays a key role in expanding entrepreneurs’ businesses in France. The Cafe des Entrepreneurs continues to be a great platform for exchanging with successful entrepreneurs.
If you would like to discuss your ideas with experts, join us in the Cafe des Entrepreneurs #11 on Nov. 4, 2015 @ 6pm in the residence of the Consul General of France to meet with the remarkable group of French winners of the Innovators Under 35, EMTECH MIT 2014. Join us to listen to their backgrounds, experiences and stories of success. For registration and more details, visit our website www.faccne.org
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