The Programme

YEi Start in France - South Africa at a glance


The YEi Start in France program was launched in 2005 between France and the USA. It is an acceleration programme designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe. It has been adapted to South Africa in 2016 and allow now South African start-up to participate the competition through the YEI Start in France - South Africa programme.

It provides an intensive training in South Africa and in 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.

 

The programme


The Embassy of France in South Africa, the Technology Innovation Agency and their partners are offering to YEi Start in France - South Africa's laureates a free week immersion stay in France including training, connections and mentoring for the laureates. This immersion week will be located in the Paris area and in one French region whose innovative ecosystem best fits the needs of each laureate.

The YEi Start in France - South Africa programme includes different levels of support to start in France :

Get to know the French research and innovative environment

Learn how to do business in France

  • Trainings with the most knowledgeable professionals about practical steps to do business in France
  • Learn how to do business in France.
  • Funding strategy
  • Legal, fiscal, and financial sessions.
  • Research tax credit process
  • Creating a branch in France

Personalized meetings to identify opportunities

Travel and accommodation in Paris and selected city

  • Access to a dedicated project manager to personalize and tailor your business trip overseas.
  • Personalized meetings to identify opportunities and create partnerships in Paris and all over France.
  • Identified the best innovation cluster for your business.
  • Round-trip ticket, accommodation and transportation in France.

Mentoring by experienced business people with successful experience in

conducting business between France and South Africa

  • Mentoring by experienced business people with successful business experience between France and South Africa
  • Immersion in an environment dedicated to the development of young technology companies.
  • One to One meeting with potential partners, research centers, incubators…