Introduction

The NETVA program (New Technology Venture Accelerator) offers young innovative French start-ups a program of personalized support, analysis of opportunities and development of technological partnerships in the United States. Led by the teams of the Service for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States (Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs), this program aims to meet the need for internationalization of French startups developing innovative products with high added value. This year, the NETVA program will take place with the sponsorship of Bpifrance and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

NETVA is aimed at young French startups in innovative technologies, in all fields, originating from or backed by research laboratories and who intend to develop in North America. The program is primarily aimed at early-stage projects. Projects relating to the themes of health, agritech, proteins of the future, artificial intelligence, energy, aerospace, quantum technologies and the film industry are encouraged, without however restricting the support to these fields.

Program details

The winners will participate in a personalized program in two phases:
– a training seminar in June or September in Paris focused on the approach to North American markets
– a week of immersion in early November in one of the seven most dynamic ecosystems in the United States (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC).

Seven innovative North American ecosystems

Atlanta and the Southeast: fintech, logistics, medical, smart cities;
Boston and New England: biotechnology, medical and life sciences, artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum, and low carbon energies;
Chicago and the Great Lakes region: agri-agro, physics-chemistry, engineering, medical;
Houston and Texas: energy transition, electronics-IT, medical, space;
Los Angeles and Southern California: life sciences, health, biotechnology, environment;
San Francisco and Silicon Valley: artificial intelligence, digital, data, software;
Washington D.C.: cybersecurity, defense, telecommunications, aerospace, federal regulations, govtech, social tech.

ATTENTION: The number of laureates selected for each geographical area is limited to three. Thus, a particular attention will be paid, where applicable, to the good fit between the sector of activity of the startups and the respective strengths of the open ecosystems described above.

Facts and figures

169

accompanied French startups

700

M€ raised by the laureates

15

accompanied startups each year

7

ecosystems