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French Tech Ticket

06 Mar 2017 | A region on the move, Front page

Greater Lille hosts three foreign start-ups for a year under the French Tech Ticket program.

Following a call for candidates in the spring of 2016, three Lille-area centers of excellence have been chosen to host international start-ups under the French Tech Ticket program: EuraTechnologies (digital sector), Eurasanté (biotech, healthcare and nutrition) and Plaine Images (digital imaging and creative industries). Led by Métropole Européenne de Lille, representing towns and communities across the Greater Lille area, the initiative has created one more asset for the new Hauts-de-France region, which continues to forge ties with the global business community.

The start-ups:


Of the 180 winning applicants for the 2017 edition of French Tech Ticket, three have been in residence in Greater Lille since mid-January.

Carfit:

A North American company with a connected diagnostic system for automobiles, hosted by EuraTechnologies.

Mash&Co:

An Italian start-up with an educational app for young children, hosted by Plaine Images.

Weza Interactive Entertainment:

A Kenyan company with e-learning solutions, also hosted by Plaine Images.

Support for the newcomers


In addition to exposing start-ups to the ecosystem of excellence within their host incubators, the French Tech Ticket program provides:

  • €45,000 in funding per project, primarily for business costs
  • an evaluation at the six-month mark
  • a simplified procedure to fast-track residence permits for the winners and their families
  • a dedicated coaching program
  • a Help Desk to assist winners with formalities such as residence permits, funding, tax requirements, insurance and social security benefits
  • a Soft Landing Pack that helps participants find housing and provides them with a Welcome Guide to Lille, plus special offers from French Tech Ticket partners

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