French Alps International Softlanding Exchange (FAISE) is a project financed by the French Government through its initiative “La French Tech”.
It is coordinated by its representative “French Tech in the Alps” with a local consortium including: Invest in Grenoble Alpes, Tarmac incubator and Savoie Technolac incubator, along with associated partners: French Tech Taiwan (TW), Empowered Startups (British Columbia, Canada), UBIK, Village by CA, Hub612, and Team France Export.
Crédits Grenoble Alpes Métropole
The idea is to support the international development of local startups in each ecosystem, by giving entrepreneurs all the necessary information to choose the right site for their international landing.
It also aims to increase the visibility of "secondary" ecosystems, which are not as well-known as destinations such as Silicon Valley, Boston, Paris or Shanghai, but may be a better fit for some startups.
For an international entrepreneur, setting up a business in a foreign country is not only a professional adventure, but also a life choice. This program aims at giving entrepreneurs the tools and partners they need to take this amazing leap of faith.
Participants will be able to proceed with launching operations in a new country… or decide to take intermediate steps to enable them to move forward when timely.
Each ecosystem will issue a call for interest to prospective candidates, then select the most promising projects to participate in dedicated bootcamps providing the critical business intelligence and contacts needed before choosing to create a presence abroad.
Beyond British Columbia and Taiwan, possible extension in 2021 to other innovation ecosystems such as: Munich, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seoul, Tsukuba and more.
WHY THIS SOFT LANDING PROGRAM?
Even at the startup stage, there are strategic issues at stake in terms of international development! This is a topic many startups and entrepreneurs have to address very early on when they plan the development of their company, and they need support doing so.
This observation motivated several stakeholders from the French Alps, along with some of our trusted long-term international partners, to launch a safe landing program.