MAIN LEADERS

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.

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Crédits Grenoble Alpes Métropole

A community whose goals are: 

  • Federate the French innovative and digital ecosystems

  • Accelerate the growth of the alpine startups

  • Increase the visibility of the Alps' ecosystems in France and abroad

Your local team for a soft and safe landing:

  • Provides sector-specific business information and local connections

  • Coordinates visits & meetings in the area with local professionals

  • Helps you to take advantage of French business incentives

  • Assists you in setting up your French operations

  • Supports Talent Recruitment

  • Helps you find an office location, business center, warehouse, etc.

FAISE partner incubator in Grenoble Alpes: 

  • Individual entrepreneurial coachin

  • Mentoring

  • Contacts with relevant professionals & experts

  • HR & recruitment support

  • A plug & play rental offer

  • Meeting rooms & services

  • Training & workshop

  • Social events, meetups

  • “Open Innovation Days” with major groups

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Goal to better connect France & Taiwan startup ecosystems:

  • Providing support to French Tech start-up's ecosystems interested in growing their business and investing in Taiwan

  • Supporting Taiwan’s startups with ambition to scale business in France / Europe

  • Leveraging on an extensive community present in 35 countries

  • Contributing to build France as a “Start-up Nation”

  • Creating, coordinating or simply promoting startups’ exchange programs between France and Taiwan

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Transnational business incubator and foundry certified by the Government of Canada, partnered with public bodies in France and Portugal.

Empowered Startups Platform:

  • Available to all GIN participants for 1 year

  • Proprietary virtual incubation platform

  • LEAN startup e-workshops

  • Collaboration space

  • Business model validation tools & reporting

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OBJECTIVES

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.

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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.

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Beyond British Columbia and Taiwan, possible extension in 2021 to other innovation ecosystems such as: Munich, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seoul, Tsukuba and more.

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WHY THIS SOFT LANDING PROGRAM?

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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.