The applications for NETVA 2018 are open
The NETVA program is launching its 2018 edition for innovative startups. The applications are open until March 31st.
The aim of NETVA, which was created in 2010, is to address the need for internationalisation of French start-ups developing innovative, high value-added products. The programme is aimed at French start-ups and SMEs in innovative technologies, originating from or backed by research laboratories, regardless of the sector of activity, and which intend to develop in North America. NETVA, a key partner of Inria's innovation policy, has already helped over 65 start-ups.
The winners of the competition take part in a personalised programme in three stages:
- a training seminar in Paris in June on the approach to North American markets;
- the support of a North American mentor who guides them in their understanding of the American environment and in their search for partnerships;
- an immersion week at the end of October in one of the four most dynamic ecosystems in the United States and Canada: Massachusetts (Boston), Silicon Valley (San Francisco), Washington D.C and Ontario (Toronto).
During this visit, the entrepreneurs take part in seminars to compare their business model with North American reality and in individual meetings with key players in their area of activity. NETVA represents a unique opportunity for the young French companies to benefit from training and contacts by building on the expertise of local players specialised in business development in the United States and Canada.
Since 2010, NETVA has supported 65 start-ups. In particular, more than 30 experts helped each promotion to guide them in their search for contacts. Each prizewinner obtained 10 to 15 individualized appointments and all were presented to the wide network of contacts of the French Embassies in North America.