Taking place in New York on September 26th 2018

After a series of local competitions held across the United States, Montréal and Paris, 9 startups have been selected to compete in the Final of the Startup Tour.

The final jury is composed of entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and changemakers.

Meet the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem, US Venture Capital Firms and top corporate executives.

Master of the Ceremony


Tejpaul Bhatia
Startup Programs NY @ Google Cloud

Tejpaul Bhatia is the NY Startup Program Lead for Google Cloud. He was most recently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures. His most recent startup post was as COO for Explain Everything, an interactive screen casting whiteboard app. He also served as CEO and co-founder of Chatwala, a mobile video chat app and Kaptur (acquired), an app that enables users to aggregate photos taken at an event in seconds. Prior to founding Kaptur, Tej was Senior Manager of Product and International Strategy for ESPN, where he launched ESPN3 in the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe. Tej received his degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Special Guest


Jean-Yves Fillion
CEO, BNP Paribas USA and Chairman, CIB Americas @ BNP Paribas

Jean-Yves Fillion is Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas USA, overseeing the bank’s wholesale and retail activities in the United States, and Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) for the Americas. He serves on the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas USA and on the Boards of its subsidiaries: Bank of the West Corporation, BancWest Holdings and BNP Paribas US Wholesale Holdings, Corp. Since joining the bank in 1984, Mr. Fillion has served in a succession of executive positions. Previous to his current role, he served as CEO of CIB Americas, COO of BNP Paribas Fortis and Co-Head of BNP Paribas’ CIB European Platform. In line with the Bank’s worldwide commitment to tennis, Mr. Fillion is a member of the Board of Governors for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Jury Members

Elaine Paik

Elaine Paik
Vice President & Corporate Treasurer/Global Head of M&A @ Colgate Palmolive

Elaine Paik Paik is responsible for the company’s global treasury functions, including corporate finance, cash and liquidity management, pension management, risk management and treasury services. Paik joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1992 and held roles of increasing responsibility in the treasury and Colgate US finance groups.


Catherine Flax
CEO @ Pefin

Catherine is the CEO of Pefin and leads business and growth strategy for the organization. Before Pefin, she had a distinguished, multi-decade career on Wall Street, as the Managing Director and Head of Commodity Derivatives, Americas at BNP Paribas and as Chief Marketing Officer of J.P. Morgan.

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Kevin P. Ryan
Chairman & Founder @ Zola.com, Workframe, AlleyCorp, and more.

Kevin P. Ryan is an American Internet entrepreneur who has founded several businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider and MongoDB, and also built DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005 (sold in 2005 for $1.1 billion to Hellman and Friedman LLC, and acquired by Google for $3.1 billion in March 2008). After leaving DoubleClick, Ryan founded AlleyCorp, a network of three affiliated Internet companies of which he is Chairman and CEO. Ryan was named one of the « 50 Most Influential Business People » by Crain’s New York Business.

Diane Yu

Diane Yu
Co-Founder & CTO @ FreeWheel (Comcast)

Diane is Co-founder, CTO for FreeWheel, overseeing all aspects of engineering, development, research and operations. FreeWheel was acquired by Comcast in 2014. Prior to that, Diane run engineering teams at DoubleClick, acquired by Google in 2007.

Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet

Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet
Vice President Cloud & Cyber Security North America @ Capgemini

Nathalie joined Capgemini in February 2018 and leads the Cloud and Cyber-security department. She had a long career in the French government before moving to New York, in particular the positions of Regional Councilor for Île-de-France; Secretary of State for Ecology; and Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing. She was also Assistant General Secretary of the UMP and spokesperson to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 presidential election.

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Jérome Pesenti
VP of AI @ Facebook

Jérôme has been involved with artificial intelligence, natural language processing, search, big data and machine learning for the past 20 years. He currently lead the AI research (FAIR) and applied (AML) teams at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Jérôme was the CEO of BenevolentTech, the tech arm of BenevolentAI. Before that he managed a global team of researchers and software engineers within IBM Watson to create the IBM Watson Platform. He joined IBM after its acquisition of Vivisimo, the innovative search solutions company I co-founded in 2000.


Mickaël Ohana
Managing Partner @ Bandsintown Group

Mickaël co-founded CrossKnowledge and served as its CEO until June 2015. In 2013-2014, he won several recognized prizes: « French Leadership Award 2013″, “Top 50 most influential French personalities in the US », « M&A Deal of the Year » for the CrossKnowledge-Wiley transaction and “Who’s Who”. Mickaël is not Managing Partner at Bandsintown Group, the leading, preferred and fast growing live music community, connecting artists, promoters and fans.

Marine de Boucaud

Marine de Boucaud
Chief HR Officer @ AXA

Marine is Chief HR Officer and member of the Operating Committee for AXA Equitable Life, previously AXA US. She is responsible for talent management, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and employee experience. In addition, she oversees the Company’s internal communications and AXA Foundation. Under Marine’s leadership, AXA US was first certified as Great Place to Work (GPTW) in 2016.

Valerie Hermann

Valérie Hermann
President Global Brands @ Ralph Lauren

Valérie is responsible for all global brand development, overseeing Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lauren, Chaps and Home. She joined Ralph Lauren in 2014, prior to which she was President and CEO of Reed Krakoff. From 2005 to 2011, Valérie served as CEO of Yves Saint Laurent at Kering SA. Valérie is ranked 46th in the Fortune’s ranking of the world’s most powerful women in Business.


Matthieu Baret
Managing Partner @ Idinvest Partners

Matthieu is in charge of Venture and Growth Capital, he joined Idinvest in 2005. He primarily works in the telecommunications/media, software and digital sectors. He is also in charge of the ESG policy of Idinvest Partners, and was a member of the Private Equity Steering Committee at UNPRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment). Before joining Idinvest Partners Matthieu worked for Italtel, Europatweb, a venture fund founded by Bernard Arnault, and CapGemini Telecom. Matthieu began his career in 1994 at Bouygues Telecom, where he participated in the creation and launch of the mobile network.

Sarfraz Maredia

Sarfraz Maredia
Director, Northeast Operations / Interim Head of Cities for US & Canada @ Uber

Sarfraz is the Regional General Manager for U.S. & Canada Operations at Uber Technologies, based in New York City. In his current role, he oversees Uber’s business operations in more than 200 cities. Before joining Uber in 2014, he was Vice President of Corporate Development at IMS Health, a global information and technology services company focused on healthcare. He previously advised technology clients as a management consultant at Bain & Company and was an investor at Texas Pacific Group (TPG) as well as Dodge & Cox.

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Roger Spitz
Head of Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Advisory Americas @ BNP Paribas

Roger Spitz is Head of TMT M&A Advisory Americas for BNP Paribas. Before moving to the US, he spearheaded the development of BNP Paribas’ European Technology Investment Banking franchise (M&A, Capital Raising & IPOs) based in London. Born in South Africa, Roger started his career in Technology Venture Capital, and later worked in M&A within EY’s Technology, Communications & Entertainment sector before joining BNP Paribas Corporate Finance in London. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW, and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Durham University, UK.

Two panels will enhance the event

Cyber Security Panel

Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet

Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet

Vice President Cloud & Cyber Security North America
@ Capgemini

John Rogers

John Rogers

Chief Information Security Officer
@ BNP Paribas

Erwan Keraudy

Erwan Keraudy

@ CybelAngel


Renaud Deraison

Co-Founder & CTO
@ Tenable

Yun-Hee Kim

Yun-Hee Kim

Technology Editor
@ The Wall Street Journal

Climate Panel

Arnaud Brohé

Arnaud Brohé

@ CO2logic

Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova

Vice President, Government Relations
@ Schneider Electric

Ashley A

Ashley Allen

Sustainability Senior Manager for Climate and Land @ Mars


Evan Harvey

Global Head of Sustainability
@ Nasdaq

Eric Gernath

Eric Gernath

CEO North America
@ Suez

4 prizes awarded to the most innovative startups

Awarded to one of the 6 finalists at the final competition selected by the jury

  • A check of $20,000$
  • A one year FrenchFounders membership (for 1 person)
  • Business acceleration program with BNP Paribas experts in the US
  • Mentoring sessions by FrenchFounders members
  • Two desks at The Foundery co-working space in New York for one year (value $18,000)
  • 6 months of advertising on French Morning (value $15,000)
  • A voucher of $20,000 of Oracle credits
  • United Airlines flight tickets, round trip Paris CDG - US (or vice versa)
  • CH&Co. will provide support and mentoring to define additional use cases for the Financial Industry and expand sales opportunities leveraging CH&Co.’s international footprint
  • Support of the French startup by NUMA New York.
    - 1 mentoring session with Frances Simowitz (Program Director at NUMA New York)
    - 1 mentoring session with our Mentor in Residence John Lynn
    - preferred access to the selection process of the Acceleration Program: skip directly to semi-finals and 10% discount out of $25K program fee if startup is selected
  • Support of the French startup by Impact USA (most active acceleration program for French startups – CB insights 2017):
    - export diagnosis with the Impact USA team
    - preferred access to the selection process of the Acceleration Program: skip directly to semi-finals and 10% discount out of $23K program fee if company is selected

And more benefits to come…

Awarded to one of the 9 finalists at the final competition selected by the Grandes Écoles Alumni Association

  • A check of $5,000
  • A one year FrenchFounders membership (for 1 person)
  • Mentoring sessions with experts from the Grandes Ecoles
  • And more benefits to come…

Awarded to one of the 3 American finalists at the final competition selected by the jury

  • A one year FrenchFounders membership (for 1 person)
  • Support of the American startup by Business France and PRIME in the US and in France, valid for 1 year:
    - customized support on the expansion strategy in France with a dedicated project manager
    - business connections with French corporates in the US and in France
    - introduction to the local ecosystem (clusters and R&D Labs, startups innovation hubs, public institutions…)
    - opportunities to participate in PRIME’s TechMeetings in the US (San Francisco, Boston, New York) and Paris
    - invitation to key tech events in Paris (ex: Vivatech)
  • Support of the American startup by Paris&Co - free and direct access to their business acceleration program Paris Landing Pack_Explore:
    - a desk in the international incubator of Paris&Co, COMET, located in the heart of Paris
    - collective workshops with experts on the legal requirements for the creation of a company in Paris, business expansion and network development, etc…
    - access to events within the Parisian innovation ecosystem and the opportunity to pitch
    - dedicated support from Paris&Co international team
  • Business acceleration program with BNP Paribas experts in France
  • Mentoring sessions by FrenchFounders members
  • A voucher of $20,000 of Oracle credits
  • CH&Co. will provide support and mentoring to define additional use cases for the Financial Industry and expand sales opportunities leveraging CH&Co.’s international footprint
  • A Design Sprint facilitated by CBA USA: 4 days of intense work in NYC or San Fran to identify your business challenge, work together to find solutions, and create a prototype which will be tested by 5 customers (value $30,000)
  • Support of the American startup by 50 Partners:
    - 3 desks at 50 Partners coworking space in central Paris « Le Loft » for 6 months
    - 3 mentoring sessions with 50 Partners team
    - access to all 50 Partners events for 1 year
    - dedicated support and personalized introduction to 50 Partners ecosystem

And more benefits to come…

Awarded to the startup who gets the most votes on the dedicated platform

  • A check of $2,500
  • A one year FrenchFounders membership (for 1 person)
  • Wavestone will assist the start-up in its growth strategy with a hands-on approach leveraging our strong track-records thanks to Wavestone’s B2B start-up accelerator, Shake’Up
  • Mentoring sessions by FrenchFounders members
  • And more benefits to come…

Prizes will be awarded by

Anne-Claire Legendre

Anne-Claire Legendre

Consule générale de France
@ Consulat général de France à New York

Philippe Ricard

Philippe Ricard

COO BNP Paribas USA & COO CIB Americas
@ BNP Paribas

Finalists of the French Competition


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San Francisco

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Finalists of the American Competition

US Comp Droice Labs
US Comp Bubble 1
US Comp Augmate