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How to apply ?

Apply for the competition in the region you want to expand in and start meeting with an exclusive business community.

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Pick the region where you wish to grow your business

UK based startup wishing to grow in New York? Select the Americas competition.

Complete the application process

Please fill in the questionnaire which will take 20 minutes only and pay the application fees ($85)

Pitch, connect and win!

After being selected by a committee, pitch to the local competition. If you win, you will attend the Final!

2019 Jury members

A mix of investors, innovators and business leaders in the Americas eager to provide guidance to the competing startups.

All jury members

2019 Awards

French Prizes

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American Prize

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People’s Prize

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The FrenchFounders team

International and entrepreneurship is in our DNA as we help business leaders to connect and meet with each other, within our business club. We know how important and efficient it is to get the right connection at the right moment when building your business => We make it happen!

We decided 3 years ago to launch the Startup Tour, to bolster the business connections between startups, corporates and investors by creating a one of a kind competition where pitching is just the beginning of an impactful journey.

About BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 74 countries, with more than 190,000 employees, including more than 146,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.