how much does the Exchange cost?

There is no cost for companies to apply to be part of the Business Exchange, and office space will be provided for the one person from each winning company at each host city for free. However, winners will be responsible for their accommodation and other expenses for the duration of the exchange.

What kind of programming will be offered to the winning companies?

In each city, free programming for the winning companies will include an introduction to a mentor, pitch training sessions, guidance on expansion efforts (legal, immigration, staffing, etc.) and various events with venture capital firms, government officials, and other relevant stakeholders.

Each city is in the process of finalizing the program agenda for the companies' stay, and updates will be posted on this website over the coming weeks.

Are companies required to expand to the host city following the exchange?

No, selected participants are not required to expand following the program. However, preference will be given to applicants that clearly display an interest in and a readiness to expand their operation into the partner city.

Are companies that already have an established office in the US or France, but not in NYC or Paris, eligible for the program?

We believe companies considering establishing their first international operation derive the most value from the program. However, if the company was founded and continues to maintain some of its operations its home city, it is eligible to apply for the program.  

ARE COMPANIES BASED OUTSIDE OF nyc OR pARIS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?

No. Since the exchange program is between the NYC and Paris, only companies based within these cities (municipal boundaries, not metropolitan area), are eligible to apply.

For Parisian Companies Applying to NYC

Do I Need a Visa to Come to the US As Part of tHis Program?

Yes, you will be able to come to the US as a temporary visitor. Information on the type of visa to apply for and the requirements for it can be found here. More details will be provided to the winning companies.

Note, the visa application and the associated fees are the responsibility of the wining companies, not the program organizers. 

WHERE WILL the winning COMPANIES WORK FROM WHILE IN NYC?

Winning companies will receive free space for one person courtesy of our official host, Made In NY Media Center by IFP. You can learn more about the space and offerings here.

Will The Winning Companies Be provided room and board in NYC?

No. While the program provides six months of free office space, the winning companies are responsible for finding and paying for their own room and board in NYC.

For NYC Companies Applying to Paris

Do I Need a Visa to Come to France as Part of THis Program?

Yes, you will need to apply for a long-stay (non-Schengen) visa to stay in France for more than 90 days. Information on the type of visa to apply for and the requirements for it can be found here. More details will be provided to the winning companies.

Note, the visa application and the associated fees are the responsibility of the winning companies, not the program organizers.  

WHERE WILL THE WINNING COMPANIES WORK FROM WHILE IN Paris?

Winning companies will receive free office space for one person at one of the 10 incubators run by Paris&Co. For example, fashion companies will be placed in the Ateliers de Paris, a premier fashion incubator.

WILL THE WINNING COMPANIES BE PROVIDED ROOM AND BOARD IN Paris?

No. While the program provides six months of free office space, the winning companies are responsible for finding and paying for their own room and board in Paris.

Where can I find Additional information about the program?

On November 23rd, we hosted an informational webinar.  A recording of that session can be found here.