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Le Créative Lab North America

8 Days Dedicated to Accelerating the Expansion of French Cultural Companies in North America

Le Créative Lab North America will welcome up to 12 startup companies from the cultural and creative industries–including but not limited to fashion, design, video tools, video games, VR, AI, edition, photography, museum tools and music—for an intensive 8-day program including training sessions, workshops, networking events, and personalized business meetings. The program is produced in partnership with top-notch incubators, VentureOut in New York and HUB Montréal in Montreal. Among the networking events scheduled is the “Demo Night,” during which participants will pitch their projects in front of professionals from the tech and culture industries, along with investors and media. The goal of this immersion in the New York and Montreal ecosystems is to enable participants to adapt their products or services to the North American consumer, to define a commercial strategy tailored to the market, and to establish initial contact with potential partners and clients in the United States and Canada.  

Targeting some of the most important tech hubs of North America

This year again, the Créative Lab North America will give France-based entrepreneurs the opportunity to add to the discovery of one of the United States’ biggest ecosystem, New York, Montreal’s growing tech and innovative potential.  

Home to more than 9000 startups and 1000 cultural institutions, New York City is the #1 city for tech—worth over $1billion in valuation—innovation and entrepreneurship. The city is also the 2nd largest startup ecosystem in the world, and a world leader in many other industries, including finance, marketing, media, art, and fashion. With an exponential growth of 18% of the city’s tech ecosystem in the last decade and an ideal geographic location bridging the growing European and American tech scenes, New York is a perfect fit for startups looking for an introduction to the U.S. market.

A growing hub for artificial intelligence, today Montreal is recognized as one of the international leaders in digital art and creativity. A strategic location providing direct access to nearly 1billion consumers due to NAFTA and CETA, the city offers financial benefits to companies including one of the lowest corporate tax rates on the continent (26.90%) and other generous tax credits, making it a high concentration zone for industry leaders. This fertile ground for startups specializing immersion, virtual and augmented reality, visual effects, interactive documentary and participative installations in public spaces has attracted giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft to join its burgeoning AI cluster. The city is also home to a dynamic film industry with a volume of activity of $1,5G per year, including $300 M in foreign production capital and $278M generated by the postproduction sector.

Le Créative Lab North America, a program of the Culture Services of the French Embassy and Business France, is part of French Tech New York and Bleu Blanc Tech.

More details are available on Le Créative Lab North America

You can also download the French-American Creative Lab Report 2017.

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