The Executive Directors of the French-American Entrepreneurship Award (FAEA) announced on April 20th the winners of the seventh annual edition of this business plan competition for French-speaking entrepreneurs.
Afineur, founded by Camille Delebecque (28) and Sophie Deterre (30), won the French-American Entrepreneurship Award for Art de Vivre. Afineur uses designer fermentations to craft tastier, healthier, and more sustainable food. Its flagship product, Cultured Coffee, redefines the coffee experience by unlocking new aromas and flavor landscapes.
StreamRoot, founded by Pierre-Louis Théron (26), Nikolay Rodionov (26) and Axel Delmas (26), won the French-American Entrepreneurship Award for Digital Innovation. StreamRoot is a new streaming solution that allows online broadcasters to provide better quality streaming while drastically reducing bandwidth costs.
Each winner received a cash prize of $10,000; six months of coaching support from successful entrepreneurs from the Club 600; six months of office space in New York City; one business class round-trip flight ticket New York-Paris; and one-year memberships to the French-American Chamber of Commerce and French Founders.
The following two competition finalists were also recognized:
Your LoveBox, founded by Charlotte Ogé (28) and Laurianne Ackermann (26), received honorable mention for Art de Vivre. Your Lovebox celebrates the French art of falling in love through romance box sets sold online and at luxury hotels in Paris and New York.
Content Square, founded by Jonathan Cherki (28), received honorable mention for Digital Innovation. Content Square specializes in web and mobile site optimization, providing solutions and services that help e-merchants to analyze, test and optimize their customer journey, to increase conversion rates.
During the awards ceremony, which was held at the Sofitel New York, Your LoveBox was selected as the FAEA People’s Choice Award Winner. Live voting was conducted during the evening, after each of the four finalist companies pitched their businesses and answered questions posed by entrepreneurs Frédéric Montagnon, Founder and CEO of Secret Media; Ilan Abehassera, Founder and CEO of Insensi; and Fabrice Sergent, Co-Founder and CEO of BandsinTown Group. Your LoveBox won a prize package that includes six months of office space in New York City; a one-year membership to French Founders; and one round-trip business class flight ticket New York-Paris.
FAEA partners thank the following sponsors :
PLATINUM: Pernod Ricard USA, Altour, La Compagnie
GOLD: French-American Chamber of Commerce; Corporate Suites; Le Village by CA; French Founders
SILVER: JC Decaux; Deloitte; Constantin; Deborah A. Nilson & Associates; Sofitel New York