Food, beverage and hospitality events are coordinated by the FACC committee. The flagship event of the year is the Germinators Face Off, a pitch competition for startups representing French excellence and savoir-faire and wishing to develop in the U.S. market.





After a successful inaugural edition of The Germinators Face-Off, the food, beverage and hospitality startup pitch competition, the FACC committee is gearing up for a second edition in 2019. Building upon the success of last year, the committee and jury are determined to make this year even better, with a new round of innovative companies and increased attendance and visibility opportunities.

Hear from 2018 winner Oba, to learn how the mentoring and prize money has helped to advance their business. Where are they now? What are their plans for the future? How do they plan to support the next generation of startups?

This event will gather industry insiders and present members of the committee, eligibility criteria and application materials, event highlights and sponsorship and participation opportunities. Network with like-minded executives and learn how you & your company can get involved and benefit from this flagship event and other FACC initiatives.

Attendees will include select specialty grocers, logistics companies, production specialists, venture capitalists, finance specialists, incubators, etc.


About The Germinators Face-Off:

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is partnering with executives from top French brands in the United States to create a robust package, to reward a company representing French excellence and innovation in the U.S. food, beverage and hospitality market. One winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize, 1 year of mentoring from a committee of executives, FACC-NY CoWork space usage, and 1-year free FACC-NY Membership. 10 Finalists will receive exceptional networking opportunities with Venture Capitalists and Angels. Startup applications are due by March 1st and pitch night will take place on June 24th at the L’Oréal Café at Hudson Yards. APPLY HERE


FACC FBH Committee: 

Pierre Battu, CEO, Selavi Global

Cyrille Bessiere, Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Eutopia

Ariane Daguin, CEO, D’Artagnan

Eric Dubourg, CEO, Wineberry

Louis-Jean Egasse, CEO, Maison Kayser

Michel Larroche, President, Mom Group

Marie-Paule Nowlis, Hotel Manager, Sofitel

Jean-Charles Perino, Co-Founder, EVP Sales & Marketing, La Compagnie

Sidney Weiss, Managing Partner, Law Offices of Sidney N. Weiss


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January 22nd, 2019 6:30 PM   through   8:30 PM
Sud de France
724 Fifth Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10019
United States
Phone: (212) 867-0484
Event Fee(s)
FACC member $ 30.00
Non-member $ 40.00