2018 Germinators Face-Off Startup Pitch Competition



On June 29th, the first edition of The Germinators Face-Off Competition, organized by the FACC Food, Beverage and Hospitality Committee, was held at the L’Oréal Café at Hudson Yards. Over 150 attendees gathered to hear the live pitches from finalists. The evening included tastings and presentations of finalists' food and beverage products, hors d'oeuvres from the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and French wine and Champagne. 

For this unique, inaugural event, the FACC partnered 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 received 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 received exceptional networking opportunities with Venture Capitalists and Angels.

The 2018 grand prize winner of the $10,000 cash prize sponsored by Bank of America was Oba!   Second place was awarded to Paris Sous les Fraises and the HT Capital Partners prize was awarded to Ancolie. 

Be a part of the 2019 edition! Startup applications are due on March 1st. Learn more about eligibility and sponsorship, communications and visibility opportunities for food, beverage and hospitality companies. For general inquiries, contact FACC Membership Associate Florence Cheiron, fcheiron@faccnyc.org. For press inquiries, contact FACC Senior Communications Associate Katelyn Heath, kheath@faccnyc.org.

Meet the Finalists:





Kya Bya Caviar

Paris Sous les Fraises


LB Signature

FACC Committee members include: 

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

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of this event:

Bank Of America Merrill Lynch, Daniel Prevoznak, Senior Vice President

Cargo-partner Network, Anita Joseph, Manager Business Development

D'Artagnan, Ariane Daguin, CEO

HT Capital Advisors, LLC, Florence J. Mauchant, CFA, Partner & Managing Director

La Compagnie, Jean-Charles Perino, EVP Commercial and Marketing

L'Oreal Luxe, Melanie Richards, Chief of Staff

Maison Kayser, Louis-Jean Egasse, CEO

Nestles Waters, Filippo Mazzaia, Horeca Territory Manager

Savencia Cheese, Sebastien Lehembre, Brand Manager

Sofitel New York, Marie-Paule Nowlis, Hotel Manager

Wineberry, Eric Dubourg, CEO