For the 2016 edition, Inria partners with the NETVA mentoring program so as to promote the participation of Inria startups.
Created in 2010 by the Office for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in the United States, NETVA (New Technology Venture Accelerator) is a mentoring program tailored for young, innovative French companies hoping to discover or better understand the inner-workings of the North American high-tech market.
This offer is broken down into different opportunities including, strategic trainings as well as access to a vast academic, scientific, and industrial network. An introductory session is organized for the group of laureates in Paris before joining one of the Offices for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States (in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.) or in Canada (in Toronto).
NETVA allows young French innovative companies to effectively address the North American market in their specific industry.
The selected companies will receive both entrepreneurial training and practice during a week long immersion in the U.S. The companies will also be supported and accompanied by one or two American mentors in order to establish a lasting relationship with American partners.
NETVA therefore offers 3 major components: training, mentoring and networking.
- Discover the support potential and mechanisms for innovation in North America.
- Analyze the opportunities for development or pre-installation
- Develop academic and industrial partners.
- Acquire an expertise of the North American market in the innovation sector.
In 2016, Inria partners with NETVA so as to enable at least 2 Inria startups to participate: 1 in San Francisco with the support of the Inria@SiliconValley program, and 1 in Boston.
NETVA 2016 call for application is open until April 8th, 2016. (laureates notification on May 23rd).
Find out more about the program, the selection criteria and application form on the program’s website: