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Key Dates 2014-2015


Opening of submissions for the Business Plan Competition


Deadline to submit entries to the Business Plan Competition


Announcement of Semi-Finalists


Award Ceremony

Past Winners



Arthur Lenoir, Adrien, Cognee and Baptiste Poirier, co-founders of Jellynote, are the winners of the 2013-2014 French-American Entrepreneurship Award.



Melchior Scholler, Felix Winckler and Etienne Adriaenssen, co-founders of Poutsch, are the winners of the 2012 French-American Entrepreneurship Award.


Tomi Otee

The winning project for the 2011 edition of the Award was submitted by Thomas Ferré, a 31 years old French and the founder of Tomi Otee, a golf apparel brand currently sold in the USA and Korea.


Les Canelés de Céline

The winning project for the 2010 edition of the Award was submitted by Céline Legros, a young French entrepreneur passionate about cooking who switched career (former business lawyer) by passion.

The Advisory Committee

  • Cargill

    Emmanuel Cargill

    Executive Director and Co-founder

    Emmanuel Cargill is a senior vice president Human Resources at Pernod Ricard USA, the co-leader in the global wines and spirit industry

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  • Coleon

    Yves Coleon

    Executive Director and Co-founder

    Recognized as a leading expert on business creation, brand management and organization development, Yves Coleon has 30+ years

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  • Ardiet

    Sylvain Ardiet

    Managing Partner & Chief Architect

    Sylvain Ardiet is a Managing Partner and the Chief Architect at Alphaserve Technologies. With over 18 years

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  • Benaiche

    Norbert Benaiche

    Practice Leader, Deloitte

    Norbert Benaiche leads the French Business Services Group of Deloitte in the US

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  • Bischoff

    Martin Bischoff

    Managing Director, FACC

    Martin Bischoff is Managing Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City.

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  • Busquet

    Anne Busquet

    President, AMB advisors

    Anne Busquet is President of AMB Advisors where she advises companies on business strategy, marketing and development

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  • Castelnuovo

    Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Founder & Managing Director, Fraiche PR

    After leading international PR campaigns for image-driven brands at Diageo, Seagram and Coty, Diana Castelnuovo -Tedesco founded New York

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  • Draghi

    Eric Draghi

    Founder & CEO, 1000 Passions

    Eric Draghi is the founder and CEO of 1000 Passions Inc. Married to an American woman with two children, he lives and works in Westchester, NY

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  • Ferre

    Thomas Ferre

    Founder, Tomiotee

    Thomas Ferre is an investor and entrepreneur, having spent most of his career in Private equity investing across the globe and in particular

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  • Scholler

    Melchior Scholler

    Co-Founder & CEO, Poutsch

    Melchior Schöller is the co-founder and CEO of Poutsch , an online polling platform that won the 2012 FAEA

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  • Thollot

    Stephan Thollot

    Principal, Ernst and Young

    Stephan is a principal in the transaction advisory service department of Ernst & Young in New York.

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