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FAEA Winners, 2014 2015

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FAEA 2014 - 2015

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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  • 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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  • Bessiere

    Cyrille Bessiere

    Founder and managing partner of Palais des Thés USA

    Cyrille Bessiere is the founder and managing partner of Palais des Thés USA, the North American venture of French premium tea company Palais des Thés.

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  • Rousseau

    Gilles Rousseau

    Chief Sales Officer, The Digital Marvels Inc.

    Gilles Rousseau is Chief Sales Officer at The Digital Marvels Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based omnichannel solutions

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  • Bernard

    Sandrine Bernard

    EVP, Solstiss Inc.

    Sandrine Bernard is the Executive Vice-President of Solstiss, Inc., a subsidiary of Solstiss Sarl.

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  • Winter

    Alexandre Winter

    CEO & Founder, Placemeter

    Born and raised in France, and proud Brooklynite today, Alex, CEO and founder of Placemeter,

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  • Peyre

    Florent Peyre

    Florent is the Co-Founder and COO of Placemeter, a TechStars NY startup that raised close to $8MM to turn any live video feed into data and make cities smarter.

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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