EXTEND AND ADOPT-A-CONTRACTOR WIN THE 2018 FRENCH-AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
New York, June 26, 2018
The winners were revealed last night at a special ceremony and reception.
“We were very impressed with the quality of this year’s candidates, and especially our four semi-finalists,” said Anne Busquet, President, AMB Advisors and President, FAEA.
“EXTEND and ADOPT-A-CONTRACTOR stood out as solid startups positioned to go the distance in the very competitive entrepreneurial world. Both are exceptionally strong and well positioned in their respective markets. We are delighted to be able to support these ambitious entrepreneurs.”
First place winner
was represented by Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Jamison, Co-Founder and COO/CMO Guillaume Bouvard, and Co-Founder and CTO Danny Morrow. EXTEND, based in New York, NY and Paris, France, is a mobile-first platform that enhances the potential of business credit cards by allowing cardholders to safely share existing card with employees and freelancers while retaining spending control and without releasing the card number.
Second place winner
ADOPT-A-CONTRACTOR was represented by Co-Founder and CEO Raphael Gabsi and Co-Founder and COO Stephane Gabsi. Based in Miaimi, FL, ADOPT-A-CONTRACT is an online platform that matches homeowners with leading, local, professional contractors to help streamline the hiring process and ensure confidence for real estate owners.
The first-place and second-place winners received a cash prize of $10,000 and $5,000, presented by FACC and Bank of the West respectively. In addition, both winners will receive coaching from CCE (Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de France) Dreamstart 1234; fully furnished office space in New York City for six months provided by Corporate Suites; a one year membership to the French-American Chamber of Commerce; and media appearance and media coverage opportunities.
Four semi-finalists, including the winners, presented their companies to an esteemed jury on Sunday, and again last night, to an audience of approximately 125 French-American business leaders as well as an expert panel who conducted a lively Q&A with each candidate. The panel was comprised of Serge Kreiker, Co-Founder & CTO, TradeIt; Frederic Montagnon, Co-Founder & CEO, Legolas Exchange; and Pauline Oudin, Managing Director & Partner, Gradient.
The two additional semi-finalists who presented and were also recognized are:
AIRCALL, represented by CEO Olivier Pailhes (New York, NY.) AIRCALL is a phone system that installs in minutes and connects all phone communications to all other software businesses use providing an easier and more powerful solution customer service and sales teams to better engage with clients.
INHEART, represent by CEO and Co-Founder Jean-Marc Peyrat, PhD (Pessac, France.). INHEART Provides cardiologists with a 3D virtual model of a patients’ heart that can be used to plan and guide interventions to treat heart rhythm disorders.
The French-American Entrepreneurship Award is open to company founders in business for three years or less who are fluent in both French and English. Geared to early stage projects, eligible entries must offer a product or a service that is commercially viable on the American market with a demonstrated ability to generate revenues.
For more information about the French-American Entrepreneurship Award, please visit http://www.faea-us.com/.
The French-American Entrepreneurship Award is supported by the generosity of the following sponsors:
BNP Bank of the West, The French-American Chamber of Commerce
JC Decaux, Deloitte, RATP Dev
Kusmi Tea, Sorteer
Organizer: Club 600
The Club 600 was established in 1985 by a group of French-speaking business executives in New York City. Their intention was to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences among Francophones living in New York and to contribute to the development of economic, commercial and financial relations between French and American business entities. The Club continues the same mission and today is composed of senior managers and owners of US companies with more than 100 members in four chapters (New York, Miami, France and Mexico). The FAEA was created to honor the memory of one of its members, the late Dominique Mercier, a successful entrepreneur.