French Tech Correspondents
What is the French Tech Correspondents network?
As ambassadors for start-ups and the challenges of innovation within their institutions, they make their expertise available to start-ups and participate in the internal transformation of their organisations.
This is a community of 60 contacts, identified in the partner administrations and public services, including Business France, the Customs and Excise Department, INPI, AFNOR, the Banque de France and URSSAF.
They are familiar with the specific challenges faced by start-ups, providing support on issues such as international development, intellectual property, financing and human resources. They are in close touch with the issues faced by start-ups, and work with Mission French Tech to help develop public policies and regulations to meet the challenges of France’s competitiveness and attractiveness.
One example is the French Tech Visa, a simplified procedure for non-European investors, founders and employees of start-ups who want to set up in France.
Mission French Tech has a twofold objective:
- Reinforce the support provided by government departments to the start-up ecosystem, by mobilising their expertise and supporting companies as part of the French Tech Next40/120, French Tech 2030 and French Tech Central programmes.
- Ongoing sharing of start-up issues in the design of the French Tech Mission’s public policies
What does a French Tech Correspondent do?
The aim of a French Tech Correspondent is to facilitate relations between start-ups and the French authorities, by ensuring that entrepreneurs have access to :
- Dedicated support in all areas of business development (tax security with the DGFIP, intellectual property support with the Inpi, Banque de France quotation).
- More coherent public policies to support the development of their start-ups
In concrete terms, the French Tech Correspondent works closely with the start-up managers of the French Tech Mission programmes to :
- Better inform entrepreneurs about opportunities arising from legislation and regulation
- Identify new legislative or regulatory measures designed to promote the development of the French Tech ecosystem
- Ensure the presence of public services aware of start-up issues in the 16 French Tech Capitals
- Offer dedicated services to start-ups selected in the French Tech Next 40/120 and French Tech 2030 programmes
French Tech Correspondents are present throughout the country at various levels:
- At national level, in liaison with the French Tech Mission and the start-ups involved in the support programmes
- At a local level, present in the local branches of the authorities (e.g. regional mutuals), in liaison with the French Tech Capital representing a geographical area
The Banque de France assigns a rating to start-ups, taking into account the specific features of their growth model. This is based on balance sheet data and a strengthened dialogue with its network of Start-up Correspondents in each region and French Tech Capital. As a result, 90% of the start-ups in the French Tech Next40/120 listed by the Banque de France benefit from a listing that facilitates access to bank financing.
The list of French Tech Correspondents
A network of more than 60 administrations and public services, with 245 French Tech Correspondents appointed in July 2019.