Award Rules


The following rules, eligibility requirements and application process (jointly the “Rules”) are binding throughout the entire duration of the French American Entrepreneurship Award (the “FAEA”).

By participating in the FAEA, all applicants accept these Rules and agree to abide by them. FAEA committee reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who does not comply with the following Rules:

US Startups requirements:

All business sectors are eligible.

The startup (the “US Startup”) must operate in the United States (FEIN required) and (i) be incorporated in a U.S. state or territory for at most five (5) years or the startup will be operating in the United States by the end of the year OR

(ii) be incorporated in a U.S. state or territory for at most five (5) years and be a subsidiary of a French startup incorporated in France.

Non-for-profits entities are not eligible to enter the FAEA.

Management and Ownership requirements:

Applicants, whether individuals or members of a team, must be at least 18 years of age.

The US Startup must be managed by a French-speaking executive (CEO, President, or any other C-level position).

The US Startup must be owned by a French founder or a French fund with a minimum of 10% equity in the US Startup.


By the submission of your Executive Summary, you understand and agree that it will be shared with FAEA staff and Jury members. At times, actual and prospective participants in the FAEA ask that confidentiality agreements/NDAs be secured from FAEA staff and/or Jury members. While the FAEA appreciates the concerns behind these requests, as a matter of convention and practicality, confidentiality agreements/NDAs are not entered into as part of the FAEA. FAEA staff and Jury members are corporate executives, entrepreneurs, investors and are familiar with handling confidential information. However, the final decision about participating in the FAEA and about what information will be shared is the responsibility of the participants. It is the responsibility of the participants to keep confidential information confidential and to maintain the confidentiality of their own intellectual property.

If invited to participate in the FAEA final, participants authorize the FAEA to use their names, interviews and likenesses in all media, including but not limited to video, print, social and electronic media. Participants acknowledge that they are not entitled to reimbursement for the use of their name, photograph or participation in any and all media developed about and by FAEA.

Selected startup finalists/winners must attend in-person the Pitch and Q&A in front of the Jury and the Award Ceremony.

The FAEA Jury has the right to verify the eligibility of each Applicant. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the FAEA Jury.

Disqualification. Violation of any one or multiple Rules for eligibility will result in disqualification from the FAEA at any point.

All decisions made by the FAEA Jury are final. No correspondence will be entered into.

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