Hollande's very enticing offer
FRENCH President Francois Hollande has turned to the global business community with an enticing offer – come up with an innovative business idea and the French government will help pay for you to carry it out on French soil.
The world-wide innovation challenge was launched in December. French and foreign entrepreneurs have been invited to submit projects and business plans and will get the opportunity to win grants of up to €200,000 to complete chosen projects in France.
Staff at the French embassy in Dublin are encouraging Irish entrepreneurs to throw their hat in the ring – essentially enticing them to up sticks to France.
There will be two intermediate closing dates of January 30 and March 31 and the first phase of the search will close when 100 projects have been selected.
Companies whose projects are selected will receive financial support in the form of grants of up to €200,000 per project.
From September 1, support will be provided for the development of around 30 projects.
In some instances, this support might be provided in the form of grants of up to €2m.
Further details can be found at http://www. ambafrance-ie.org/Innova tion-2030-Worldwide