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VentureOutNY and Effective Capital Present The French tech Connection

1/8/2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In partnership with Effective Capital, we are excited to be hosting VentureOutFrance, a 5-day New York market accelerator program for French startups looking to make a splash in NYC. Taking place from January 6th to 8th, our delegation will be immersed into the NY tech ecosystem, visiting the venture capital funds, startups, large tech companies and service providers that make up this great community. And on January 8th we will host "Betas & Baguettes", a French tech showcase, an opportunity for our companies to pitch an esteemed panel of New York venture investors.

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Thanks to our great partner Effective Capital, the winner of the VentureOutFrance Challenge will have their entire trip paid for, flights and accommodations, for the entire week! So, if you are interested in winning a free trip to pimp your awesome French startup in NYC, apply here. The companies will be chosen by a board of successful French entrepreneurs, listed below.

If you have any questions, email info@ventureoutny.com.

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Event Co-Host

Effective Capital

Effective Capital is an innovative, full service financial advisory company dedicated to the prosperity, entrepreneurial spirit and capital preservation of a selected group of unique Entrepreneurs. They offer innovative financial solutions to entrepreneurs, including from corporate finance, international real estate structuring and financing, tax optimization, asset management and more. Effective Capital is dedicated to a unique focus: the development, funding and preservation of entrepreneur's professional & personal assets.

Keynote Speaker

Gaspard de Dreuzy

Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Kapitall

Gaspard is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the entertainment industry, particularly as an executive producer of video game software. He co-founded three game production, development and consulting companies and produced titles for PC, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii systems. He has worked with some of the world’s top game developers and publishers including Atari, THQ and Mattel on popular franchises such as Ready 2 Rumble Boxing. Gaspard was also a senior strategic marketing consultant at Warner Music. A native of Paris, Gaspard and his wife moved to New York in 2006. He received a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Investor Panel

Joy Marcus

Venture Partner, Gotham Ventures

Joy Marcus joined DFJ Gotham Ventures as a Venture Partner in May 2011. She recently led the firm’s seed investment in Dailyworth, a digital media company focusing on the financial lives of women. Prior to joining DFJ Gotham Ventures, Joy was General Manager, US for video website Dailymotion. Prior to Dailymotion, Joy was SVP Global Marketing at Time Warner. An industry veteran, Joy served as VP Business Development of Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public in 1999, and was VP International Business Development at MTV Networks, facilitating the launch of new channels around the world. She began her career as an M&A lawyer at Debevoise & Plimpton. Joy was named to the Digital Power 50 by the Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010, and is a regularly featured speaker at industry events including OMMA, NATPE and Digital Hollywood. She is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University School of Law. Joy lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

David Teten

Partner, ff Venture Capital

David is Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. He is a Mentor with Dreamit Ventures, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Founder Institute (New York and Singapore), Lean Startup Machine, and the Startup Leadership Program. David was formerly Founder and CEO of GoldNames. He worked with Bear Stearns' Investment Banking was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA, both with honors. While still in college, he built a technology consulting firm with 35 clients.

Chrisophe Garnier

Founding Partner, Spark Labs

Entrepreneur with strong track record in shaping and guiding organizational success in the digital commerce and new media industries. Been capitalizing on my expertise with start-up companies between Europe, NYC and Silicon Valley to launch e-commerce & m-commerce companies between Europe and North America. Vast experience in scaling start-up style businesses to corporate level operations, in both volume and global presence.

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Luna Atamian

New York Regional Organizer, FWD.us

Luna Atamian is the New York Regional Organizer for FWD.us. Working to build a political infrastructure in the booming New York City tech community Luna brings to bear diverse experiences in community organizing, human rights and law. After graduating from Sorbonne Law School in Paris, Luna gained valuable experience working both in law firms for corporations in Europe. She decided to come to the United States in 2012 to study human rights at Columbia University and today is happy to call herself a (transplanted) New Yorker.

Startup Selection Committee

Ilan Elbase

Founder & Managing Partner, Effective Capital

Ilan Elbase is the Founder and Managing Partner of Effective Capital since 2012. Ilan previously conducted numerous transactions as a Director at M&A boutique Financière Cambon for 5 years. He started his career in New York at Goldman Sachs and Calyon.

Ilan graduated from ESSEC Business School and the University of Richmond, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Yohan Ruso

CEO, Priveal

Yohan has extensive experience in the field of e-commerce and international business relations. He is one of the Board Members of Prestashop, and is the former CEO of EBAY France.

Yohan graduated from ESCP Europe Business School.

Benjamin Hakoun

CEO, FittingBox

Benjamin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fittingbox, a leading SaaS company in the eyewear industry. He is also a speaker at the Sciences-Po Paris and board member of start-up contest Petit Poucet.

Benjamin graduated from HEC Paris.

Jonathan Zisermann

Co-Founder, Mediastay

Jonathan is the Co-Founder of Mediastay, a web company that enables brands, media, and retailers to engage with over 25 million people through its casual gaming platform. He is also an angel investor and a member of the French startup accelerator 50 Partners.

Jonathan graduated from EM Lyon Business School.

Sebastien Mejean

CEO & Co-Founder, Sojeans

Sebastien is CEO and Co-founder of Sojeans.com, the first European e-shop specialized in jeans, and has raised more than 10 million dollars.

Sebastien graduated from ESSEC Business School.

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