TigerTalks Digital: Why Entrepreneurs Choose France

Oct 8, 2020, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdocs
  • Undergraduate Students
Event Description

The French entrepreneurial landscape is rapidly evolving and the diverse mix of panelists will share their perspectives on the transformations as well as the opportunities and challenges they present.

On October 8th at 6 PM CEST/9 AM PDT/12 PM EDT, please join a global audience of Princeton alumni, students, faculty, and guests and engage with an alumni panel of French founders alongside professional investors. They will share their perspectives and insights on a range of topics, including trends in entrepreneurship in France, myths and realities of launching a startup company in France, issues facing women founders, and investor perspectives on funding startups.

The panel will be comprised of two Princeton founders, representing different types of companies and funding strategies, and two investors also with different funding backgrounds – one from the VC world and the other with deep university technology licensing experience. The panelists include:

Celica Thellier d’Auzers ‘90, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, ChooseMyCompany, an HRtech company on a mission to enhance the relationship with Work, for each individual and all organizations.

Gregoire Landel ‘98, CEO and Founder, CityTaps, a social enterprise committed to assure running water for every home.

Bruno Rostand, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, PSL; overseeing the University's student entrepreneurship programme and technology transfer department.

Francois Paulus, Founding Partner, Breega; a founder-friendly VC firm investing at the seed and Series A stages in promising European high-tech startups.

Terence Strick ‘94 (moderator), Professor, ENS (Ecole normale supérieure) where he holds several patents in nanotechnology and biotechnology and is currently spinning these off with the support of PSL and the entrepreneurship tools that the French research system provides its scientists to bring their research to market.

Following the panel discussion and audience Q&A, attendees are invited to join one of three planned breakout rooms during which the conversation will continue around (1) investor trends and opportunities and (2) founder experiences and challenges in the French entrepreneurial space.

As background:

  • PSL (Paris Sciences and Lettres) University federates a dozen of the most prestigious teaching and research institutions in Paris, taking advantage of their relatively small size to offer a liberal-arts style undergraduate education, a new approach in the French education landscape. It is currently the top-ranked French university in the World University Rankings and in the top 50 of the Times Higher Education global ranking.
  • TigerTalks Digital are PEC-sponsored virtual educational and networking programs that feature faculty and alumni entrepreneurs across a wide range of startup sectors. Previous panels have focused on topics such as blockchain technologies, AI in the fintech sector, water sustainability, smart cities, arts entrepreneurs in live theatre, autonomous vehicle solutions, computer vision applications, genomics, and pathways by female and black alumni entrepreneurs.

To request disability-related accommodations, please contact Neal Bituin - fbituin@princeton.edu no later than three working days prior to the event.

About our co-host:

The Princeton Alumni Association of France was founded to bring together undergraduate and graduate alumni of Princeton University in France, and facilitate engagement with the University from abroad. Over the years, PAAF has developed into a flourishing social and intellectual community of 400 members with a wide variety of events, ranging from academic lectures through the Alumni Speaker Series with prestigious speakers to community service initiatives and networking events. To learn more about the Princeton Alumni Association of France, you’ll find more information here.



TigerTalks Digital - Why Entrepreneurs Choose France


  • Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
  • Princeton Alumni Association of France
Event Series
Event Type
Panel Discussion
Angel funding
Business development
Venture capital