A unique Market Access Programme for European startups

The French-German Chamber of Commerce is happy to launch Access2Europe, a programme to accelerate the growth of European startups in other EU markets. To carry out this unique programme, the Chamber has joined forces with 3 partners in major European startup hubs: CUBE (Berlin, Germany), Tehnopol (Tallinn, Estonia) and Peninsula (Barcelona, Spain).

Startups and scale-ups from Europe have the opportunity to explore and test 4 dynamic markets thanks to bespoke incubation and discovery programmes designed by the respective local partners. Access2Europe is a 1-year project awarded with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 grant.

What do we offer in Paris?

For European start- and scale-ups interested in the French market, the French-German Chamber of Commerce offers two distinct programmes free of charge:

3-month Market Access Programme:
Any start- or scale-up from Europe eyeing at doing business in France can benefit from an in-depth market access programme for up to 3 months in Paris. Selected companies will receive the following package free of charge:

  • free office space at the HEC Incubator in Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus
  • access to a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof (1000 startups, corporates and VCs)
  • expert-led sessions on doing business in France (sales, legal, intercultural, communications, HR)
  • connection to relevant industry and corporate players
  • access to key events in Paris
  • exposure via our communication channels

Dates: April to June 2018 or September to November 2018

Discovery Tours:
3-day tech tours will be organised for startups interested to discover the booming Parisian tech scene, including:

  • site visits and meetings with corporates, VCs, incubators & accelerators, KOLs and public administration
  • access to local tech events

Costs for hotel + participation are covered, participants only need to pay for their travel expenses. Dates: June and October 2018

Access2Europe is designed for startups, ideally with a strong technology background, having a prototype/product, preferably series A stage. We are looking for motivated teams with a genuine interest in expanding into the French market.

Interested startups can apply on

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About us

The French-German Chamber of Commerce has been fostering business between France and Germany for over 60 years. Thanks to its network and members ranging from major industrial corporates to SME and startups, it is today a key platform of the French-German business landscape. Its staff, based in Paris and Berlin, provide customised advice and services to German and French companies of all sizes, supporting the successful establishment and expansion of their activities. In the last years, the Chamber has established itself as an important stakeholder of the French-German Innovation ecosystem, facilitating contact between young and emerging companies with established players. In this context, it organizes Tech Tours, provides dedicated coaching to entrepreneurs and runs events connecting the French-German startup community.