The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Business France (international French agency for business development) launched on June 24, 2015 the French-American Digital Lab // Connecting Cultures, a creative lab and economic development program for content creators and startups of the arts and culture sector. The goal of this initiative is to enable new startups and cultural content creators to adapt their product to the French and American markets, while discovering new ecosystems and developing partnerships with local members of the culture industry.
Produced in partnership with major parisian incubators (Numa, Gaîté Lyrique, Créatis, Made in New York Media Center and Paris&Co) and supported by the City of Paris and Institut français, the program will take place twice per year, alternatively in New York and Paris. The French-American Digital Lab is also supported by Orange, as part of the company’s larger strategic plan to support open investment.
The first call for applications for the New York November 2015 session opened on July 8th, 2015.
The French-American Digital Lab offers a unique opportunity for members of the booming U.S. and French startup scenes. Said French Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire, “The French-American Digital Lab will advance cutting-edge innovation by building lasting synergy between growing French and United States companies and adding the important nuance of cultural exchange. France and America have long nurtured a friendship around culture. This unique program incorporates that historic relationship into the startup sphere to build culturally fluent entrepreneurs and versatile products.”
This intensive 10-day program includes networking sessions, meetings, seminars, and creative sessions. Participants will engage in themed workshops relating to intercultural topics and technological creation. These sessions will encourage participants to think deeply about the fundamental building blocks and value of their projects in order to view them from a new angle. In addition to the seminars, participants will benefit from individual mentorship with experts of the tech sphere and the opportunity to network with a large web of cultural institutions to enrich their knowledge: museums, operas, television channels, audiovisual production companies, publishing houses, brands, and music distributors.