In an initial round that took place in February, a group of 13 companies was chosen out of 24 startups and SMES that applied. They had the opportunity to pitch to a bilateral expert judging panel composed of healthcare experts, investors and representatives of innovation organizations from Paris and Boston, such as Brown Rudnick, Acceleration International and Bpifrance. In the second round eight companies were selected based on their innovative solutions, team expertise and business potential for the US market.
The winners will attend an intensive five-day program in Boston in early May. This includes workshops focusing on reimbursement, healthcare economics and fundraising strategy, and qualified mentoring sessions as well as further pitching opportunities. They will also benefit from increased visibility in the US market. On March 20, they all attended a one-day preparatory bootcamp organized by Bpifrance, at its dedicated space for innovation in Paris (Le Hub), in order to be fully operational on arrival in Boston.
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