Start US up!

The Embassy of the United States of America in France, Boxer Inside and the Carburateur are opening the call for applications for Start US Up. For the first time in 2022, the program will be open to entrepreneurs and/or association leaders in Marseille and will be led by the Carburateur for the entrepreneurship side, and by the Marseille Boxing Club for the sports side. In Paris, the program continues to be run by the Boxer Inside association, founded by Sarah Ourahmoune, Olympic boxing medalist and entrepreneur. Start US Up supports young people with projects (companies or associations) and helps them to take part in the first ever inclusive Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

Start US Up is a program created and funded by the Embassy of the United States of America in France and developed in partnership with Boxer Inside in Paris and Le Carburateur in Marseille. It allows young people between the ages of 18 and 35, with or without diplomas, to benefit from a unique six-month fully supported accompaniment in the development of their projects, and to take part in the 2024 Olympic Games. The projects must correspond to one of the themes of the memorandum of understanding signed by the cities of Paris and Los Angeles for the organization of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games:

● Solidarity and inclusion
● Sport and innovation
●  Events
● The environment and sustainable development.

The program revolves around different activities and workshops related to entrepreneurship and leadership, but also progresses through the practice of sports (boxing, running, etc…). The participants are supervised by American and French experts as well as high-level athletes. The program is marked by two highlights: a great physical and mental challenge through an alpine hike of several days, then a final pitch at the Embassy of the United States of America in France.

“Making the connection between entrepreneurship, sports and the organization of the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris and Los Angeles is a challenge we are proud to take on, even more so with our French partners by our side!” Mark Toner, Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of the United States of America in Paris.

“After the success of the previous editions, I am delighted that Start US Up will be opening in Marseille, which will host some of the events of the next Olympic Games and where the entrepreneurial dynamic is particularly strong”. Kristen Grauer, Consul General in Marseille.

“The 2024 Paris Olympics are a tremendous opportunity to create jobs and develop the economy. They should serve as a catalyst for a progressing economy. Our ambition through the Start US up program is to support young people who are involved, daring and enterprising” Sarah Ourahmoune, founder of Boxer Inside, Olympic boxing medalist.

For more information and to apply:

The deadline for applications is January 3, 2022.


Press contact: Sophie Roy-Sultan – Embassy of the United States of America – –