Start US up!

The Embassy of the United States of America in France, in collaboration with INCO, is pleased to announce a call for applicants for its annual program Start US up!. Building upon the success of four previous years of the program (under the name Yes Oui Can), the mission of the program remains the same: a free two week boot camp for 20 select young people (with or without degrees) to become familiar with the basics of entrepreneurship and start up development.

The 2018 edition will take place between October 21 to November 2nd, with participants beginning in the Alpes region of Serre Chevalier before finishing in Paris.  

Start US up! is a program created and financed by the US Embassy in France and developed in partnership with INCO. The program permits French youth from the ages of 18 to 25 to develop substantial knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship. Start US up! is designed for motivated and talented youth who might otherwise have difficulty accessing traditional networks of resources in entrepreneurship or stable employment on the labor market.

The two week program is comprised of numerous activities and workshops related to entrepreneurship and leadership, and this year, will integrate the practice of mountain sports into its curriculum. Participants will be supervised during activities by leading American and French entrepreneurs as well as top athletes. The program will culminate with a project pitch at the US Embassy in Paris before a jury of business experts and entrepreneurs.

The United States and France both understand that entrepreneurship is essential to economic growth and steady employment opportunities for young people. Start US up! equips these young people with the knowledge and skills they need to open as many opportunities as possible for themselves and their communities. Through this program, we hope to instill in these young people not only the desire to undertake and realize their projects, but above all to prove that entrepreneurship is not, and should not be, something considered for a privileged elite.

  • Angela Aggeler, Minister Councilor for Public Affairs of the United States Embassy in France

Through Start US up!, a program which combines the values of both sports and entrepreneurship, twenty aspiring young entrepreneurs will benefit from substantial support to help them develop their ideas. “

  • Nicolas Hazard, President of INCO

The application for the 2018 program is available online at:

View highlights from last years program here: