Next Gen Paris: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Next Gen Paris: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Written and Curated by Lina Saidia

Incubators & Accelerators

A list of programs and organizations and their description

  1. Investors

VC firms, competitions, angel investors, etc.

  1. Administrative & Legal Paperwork

How to legally register your company, the auto-entrepreneur status, work visa, etc.

  1. French Tech Initiative

For any companies with tech at their core. Must read

  1. Freelance

How to find freelancers to kick start your project and/or freelance gigs to support yourself financially during the early days of your company.

  1. Office Space & Coworking Spaces

Where to work, pricing, advice, etc.

  1. Conferences & Events

The most important entrepreneurship events in the city and how to stay up to date.

  1. University Resources

University-specific resources for student entrepreneurs

  1. Incubators and Accelerators

Everything is available on Airtable and accessible through this link:

* French Tech Ticket partners are free for French Tech Ticket startups

  1. Investors

For now, most are available on the previous link to the Airtable database where you can filter through VC firms, angel investors, competitions, etc. by industry, startup stage, and funding amount.

Given the huge amount of investment opportunities available, especially for tech related projects, the list is not extensive and can be supplemented with links and other guides written previously.

This is a pretty comprehensive guide and a good place to start:

For angel investors in the city and/or interested in investing in companies in Paris:

  1. Administrative & Legal Paperwork

    1. Auto-entrepreneur status (a.k.a. micro-entrepreneur):

Anyone can have the legal status of an auto-entrepreneur for FREE as long as they are legal (18+) except:

  • Foreigners  (not including EU residents and Algerian citizens. Need to meet certain conditions first)

  • Activities in industries such as agriculture, real estate, art (cinema, photography, writing, TV, music)

  • Majority shareholders of an existing company


  • Online declaration no more than 90 days after the start of the activity

  • Insurance (for the company)

  • French bank account dedicated for the professional activity (up to 12 months after the creation of the company)

  • Some activities (culinary, automobile, crafts, constructions, etc.) might require completion or proof of a certified training


  • Accelerated and simpler procedures to register the company

  • Lower tax rates for both the company and the entrepreneur

Official government website with more detailed information and application portal:

This website is in French though, and even though the entire procedure is for free, there are some companies who offer services to handle the application (for a fee). This might be more convenient and worth it if you’re not fluent in French and could need some substantial help. List of such companies (including pricing) to follow.

  1. French Tech Initiative

  1. Freelance

Comet: Online matching platform that connects freelancers (software engineers and data specialists) to companies. Could be useful for someone looking for gigs or to hire someone

Plenty Works: Matches companies/individual clients with  software developers and engineers in Sri Lanka

  1. Office Space & Coworking Spaces

  1. Conferences & Events

Station F: Make sure to check out their website and subscribe for the newsletter to stay informed about their events (mostly free and open to the public)

Hello Tomorrow Global Summit: Brings together some of the top entrepreneurs and companies working in scientific sectors (bio, tech, etc.)

Innovators Under 35 Europe: Each year, 35 european entrepreneurs are selected and recognized by the MIT Tech Review. This summit is a platform to showcase their achievements and help them get more recognition. It’s also a great way to network and get to know them better.

  1. University Resources

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