FACCSF Newsletter
Dear friends,

3 weeks left before the French-American Business Awards, check out the list of the 64 nominees here and get your tickets to support them May 25th!

The 18 startups in competition will present their projects next Tuesday during a special showcase & pitching contest. Meet the founders, network, and cast your vote for the People's Choice Prize of the FABA Startup 2016! Get your tickets here.

Also in this newsletter, meet and welcome the new members of our community, register for the Spring European Networking Event tomorrow, Meet the Expert on IP Protection on Thursday May 12th, and F.A.M.E. on Tuesday May 17th.

Check out the Job Board to see new job offers and candidates. Read through our member's news and remember that if you have news to share, the FACCSF is here to support your PR. 

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Your FACCSF Team





3-week countdown for the French-American Business Awards! 
Get your tickets for the awards ceremony May 25th and join us at the Showcase & Pitching Contest next Tuesday to vote for the People's Choice Prize of the FABA Startup 2016!
Thank you to the FABA 2016 sponsors:


AsteelFlash, the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, towards new heights!

AsteelFlash, the French-owned high quality Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) company is now ranked 17th in the Global Top 50 EMS Providers by Manufacturing Market Insider (MMI). AsteelFlash has recently published its new corporate video symbolizing the Group’s modern and cutting-edge image. 

To learn more, visit and follow AsteelFlash on LinkedIn or Twitter!

Chef Alejandra from Ground Kitchen suggests you discover the flavors of her native country, Ecuador, enriched by inspirations of the French gastronomy.

Join the culinary experience and get a taste of the creative cuisine of a Chef from Paul Bocuse Institute at the beautiful Naked Kitchen, in the heart of the Mission.
An amazing 5 course Tasting Menu and a VIP 7 course Tasting Menu have been created for this exclusive Pop-up dinner. Learn more and get your tickets here

Based in San Francisco, GROUND KITCHEN is a gastronomic concept for fine food lovers and foodies in California.
Private dinner - Corporate Event - Cooking Class - Pop-up Experience

Receive an independent advice on how to structure your investment portfolio with Ludo Thomasson from Ensemble Capital.

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Are you a company looking to hire? Or a candidate looking for jobs in the Bay Area? Check out new job offers and new profiles on the FACCSF recruitment center.

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April 13th: Networking: the key to success for lifestyle businesses

April 14th: Meet the Expert on Immigration Law

April 19th: F.A.M.E. breakfast session

Every month, learn more about our Benefactor members.  
In this issue, we talked with Eric Stéphany, Dean of IAE Montpellier:

Can you tell us about IAE Montpellier?

IAE Montpellier is a University School of Management, delivering Master’s degrees based on a double skill training (managerial and scientific background). The diversity of student profiles has always been the originality, the strength and the specificity of IAE Montpellier.
What is the mission of IAE Montpellier?

Our core mission is educating students to acquire a double skill or to support them into a career change, adding an advanced training in management and business to their initial degree. The variety of students’ profiles, mostly engineers and science students, has always been a distinctive feature of the IAE.
And what are the other specificities of your school?
Internationalization is an integral part of our activities. Since 2012, IAE Montpellier has been developing its partnerships with companies and Universities all over the world particularly by creating joint degrees with Universities in Asia (Thailand, Taiwan), South America, Azerbaijan, Australia, and Russia.
What are your international goals?
We want to develop partnerships with Universities all around the world having similar or complementary strategies. IAE Montpellier has been awarded EPAS accreditation by EFMD (the European Foundation for Management Development) for a period of 3 years. And we want to obtain more international accreditations like AMBA.
Why did you decide to become a member of the FACCSF?
IAE Montpellier decided to become a member of the FACCSF to strengthen its presence in San Francisco and its relationships with companies of the Bay. Our students’ profiles perfectly match the Bay's area of activities as we provide training in management and business to students with a scientific background. The goal of this membership is to increase our visibility in the Bay community and to link our students to international companies. In Montpellier, our students are enrolled in IT Innovative Projects. Montpellier is one of the first French cities which obtained the “French Tech” label. This label guarantees the innovative orientation of local companies and underlines the synergy between our two territories, along with this membership.
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About the FACCSF

The French-American Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, non-governmental and member-driven organization, created in 1978. Our mission is to foster the French-American business community and to support companies settle and develop in the Bay Area: 300 members, 100 events / year and a wide range of corporate services. From Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, members exchange ideas with other professionals in a wide variety of fields with business relations in both France and the United States. FACCSF is part of a network of 20 French-American Chambers in the United States and a proud member of the global CCI France International network. Learn more at

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