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Rewarding Innovation in Food, Beverage & Hospitality.
Brought to you by French-American Chamber of Commerce
What is Germinators ?

A unique opportunity for Food, Beverage, or Hospitality startups to get connected with FACC’s powerful network of investors, leading hoteliers, purveyors of gourmet food, importers & distributors, and restaurateurs.

Ten finalists will be selected to pitch in NYC

This summer in front of 100+ guests, including VCs & industry experts, dive into an opportunity to pitch your company’s innovation for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize + coaching package + annual FACC-NY membership.

Edition #2

For the second edition of this celebrated competition, we are bringing together the best French & American startups for the ultimate pitch night and networking event in Manhattan following the summer Fancy Food Show in June 2022.


From edible bugs to carbon offsets, urban gardens and millennial-friendly caviar, past applicants have been incredibly diverse in their focus and products.

+100 Guests

This is our largest, most anticipated startup event of 2022 and we expect to welcome more than 100 attendees, all industry experts, media representatives and VCs to a top NYC venue.

Reasons to

Gain access to an international network of top-notch Food, Beverage, & Hospitality founders, investors, corporate innovation leaders, accelerators, and industry experts.

The FACC-NY Network provides support, feedback, insight, and resources to help starting and growing ventures

Benefit from a large-scale communication campaign reaching 1,000+ FACC members, 15,000+ contacts in the New York City region: before, during and after the event, and throughout our partners’ networks

It is an exclusive opportunity to gain exposure to the French-American business community audience and unique occasion to raise awareness on your projects/initiatives. Pitch your company’s innovation for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize + expert coaching package+ annual FACC-NY membership.

Applying takes less than 10 minutes and is completely free-of-charge

*Eligibility Criteria
  • All contestants must be a French or American company in the food, beverage, or hospitality industries. We’re looking for passionate founders from across the countries, who are shaking up their industries with innovative solutions and savoir faire with French flair.
  • French companies looking to expand in the US market
  • American companies with innovative solutions, products or services looking to shine light on their savoir faire
  • All contestants must submit their application form before February 28, 2022
  • If chosen as a finalist, all contestants must be present for the pitch event in late June in New York City.
The Organization Behind the Competition

The French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) are private, non-governmental, non-profit organizations that are independently financed through member dues, business services, their events and other programs. 19 local chapters provide regional expertise and support to both local firms and French companies entering the U.S. market, contributing to a national federation which is a keystone organization for French and American professionals and companies.

At the New York Chapter, we provide our members access to a comprehensive range of experiences, networks and opportunities designed to empower successful business relationships between French & American professionals in a variety of industries including Food & Beverage, Luxury, Tech, Finance, Sustainability and more.

The Germinators Startup Competition is organized by the FACC-NY Food, Beverage, & Hospitality Committee, a group of 7 industry stakeholders with an interest in propelling French & American brands to greater success.

Click here to learn more about joining the FACC-NY community today.

Organic Prebiotic Beverage
Caviar brand for new generation
Zero-waste coffee shop in NYC
Food-tech company using algae to create food
Climate & energy advisory services
All natural cricket protein for dogs
Farms and agriculture solutions in urban environments
If you’re a Food, Beverage, or Hospitality entrepreneur, this is your shot at securing some startup funds and great visibility in the French-American business community!
Joseph Woods
Founder of Loud Foods
The Ultimate Pitch Night & Networking Event
In 2018, 8 finalists gathered to pitch their startups in front of a jury of industry experts at the first-ever edition of Germinators. The winner was chosen based on their representation of French excellence, know-how and their desire to launch in the U.S. market.
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