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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 on June 26th, 2023

This summer in front of 150+ guests, including VCs & industry experts, ten finalists will pitch their innovation for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize + coaching package + annual FACC-NY membership.

Edition #3

For the third edition of this celebrated competition, we will bring together the best French & American startups for an ultimate pitch night and networking event on Monday, June 26th in New York.


From fermented plant-based cheese to sustainable canned fish, our finalists are  incredibly diverse in their focus and products.

+150 Guests

This is our largest, most anticipated startup event of 2023 and we expect to welcome more than 150 attendees, all industry experts, media representatives and VCs to a top NYC venue.

Finalists Will

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

Get support, feedback, insight, and resources to help their 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

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.

Grain de Sail
Taste the wines that sail
L'Ambassade Bretonne
A network of artisan crêpe makers
Pioneer in plant extraction of heavy metals from agricultural soils
La Truitelle SAS
Sustainable canned fish
Les Mirliflores
Artisanal biscuits
Les Nouveaux Affineurs
Fermented plant-based cheese
Organic innovation beverage and zero plastic brand
Frigo Magic
App for composing recipes with ingredients you already have
Smart aerator for wine
The Ultimate Pitch Night & Networking Event
In 2022, 9 finalists gathered to pitch their startups in front of a jury of industry experts at the second 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.
2023 Sponsors & Partners
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.