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April 9 - 11, 2019

A 3-Day Celebration of French-American Innovation in Minnesota


The FACCMN is launching “French-American Innovation Midwest 2019” with the following objectives in mind:

o Promoting FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and attracting French investors & business partners in Minnesota

o Showcasing:

  • French innovation in Minnesota and the Midwest

  • French companies which have invested in Minnesota and the Midwest

  • Minnesota companies which have invested in France

  • Local companies that bring together the best of French and American know-how and innovation

o Recognizing individuals who are a positive impact and are a driving force in French Innovation

o Providing a positive spin to globalization and strengthening the relationships between our countries

o Creating opportunities for French-American cultural, educational, business exchanges and cooperation

More Information

Sponsorship Opportunities are available: Click Here for details.


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French-American Innovation is as its best in Minnesota! 

Get your tickets now for the inaugural reception at Fueled Collective Downtown! Click Here!

Opening remarks from French Consul General, Guillaume Lacroix.

Guest speakers highlighting Innovation in Arts & Culture, Sports, Art de Vivre:

Surya Bonaly and Peter Biver, Innovation & Professional Figure Skating

Kristin Watts, Small Lot Wine & the French “Vignobles Innovants Eco-Responsable" (VIE)


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 5:30pm - 9pm

Kick-Off French-American Innovation in Minnesota


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 9am - 4pm

Innovative Business & Education Start-Up Conference

Business and educational conferences: 

 Focuses on a series of business and educational conferences and features several start-up companies. Resgistration is open! Click Here!

- About French-American Innovation Midwest with Consul General Guillaume Lacroix & partner organizations 

- FACC J1/VIE program 

- U of M Education & Incubation 

- Start-Ups: Innovation improving Life  

- Funding & Development of Startups 

- Intellectual Property Protection  

- American Student Outbound programs (work abroad)  

- And more…

The program is free for students of all campuses. Subject to seat availability. Pre-registration is required. A valid Student ID is also required at check-in


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Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 9am - 4pm

Corporate Visits Site

Multiple Venues

Midwest Companies with a strong French-American connection

Visits include:

3M: Innovation Center at company’s global headquarters

SUEZ: Water Technologies & Solutions

Saint-Gobain, Faribault (MN): Sage Electrochromic Glass plant 


Site visit and Closing reception. At Saint-Gobain, Faribault (MN)

If you have purchased a 3-day pass, please make sure that you have also registered for the site visits on April 11th. This is a 2-step registration process. Sign-up HERE for site visits on April 11th if you have not already done so.



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