Global Group of Accelerators Launch Startup Exchanges

Loft 50 Partners, a Parisian accelerator funded by a network of business angels announced an international exchange program with the support of nine other international accelerators called Startup Exchanges.

The goal, according to  Kayla Roark Guiot-Bourg is to enable startups planning international launches to establish closer contact with the business ecosystem in the markets they hope to enter.  Startups selected for this program will receive free office space for a month in one of the participating cities, and introductions to principal actors in the local market.  They’ll also be assured a “soft-landing” in the market, as they will have local guides at the accelerator they are paired with who can help them navigate the particularities of the market.

With 10 participating accelerators, the program can accept up to 50 startups  seeking new markets for their products. They hope to expand their partnership to more countries by welcoming new accelerators to the partnership.

The ten founding partners are:

  1. Loft 50 Partners (Paris)
  2. Elevator (Tel Aviv)
  3. Chinaccelerator (Shangai)
  4. Startupbootcamp (Berlin)
  5. Level39 (Londres)
  6. FounderFuel (Montréal)
  7. Execution Labs (Montréal)
  8. Launch Academy (Vancouver)
  9. Hubbog (Bogota)
  10. Startup Chile(Santiago)

Would your start-up be interested in joining a program like this? Let us know in the comments.


Author Cooper Pickett

Cooper is the CEO and a co-founder of L&T Co. He is a partner of Columbia Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Startup Lab and a 2010 graduate of Columbia University (CC’10). At L&T, he oversees a growing international team that works around the clock to get clients results. He has extensive leadership and team-building experience from his time as the CMO of a real estate startup. He excels as a marketer and strategist — qualities he refined and developed as the founder of e-commerce businesses in the sports and subscription spaces. With the founding of L&T, Cooper brings these strategies and insights to companies worldwide. He participates in Princeton University’s Employer in Residence program, serves on the Columbia Startup Lab’s leadership committee, and speaks on industry panels about entrepreneurship, marketing, and startups. On occasion, he teaches web marketing at General Assembly.

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