Please Help Us Return Home to France to Mentor Entrepreneurs/Startups
$1,000 raised
10% of $10k goal
4 contributors
11 Days running
I am a native-born Californian with French family heritage and a French wife. My university background is in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with a year of graduate study at Oxford University, researching in the Bodleian Library. When I returned to northern California, I eventually landed an entry-level job at Intel Corporation, which proved to be the crucible for my entire career. I eventually rose to be a senior executive in international business development with Intel. I have continued in international business for all of my career, working for a number of tech startups and venture capital investment firms over the years. I have led two tech industry consortia to develop global industry standards. I have been the director of tech entrepreneurial incubator in Silicon Valley for the government of New Zealand and collaborated on mentoring promising entrepreneurs in locations here and around the world. I was an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of British Columbia for four years. 
I want to return to France to give back my experience, skills, and technical knowledge to the country of my heritage. France's industrial economy is in the doldrums, but new policies are stimulating innovation, the key to economic growth and productivity, and technology industry leaders in France with strong technology industry backgrounds are looking to contribute to this new economy in France. I want to join them and give back. 

I am now semi-retired, but very eager to return permanently to France to donate my technology industry experience and knowledge to assist French entrepreneurs to transform France into an innovation-based economy. I am targeting specifically on working with three major new initiatives that could benefit from my background and achievements:    The Camp in Aix-en-Provence, launched last year, Startup Garage, Paris, and 1kubator in Bourdeaux.  I am more than happy to share my achievements and references to validate my credentials and verify my ability to make a serious contribution. You can start here with my LinkedIn profile and references David Mayes on LinkedIn.  You may also contact me here where we can discuss my crowdfunding project.  

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$2,500 CAD
Personal guided day tour in Provence
Estimated delivery Sep 2019
We will provide a personally guided one full day custom tour of specific sites in Provence/Cote d'Azur of your choice or alternative we can recommend itineraries of particular interest. French and English language spoken. Specific details will be mutually agreed in advance.
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