The French American Business Awards return to SF

After two editions postponed due to the COVID pandemic, the French American Business Awards (FABA) make their big comeback in person on Thursday, May 19 at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco. Organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF), this award rewards companies and individuals for their exemplary achievements. ” In order to be selected, these companies must be either French or managed or set up by a Frenchman and be located in the San Francisco area. “Reminiscent of Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson, CEO of FACCSF.” In general, these companies are judged on their balance sheet from the previous year, but with COVID, and the small creation of companies in 2021, we decided to include the year 2020 as well. »

Special price for Snowflake

For this seventh edition of FABA, the FACCSF has chosen to play the continuity card by retaining existing categories while adding a new one to reward the promotion of French culture. ” During the pandemic, culture has allowed us to escape and maintain a connection between us. The nominees are Cinéssance, Merci SF, French American Cultural Society, Théâtre du Lycée français and Sacramento French Film Festival.

The award, which went to this year’s personality, now has its own category, with several nominees: Geneviève Janssens (Robert Mondavi Winery), Stéphane Kasriel (Meta), Claude Le Tohic (One65), Julie Own (Stanford, Internet sans frontières). ), Eugénie Rives (Alphabet Moon Shot Factory).

In addition, Snowflake will receive a special award as Business of the Year: Thierry Cruanes, one of the founders of Snowflake will be present and will tell us about the company’s journey In fact, Snowflake, which specializes in data storage in the cloud, made a sensational IPO in September 2020, and its title doubled in value on its first trading day, reaching a record $ 3.4 billion IPO.

Nine categories

The selection process for nominees began in December last year with the creation of a list of potential participants, which is then completed by two committees. ” The categories are determined by these committees, as well as the 4 to 6 named for each of them. We take into account the turnover of companies, their innovative approaches, their diversity or their involvement in the French ecosystem in the region. “, Explains Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson. ” We then gather a jury of experts who study each file and nominate the winners. The categories are: Tech under 50 million. financing or revenue, Tech over 50 million. funding or income, Life Sciences, Smart Cities and Mobility, Sustainability, Wine Industry, Food Industry, Promotion of French Culture and Personality of the Year.

Here is the full list of nominees, by category:

Tech Under $ 50M in revenue or financing

  • Full speed automation
  • Tal.mig
  • Vector

Technology Over $ 50 million in revenue or financing

  • Aera technology
  • Airbyte
  • ESI group
  • Orbital Loft
  • Planisware
  • Sandboxes

Life sciences

  • Atara Biotherapeutika
  • Medical avatar
  • DNA script
  • Twist Bioscience

Smart cities and mobility

  • ESI group
  • Udelv
  • Wrightspeed
  • xwing


  • Sulfur energy
  • FarmWise
  • Naio Technologies
  • Scarlet Solar
  • Solar power

the wine industry

  • Clos-Solene
  • The adventure
  • Picayune cellars

The food industry

,Promoting French culture

Personality of the year

  • Geneviève Janssens, Winemaking Consultant at GJ Wine Consulting LLC., Portfolio Winery Founder, Chief Winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Stéphane Kasriel, Head of Commerce & Financial Technologies at Meta
  • Claude Le Tohic, Executive Chef at ONE65 San Francisco
  • Julie Owono, CEO of Content Policy and Society Lab at Stanford, CEO of Internet Sans Frontières
  • Eugénie Rives, Director, Early Moonshots at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory

The winners will be rewarded during the evening with comedian Clara Bijl as host. As every year, the FACCSF expects between 250 and 300 people for this award ceremony accompanied by a dinner. The ceremony is usually sold out and there are still a few tickets available on FABA’s website.

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