The Franco-American Business Awards are back in San Francisco

After two editions were postponed due to the COVID pandemic, the Franco-American Business Awards (FABA) are back in a big way Thursday, May 19 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco. Organized by the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco (FACCSF), this award ceremony rewards companies and individuals for their exemplary performance. ” To be selected, these companies must be either French, managed or established by a French person, and be located in the San Francisco area. recalls Anne-Emmanuel de Buisson, executive director of the FACCSF. ” Generally, these companies are judged based on their balance sheet for the prior year, but with COVID, and a little bit of company creation in 2021, we decided to include 2020 as well. »

Snowflake special price

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

The award, which went to Person of the Year, now has its own category, with several nominees: Geneviève Janssens (Robert Mondavi Winery), Stéphane Kasriel (Meta), Claude Le Tohic (One65), Julie Own (Stanford, Internet Without Borders), Eugénie Rives (Alphabet’s Moon Factory).

In addition, Snowflake will receive a special Business of the Year award: Thierry Cruanes, co-founder of Snowflake, will be present and tell us about the company’s journey In fact, cloud data storage company Snowflake had an exciting IPO in September 2020, with its title doubling in value on its first day of trading, reaching a record $3.4 billion IPO.

Nine categories

The selection process for candidates began last December, with the creation of a list of potential participants, which is then finalized by two committees. ” Categories are determined by these committees, as well as 4 to 6 given names for each. We take into account the turnover of companies, their innovative approaches, their diversity or their participation in the French ecosystem of the region. ‘, explains Anne Emmanuel de Buisson. We then assemble a jury of experts who study each file and appoint the winners. The categories are: technology with less than 50 million in funding or revenue, technology over 50 million in funding or revenue, life sciences, smart cities and mobility, sustainability, winemaking, food industry, promotion of French culture, and Person of the Year.

Here is the full list of nominees by category:

Tech Less than $50 million in revenue or funding

  • Full speed automation
  • Platform
  • vector

Tech over $50 million in revenue or funding

  • Air . technology
  • Airbyte
  • ESI . group
  • Orbital Loft
  • planets
  • sand

Life science

  • Atara Biotherapeutics
  • Medical Avatar
  • DNA text
  • the rebel
  • evolution of biology

Smart cities and mobility

  • ESI . group
  • Yudelf
  • Wrightspeed
  • xwing


  • sulfur energy
  • Farm Wise
  • Naio . Technologies
  • Scarlett Solar
  • The power of the sun


  • Close Solin
  • Adventure
  • Picayune Cellars

food industry

Promoting French culture

person of the Year

  • Geneviève Janssens, winemaking consultant at GJ Wine Consulting LLC. , founder of Portfolio Winery, President of the Winery at Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Stefan Kasrel, Head of Commerce and Financial Technology at Meta
  • Claude Le Tohic, Executive Chef at ONE65 San Francisco
  • Julie Owono, Executive Director of Content Policy and Community Lab at Stanford, CEO of Borderless Internet
  • Eugenie Rives, Early Moonshots Director at X, Alphabet . Factory

Winners will be rewarded during an evening hosted by comedian Clara Bell. As every year, FACCSF expects between 250 and 300 people for this award ceremony accompanied by dinner. The entire concert is usually sold out, and there are still a few tickets available on the FABA website.

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