La French Touch Conference – NYC


On June 21st and 22nd 2016, the third Edition of La French Touch Conference was held in New York. The event gathered more than 580 participants coming from France and the United States.

With more than 65 speakers, 150 one-to-one business meetings and $12 million raised, La French Touch Conference was a unique opportunity for start-ups to accelerate their development and prepare their installation in the U.S.

During two days, Columbus Team assisted to the pich contest, roundtables and workshops, and met the entrepreneurs participating.

Columbus Consulting gladly sponsored the Make Music Day event, on June 21st, at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. This unique event allowed participants to celebrate music by enjoying live music concerts and a DJ set.

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After weeks of intensive program, Demo Days were the final events of the 2016 UBI i/o Program.

In San Francisco, on June 14th,


and then in New York, on June 16th,

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both of these events were the opportunity to gather participants, partners and sponsors.

As sponsor, Columbus Team attended these last pitch sessions – which demonstrated the quality of the UBI i/o program, and followed-up on the progress of the entrepreneurs selected in their American expansion.




On May 23rd 2016, Isabelle Marcus, CEO, and the Columbus team, intervened as immigration experts for the Start-up Programm of Foley Hoag in New-York.

The team presented the issues and opportunities in term of immigration in the United States with the French entrepreneurs invited.



Powered by BPI France and Business France, the 2016 UBI i/o Program “Accelerate your Growth in the U.S.” unites 18 brilliant startups such as Redbird or Sevenhugs and mentors so that they can benefit from their expertise and knowledge of business development in the United States.

Columbus, as sponsor of the program, is glad to propose its expertise and advise participants on their immigration strategy.

Click here to find more details on the UBI i/o Program

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Isabelle Marcus, C.E.O. of Columbus, has the pleasure to become the Immigration Advisor for French Accelerator, a one of a kind incubator for French start-ups based in Los Angeles.

See her interview and learn more about French Accelerator on their website.





Columbus Team had the honor to attend the Fashion & Wine event organized by the French Consul, Pauline Carmona, in her house in San Francisco on March 31st 2016.

The event was the opportunity for Hector & Lola to present their new fashion clothing collection for women. Guests also had the pleasure to taste the wines of Blason Louis, while enjoying the delicious macarons of Chantal Guillon.

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BPI France organized an event on February 11th 2016, in Paris, to share entrepreneurs’ experience and learn about the strategy and key steps to successfully implement and develop a business in the United States.

During this event, Isabelle Marcus, Founder of Columbus Consulting, was a guest speaker and conducted a workshop on the immigration and visas procedures in the U.S. in front of the 200 brilliant French entrepreneurs attending the event.

See the recap video of the event


On November 12nd 2015, we had the pleasure of sharing our expertise about the U.S. visas with the distinguished members of the French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco (FACCSF)

More details on the FACCSF website

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