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Spark Labs Launches New 1-Week Program for Foreign Startups to Expand to the United States

- "Expand NYC" Will Educate and Connect Entrepreneurs While Providing Expertise for Growth

NEW YORK, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spark Labs (http://www.spark-labs.co/), the collaborative ecosystem and United States expansion hub, announced today the creation of "Expand NYC," a monthly 1-week-long immersive program for foreign startups to prepare their U.S. expansion.

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The "Expand NYC" program, which is currently accepting applications (http://www.spark-labs.co/expand-nyc), has been designed by repeat technology entrepreneurs and top U.S. investors with the support of top tech players; including IBM Cloud, Amazon and SalesForce, for Startups, Fried Frank Technology and many more. The monthly program is limited to 15 companies a month and takes place the last week of each month in New York City.

The cost of the program is $2,990 per company and includes a dozen meetings with key industry professionals, mentors and venture capitalists; including White Star Capital, Rubicon Venture Capital and Eniac Ventures. In addition, networking events, workshops and workspace at Spark Labs are included over the course of their stay. Participants will gain valuable market-specific insights and knowledge.

"Spark Labs is devoted to helping foreign tech companies expand to the U.S.," said Christophe Garnier, CEO and founder, Spark Labs. "Our monthly program will finally allow foreign tech founders to engage the U.S. market quickly and efficiently by providing the knowledge and contacts they need to succeed."

Founded by European entrepreneurs who have successfully created, scaled up and sold startups in the U.S. for over 15 years, Spark Labs is quickly becoming a go-to resource for startup companies around the world. More than 50 innovative tech startups have used Spark Labs U.S. expansion solution since its founding in 2014. Through a unique mix of providing elite mentors and service providers to cohort companies in addition to workspace, Spark Labs is taking its members to a whole new level and without taking equity.

"We are delighted to be part of the program," said Eric Martineau-Fortin, managing partner, White Star Capital. "Not only is this a new source of qualified deal flow for our fund, we're also happy to help develop a bridge to the U.S. for innovative European technology."

"We had been searching for the right partner for our U.S. expansion," said Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO, Connecthings, which recently raised $11 million in funding for its U.S. expansion. "We finally chose Spark Labs because of their proven knowledge of the U.S. market, the resources and their support infrastructure. It's great to be working with a community of like-minded companies who are also expanding to the U.S."

About Spark Labs

Spark Labs is a collaborative ecosystem and U.S. expansion hub to fast-track startups from around the world. Founded by European entrepreneurs who successfully created, scaled-up and sold startups in the U.S. the past 15 years, Spark Labs has become a valuable resource for foreign tech startups expanding to the U.S. Learn more at http://www.spark-labs.co/. 

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