Become the next leader

solve challenges

create a powerful network

learn new skills

do something unexpected

find your place

PLACE is a Paris-based start-up that unlocks the hidden opportunities of newcomer talent in Europe and matches it with economic actors in the areas of entrepreneurship, employment and higher education.
It is born of the collaboration between PLACEmakers: actors from different sectors and countries who need newcomer talent to thrive.
Its core value is
migrant-led innovation: newcomers developing themselves the value that host societies need.

3 things we do really well
with newcomer talent


we identify talent

We source newcomer talent in response to the needs of PLACEmakers.
These needs can be jobs (part-time or full-time), students for higher education, entrepreneurs for incubators, artists for residencies… the sky’s the limit, as is the potential of newcomer talent!
Our multilingual, multicultural team have a unique capacity to penetrate local informal networks to find the hidden gems wherever they are.


we boost talent

Our unique Catalyst Academy prepares newcomer talent with Future of Work skills, along 4 tracks: Leadership, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

All Catalysts in the Academy have an economic opportunity (job, studies or incubation)  and take part in our immersive out-of-the-box training which prepares them for the Future of Work. We’re led by a strong design culture which has its roots in the innovation studio that founded PLACE and develops its curriculum.

we match talent

Organizations have unique needs when it comes to talent.
The Catalyst Academy enables us to work closely with specific PLACEmakers to shape the talent they need for their organizations to thrive.
PLACEmakers invest in talent through PLACE, and we work with PLACEmakers to make them future-ready. Through intercultural trainings, mentoring and more, they become first of the class in leveraging newcomer talent for their own performance.


Doers across sectors who are turning Europe into a place
where migrant-led innovation happens naturally

Interested in joining the placemakers’ collective?

The place team

8 nationalities, 4 continents and 14 languages… we come from all walks of life, but here are a few points we have in common:

\ We care above all about people

\ We are perfectionists, self-motivated and relentless until we get results

\ We communicate openly and honestly

\ We need playfulness and challenges

\ We breathe through feedback

\ We put results and the team first

\ We excel at working across locations and cultures

Devika Singh

Learning & Programs

Sarah Ann McRae

Partnerships & Communication

Rohullah Sidiqullah

Talent Sourcer

Shawgi Ahmed

Talent Manager

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Learning Manager

Léa Drougard


Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert

Join the team


"It has been a privilege to witness the growth made possible when different parts of the system come together and #newcomers are given the space to shape and not only receive." 🌱

#ICYMI An open letter from the co-founders of @network_place
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A much-needed macro-overview on the state of business startup support programs for refugee entrepreneurship - bravo @FAIRE_Fonds and @CfEntrepreneurs !
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CFEntrepreneurs @CfEntrepreneurs
📢 NEW REPORT 📢 We are excited to launch our report showcasing the global scale of refugee entrepreneurship.

With @FAIRE_Fonds, we analysed 39 organisations in 19 countries that offer business startup support to refugees.

🌍🚀Read our report here ➡️

In 2020 @network_place and @Pontsbschool are teaming up to create a program for #migrants and #refugees to accelerate their skills for the #futureofwork 🚀

Invest in future-proof talent with us, learn more here:

#WeBelieveinNew #newcomertalent
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Thoughts on three years of PLACE, an open letter from the co-founders of PLACE:

"2019 was a pivotal year for PLACE. Growing beyond the known and loved Innovation Lab model, PLACE explored making deeper connections between the newcomer talent pool and economic actors through curated programs and next-generation learning experiences. With a foundation of trusting PLACEmakers and a thriving community of newcomers from 39 countries, PLACE has been able to take a strong position on migration, innovation and how they intertwine to create stronger, more resilient economies."

More here:
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D’avril à août 2020, PLACE animera Ice Academy, un programme qui comprend une formation entrepreneuriale et un travail à temps partiel pour les nouveaux·velles arrivant·e·s ayant une envie de développer un projet en France.

Intéressé.e par ce programme ? Remplis cette application:
Pour plus d’informations , tu peux aussi contacter Shawgi, Coordinateur des Talents et Connections à PLACE : +33 7 68 26 04 81 ou par mail à


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