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


"Seize opportunities, connect with others, give, receive and cherish your networks" thank you @h_eljabiri
for the inspirational story #PLACECrew #PLACECatalyst #MigrantLedInnovation #Leadership
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The Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management is an acceleration program for newcomers to access meaningful work in the private sector and accelerate it's evolution 🙌 network_place photo

Gearing up for the launch of the Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management tonight with @Pontsbschool - you can join us online to meet the 21 Catalysts who will be making their mark on the evolving private sector by registering here: network_place photo

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Tonight is the night! This evening we will be officially launching the Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management with our long time partners Ecole des Ponts Business School. Over the next 6 months, 21 Catalysts, accompanied by coaches, industry experts and the PLACE Crew, will work towards making their mark in the rapidly evolving private sector 🙌
Invest in Newcomer Talent
Invest in newcomer talent
Develop your resilience, relevance and competitiveness in the corporate sector with the Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management!

PLACE and Ecole des Ponts Business School are teaming up to offer the Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management (CITM). Lasting from September to February 2021, this program is for newcomers (migrants and refugees) who want to accelerate their careers in the corporate sector. Coming out of the program you will have the skills and network to manage innovative projects in leading global companies. CITM is compatible with full time work and studies.

Interested in boosting your career? Apply here:

Know someone who would benefit from this program, please share this opportunity!
The fact that the economy needs new points of view on existing #systems and behaviours has been clear long before the #coronavirus accelerated our global thinking

Read more on how we can #buildbackbetter here:

#newnormal #systemschange #diversitymatters


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