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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

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#IceAcademy is a unique mix of employment & #entrepreneurship - but what does it look like in practice?

Discover the busy rhythm of the #IceAcademy with Sabria, who developed her project with @network_place and @benjerryfr in 2019, read more here:
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#Newcomers represent an incredible source of #innovation - across all sectors. Siba, a teacher from #Sudan, wants to offer her voice to creating more holistic environments for children to learn. Read her story here: network_place photo

Thinking back on an evening when we really felt the love - when stories were shared, connections where made and the #PLACECatalysts were centre stage #inclusiveleadership #storytelling

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If you have ever been to a #PLACELab, you will know we love spending our time surrounded by the smiling faces of our community members. Portraits big and small are a defining feature of any space we take over. But did you ever wonder why? Find out why these portraits are more than just a nice decoration here:
Did you know, organizations with a diverse workforce are 1.7 times more likely to be innovation leaders in their market ?

Discover how newcomer talent can bring a much needed boost to organizations here:
Miora, our fearless learning manager, is always willing to push, prototype and roll-out new ways of learning. This spring she will be inspiring new-age learning again during our new program, Emerging Leaders!

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