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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

Head of Programs

Léa Drougard

Design & Events Coordinator

Haïrat Assoumani

Assistant Manager

Shawgi Ahmed

Public Leadership Program Manager

Christophe Khabouth

Entrepreneurship Program Manager

Sophie Gholami

Community Animator

Rayan Badaoui

Social Media Manager

Sedera Ranaivoarinosy

Communications Manager

Hugo Pilate

Event Host

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Event Host

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert

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We're all smiles as we wrap up our #EmergingLeaders kick-off! Thank you to the catalysts and facilitators who joined us, as well as our partners @bmwfoundation & @EucEuropean; all of whom made this an inspiring experience.

See you at the finish line!🏁
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"Three years ago I would have never dreamed of living in Europe. That said, I am a proud #refugee; and will continue to build a life where I live." Very inspiring testimony by last year's #EmergingLeaders alumnus Mohamed Alborgi ( @mdalborgi )about connecting to his newfound home. network_place photo

"Europe is our home, and we are all responsible for it." ~ Anila Noor ( @nooranila), European Coalition ( @EucEuropean) network_place photo

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Plus que quelques jours pour candidater !

Vous êtes réfugié.e.s en France et avez une idée de projet entrepreneurial, mais ne savez pas par où commencer ?

➡️ Candidatez dès maintenant pour rejoindre la prochaine promotion d’ de la Ice Academy :

📆 D'avril à août, ce programme offre, aux réfugié.e.s qui ont un projet entrepreneurial, la possibilité de travailler sur leurs idées d'entreprise et d'acquérir une véritable expérience professionnelle en France .

Le programme de la ICE Academy se compose de deux parties :

1. Une formation à l'entrepreneuriat : vous développerez votre idée entrepreneuriale grâce à des sessions de formation hebdomadaires inspirées du design et serez accompagné.e.s par un coach tout au long du développement de votre projet entrepreneurial.

2. Un emploi à temps partiel rémunéré : +/- 16h de travail chez l’une de nos entreprises partenaires : le Jardin d’Acclimatation ou le Parc Astérix**

Si vous êtes disponibles et souhaitez développer votre idée d'entreprise, ne manquez surtout pas cette opportunité !


** La composante "emploi" dépend des conditions sanitaires liées à la COVID-19. Les offres d'emploi ne seront disponibles que si les parcs touristiques pourront reprendre leurs activités. Cette composante peut être remplacée par d'autres activités visant à développer des compétences professionnelles entrepreneuriales.
In this edition, we dive into Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management (CITM), a program created with École des Ponts Business School to equip newcomers with the key future of work skills needed for our changing economies.

During 6 months, 19 Catalysts followed this intensive program made up of immersive online Challenges, coaching sessions and networking events with PLACE and its partners. Congratulations on your hard work!

Learn more about their experience and profiles in the newsletter:
Les inscriptions aux programmes de Causons sont ouvertes!

Une chance de participer à des cours de langues (arabe, turque, persane, pashto, ourdou et russe) niveaux débutant et intermédiaire donnés par des enseignant.e.s en situation d'insertion socio-professionnelle en France!

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