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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

LĂ©a Drougard

Design & Events Coordinator

HaĂŻrat 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

Business Program Manager

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Event Host

Razan Ismail

Catalyst Manager

Carrie So Lai Kai

Sourcing Manager

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert

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Ce programme n'est que le début d'une nouvelle étape professionnelle et peut-être entrepreneuriale pour nos participants. Nous suivrons de près leurs progrès en tout cas... Bonne soirée !

Merci à tous ceux qui nous ont suivi d'avoir encouragé nos entrepreneurs #IceAcademy ce soir avec vos applaudissements, vos conseils et contacts ! Kristina, Ely, Fred, Shakiba... Merci beaucoup !

Et notre soirée touche à sa fin! Merci encore à tous nos entrepreneurs et tous les partenaires de #IceAcademy pour cette nouvelle édition 🙂

#IceAcademy se termine aujourd'hui, mais l'histoire de ces entrepreneurs avec PLACE est loin d'être terminée. C'est l'occasion de rejoindre la #PLACECommunity ! C'est sur LinkedIn : un espace de rencontre, de réseautage, un lieu d'échange pour trouver de nouvelles opportunités. network_place photo

C'est l'heure de remercier des personnes importantes pour la mise en place de #IceAcademy : les facilitateurs ! Merci pour votre énergie, votre bienveillance et une disponibilité sans limite 🙂 Les entrepreneurs et @network_place vous sont très reconnaissants ! network_place photo

Bravo à toi Mowaffaq d'avoir clôturé cette session de pitchs ! network_place photo

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C'est déjà demain : Les entrepreneurs en devenir d'Ice Academy vous dévoilent leurs projets durant la soirée #LesCheminsdelInnovation ! Rejoignez-nous demain soir sur Zoom pour découvrir le fruit de ces quatre mois de pré-incubation.

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C'est demain : Les entrepreneurs en devenir d'Ice Academy vous dévoilent leurs projets durant la soirée #LesCheminsdelInnovation ! Rejoignez-nous demain soir sur Zoom pour découvrir le fruit de ces quatre mois de pré-incubation.

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Seeing the world through child wonder can reveal great things about what makes us strong. Do you remember what made you feel strong when you were small? Let us know in the comments!

Our exhibition, Not So Fragile, remains open to the public in Paris this September. You can catch it at any time of the day.

The exhibition can be viewed from the outdoors, so everyone is welcome!

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[COMING UP] Join us for our upcoming online event, #WeBelieveInNew on Monday 20th September, from 19:00 to 20:30 CET!

We will introduce you to the first cohort of Catalysts for Fast Forward, our latest #business program for 25 newcomer women as they begin a journey of growth and #empowerment for the next 8 months. We will also explore together what it takes to foster #genderequality in the corporate sector. You don't want to miss it!

Register today here:
Become a coach for newcomer female talent in the corporate sector.

Fast Forward is an innovative program run by PLACE and certified by L’Oreal whereby a fellowship of 25 women who are newcomers to Europe, refugees and migrants, will be able to find
meaningful employment in the corporate sector.

We are on the look-out for a number of talented, committed and curious individuals to coach
these newcomer women.

If this sounds like you, apply today!

Click here to apply:

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To be vulnerable is to reveal one’s utmost authenticity. What is it you like to hear in return for your vulnerability?

Not So Fragile remains open to the public until September 22nd. You can catch it at any time of the day.

The exhibition will be viewed from the outdoors, so everyone is welcome!

#NotSoFragile #art #exhibition #event #strength #fragility #people #portrait #inspiration #motivation #artist #work #piece #artwork #photography #photo


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