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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

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Getting #innovation ready for our #IdeationLab with @Konexio_eu tomorrow, see you bright and early 🙌 network_place photo

"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

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Good luck with your final sprint! Loved innovating with you as always Konexio!
"How do you define leadership? It is simple combination of how you lead yourself, how you lead others and how you lead for others"

- Alon Rozen, Dean of Ecole des Ponts Business School

Last Friday September 18th we welcomed an exceptional group of emerging leaders for the private sector - the 21 Catalysts of the Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management. 21 Catalysts from 13 countries, all bringing a wealth of experience that will strengthen the evolution of the #privatesector.

#FutureofWork #EcoledesPontsBusinessSchool #Leadership #FutureofLeadership #PLACECatalysts #MigrantLedInnovation
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- Come and discover 'Not So Fragile' - the latest artistic exposition by PLACE and Wow!Labs -

New conversations are taking place about gender, race, and age. New identities are emerging. Traditional figures of authority are challenged, sometimes violently. Fragility is a shared feeling.

Come take part in the changing conversation around fragility this Sunday, September 27th at the Maison des Métallos.

Not So Fragile is a part of the No Frontiers Festival - a festival that explores the intersection of art and migration. There will be a workshop run by PLACE from 15h30 to 16h, but you are welcome to enjoy the music, performances and other artists who will be a part of this festival from 14h to 22h.

To be able to access this festival, you will need to have a ticket. If you wish to join us for this exciting afternoon, you can get your free ticket by sending an email to


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