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Chinese-French Tech Talents Forty under Forty

Emplacement: Chine

F² project – Mission and objectives

The F² project was launched by the French Tech hubs China and aims to gather the next generation of tech talents, drive the innovation and foster China-France cooperation. Each year forty young talents will be gathered around one thematic for two seminars, in France and in China. Forming an advisory group, they will drive tech oriented development for both countries by writing a draft of concrete recommendations. Being a yearly program each year forty new talents will be selected to participate in the seminars and will join a growing alumni of future tech leader who will shape tomorrow’s innovation and bridge France and China. Each year a new theme will be selected, for 2018 the talents will be selected around “Artificial Intelligence”. On the 9th of January, the Forty under Forty program was cited by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French republic, as “the perfect example of pioneering program toward innovation”.


 F² Talents – benefits of joining the alumni 

As a talent joining the alumni, you will, in addition to gaining a huge visibility in both countries, become the advisor of the Sino-French cooperation and innovation. You will become part of an alumni gathering talents from the whole tech value chain. Indeed, we are looking for talents coming from all backgrounds such as fundamental scientists, entrepreneurs, corporates R&D or funds and VCs.
Furthermore, you’ll be invited during the two seminars to join learning expeditions in top landmarks of the innovation of both countries, and to enter the local tech ecosystems and you’ll also get opportunities to pitch in front of VCs and investors. This unique opportunity will be realized with the support and presence of official supporters of the initiative in the person of Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Richard Liu, Founder and CEO of


 F² committee and talents selection 

A comitee will be created gathering members of all the French Tech hub China to select the talents. The comitee will make its choice regarding the accomplishment, career and written application of the candidates. A selection of 20 talents of each nationality will be made.


Execution Timeline and seminars activities 

The F2 Initiative was officially launched the 20th of December at the French Embassy in Beijing, in presence of Jean-Maurice Ripert, French Ambassador to China and Jerome Ma, Vice-President of From now on our initiative open its door to the talents candidature. Applications will stay open until the 19th of February. The announcement of the selected few will be made beginning of March.


General program of the seminars:

1.5 to 3 days in FRANCE

F2 Tech Conference

Pitching session in front of VC and Fortune 500


Learning expeditions – how to create innovation?

Meeting with French authorities

Cultural visit


1.5 to 3 days in CHINA

F2 Tech Conference

Pitching session in front of VC and Fortune 500


Learning expeditions – local accelerators and Chinese big tech companies

Meeting with Chinese authorities

Cultural visit


 How to join the F² alumni? 

If you are under forty years old and are a Tech talent in the field of Artificial Intelligence, you are welcome to apply for this Initiative.
Send us an email to with the following information:
- Name, Surname, Date of Birth
- Your work experience most related to AI, what was your tasks and how it was related to AI
- Your most non-professional experience related to AI
- Your most notable achievement in relation to Artificial Intelligence
- Why according to you, you should be part of the F2 talents
- And your resume in .pdf, .doc or .docx joined

We will come back to you after the selection committee will have given its results.


For more information about the F2 Initiative - Forty under Forty, please send an email to: Contact address: