The French American Business Awards Return to SF

After two editions have been postponed due to the COVID pandemic, the French American Business Awards (FABA) will make their big comeback in person on Thursday, May 19 at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. Organized by the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF), this awards ceremony rewards companies and individuals for their exemplary achievements. † To be selected, these companies must be French or operated or founded by a Frenchman and located in the San Francisco area. recalls Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson, Executive Director of the FACCSF. In general, these companies are judged on their balance sheets from the previous year, but with the COVID and small business creation in 2021, we have decided to include the year 2020 as well.

Special price for Snowflake

For this seventh edition of the FABA, the FACCSF has chosen to play the continuity card by preserving existing categories and adding a new one to reward the promotion of French culture. † During the pandemic, culture has allowed us to escape and maintain a bond between us. The nominees are Cinéssance, Merci SF, the French American Cultural Society, the Théâtre du Lycée français and the Sacramento French Film Festival.

The award, which went to Personality of the Year, now has its own category, with several nominees: Geneviève Janssens (Robert Mondavi Winery), Stéphane Kasriel (Meta), Claude Le Tohic (One65), Julie Own (Stanford, Internet sans frontières ), Eugénie Rives (Alphabet’s moonshot factory).

In addition, Snowflake will receive a special Business of the Year award: Thierry Cruanes, one of the founders of Snowflake, will be on hand to tell us about the company’s journey Indeed, Snowflake, which specializes in cloud data storage, made a sensational IPO in September 2020, with the title doubling in value on its first day of trading, to hit a record $3.4 billion IPO.

Nine categories

The nominee selection process began last December with the preparation of a list of potential participants, which is then finalized by two committees. † The categories are determined by these committees, as are the 4 to 6 listed for each of them. We take into account the turnover of companies, their innovative approaches, their diversity or their involvement in the French ecosystem of the region. “, explains Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson. † We then put together a jury of experts who study each file and select the winners. The categories are: Tech with less than 50 million in funding or revenues, Tech with over 50 million in funding or revenues, Life Sciences, Smart Cities and Mobility, Sustainability, Wine Industry, Food Industry, Promotion of French Culture and Personality of the Year .

Here’s the full list of nominees, by category:

Tech Less than $50 million in revenue or funding

  • Automation at full speed
  • Vector

Tech Over $50 Million in Revenue or Funding

  • Aero technology
  • Airbyte
  • ESI Group
  • Orbital loft
  • planisware
  • The sandpit

​Life Sciences

  • Atara Biotherapeutics
  • Medical Avatar
  • DNA script
  • Twist Bioscience

Smart cities and mobility

  • ESI Group
  • udelv
  • Wrightspeed
  • xwing


  • sulfur energy
  • FarmWise
  • Naio Technologies
  • Scarlet Solar
  • solar power

wine industry

  • Clos Solene
  • The adventure
  • Picayune Cellars

food industry

Promotion of French culture

Personality of the Year

  • Geneviève Janssens, Winemaking Consultant at GJ Wine Consulting LLC., Portfolio Winery Founder, Chief Winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Stéphane Kasriel, Head of Commerce & Financial Technologies at Meta
  • Claude Le Tohic, Chef at ONE65 San Francisco
  • Julie Owono, Executive Director of Content Policy and Society Lab at Stanford, Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières
  • Eugénie Rives, Director, Early Moonshots at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory

The winners will be rewarded during the evening organized by comedian Clara Bijl. As every year, the FACCSF expects between 250 and 300 people for this award ceremony accompanied by dinner. The ceremony is usually sold out and there are still some tickets available on the FABA website.

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