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Selected for their competence and international experience, the ‘Foreign Trade Advisors of France' (CCEs) are top executives who are all benevolent, and are appointed for three years by decree of the Prime Minister of France upon the recommendation of the Minister for International Affairs and Foreign Trade. For more than 120 years, their mission has been to promote France, its presence in the world, its image, its influence and its foreign trade.

In 2015, the CCE's of the US North-East chapter created "CCE DreamStart1234", a business group dedicated to the mentoring of French startups trying to establish a foothold in, or expand into, the US market.

CCEs are all recognized French leaders of the US business community. They bring considerable local and international expertise and a network of unmatched value. With their experience of the North American market and their international expertise, CCEs are perfectly positioned to help startups maximize their chances of success by giving them access to their professional networks as well as to the collective knowledge of the CCE group. There are over one hundred of them located in New York or close to New York City.

Their combined experiences cover all areas of business, from manufacturing to services , from very large to small and medium size enterprises and from commodities to luxury goods or new technologies. They can assist French startups navigate the local environment in dealing with strategic considerations and finding local contacts. In other words, they will help the startups avoid frequent pitfalls. For purpose of this mentoring, a "French startup" is defined as a start up with at least one French founding partner.