The 8th edition of the French American Business Awards (FABA), organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF) and chaired by its Executive Director Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson, took place on June 1st 2023 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, with the special presence of Frédéric Jung, Consul General of France in San Francisco  and in front of an assembly of 200 representatives of the Franco-American business community.

The French American Business Awards is the FACCSF’s flagship event of the year and an exceptional ceremony recognizing the best French-American companies, entrepreneurs, and executives based in the Bay Area, for their outstanding results and lasting performance in management and leadership.

During his opening speech, the Consul General of France underlined the dynamism of the ecosystem of French companies in the U.S. market. Indeed, French companies shine in many sectors such as Technology, Medicine, Food and Wine, or Sustainability, and are the 4th foreign employers in California.

For this 8th edition of FABA, 10 companies and/or personalities were rewarded. You can find the complete photo gallery of the ceremony on this link.

For the startup competition, two startups are normally rewarded with the Public Choice’s Award and the Jury prize. For the first time since the creation of the startup competition, the same startup, Surge, was chosen by both juries.

Tech under $50M in revenue or funding Award: Vectice
Vectice is a team led by serial entrepreneurs on a mission to revolutionize the way enterprise data science teams track their assets, manage knowledge, and collaborate with the rest of the business.

Tech over $50M in revenue or funding Award: Front
Front is a communication hub for building strong customer relationships. Front puts customer conversations at the center of a team’s attention and surrounds them with collaboration capabilities and contextual data from multiple systems.

Women in leadership Award: Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
Marylene Delbourg-Delphis is a serial technology CEO, executive consultant and board member who has focused on avant-garde products throughout her career. For 30 years, she has empowered organizations to continuously reshape their future by creating breakthrough platforms and applications as a full-time CEO (4 companies), shadow CEO, board member or advisor (over 30 companies).

Healthcare Life Sciences Award: DNA Script
DNA Script was created to revolutionize DNA synthesis with enzymes. Their core R&D efforts have produced innovations in enzyme engineering, surface and nucleotide chemistries, and instrumentation. The integration of these innovations has resulted in SYNTAXTM️, the world’s first benchtop DNA printer powered by enzymatic technology.

Sustainability Award: Ecovadis
EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings. Global supply chains, financial institutions, and public organizations rely on EcoVadis to monitor and improve the sustainability performance of their business and trading partners.

Wine Personality of the year Award: Claire Weinkauf – Owner and Winemaker of Picayune Cellars
Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf grew up in Auvergne, the land of Volcanoes and fabulous cheeses. Inspired by the power of a Mouton Rothschild, she earned a wine degree in Chile and then embarked for France to work harvest in St Emilion and the Côte du Rhône. Founded in 2011 Picayune Cellars is a négociant style winery dedicated to making wines of outstanding quality that are also exceptional values. Building on her relationships with some of wine country’s most respected winemakers and growers, Claire assembles wines from Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast for Picayune. The key on the label represents the idea of “Unlocking Secret Wines from California.”

Food company: Petit Pot 
Petit Pot brings renowned French dessert traditions to America. Inspired by childhood recipes from France and new home in California, Petit Pot’s tradition-inspired treats are made with a local twist and focus on simple & natural ingredients of the highest quality and on an exceptional packaging.

Merit Award: Maison Porcella
After over ten years of culinary experience with French, Italian, and American influences, Marc-Henri Jean-Baptiste created Maison Porcella to showcase exceptional charcuterie products. Maison Porcella offers French-style charcuterie, savory pastries & deli. All locally sourced, they are part of the Slow-Food movement and opened their first retail/restaurant space in November 2022.

Startup of the year – Public’s choice award AND Jury Prize: Surge
Currently, 1 in 5 surgeries end in postoperative complications, resulting in more than 22 million people experiencing complications every year in the US and EU alone. Despite this significant burden, the current approach to assess a patient’s fitness for surgery relies on surgeons’ intuition, as current clinical scales don’t reach sufficient performance. With significantly better predictive performance than existing products and scales, PreCyte Surgical identifies patients at risk for postoperative complications.
For the first time, the Start Up of the Year category wins both Public and Jury’s award (which are 2 separate committees)

Technical Achievement Award: Sebastien Deguy
He founded Allegorithmic in 2003 to develop the ideas in his PhD, completed at the end of 2001. As CEO, he led Allegorithmic in becoming a market leader in 3D texturing with the Substance line of products, a critical component in the production workflows for Games, Visual Effects, Retail & Marketing, Product Design and other industries. When Allegorithmic joined Adobe in January 2019, Sébastien took on the position of Vice President and Head of 3D & Metaverse. His team is responsible for the development of Adobe in the 3D space, after leading digital transformation of printing (with postscript and pdf), imaging (with Photoshop), video (with Premiere and After Effects).
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