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European Innovation Council

Kat Borlongan  

EIC Board Member

Borlongan Kat


Founding member of Scale-Up Europe and Former Director of La French Tech

Kat Borlongan is a former French government official and entrepreneur. She served under the Macron administration for 3 and a half years as Director of La French, a government-led mission built to bolster France’s startup ecosystem. During her tenure, they rolled out the most open tech employee visa in the world, created a national growth-stage program (French Tech Next40/120), launched a €25M meta-accelerator for underprivileged founders (French Tech Tremplin), and supported thousands of startups amidst the Covid crisis. In a previous life, she was the co-founder of Five by Five (acquired by Capgemini), Director of the Open Data Institute Paris, Techstars Entrepreneur-in-residence and Managing director of Reporters Without Borders Canada.