By Jane Applegate
Adrien Cognee, co-founder and Baptiste Poirier, CEO of Jellynote say they are looking forward to moving into free office space in New York City and spending their $10,000 cash prize after winning the 2014 French American Entrepreneurship Award earlier this week. The pair will also be offered membership in Club 600, a private business club and receive other professional services to help grow their online music business.
Founded in Paris, Jellynote.com is a social platform serving musicians and students. It allows users to create and share sheet music and learn to play songs. The platform helps musicians learn new pieces by ‘listening’ to them online as they play a piece and providing comments and feedback in real time. There is a standard, free offering which features about 150,000 songs and then a premium service available for $4.99 a month.
Three other finalists pitched their companies to the audience of about 150 people before the winner was announced. Souk, a new retail shopping platform founded by Thomas Devos, won the ‘audience award’ at the event based on smartphone voting.
The awards, in their sixth year, are co-sponsored by Pernod-Ricard, Constantin, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Club 600, Corporate Suites, Deloitte and JC Decaux. The French American chamber has more than 934 members in New York and 21 offices throughout the U.S.
Jane Applegate is the national correspondent for SmallBizDaily.com, author of four books on small business success and co-founder of the FabulousFemaleNetwork.com. The Applegate Group is a multimedia production company.