A pre-incubation program for newcomers willing to become entrepreneurs and start a business in France!

A fellowship for newcomer women with an entrepreneurial mindset to access opportunities in the corporate sector in France!


For the fourth year in Paris, Ice Academy is being led by PLACE, a start-up specialized in accelerating newcomer talent, and Ben & Jerry’s, a global social enterprise with impact at its core.


Ice Academy is a European program run in France, the UK and the Netherlands, that aims to support refugee entrepreneurs in developing their financial autonomy through entrepreneurship and employment. This is done through a unique mix of intensive design-based training, the possibility to access a dedicated coach, and opportunities for employment or internships.


How does Ice Academy work?

From June to December 2022, Ice Academy will support 12 women newcomers to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and skills to penetrate the corporate sector and to turn their own business and project ideas into reality.

Participants will take part in the Fast Forward program, in which fast-paced regular training sessions will challenge their ideas and strengthen them through feedback from peers, experts and coaches from the corporate sector. 

Opportunities to take part in exciting Europe-wide Ice Academy events will also be provided, as well as links with the Ben&Jerry’s corporate ecosystem.