Alumni Innovators Win Entrepreneurial Award

Alumni Innovators Win Entrepreneurial Award
Alumni Innovators Win Entrepreneurial Award


Clément Mihailescu and Antoine Pourchet, both of whom graduated from FASNY in 2012, are the second-prize winners of this year's French-American Entrepreneurship Award (FAEA) competition.

They won for AlgoExpert, an online platform that helps prospective software engineers prepare for algorithm-intensive coding interviews, the kind commonly conducted by large tech companies and startups. Clément is the CEO and Antoine the CTO of AlgoExpert, which they co-founded in 2017 when the former was preparing for interviews at Google. As one of four semifinalists in the FAEA competition, Clément and Antoine presented their company to a jury of French-American executives, who ultimately selected a first- and a second-place winner from the group.

A FASNY "lifer," Clément attended the school from nursery through grade 12. He went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and is currently a software engineer at Google. After completing middle and high school at FASNY, Antoine received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Cornell. Post-graduation, he worked at a small startup before moving on to Uber, where he is now a software engineer.

The FAEA is an annual competition for startups. Established in 2008, its goal is to help young French-American entrepreneurs launch their business ventures in the United States and to provide them with guidance from experienced business leaders.