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e-Lab, a new space for students willing to sharpen their entrepreneurship skills

22 May 2014

On May 20th , HEC Paris inaugurated its eLab, a unique space dedicated to high-technology, creativity, team work and communication. The creation of such a facility has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Jean-Luc Allavena, Pascal de Jenlis and Pascal Cagni, all of whom are major donors to the HEC Foundation.


The "e" in e-Lab signifies both "entrepreneurship" and "electronic", emphasizing the close link between the two. The space is equipped with high-speed technology and is enabled for video-conferences: its walls are painted with "white-board" paint, and all equipment is mobile and can be moved with ease, as needed.

The e-Lab is intended for HEC Paris students who wish sharpen their entrepreneurship skills. HEC Professors will bring along their expertise in the form of teaching and coaching and international experts, entrepreneurs, lawyers and investors will also use the space to share their own experiences, tips and advice. Teaching in the e-Lab will be based on “action learning”, with lessons, teamwork, meetings and knowledge-sharing. 

Finally, the e-Lab should allow for exchange between HEC students and students of the partner schools at the University of Paris-Saclay, and encourage the creation of innovative projects.

Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris, underlined the importance of entrepreneurship: "Let us remember that entrepreneurship is one of the major components in HEC Paris' Global Strategy. HEC has had numerous initiatives on this topic, ever since the creation of the HEC Major in Entrepreneurship, the launch of Challenge+, and most recently, the set-up of the HEC Incubator, established in 2007. Today, we are pleased to inaugurate our e-Lab and we would like to thank the donors who have supported this project. This new space is the ideal place to promote collaboration between students and project leaders who want to work and learn together."

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Video interview of Thomas B. Astebro and Michel Safars on HEC Paris MBA Entrepreneurship specialization


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