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Idea Center

Idea Center

Innovation | Digital & Data | Entrepreneurship | Acceleration

The HEC IDEA Center has recently been created to enhance HEC's reputation as the leading European Business School for Entrepreneurial and Digital Innovation, meeting the aspirations of a new generation of students and the needs of businesses. As well as overseeing the coordination of the Business School's programs, the IDEA Center runs an innovation laboratory for developing cutting-edge ideas and it will soon have a research center dedicated to data science.

Key Facts


projects supported each year


of students sensitized to entrepreneurship & innovation


years of entrepreneurship program


StartUp Launchpad Projects supported per year


start-ups currently hosted at the HEC Incubator


HEC Challenge+ innovative projects trained each year

Success Stories

Behind every great idea is a great entrepreneurial team. Discover our success stories.

François Pelen - POINT VISION
François Pelen - POINT VISION
François Pelen is the co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Groupe Point Vision. The company boasts 23 ophthalmologists centers in France, and hopes to expand to 50 over the next five years. BACKGROUND Almost 6 out of 10 French people have, at one...
Nathalie Gaveau - SHOPCADE
Nathalie Gaveau - SHOPCADE
Nathalie Gaveau is the founder of Shopcade and the General Manager of Lagardère Active Shopping. She was also the co-founder of PriceMinister that was sold to the Rakuten Group in 2010 for $250 million. BACKGROUND Shopcade was founded in 2011 in the...
Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet
Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet
Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet was the founder of in 2000. He left in 2014 and has subsequently established two investment funds, ISAI and Kernel Holding Investments. BACKGROUND was founded in Paris in...
Céline Lazorthes
Céline Lazorthes
Céline Lazorthes is the founder and CEO of the Leetchi Group, which has more than ten million users in over 150 countries! BACKGROUND Created in 2009 by Céline Lazorthes, is a secure web service that provides a fun and easy way for people...



Toutes Mes Aides Team
Read this interview of Cyprien Geze, H2014, CEO of Toutes Mes Aides, a french startup enabling people to search for all the social benefits and subsidies they are eligible for, thanks to an Artificial...
Data Soluce
Data Soluce, the fast-growing start-up hosted at the HEC Incubator gets the French Tech Brest + Pass
Winter Intake 2019
The HEC Incubator presents its Winter 2019 cohort : 8 selected projects that are currently benefitting from a tailor-made program at the heart of Station F.
Learn more about Alain, his background, his links to the HEC Community and his promising start-up!
HEC Paris x Ecole de Guerre
HEC Paris signed in January 2019 a partnership with Ecole de Guerre to share a program involving mixed teams of students from both schools.
HEC Mercure 2018
The Mercure HEC 2018 awards ceremony took place last month, January 23rd in Wework Lafayette, with the support of Banque Populaire .
L'accélérateur ESS Paris Ile-de-France
The Region and its partners support through this program the major players in a more inclusive and sustainable Parisian economy.
Access2Europe and startup
The French-German Chamber of Commerce is running Access2Europe, a European Commission’s H2020 programme, which gives European startups market access within the EU.
HEC Incubator call spring 2019
The HEC Incubator launches its new call for application : join one of the largest entrepreneurship network at Station F!
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