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Idea Center

Idea Center

Innovation | Digital | 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.

Key Facts

400

projects supported each year

100%

of students sensitized to entrepreneurship & innovation

+40

years of entrepreneurship program

41

StartUp Launchpad Projects supported per year

65

start-ups currently hosted at the HEC Incubator

40

HEC Challenge+ innovative projects trained each year

News

HEC SEED 2020 - SMARTO
The HEC SEED Pitch Competition has been maintained despite the context of the health crisis and took place online on Friday, October 16. Five impact startups selected by HEC Seed student association...
Incubateur HEC Paris - Fall batch 2020
Discover the ten new startups that have just joined the Incubateur HEC Paris, within Europe's largest startup hub, at the heart of Station F.
X HEC Entrepreneurs skydive
For students, coming back to school is always exciting, especially if you're in for the experience of a lifetime! MSc X-HEC Entrepreneurs students were in for a special treat… 112 students took a leap of...
Mathias Abramovicz
We are very proud of our startups, but also of our mentors and the professional speakers who accompany them! Portrait of Mathias Abramovicz.
Rémi Rivas
We are very proud of our startups, but also of the people who work with them! Meeting with a Mentor from the HEC Incubator: Rémi Rivas
HEC Students working at Viibe
Five HEC students spent the summer of 2020 collaborating with ViiBE Communication, a start-up based in Station F and part of the HEC & Zendesk Incubators.
Tarmac Technologies
Tarmac is boosting its development by joining the HPE support program and the Founders Factory. Anthoine Dusselier, its co-founder, explains the turn taken by his startup in recent weeks, in a very...
Summer Intake 2020
Welcome to the HEC Incubator's Summer 2020 batch: Anomia, Ayro, HD Rain, Lakaa, Mercateam, Omny, Reglo, Shomi, Turgo and Velyvelo. This new batch is composed of 10 startups, including one from our partner...
Monika Esprit
We are very proud of our startups, as well as our mentors and experts who accompany them! Today we meet Monika Esprit, mentor at the HEC Incubator and specialist in the fields of digital, marketing...
Hackathon Africa EN
106 projects, 48 hours, and 4000 participants from 43 different nationalities took up the challenge to develop new solutions to fight covid19 on the African continent!
HEC DATA MINDS 2019
HEC Data Minds is the first student association at HEC Paris dedicated to the promotion of data science. It was created in 2018 and has been supported since its inception by the HEC IDEA Center and its...
Urban Odyssey
After a successful first year, Urban Odyssey, the urban startup studio, is calling for entrepreneurs again to co-create their startup and build better cities.
Data For Managers
The Data For Managers program has been very popular since its online launch on May 11th: 280 participants in 10 days and a first class of 85 participants from the PSA Group.
La Mode D'après - visuel
Founded in January 2019 by two fashion and technology enthusiasts, Leaf is a start-up with an eco-responsible mission at the HEC Incubator at Station F. It is at the origin of the La Mode d'Après platform...
HEC Challenge plus - appel à candidature 2020
Transform your idea into a company with high potential! Join HEC CHALLENGE+. Recruitment for the next batch has begun! The committees will start on Thursday, November 25th. Intake is scheduled February...
Séoul
The HEC Incubator is now an official partner of the Korean Institute for Startup and Entrepreneurship Development, KISED, and will host Korean startups at Station F, in october 2020.
ACCELERATEUR ESS Business Projects
Master 2 students worked between 4 and 12 weeks on inclusive business projects of the L’Accelerateur ESS Ile-de-France. It was a unique experience for them to understand how committed companies can link a...
SeedLegals Team picture
SeedLegals, the new #Fintech startup of the HEC Incubator's "Winter" batch, offers an adapted solution to facilitate the financing of startups in this constrained period.
Hackaton Covid 19
The “Hacking covid 19" hackathon, co-organized in April by young graduates from HEC Paris and students from Polytechnique and Sciences Po Paris, gathered 1,400 participants to develop 103 projects in 48...
Team UBBYK
Ubbyk, the onboarding solution supported by the HEC Incubator, is currently adapting its technology to the needs of hospitals, in this period of sanitary crisis. It is also sharing its best practices with...
Hacking Covid-19 - HEC Paris
A 48-hour hackathon is being held over the weekend of 10-12 April, with the aim of developing solutions to address the most urgent health, social and financial problems caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Co...
Communauté entrepreneuriat hec
If agility is one of the first qualities of startups and young companies, we should not underestimate their solidarity and commitment
Fygr François and Geoffrey
While the whole world is going through an unprecedented period and the months to come are uncertain at all levels, Fygr, a start-up from the HEC Incubator, puts Open Banking at the service of small and...
Start'HEC à Budapest en 2020
Between February 17th and 21st, the Start'HEC team, the Entrepreneurship Club of HEC Paris, flew to Hungary and its capital Budapest to discover its young and bubbling entrepreneurial ecosystem. Lucas...
Maxime Faguer et Stéphane Le Viet
With 4 start-ups under his belt (Multiposting, Work4, Legalstart, Avostart), Stéphane Le Viet's passion for entrepreneurship (Polytechnique) has been coupled with the know-how and financial expertise of...
Vignette équipe modératrice International Night UnternehmerTUM
On February 4. the HEC Paris Incubator was the special guest at the International Entrepreneurs’ Night Smart Cities organized by UnternehmerTUM and the HEC Germany office.
Medene
This week we met with Camille Pereira, Laure de Lacaze and Marie-Claire Kanaan, the three founders of the start-up Medene, which has just joined the Winter Batch of the HEC incubator at Station F. Their...
Trone
Last year, we introduced you to Hugo Volpei and his start-up Trone, incubated at Station F, with his mission of revolutionizing the way we see toilets. The entrepreneur has successfully accomplished this...
GS1 IOT Challenge
Twenty-five students from the Digital Major and E-artSup took part in the IOT Challenge with GS1 France, Corporate Partner supporting HEC Paris through the "Digital Content for Omni Channel" chair, from 6...
HEC Incubator - Winter 2020 batch
The 34 entrepreneurs of the new Winter 2020 batch of the HEC Incubator began their training this Monday, January 6 at Station F.
Faysal Oudmine
Part of the HEC Incubator Spring 2018 Batch, the startup Fintecture, co-founded by Faysal Oudmine (H2009), is disrupting traditional bank card networks.
HEC IDEA Cristmas Wishlist 2019
Running out of ideas for the holidays? Here is a list of original gift ideas from our HEC Paris start-ups and companies.
Data For Manager Training Program
For the very first time, HEC Paris and Netexplo welcomed a group of over 160 managers from major corporations to the HEC campus in Jouy-en-Josas, on Tuesday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 11th.
Nr2 Team - Jordan Monnet and Maxim Parr
nr2 is the first French company to win the K-Startup Grand Challenge, a global start-up competition organised by the South Korean Government. Trained at HEC Incubator (Winter Batch 2019), the data project...
La promotion 2019-1
On November 14th, the FORUM HEC CHALLENGE + took place on the HEC Paris campus. This event marked the closing of the 2019-1 promotion
Charlotte Lambert, presented the award the co-founders of Liebr
The 6th edition of the Blue Ocean Awards took place the last Thursday, November 7. This was the occasion to reward two startups distinguished at the HEC Seed event: Liebr and Tarmac Technologies
Concours Michelin 2019 - groupe
The weekend of November 16, 2019 was the final of the Michelin Campus Innovation, HEC Paris' Corporate Partner, in Clermont-Ferrand.
Cuvée Privée
One year after its launch, the French startup Cuvée Privée, founded by 3 young alumnae entrepreneurs, Aurélie Berthon, Morgane Suquet and Marie Forget, graduates of HEC Paris and passionate about wine...
Viibe
ViiBE, the Web technology of remote assistance designed for contact centers has successfully completed a €1.2M Seed round.
Accelerateur Ile-de-France, laureats de la promotion 2
HEC Paris, together with the Ile de France region, supports the leaders of the up and coming companies in inclusive social entrepreneurship by offering them the benefit of a tailor-made programme to...
Station F x HEC Incubator - majamaja
On Thursday, June 27, majamaja, the autonomous French-Finnish housing solution for sustainable land development projects discreetly took place in front of Station F!
HEC Innovation 2019 Award
For the third consecutive year, HEC Innovation, the Alumni community in Silicon Valley has mobilized to support our most promising start-ups in the HEC network. On Monday 24 June the Awards were presented...
Jury Final X-HEC Entrepreneurs
On Tuesday June 11th, the last Final Jury of the MSc X-HEC Entrepreneurs batch 2018-2019 took place in the premises of the Medef, in Paris
HEC Challenge Plus 2018-2
Last Thursday was held the HEC Challenge Plus Forum, the traditional final jury of the current promotion rewarding the best business plans! Three projects were awarded.
Urban Odyssey
HEC Incubator closes a deal with Urban Odyssey, the urban start-up studio by Icade to co-create start-ups with passionate entrepreneurs and reinvent the city of tomorrow.
Cédric O. sur le stand HEC Paris à Vivatech
For the third consecutive year and for three days, HEC Paris was represented at VivaTech, an international convention for start-ups & leaders, co-organized by Publicis and Les Echos.
HEC Seed 2019 - Team
A record number of participants enjoyed the 2019 Seed Entrepreneurship Summit on April 30 this year focusing on “investing in good”. The second edition at Station F “was bigger, broader and younger,”...
HEC Incubator
The HEC Incubator launches its new call for application: join one of the largest entrepreneurship network at Station F!
HEC Innovation Award
Call to innovative & early stage startups from the HEC ecosystem: $25,000 prize to be won.
Start'hec Incubit
The Start'HEC student club organized a unique technology trip to Israel. 17 students left for 6 days during the February break to discover Israel's formidable entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem.
Kabo bowls
After the very successful experience of Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux who tested their Italian Big Mamma catering concept on the HEC Paris campus in 2014, it is now Fadel Bennani (H19) and Othman...
The X-HEC Entrepreneurs master class is in Silicon Valley
The 2019 X-HEC Entrepreneurs master is in Silicon Valley! The LEX - or "Learning Expedition" is a study trip that takes place just after the final jury of the development mission and lasts one week.
Demooz
We have already presented you with 4 projects out of the 8 that joined the HEC Incubator on the 3rd of January. Today, meet the other 4 new projects that are currently benefiting from a tailor-made...
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.
Kazidomi
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.

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Success Stories

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

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, Leetchi.com is a secure web service that provides a fun and easy way for people...
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 PriceMinister.com in 2000. He left PriceMinister.com in 2014 and has subsequently established two investment funds, ISAI and Kernel Holding Investments. BACKGROUND PriceMinister.com was founded in Paris in...

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