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Demo day: the HEC Foundation joins in an event to support the entrepreneurs of the future

To celebrate the end of the academic year, the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center showcased the finest entrepreneurial successes of its community via Demo Day, a unique TV show. Thanks to the generosity of HEC Foundation donors, we were delighted to participate in certain projects and award the HEC Innovation Prize and the HEC Start-up Sprint Prize.


One of the HEC Foundation’s missions is to support entrepreneurship and business creation thanks to its donors.

On June 7, we had the pleasure of awarding the  HEC Start-Up Sprint Prize, at the initiative of one of our Major Donors, René de Picciotto, and the HEC Innovation Prize, launched in 2017 by Aurélia Setton (H.02).


The 2021 HEC innovation Prize
Winners: Kristian Kredatus (MSc.21), Simeon Kredatus and Štefan Kredatus, founders of EDIRIS, a technology for optimizing feed for farmed animals using artificial intelligence.

The competition was created in 2017 to support and assist the launch of young HEC entrepreneurs, via the strength of the HEC Paris community and the solidarity of HEC graduates in Silicon Valley. The founders of EDIRIS and winners of the 2021 HEC Innovation Prize thus received a cash prize and will be mentored by HEC’s entrepreneurial community in the USA. This 4th edition was open to start-ups with at least one founder or co-founder having graduated from HEC. 

We are very grateful to HEC Paris and Polytechnique, in addition to the donor community. We’re sure this prize will make a huge difference to our business. We’re going to continue working hard and stay true to our values, and we won’t hesitate to call on the community to help develop new business relations.

Kristian Kredatus (MSc.21), Simeon Kredatus et Štefan Kredatus, winners of the 2021 HEC Innovation Prize, founders of EDIRIS


The HEC Start-Up Sprint Prize
Winners: Diego Level and Tanguy Lastennet from Wheelee, a marketplace for buying and selling reconditioned bicycles.
And Louise de Mauroy, Léa Levesque and Clément Maës from Coralium, a cyber-security solution for legal firms.

Created at the initiative of the Foundation and Major Donor René de Picciotto (H.64), the HEC Start-Up Sprint prize was awarded further to the HEC Virtual Design Sprint, a 48-hour online event designed to boost business projects by budding French-speaking entrepreneurs seeking to build practical and sustainable solutions to the challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two winning teams were selected to participate in the HEC – 42 Start-Up Launchpad program, a 10-week course to prepare students for the launch of their business.

Replay Demo Day on video: