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HEC INNOVATION: Call For Students & HEC Alumni Founders

Are you an entrepreneur or a business project leader? We invite all HEC Student Entrepreneurs or young HEC graduates (graduated less than 5 years ago) to participate in the HEC Innovation Prize.


This is a new call to innovative & early stage startup founders. The HEC Innovation prize rewards innovative projects from the HEC entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Entrants to the competition gain valuable skills in how to pitch an investment idea, the opportunity of mentoring from alumni in the US. The winner will take home a grant of up to $25 000.

The competition was created in 2017 to support HEC early stage entrepreneurs by alumni from Silicon Valley who came together to launch this award for the best HEC Start-ups.

This 4th edition is open to start-ups with at least one founder or co-founder who is a graduate from the HEC Paris Business School (graduated less than 5 years ago), without geographical limitation.

Selection criteria

1. Team 
2.  Market potential
3.  Competitive advantage/Product/Technology
4.  Mentorship (capacity of the Alumni network to enhance and help)

This year the jury will be composed of HEC and Polytechnique alumni. The award ceremony will also be attended by representatives of both entities.

Deadline for application: April 25th
Selection announcement: June 7th

Apply now!


The prize has been funded by alumni from the US, and donors participating in the project include:

Major Donors

André Haddad, H.95, CEO of Turo
Jaime Mateus-Tique, H.90, PHD Student, former President of Aleph Motion Pictures

Silver Club Donors

Aurélia Setton, H.02, Founder CEO of MontBlanc Ventures
Renaud Laplanche, MBA.95, Co-founder & CEO of Upgrade, Inc.
Sarah Pinto Peyronel, H.05, Partner, Venture Investing et Emerson Collective
Christophe Mallard, H.94, Founder & Managing Partner of Eigen Capital LLC


Blandine Avot, H.07, Director Of Operations of Dispatch Goods
Joël Barbier, H.93, Director, Customer Transformation at Cisco
Antoine Carrière, H.00, Head of Strategy & Business Operations - Play Store at Google
Ugo Catry, H.11, VC Principal at Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures
Marie Chalopin Le Louarn, H.07, Senior Analytics Manager at Hotwire
Nicolas El Baze, H.83, General Partner of Partech International Partners
Jean-Charles Gabaix, H.08, CEO of Redbooth
Florian Fischetti, MBA.14, VP of Product of EarnUp
Alireza Malekzadeh, H.95, Vice President, Marketing of Benguela
Arthur Menard de Calenge, MS.15, Co-Founder & CEO of Lambs
Laëtitia Pingel, H.15, Head of International Expansion at Ornikar
Anne Puyt, H.10, Head of Customer Success at MadKudu
Takahiro Sumimoto, MBA.94, CEO of Pacific Crossing
Clara Terrien, H.14, Director, Global Strategic Programs at project44
Sandeep Thakur, MBA.16, Founder & CEO of Alpinehash, Inc.


Learn about the previous editions