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Innovative projects rewarded at the HEC Challenge + 2021-1 forum

This year, the HEC Challenge+ forum was part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week program, the week that celebrates entrepreneurship around the world. It was an opportunity to showcase the most talented entrepreneurs of the HEC Challenge+ program.

HEC Challenge + Forum

For nine months, entrepreneurs in the HEC Challenge+ program benefit from three days of action training per month to propel their technological or innovative company. The forum is the culmination of this work and an opportunity to make a name for themselves and raise their first funds.

The forum of the class of 2021-1 was held on Tuesday, November 9. It offered the opportunity to the 11 selected entrepreneurs to present their project in front of a jury composed of experts, professors, financiers and partners: Cabinet AFIGEC, Cabinet Taze-Bernard, the CEA, Dassault Systemes, INPI, Schlumberger.

Michel Santi, Professor Emeritus and creator of the program, presided over the jury, which met on the HEC Paris campus after many months of distance learning.

Winners of the HEC CHALLENGE+ Business Plan Competition Class of 2021-1  

  • The first prize is awarded to the Cellavie project (simple and affordable cell culture machine), led by Julien Maruotti.
  • The second prize is awarded to the Ti Nov project: co-living for people with disabilities. Promoter of inclusion. Project led by Solène Dubois and Mickaël Dubois.
  • The third prize is awarded to the Ethik Hotels project: the first collaborative platform for access to sustainable tourism, led by Anne Chene.


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Other selected business projects:

  • UX SAS Skills 

Automated diagnosis of technical teams and data visualization
Antoine Yoeung

  • SuitUs

Online fitting room to avoid returns
Caroline Levy

  • Sol &co

In situ development of the "soil" resource
Anne Blanchart

  • ExplorJob

HR Web platform
Marion Vialle and Nils Guicherd

  • ChemIntelligence

AI software accelerating R&D in chemistry/materials
Thomas Galeandro-Diamant

  • Rewilders

Application to support the governance and financing of high biodiversity value protected areas
Han Rong and Cédric De Foucault     

  • HAPU

A vase for indoor plants, which also treats the air, with a water filter, to bio-digest the typical urban pollutants
Giulia Spina 

  • Avelbag

Ultra protective surf cover, thanks to a unique and innovative technology
Corentin Francois  


Learn more about the HEC Challenge+ program