United Against the Coronavirus Epidemic
United Against the Coronavirus Epidemic
The HEC Paris community has united as best as it can in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic on a daily basis. We are analyzing its impact on our lives, our economies and our societies.
On this page, you will find all the information, initiatives, resources and useful contents HEC Paris is proposing to navigate the waters of these times.
The HEC Paris General Management teams are working closely with students, professors and staff in order to support them in the context of this health crisis and offer solutions adapted to the current...
An unprecedented 13 awards were attributed by the HEC Foundation for outstanding academic work from the school’s students and professors in 2020. The March 23 event was the 44th edition of the annual...
Although COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing crisis has caused all kinds of upheavals, it has also enabled many companies to demonstrate their resilience and adaptability and embrace digital technologies...
How has the COVID-19 crisis and its economic and social consequences shifted the boundaries of gender in the workplace? In its third debate of the year, the HEC DiversiTALKS conference series involved 10...
At the dawn of this New Year 2021, HEC Paris professors reflect upon the challenges of the past year and tell us why all is not lost despite the current health crisis. They express their reasons for hope...
This is a particularly difficult time, and one that is all the more complex for many students. Faced with this unprecedented situation, the Bridgepoint Alumni have decided to fund living expenses grants...
In September 2020, HEC Paris recruited a record number of Ivorian students for its Grande Ecole program. This is a key element of its Africa Strategy 2015-2025 program which seeks to attract the academic...
HEC Paris Professor Jeremy Ghez answers questions on the impact that the economy and the COVID-19 health crisis could have on the November 3 presidential elections. Ghez is the author of “Etats-Unis...
When HEC Paris professor, Olivier Sibony, brought out the short guide “Vous allez commettre une terrible erreur!” he could not imagine that it would have such a global impact. His exploration of nine...
Like all educational institutions around the world, HEC Paris has been facing the health crisis linked to the COVID-19 epidemic since March. The entire HEC Paris community has had to adapt to this...
The 2020 Commencement Event was a first, not just for HEC Paris but for the global academic community. As the health crisis continues to shut down entire countries, higher education institutions needed...
106 projects, 48 hours, and 400 participants from 43 different nationalities took up the challenge to develop new solutions to fight covid19 on the African continent!
Covid-19 pandemic is hitting the world and affecting our lives in an unprecedented way. Populations all over the world are locked down, health systems have become restrained, borders are closed, and the...
On June 8, HEC Paris invited Jean-Pierre Dick, quadruple winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre and double winner of the Barcelona World Race (double-handed round the world regatta). The man described as as...
In the second of a series of online seminars, HEC Paris invited Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus for an hour-long exchange on bouncing back after the COVID-19 health crisis. Led by Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot...
HEC MBA student Steve Tchuente spearheaded a successful 48-hour drive to win the prestigious MIT Hackathon, this year devoted to combating COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. His AccuroLab platform was one of...
HEC Paris invited Best Buy’s Executive Chairperson Hubert Joly to the first in a series of online seminars, organized by the Society & Organization Institute (S&O). In a wide-ranging Q&A led by S&O...
Over 5,000 Indian students are reported to have chosen France to further their higher education this past year. Around 100 remained in lockdown on the HEC Paris campus until May 11, juggling the ongoing...
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...
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...
We all have different drives, different things that make us tick. But during these exceptional times, we all need to feel connected to the world around us. Scattered across the continent, three HEC Paris...
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.
Since the French government declared a national confinement period on March 16, HEC Paris has invested heavily in distance teaching for its 4,500 students. In the three weeks before the break, the school...
The crisis is already having an impact on our students and their families. That is why the HEC Foundation launched a solidarity fund. Coming together to help students in difficult situations and make a...
The "HEC Paris Insights" Webinars
The mini-website « #StaySafe, by the HEC Paris Community »
Founded on March 20 by the HEC Paris campus psychiatrist, Doctor David Gourion, this site is fed by the school’s students, professors and collaborators . It is both collaborative and evolving. Its objective is simple: to share eyewitness testimony, ideas, content and useful documents which allow us to navigate these periods of COVID-19-linked confinement with serenity.
Lucille Collet and Camille Zivré, two recent graduates from HEC Paris, organized a 48-hour virtual hackathon in April with the aim of developing solutions to address the most urgent health, social and financial problems caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
Created in partnership with HEC Paris, Ecole Polytechnique and Sciences Po Paris, this event took place online (on the BeMyApp platform) during the weekend of April 10-12, and focused on 4 main themes:
- Helping healthcare professionals
- Helping governmental institutions
- Helping businesses
- Helping communities
Coviz19: a dashboard to visualize the progression of the coronavirus
Mathis has used the free time provided by the containment over the last few weekends to work on Coviz19, a dashboard that allows to see the progression of the coronavirus in more than 250 geographical areas.
Two visualization modes are proposed for each category of data (confirmed cases, active cases, deaths and recoveries):
- Trajectories allows to compare the evolution in the selected countries at the same stage of the epidemic. It represents the progression of the number of cases according to the number of days after the 100th declared case.
- Cumulative represents the progression of the number of cases day by day over a chosen period in the selected countries.
The data used is published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).
This is a purely informative and non-profit project. The platform's code is open-source: Mathis Batoul is currently trying to mobilize a community of developers to contribute to the project.
The entrepreneurial community, united within the HEC IDEA Center, is mobilized to accompany entrepreneurs and project innovators. Among the initiatives of the past days, we would like to spotlight:
- The establishment by Accélérateur ESS (Ile-de-France region) of a repertory of medical devices and help available for businesses (in French).
- A list of services available, established by the HEC ecosystem’s startups (in French).
- And a list of several citizen initiatives launched from within the HEC Paris community.
HEC Foundation: a solidarity fund to support students affected by the Covid-19 crisis
The current health crisis is affecting the already fragile financial situation of some of the School's students and their families. Many of them are facing financial difficulties due to the cancellation of their internship.
This is why the HEC Foundation has set up a solidarity fund to help students, to anticipate the support that will be needed in the coming months, and to ensure the continuity of the aid that it allocates each year to students in the different programs.
Let's mobilize and show solidarity to help students in difficult situations!
For any further information, contact the HEC Foundation team: firstname.lastname@example.org
HEC Alumni and Sciences Po Alumni are launching a call for donations to urgently support the action of 2 international medical humanitarian organizations in the fight against the Covid-19 virus: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Médecins du Monde.
The Covid-19 epidemic has already spread to more than 100 countries around the world, to places with fragile health systems and to regions like Europe where national response capacities are more robust but where the epidemic is particularly virulent.
There is a shortage everywhere of essential equipment for caregivers, volunteers and emergency teams: protective masks, gloves, test kits, oxygen, etc.
The needs are colossal and are unfortunately increasing every day. It is urgent for us all to mobilize as soon as possible.
Today, our schools' communities are committed:
- to collecting donations
- to bringing a trusted supply chain, allowing quality suppliers in China to produce the medical equipment that MSF and Médecins du Monde need for their priority actions.
In recent days, the HEC Alumni network in China and in Europe has volunteered to coordinate the production and transportation of tens of millions of protective masks and medical equipment to cities where they are needed. This contact person for this initiative is Thibaud Sarrazin, President of the HEC Alumni Chapter in Shenzhen.
You can contribute to this call for solidarity by making a donation today to allow MSF and Médecins du Monde to protect caregivers and provide medical assistance to vulnerable populations facing the epidemic all over the world.
100 million masks collected by a volunteer team from HEC Alumni
The HEC Alumni network in China and Europe has volunteered to coordinate the production and shipment to France of tens of millions of protective masks and medical equipment.
In 48 hours, HEC Alumni volunteers managed to collect 7 million masks, a figure that reached 100 million after two weeks. The initiative came from the president of the HEC Alumni Chapter in Shenzhen,Thibaud Sarrazin.
Interviewed on France Info on April 5, Frédéric Jousset, President of HEC Alumni, explained that, on the spot, the association had succeeded in setting up a supply chain and a routing system, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The objective is to equip caregivers and staff in EHPAD (residential care homes for the elderly).
Our Corporate partners’ commitments
The health crisis we are experiencing concerns individuals, but also companies and organizations. HEC Paris' corporate partners get involved and mobilize their teams, resources and technologies to help patients, caregivers and local and national public authorities.
What our Professors Say
Find the interviews of HEC Professors on SoundCloud:
Tomasz Michalski, Associate Professor in Economy and Decision Sciences at HEC Paris:
Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris Professor, holder of the Jean-Monnet Chair in European Law:
Jean-Edouard Colliard, Associate Professor of Finance at HEC Paris:
Kristine de Valck, Associate Professor in Marketing at HEC Paris:
Anne-Sophie Chaxel, Associate Professor in Marketing at HEC Paris :
Sangseok You, Assistant Professor in Information Systems & Operations Management at HEC Paris:
Brian Hill, CNRS Research Professor in Economy and Decision sciences at HEC Paris:
Jeremy Ghez, Associate Professor in Economy and Decision sciences at HEC Paris:
Hélène Löning, Associate Professor in Accounting and Management Control at HEC Paris:
Georg Wernicke, Assistant Professor in Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris:
Jean-Michel Gauthier, Professor at HEC Paris and Executive Director of the Energy & Finance Chair:
Mathis Schulte, Associate Professor in Management & Human Resources at HEC Paris:
Find other interviews of HEC Professors at Knowledge@HEC:
In the Press
“Creating and Developing a Tech Startup”: this MOOC, available on Coursera, is offered by HEC Paris and Polytechnique. It allows participants to identify and evaluate opportunities for creating a tech business, and to better understand its principal issues on a human, technical, commercial, environmental and financial level.
As such, you will obtain solid foundations either for building your own tech business, or for joining one.
“Become an entrepreneur of change”: this has been classed regularly among the best MOOCs in French, and is designed to learn to be entrepreneurial. It accompanies all those who wish to have a positive impact in society, but who do not know how to go about it. Whatever your age or your academic training, this will help you find the best path to change the business landscape, and to correspond to your nature! You will learn how to transit from a desire to an idea, and from an idea to an action.