Acceleration and incubation
X-Entrepreneurship: the third cornerstone of École Polytechnique
Alongside teaching and research, entrepreneurship and innovation form the third strategic principle of the École Polytechnique ethos. Entrepreneurship at l’X is structured around the implementation of several programs: the first is dedicated to entrepreneurial training, the second is devoted to the acceleration of early-stage startups—accessible to projects both in and outside of l’X—, and the last program is involved with the incubation of more developed businesses.
Assisting project leaders in writing the success stories of tomorrow
Launched in 2015, the X-UP Accelerator and X-Tech Incubator are located in the École Polytechnique Center for Innovation, the DRAHI-X Novation Center. These two programs bring together all the assets of l’X to support technological projects with high added value, and to assist entrepreneurs, companies, partners, alumni and student associations in the advancement of their up-and-coming business.
The Center supports projects all the way through from inception to reality. With a holistic approach to start-up promotion, this space brings start-ups under their wing, allowing project leaders to give rise to technological revolutions and innovative breakthroughs. Start-ups have room to truly blossom, as project leaders are assisted in the formulation of their business model and pitch, as well as in prototyping, testing and proof of concept, all while maintaining close ties with key players in the start-up environment.
The Accelerator offers an excellent program intended for leaders of high-tech projects who, when laying the bedrock for future project development, wish to be both supported and challenged. Over a six-month period, with the option for one-time renewal, the École Polytechnique X-UP acceleration program is designed to help entrepreneurs build the foundations for their future business. Throughout the program, they prove their concept, get a clear grasp of their market, create and challenge their prototype, draw up an ambitious and detailed business roadmap, identify their first potential client, structure their team, and finally, enter the fundraising phase.
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The X-Tech Incubator start-up program is dedicated to the development of innovative technological start-ups in a dynamic environment. The goal of this program is different to that of the Accelerator, with a different style of project support. Start-ups on the program are further along in their stage of development, and, therefore, do not require as much support, but do need to be represented at the heart of the l’X community. Exposition to one of the most dynamic technological environments in France, as well as close contact with multiple key players and partners, allow for an exceptional framework to be established during the start-up’s initial years of development. Start-ups that benefit from this program remain there for two years before embarking on their journey of success.
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Do you have an idea for a new business? Let us back up your project by putting yourself forward during the next call for applications for the X-UP Accelerator program. Click here to get in contact.