Thibaut Chary (X2010) wins the PEPITE Award
Thibaut Chary (X2010), has won the PEPITE - Student Entrepreneur Springboard Award. He was invited to Élysée Palace along with the 9 other winners to have lunch with François Hollande, Geneviève Fioraso and Benoît Hamon on June 20, 2014.
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(Thibaut Chary stands second from the right)
YesPark is a mobile phone application, co-founded by 5 Polytechnicians and a student from École Centrale Paris, which enables drivers to find inoccupied private parking spaces (either owned by individuals, or at businesses, shopping centers, and hotels) thanks to their smartphone. The app helps drivers to locate the parking space nearest to them and to reserve it, then guides them to it and enables them to enter, exit and pay for the space.
The company won the 101 Projects Contest in December 2013, which recognized 101 young French entrepreneurs under 25 years of age. The winners received €25,000.
The PEPITE - Student Entrepreneur Springboard Awards are one of the pilot initiatives to promote entrepreneurship launched in autumn 2013 by Geneviève Fioraso, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research. The goal of these awards is to encourage and support startups among students and young graduates, in all business sectors (from technology to services, in the social economy field). Each year 10 winning startup projects are selected, all launched by students or young graduates between the ages of 20 to 26.
The new student-entrepreneur civil status will be launched at the start of the 2014 school year and will encourage the appearance of "Zuckerbergs à la française", according to Geneviève Fioraso.