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Call for applications for the 6th class of X-UP acceleration program

Every six months, École Polytechnique's startup accelerator, X-UP, recruits a new class of startups to accompany them in their development. Candidates can apply until August, 31th, 2017.

X-UP accelerator has already hosted five classes of startups in its premises located in LA FIBRE ENTREPRENEUR-Drahi-X Novation Center, the center dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation situated on École Polytechnique's campus.

This acceleration program is aimed at projects or start-ups recently created, especially on the very first stages of their development. To integrate the accelerator, startups are selected according to their profile by an independent selection committee made up of entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors.

Each startup is supported during a six-month period, which can be renewed once. Entrepreneurs are daily coached by the team of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Directorate of l'X, trained by professionals during specific workshops and mentored by three experts in technology, business and lean startup development chosen from École Polytechnique's network according to the specific needs of each startup.

Access to a panel of renowned investors, privileged relations with the network and the ecosystem of l'X, and regular talks given by entrepreneurs and international experts are also keys to success. The technological and scientific means, in particular the prototyping facilities and laboratories' support, constitute an extremely favorable environment for the development of new high-tech companies. Furthermore, accelerated entrepreneurs are supported up to 20 000 € and benefit from accessing high-level business opportunities.

Moreover, the French Tech, a simplified, fast-track procedure for three types of international tech talent to obtain a residence permit known as the "Passeport Talent", facilitates visa applications of selected international entrepreneurs.