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Applications for the next promo of the École polytechnique incubator are open until January 14

The École polytechnique incubator is looking for its new Promo for its X-UP CREATE support package for innovative technology start-ups in the seed stage.
Promotion X-UP 16 & the incubator team
07 May. 2024
Entrepreneurship, Innovation

A comprehensive 10-month programme to support deeptech start-ups in their launch and go-to-market.

Let us know about your project and your team by 14 January !



It means benefiting from a dedicated, collaborative workspace for your team, our programme of entrepreneurial expertise, the centre's technological resources, the skills and events of our network, and connections to our environment at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris and the Paris-Saclay plateau.


What are the objectives of the programme ?

  • To structure and make viable an entrepreneurial project;
  • Move from a proof of concept to a company with a product adapted to its market and initial commercial traction;
  • Facilitate the operational, human, technical and financial development of an early-stage start-up;
  • Develop your start-up network (experts, mentors, start-ups, industrial partners, financial players, advisory board, etc.);

Who can apply ?

  • Open to all start-ups with a strong innovative technological dimension, including those from outside the École polytechnique;
  • Dedicated full-time team with expertise in the proposed technology and dedicated to their business creation project;
  • At the start-up stage, with a valid proof of concept (POC) or one in the process of being validated.


Priority target sectors, predominantly HARDWARE
#GreenTech | #HeathTech |  #Industries of the future |  #EdTech

How does the programme work ?

  • Intensive training/workshop programme;
  • 1 week "Sandbox" to challenge and diagnose the start-up ;
  • 10 months of personalised support;
  • Free of charge, in exchange for a 5% stake in the company's creation.

The strengths of the incubator ?

  • A comprehensive programme of multi-expertise workshops dedicated to your project: business, scientific expertise, manufacturing, legal, communications, marketing and finance;
  • 1 initial week in the sandbox;
  • An in-residence coaching team to monitor, guide and challenge you;
  • A personalised mentoring programme for each start-up;
  • A collaborative workspace dedicated to your team within the incubator;
  • Access to the X-FAB, our prototyping and pre-industrialisation facility (more than 50 machines available over 1,000 m2) with 5 areas of expertise: 3D printing, lasers, general mechanics, machining and electronics;
  • Access to our LIVINGLAB bioengineering prototyping area;
  • The training and expertise of engineers and technicians dedicated to prototyping and design;
  • Regular investment and multi-theme network meetings with our entrepreneurial partners;
  • Proven experience in supporting start-ups: 119 to date with great success;
  • Connection to the ecosystem of the École Polytechnique and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (alumni, students, startups, partners, investors, experts, entrepreneurs in residence, etc.);
  • Proximity to our research centres, our partners and access to internal and external events.

How do I apply ?

Dates to remember ?

  • 14 January 2024 > Call for applications closed
  • 25/26 January > 1st selection pitch to a jury
  • 04 March > Week of initial Sandbox coaching
  • 12/13 March > Final selection pitch to a panel of judges
  • 02 April 2024 > Entry into the promotion with a welcome seminar
  • 19/20 February 2025 > End of support program

For any information ?

Do not hesitate to contact us : contact-dei@polytechnique.fr