« Innovation 2013 », the worldwide innovation challenge [fr]
On 18 April 2013, the President of the Republic of France launched the 2030 Innovation Commission, chaired by Anne Lauvergeon and under the aegis of the Minister for Industrial Renewal and the Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy.
As part of this Commission, the French government launched an International Innovation Competition in order to identify and support innovative projects from all around the world. With this event, France is trying to attract technological projects in order to eventually create new companies and jobs on its territory.
The 7 key areas of the Competition
Les projets d’entreprise déposés dans le cadre du Concours mondial d’innovation devront impérativement s’inscrire dans l’une des 7 ambitions suivantes:
1. energy storage,
2. metal recycling / reuse,
3. exploitation of marine resources,
4. plant proteins and plant chemistry
5. individualized medicine,
6. the ‘silver economy’, innovation in the service of longevity
7. big data
All selected projects will focus on one (or possible more) of these seven areas.
The first stage of the competition is a broad call for projects / business ideas. From the first round, 100 will be selected and will receive up to €200k to support the initial stages of their development. The main criteria of selection are the degree of compliance with one of the seven goals, the level of breakthrough of the innovation (technological or not), the technical and/or scientific feasibility, the potential economic benefits, and the ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the project.
The applications must be submitted in English or in French before March 31, 2014 An intermediate closing date has been set up on January 30, 2014.
The second stage of the competition will open on September 1, 2014. Support will be provided for expanded development of promising projects. 30 should be selected to receive additional funds of up to €2 million each.
Finally, in 2016 one or two will be chosen to receive a package of funds (up to €20 million each) to finance their expansion and industrial development.
To enter the competition
Any startup or SMB from any location around the world can apply.
For more information about the competition or to submit your application, please visit: http://www.innovation2030.org/fr/