From Telecom Business School of Telecom SudParis, a member of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership:
The magazine L'Entreprise recently published a ranking of the best incubators within the French business schools. The Incubator at Telecom Business School and its sister engineering school Telecom SudParis ranked 4th nationally, behind that of ESSEC (3rd), and HEC (5th) and ESCP Europe (6th). This is a great recognition for this entity dedicated to the service of digital innovation in France since 1999. See a .pdf of the article.
The 10 best incubators of French business schools in the L'Entreprise survey:
1. EM Lyon
2. Grenoble EM
4. Telecom Business School
6. ESCP Europe
7. SKEMA Lille
8. Audencia Nantes
A Slew of Startups since 1999
Since its launch in 1999, the Incubator at Telecom Business School and Telecom SudParis have created more than 100 companies, with a particularly high survival rate. The Incubator attracts dynamic entrepreneurs who have created more than 1,000 jobs.
Recent Incubator successes: Linagora, the French leader in open software services, KRDS, a French leader in marketing applications on Facebook, and Cedexis, an internet search engine that raised more than $6 million in 2011.
Directed by Sébastien Cauwet, the Incubator includes twenty experts in entrepreneurship with wide experience in the digital industry who advise and accompany currently thirty different startups.
Portrait of a young entrepreneur
A graduate of Telecom Business School (class of 2006), Thomas Jestin now holds the position of CEO and co-founder of KRDS, an agency which has become part of the Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) Program with Facebook. Thomas is forever grateful for all the services and advice the Incubator offered him. Read the interview.
Third Annual Digital Startup Trophy Competition
On Monday, November 5, 2012, the Incubator will hold its third annual digital startup competition, Trophée Start-up Numérique. It has become the largest competition for innovation in France in the digital sector. Of the 182 proposals submitted this year, the jury selected seven finalists who presented their ideas. The winner will receive a prize worth over 80,000 euros.
The Trophée Start-up Numérique can be followed on Twitter at @IncubTelecomSP, hashtag #startupnum.
The next VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week will be held August 18-24, 2013 in the Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia areas.
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