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Start-up phase 2015

You have an innovative project and you want to set up your company in France ? The Worldwide Innovation Challenge selects, within the framework of a competitive process in favor of SME(s) and novel ideas, companies’ projects presenting major innovations and answering one of the eight Goals described in the report “One Principle and Seven Goals for Innovation” and its addendum. The selected projects foster a particularly strong potential for the French economy.


To select the best projects in line with the objectives of the action financed under the “Invest for the Future” programme, the Worldwide Innovation Challenge, simple and easy-to-access, will take place in 3 phases:

  • The Start-up phase
  • The Risk reduction phase
  • The Development phase

110 projects were selected during the Start-up phase in 2014, all bearing a high potential for the French economy.

To leverage these achievements, a new Start-up phase is set up in 2015, based on 8 Goals, including the 7 initial goals and a new one on “Public security and protection against threats”!

The Start-Up phase

The expected projects must be led by an individual company and show a strong potential for the French economy (such as disruptive technology, major economic spinoffs on employment, exports, etc.)

The selected projects will receive a grant up to €200,000 to support their innovation expenses.

How to apply

The Worldwide Innovation Challenge is open to companies under two conditions :

- Applicant firms must have the intention to set up in France
- The project must match one of the eight Goals listed below.

  • Goal 1: Energy storage
  • Goal 2: Collecting, sorting and recycling materials
  • Goal 3: Development of marine resources, metals and seawater desalination.
  • Goal 4: Development of plant protein-based food products and plant chemistry projects aiming to develop new materials.
  • Goal 5: Personalised medicine - Individualised targeted therapeutic interventions based, for example, on genomics, medical devices and/or high-resolution imagery.
  • Goal 6: Silver economy – answering the elderly’s needs
  • Goal 7: Big Data – Improved use of big data and definition of new usages, analytical models and promotion.
  • Goal 8: Innovation projects on public security and protection against threats.











Call for proposals launched on 21st September 2015.
Call for proposals closed on 2nd December 2015 at noon.


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