Club Innov Provence: the many mentioned start-up support schemes

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Club Innov Provence opened the session remembering the qualification of Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis in the iCapitaleAwards final ©DR

This meeting was an opportunity for Arnaud Mercier, Deputy Counselor for Digital Metropolis and Public Data Policy, Innovation, to open the session by recalling ” the qualification of Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis in the final of the iCapitaleAwards, European capital of innovation, which attests to the dynamism of the metropolitan ecosystem “. It specifies that the results and the award ceremony will be held this Wednesday, December 7, in Brussels.

A qualification that confirms the ambition of the Metropolis” make innovation a privileged means to respond to the multiple societal challenges of the 21st century, strengthening the region’s economic development capabilities and transforming our institution », says Arnaud Mercier, who announces the club’s upcoming meeting at the Arbois technopole for the second MeetUp Innov Provence which will focus on the circular economy. In the program, innovative solution pitches, need expression pitches and a business networking cocktail”. During this meeting, in addition to the update on the iCapitale application, projects, tools and mechanisms of the Innov Provence roadmap were presented. 🇧🇷 Script that will be discussed by the metropolitan council at the beginning of next year 🇧🇷

Move2Digital will offer services dedicated to regional entities

Olivier Chavrier, Director of the SCS Cluster A global competitiveness cluster dedicated to digital technologies that brings together an ecosystem of 300 industrial and academic players who work together to develop and market innovative products and services to generate growth and jobs in dynamic markets. 🇧🇷 We have three missions: to help carry out innovative projects, to accelerate the development of our SMEs, to have an attractive digital ecosystem “, explains Olivier Chavrier who details the Move2Digital Project – European Digital Innovation Hub which is a consortium made up of 9 industrial and technological clusters and 3 research entities: the Capenergies clusters and clusters, EA eco-companies, Eurobiomed, Innov’Alliance, Mediterranean Sea , Novachim, Optitec, Safe, the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne (Campus Georges Charpak Provence de Gardanne), Inria from the University of the Côte d’Azur, as well as a second circle of associated partners, made up of the universities of Toulon and Avignon , CNRS, CEA, Inserm, CEA, Ecole Centrale Marseille, Rising Sud and CCI. »

Olivier Chavrier remembers: “ Europe launched a digital program aimed at developing the use of technologies in Europe “. This project was selected by Europe, within the scope of the EDIH (European Digital Innovation Hub) competition. Conceived as a one-stop-shop, Move2Digital will offer regional entities dedicated services, complementary to the existing regional offer, and will also mobilize the skills and services of its network of European digital innovation hubs around 4 pillars: test before investing (including awareness and diagnosis); innovation ecosystem and networking; support in the search for investments; skills and training.

Thecamp 2.0, wants to support companies in their transformation

Emmanuelle Soistier, Development Director at thecamp, points out that: ” today the State, communities, industries… are obliged to respond to the great questions of health and the environment. And, the solution of each of these problems goes through the transformation “. She announces that ” thecamp 2.0 aims to support companies in their transformation at three levels: awareness, training and acceleration. Awareness raising takes the form of workshops, conferences and CSR work. Then we train and support people in digital transformation, management, cybersecurity… “. Then she adds: thecamp, in addition to the backdrop, is also a remarkable form, which has an auditorium, 24 rooms, hotels and restaurants in order to function in the best conditions 🇧🇷

Charlie Barla, director of Cisam (City of Innovation and Knowledge) Aix-Marseille highlights the city’s knowledge research tool and scientific equipment. He points out that it is currently very complicated” to find the searcher in the field you want. We are therefore working on a tool that gives access to researchers, laboratory directors… A project that has the support of AMU 🇧🇷

Mireille Schembri, technical advisor for the metropolis, presented an index of equality between women and men produced with Sciences Po students, mainly within the metropolitan innovation ecosystem. The next stage will consist of experimental works in 5 voluntary structures of Club Innov Provence. She keeps remembering: The metropolis is working on this issue, which has led to the establishment of night buses that allow on-demand stops for women, young people, the elderly and people with disabilities. 🇧🇷

Validate a series of hypotheses

Isabelle Corbin, director of the Pays d’Aix Développement, presents the Aix-Marseille Provence Initiation (Ampa), which provides financial leverage for innovative and technological projects. 🇧🇷 The purpose of this fund is to allow future business creators to validate a certain number of hypotheses (technical and market studies, patents, prototypes, etc.) to maximize the chances of success for their business. Project leaders can benefit from an advance (interest-free loan) of a maximum amount of 40,000 euros, before setting up their business. These funds will be repaid on a deferred basis. Isabelle Corbin to specify that ” the Aix-Marseille-Provence Initiation system is also the guarantee of benefiting from professional support throughout the project initiation phase and the installation of the company in incubators, business hotels or in incubators. This tool is co-funded by the State, Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis and managed by the Pays d’Aix Développement. 🇧🇷

Laurence Olivier, Managing Director of Marseille Innovation presents the structure which, with 25 years old, is located on 4 campuses in Marseille. It offers support programs for start-ups, from creation to development. 🇧🇷 And it seemed 10, 12 years ago that the project leaders who came to see us had less and less equity », hence the creation of Innovation by MI. The loan is 30,000 euros. The selection criteria are as follows: Startup or innovative company whose activity is based on a technological basis; company incorporated less than 3 years ago; registered office or principal place of business in the Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Michel CAIRE

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