The 12th edition of the Innovact Awards is underway. The competition, organized by the Innovact Centre and widely recognized by all major European schools and universities, aims to promote the most ambitious and innovative European projects and entrepreneurs.
Finalists will be invited to participate for free at the Innovact Forum, to be held on April 1 and 2, 2014 in Reims, to present their projects to the expected 1500 participants and to share their experiences with other European and French start-ups. They will benefit from media visibility at the European level, expert advice, assistance from the Innovact Centre and its partners and a financial award of €3000 to €7000 for the winners in each category. Applications must be submitted, individually or in teams, before January 21, 2014.
New this year
The contest, initially open to European students, will from now on be accessible to non-student French candidates, as is reflected in the name change: the Innovact Campus Awards become Innovact Awards.
For this 12th edition, candidates can choose from three categories: "campus”, for European student-entrepreneurs with innovative business projects; "creation", for companies in the startup phase with original business plans, "startup", for directors of less than 3 year old start-ups. For the 2014 edition, the category "Campus" is open to European participants and the two other categories for French participants. From 2015 onwards, the contest will be open to candidates from all over Europe, for all three categories.
Innovact Awards: a European event at the heart of the Innovact Forum
The Innovact Awards aim to promote start-ups and innovative projects.
In the last 12 years, the Innovact Campus Awards have received thousands of applications from candidates from every corner of Europe. The projects can be from any sector of activity, including non-technological domains.
The finalists will be invited to participate for free at the 18th edition of Innovact, the European Forum for Innovative Start-ups in Reims.
To be named winner in their category, the finalists will present their projects, within defined rules, to a panel of jury comprised of experts and journalists. A winner will be named in each category.
The winners will receive personalized coaching sessions and prize money worth:
- €3000 in the category "campus"
- €5000 in the category "creation"
- €7000 in the category "startup"
- A fourth winner will be nominated in the category "Campus" by one of the partners of the Innovact Forum, the JCEF (Jeune Chambre Economique French) and will receive a "Special JCEF Award” worth €500.
In 2013, 160 projects from 28 European countries were submitted, with 42 chosen finalists. The winning projects were Influent, presented by Bastien Kerspern, of the Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique (France), Surfact’green®, presented by Sophie Colombel, of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Rennes and Augmented Interaction for Socket Virtual Design presented by Andrea Vitali, of the Université de Bergamo (Italy). The special JCEF award went to Pricematch, presented by Khalid EL Guitti of the Sciences Po (France).
Apply to the Innovact Awards 2014
1. Register and fill in the online application form at:
The deadline for submitting the applications is Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
2. The pre-selection of the finalists takes place in two stages:
A. Candidates contacted on January 24 must complete the form in more detail and by January 31 at the latest;
B. The applications received by January 31 will go through a second selection process after which 50 finalists – 30 projects in the category "campus”, 10 projects in "creation" and 10 projects in "startup” – will be nominated.
3. These 50 projects will be invited to attend for free the Innovact Forum on April 1 and 2, 2014 for the final.
The accommodation and transport costs will be taken care of for students applying for the "campus” category, within the limit of €500 per project / team.
4. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on April 2, 2014, at the Innovact Forum in Reims (France).
For more information, contact Sabrina LHOMME, +33 (0) 3 26 50 68 22; sabrina.lhomme@ innovact.com
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