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Lyon Start Up

Carried since 2014 by the Foundation for the Université de Lyon, Lyon Start Up is a program to detect early innovative ideas in the territory.

At each edition, 100 selected candidates benefit from a collective support which begins with a week of training provided by emlyon business school covering the basics of entrepreneurship. They then complete a full training program, including themed workshops, networking events, a pitching contest and many opportunities to meet economic and entrepreneurial players from the region.

LYON START UP, A PROVEN AND ACCLAIMED PROGRAM


Every year, Lyon Start Up attracts more than 400 candidates from all walks of life, all attracted by this free program making possible to structure an idea for a project and all sharing the same desire: raise their idea! In ten editions, with nearly 1.000 projects, it is the first scheme of this type in France. The program has resulted in many successes, including Hub-Grade, Bookinou, Vinovae, DVORE, Kiwifab and The Hope Gallery.

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Raising your project in four months

  • A week of innovative entrepreneurship training at emlyon, in order to master the fundamentals of business creation;
  • Group workshops: to work on its value proposition, strategic roadmap, etc.;
  • Plenary training days with experts (business plan, communication, finance, intellectual property, etc.);
  • Pitch training to learn how to convince;
  • Speedmeetings with actors of the support network and investors;
  • Testimonials from successful entrepreneurs;
  • Networking and community events;
  • A pitch contest;
  • Mentoring for the 50 selected.

Focus on the pitch contest

Alongside with the accompanying course, the candidates participate in the pitch contest which is divided in three stages:
  • Round 1: 100 projects are presented, the jury selects 50 among them;
  • Round 2: the 50 make another presentation, the jury selects 20 among them;
  • Round 3: the final, the jury selects 3 winners among the 20 remaining projects.

Which are the reasons to apply?

Lyon Start Up is for all people with ideas, whatever their age and professional status. To apply, the company must not have been registered.
  • Win up to €15,000 in prizes to launch your project;
  • Benefit from partners skills sponsorship (communication pack offered by Comète agency, co-development and mentoring sessions, etc.);
  • Be noticed by support structures, major accounts and investors;
  • Expand your professional network, meet future partners and associates.
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