HEC Innovation was created in 2017 to support HEC early stage entrepreneurs. Alumni from Silicon Valley got together to launch this and offer a financial prize as well as mentorship from top entrepreneurs and executives of Silicon Valley. The hub is planning to grow around the world into other HEC Chapter.
The community of international HEC entrepreneurs is a unique network WW to help HEC start ups. Different initiatives are possible thanks to the strength of the HEC community; professors, experts, institutional partners, corporate partners but also the solidarity of our alumni across the world who represent a network of mentors and ambassadors to support and empower tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

 HEC Innovation Award 2017

For its first edition, HEC Innovation offered innovative, early stage startups from the HEC environment a $25,000 prize plus mentoring from entrepreneurs from the west coast of the US to encourage, inspire and empower them to develop their full potential.
The prize was funded by donors from the US: Jaime Mateus Tique (H90), Joel Barbier (H93), Ugo Catry (H11), Marie Chalopin (H07), Nicolas Elbaze (H83), Andre Haddad (H95), Renaud Laplanche (MBA 95), Christophe Mallard (H94), Sarah Pinto (H05), Aurelia Setton (H02).
Selection criteria
  1. Team
  2. Market potential
  3. Competitive advantage/Product/technology
  4. Mentorship (capacity of the Alumni network to enhance and help)
18 start ups were candidates and 4 were shortlisted to pitch their project to the jury from the Silicon Valley.
The 2 winners were
Destygo: a platform to create & deploy Smart customer Assistant (Chatbots) for travel companies
Revele: the first sports brand developing equipment and protections for women engaged in contact sport      

Aurelia Setton, Founder & President of the HEC Innovation Hub

As Founder and CEO of MontBlanc Ventures, Aurelia helps Entrepreneurs build successful and scalable businesses in the U.S. An investor, advisor, coach to start-up entrepreneurs, Aurelia was previously General Manager at Medallia (largest technology investment from Sequoia Capital) and led a global sales team at Linkedin. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions in high-growth early stage companies. Aurelia holds an MS from HEC, Paris and an MBA from Stanford University. She loves kite surfing and does long distance triathlons.
Founding team:
President: Aurelia Setton,
Vice-President: Clara Terrien