HEC Paris and Ecole 42 propelled their start-ups in Silicon Valley. Created by HEC Paris and School 42, the Launchpad Valley, an innovative program open to start-ups eager to launch their activity in the United States, has just ended. Nine start-ups created by students from both schools and the HEC incubator attended a two-month program in Silicon Valley. After careful selection, each start-up has benefited, in the very heart of Silicon Valley, from a pedagogy articulated around masterclasses, workshops, conferences, events (Venture Crush), mentoring sessions, networking and pitching sessions. All these opportunities have helped to create an innovative spirit, further reinforced by the confrontation with the beating heart of global innovation.
Guillaume le Dieu de Ville, Program Director, explains: “We have identified start-ups in our ecosystem that potentially meet the needs of the American market, particularly in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and high-tech textiles. The United States is a country-continent: you have to think big and go fast because this is where the global competition is concentrated. “The program is just coming to an end and the results are promising with ongoing fundraising and teams that are clearly moving to the other side of the Atlantic. One thing is certain, the change of state of mind and ambition has taken place. First results: – Datasoluce: Tech Estate Today Prize Winner Against US Competitors / First US Customers / In the process of raising funds, – Postmii: 5th place in the InventuresCan competition made up of start-up companies from all over the world North America (USA / Canada) Asia, South America and Europe. The start-up continues its adventure in the United States and has had the opportunity to attend 5 intensive weeks at Draper University, alongside leading figures from Silicon Valley. – Spartan: validated market / US customers / installation of the company in the US – Revele: US customers / participation in a US national sporting event – Veesion: validated market – ongoing fundraising – Brainee: validated market – product development in progress Each selected start-up can rely, in its validation of the market and its search for financing, on the strength of the network of HEC Alumni and the school 42, itself implanted in Silicon Valley. The French Tech Hub, meanwhile, intervenes to help start-ups to grow up in this new environment. HEC Paris is the first management school to offer support of this nature. The school remains animated by a beautiful entrepreneurial dynamic that has been its strength for decades. “The Valley launchpad program is a great opportunity … to test the opportunities and ideas that are finally emerging in the US market,” says Revele. “The Launchpad Valley program has allowed Veesion to meet mentors and tech entrepreneurs as well as key players in US retail.” “The Launchpad Valley program convinced us to change course and allowed us to accelerate our internationalization in an incredible way,” Spartan.