Start-ups: prepare for the i-Lab 2025 competition

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What is the i-Lab Innovation Contest?

Since 1999, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research organizes each year a competition to create innovative technology companies: the i-Lab innovation competition

The aim of i-Lab is to detect and support business projects - pre-creation or start-up phase - with significant potential for growth and impact from innovative technologies. Bpifrance and its partners provide additional financial support.

Financing supports the R&D program and related market studies. Visit terms and conditions of support for the i-Lab competition are :

  • The eligible expenditure is limited to €1 M
  • Assistance is provided in the form of grants up to a maximum of 600 k€.for a maximum project duration of 3 years.

Since its creation, the i-Lab innovation competition has helped some 2,500 prizewinners.

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What are the i-Lab eligibility criteria?

The project owner may be :

  • A company : if the company is created, it must not be more than two years old. It must not be more than 25% owned by another company. The applicant must be a shareholder in the company.
  • At the project stage (prior to company creation)

The project must involve an innovative technology with an established proof of concept.

In their i-Lab application, project leaders must :

  • demonstrate market potential and economic viability ;
  • Display a complementary team, and demonstrate the candidate's ability to carry out the project;
  • control the project's intellectual property and freedom of use;
  • and demonstrate positive environmental and social impacts.

Although the criterion of public research is no longer explicit in the i-Lab competition specifications, the link with academic laboratories, in a logic of technology transfer or partnerships, remains a bonus in the evaluation of projects.

When should you apply for the 26th i-Lab competition?

The 26th i-Lab competition closed in February 2024. This is a recurring call for projects: every year, applications open during the winter period.
For the 27th i-Lab competition, applications should logically open in November 2024 and close in February 2025, with precise dates to be announced by the end of 2024.

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