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About Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Université de Lyon provides several programs that aim to help strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation in Lyon and Saint-Étienne:

  • The PEPITE Beelys, (Student Center for Innovation, Transfer and Entrepreneurship), to support students in projects setting up or taking over companies;
  • The Innovation Factory, to use the university's talents in the creation of startups and local companies;
  • The SATT PULSALYS (Technology Transfer Acceleration Company), to develop research findings at the Université de Lyon and to promote their transfer to socio-economic sectors.
  • Doctor'Entreprise, a practical scheme, run by the Université de Lyon and the MEDEF Lyon-Rhône, that brings together companies, research laboratories and PhD students.
  • The Innovation Academy, a "learning-by-doing" training program for PhD students to develop innovative projects.
These programs are led hand-in-hand and in close connection with local, regional and national entrepreneurial ecosystems. These schemes are implemented by the provision of resources, innovative training programs and events.


  • 25,000 students have been trained and educated by Beelys
  • 300 students and young graduates have been supported and trained by the D2E diploma
  • 2 Innovation Pre-Factories
  • 449 discovered inventions, 105 of which were projects funded by Pulsalys
  • 118 patents filed by Pulsalys

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