The Lyon Saint-Étienne Entrepreneurship Center wins the “Esprit d’Entreprendre” call for projects

On The January 6, 2021

The Lyon Saint-Étienne Entrepreneurship Center, led by the Université de Lyon and the Foundation for the Université de Lyon, is the winner of the Esprit d'entreprendre call for projects launched by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (via the PEPITE BEELYS).

Launched on June 15, 2020, the Esprit d’Entreprendre call for projects aims to involve as many higher education institutions as possible through the Student Center for Innovation Transfer and Entrepreneurship (PEPITE – Pôle étudiant pour l’innovation, le transfert et l’entrepreneuriat). This will enable them to work together with their local partners to raise students’ awareness of entrepreneurship and encourage more students to embark on their own entrepreneurial ventures.

With overall funding of five million euros spread over the years 2021 and 2022, the call for projects also aims to increase the number of young entrepreneurs who are granted student entrepreneur status in order for them to receive support in the success of their own projects or for entrepreneurial development projects within existing organizations.

The jury, chaired by Marc Filser, a scientific and teaching advisor, comprised of three colleges (six from the Inspectorate General of Education, Sport and Research, six from regional research and technology delegations and six research professors specializing in entrepreneurship) selected 24 winning projects out of the 31 applications received. The jury also wished to commend the nine projects of excellence that stood out for their strategic vision, their organization and their transformation potential, including the PEPITE BEELYS.


The “Entrepreneurial Spirit” strategy

Announced on May 2, 2019 at the Université de Lyon alongside entrepreneurs from the Lyon Saint-Étienne Entrepreneurship Center by Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the “Esprit d’Entreprendre” (Entrepreneurial Spirit) strategy reflects the Ministry’s commitment to making student entrepreneurship a top priority in the years to come by increasing the number of entrepreneurship training programs, encouraging students to explore entrepreneurial projects during the course of their studies, and improving acknowledgement of the skills developed by student entrepreneurs.

The main objectives:

  • Increase the number of entrepreneurship training courses, from initial awareness to in-depth courses;
  • Encourage students to embark on entrepreneurial projects during their studies and not to see them as a barrier to academic success;
  • Improve how the skills developed by student entrepreneurs are recognized, especially by companies;
  • Open up entrepreneurship to less privileged students;
  • Accelerate the projects of the most motivated students in order to create highly innovative companies with global ambitions;
  • Establish the PEPITE centers as places of innovative creation across all campuses, with the highest possible standards.

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