Founding members


Bpifrance is the French national investment bank: it finances businesses – at every stage of their development – through loans, guarantees, equity investments and export insurances. Bpifrance also provides extrafinancial services (training, consultancy…) to help entrepreneurs meet their challenges (innovation, export…).


Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities.  BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963. Today, we help clients with total transformation—inspiring complex change, enabling organizations to grow, building competitive advantage, and driving bottom-line impact.


Hello Tomorrow is a global organisation dedicated to leveraging deep technologies to solve world challenges. Partnering with universities and research labs, we identify early-stage startups and empower them through our Global Challenge. We connect these pioneers with industry, investors, researchers, and regulators through events in over 10 countries. We also provide consulting services to help companies integrate deep tech into their strategies, training them to be more agile.


EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors, and staff from over 120 nations. A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on three missions: teaching, research and innovation. EPFL works together with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, industry and the economy, politicians and the general public, in order to have a real impact on society.


SOSV — The Accelerator VC — is a $300M venture fund operating global accelerator programs: HAX (Shenzhen/San Francisco) for hardware, IndieBio (San Francisco) and RebelBio (Cork/London) for life sciences, Chinaccelerator (Shanghai) and MOX (Taipei) for cross-border internet, and FOOD-X (NYC) for the business of food. SOSV invests in over 150 companies per year and over its two- decade history has a net IRR of over 30%, putting it in the top 10% of VC funds in the world.



BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 72 countries, with more than 202,000 employees, of which more than 154,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors.The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending. BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.
“La French Tech” represents the startup scene in France. It’s also a unique movement bringing together startups, investors, policymakers and community builders. Our mission ? To make France one of the greatest places in the world to launch and grow global companies that make sense for our future.



Agoranov is incubator that supports innovative early-stage startups (Criteo, Ÿnsect, Cardiologs, PixiumVision…), which have created more than 10,000 jobs and raised more than €1.5B in private funds.


ArianeGroup springs from the shared ambition of Airbus and Safran to take the European space industry to the highest possible level. Ariane Group is a world leader in access to space, working for its institutional and commercial customers and Europe’s strategic independence.


BGV is a Silicon Valley based venture fund focused on enterprise, BtB companies, with a track record of cross border investments. BGV is investing in French entrepreneurs looking to break into the US market.
The British Embassy in Paris maintains and develop relations between the UK and France. The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) is part of the Embassy’s diplomatic efforts to develop and strengthen UK-France cooperation in research, science and innovation.
Created in 2006 as a non-profit organisation, Cap Digital is today recognized as the biggest cluster in Europe and one of the largest innovators’ collective in the digital ecosystem. Since 2014, we have been certified as ‘Cluster of excellence’ by the European Commission (Gold Label).
By improving the competitiveness of companies through product performance and differentiation, CEA Tech acts as a catalyst and accelerator of innovation serving the French industry.
ChangeNOW celebrates and supports changemakers, the inspiring individuals who are inventing new solutions, rethinking the way we do business, challenging the status quo. It is the annual reunion for all enthusiasts who want to shake and shape the world we live in. To make change real. Now.
CNRS Innovation is the national Tech Transfer Office of the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), one of the world’s leading research institutions.
The Computer-Aided Biology Community is a focused network at the intersection of biology and technology, with an emphasis on biological research and manufacturing using 21st-century tools.
Deep.Circle supports the development of future Deep Tech Champions in Europe. It’s a network of individuals focused on bringing Europe to a more competitive position, speeding innovation in deep technologies to market.
DeepTech4Good is an Acceleration Programme, financed under the Horizon 2020 framework, committed to help Deep Tech startups accelerate their development and scale up at European level. 4 application domains: Health & Well-being, Industry 4.0, Smart Mobility, Smart City. DeepTech4Good is led by 4 innovation hubs from Germany, France, Austria and Spain, working together to identify high potential Deep Tech startups.

Deeptech Founders is unique program for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to accelerate their startup projects. It is supported by over 100 CEOS, experts and investors.


Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all.

DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. We offer a family of solutions that benefit our customers and make lives brighter. But what sets us apart is our unique scientific approach – what we really provide are commercially attractive answers to the greatest challenges facing our world; how to feed everyone and keep them healthy and happy, tackle climate change and enable a restorative bio-based, circular economy.

Elaia is a European top-tier VC firm with a strong tech DNA. We back tech disruptors with global ambition from early stage to growth development. For the past 17 years, our commitment has been to deliver high performance with values.

We have been the proud and active partner in over 70 startups including success stories such as Criteo (Nasdaq), Orchestra Networks (acquired by Tibco), Sigfox, Teads (acquired by Altice), Mirakl and Shift Technology.

Entrepreneur First brings together extraordinary people to build deep tech startups from scratch. EF funds individuals and help build teams, develop ideas, and fundraise from the world’s best investors.
ESPCI Paris is a prestigious institution of higher education founded in 1882 by the city of Paris, France. It educates undergraduate and graduate students in physics, chemistry and biology and conducts high-level research in those fields.
The Enhanced EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.
With our corporate investors and full-time team of 70 specialists, we offer founders an accelerator and a startup studio to launch or scale their startup.


The start-up community “French Tech Paris-Saclay” intends to support the dynamics of its ecosystem with more than 450 active start-up. It is a natural breeding ground for deeptech start-ups thanks to the excellent laboratories.
Future Positive Capital invests in companies that leverage advanced science & deep technologies to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

The German Association for Synthetic Biology GASB is connecting the Synthetic Biology community, from enthusiasts, academics, startup to industry stakeholders and political decision makers, in Germany and beyond to accelerate the Synthetic Biology ecosystem.

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Today, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. 

Good Tech Lab is a research and innovation firm focused on the moonshots of the 21st century — reversing climate change while ensuring people and nature thrive.


Founded in 2011 by Cyril Ebersweiler, HAX has become a largest early stage investor worldwide, offering a hardware startups from all over the world to take an advantage of startup ecosystems in Shenzhen and San Francisco.
The role of the economic and commercial department of the Hungarian Embassy in Paris is the strengthening of bilateral economic relations between the two countries – it provides support to Hungarian companies in their business development activities in France, as well as promotes investment opportunities in Hungary.
The Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière – ICM (Brain & Spine Institute) – is an international brain and spinal cord research center whose innovative concept and structure make it the only institute of its kind in the world. (see more)

The ICM brings patients, doctors and researchers together with the aim of rapidly develop treatments for disorders of the nervous system and enable patients to benefit from them as quickly as possible.

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration. (see more)

iGEM runs three main programs: the iGEM Competition – an international team competition made up of predominantly undergraduate students interested in the field of synthetic biology; the Labs Program – a program for academic labs to use the same resources as the competition teams; and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts – a growing collection of genetic parts use for building biological devices and systems.

IndieBio has an unparalleled track record of its companies raising seed rounds and beyond. We continue to support and invest in our companies through the years after the program.
Inria, the French research institute for digital sciences, promotes scientific excellence and technology transfer to maximise its impact.
As a private subsidiary of the French National Institute of the Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Inserm Transfert manages economic and societal value creation and the transfer of knowledge from Inserm research laboratories to companies contributing to promote human health innovation.
Institut Curie, a leading player in the fight against cancer, combines a leading French research center in oncology and a state-of-the-art hospital group that treat all types of cancer, including the rarest.Founded in 1909 by Marie Curie, Institut Curie brings together more than 3,500 researchers, physicians and healthcare professionals around its three missions: care, research and teaching. As a private foundation recognized for public utility, Institut Curie is authorized to receive donations and bequests and can, thanks to the support of its donors, accelerate discoveries and thus improve the treatment and the quality of life of the patients
Institut Langevin is a joint research unit between ESPCI Paris and CNRS. It obtained in 2011 the French government label “LABEX” (laboratory of excellence) for the project WIFI (Waves and Imaging: From Fundamentals to Innovation).
iPEPS-ICM stands for bioincubator of enterprises Paris-Salpêtrière. It is the first accelerator of innovation dedicated to brain diseases in France, and already hosts more than 15 start-up partners of the Brain and Spine Institute.

​JETRO is a Japanese governmental agency that facilitates trade and investment with Japan. JETRO promotes the global expansion of Japanese startups and provide foreign startups with support to invest in Japan.

KET’s mission is to inspire and combine bright ideas that benefit the world. KET is reimagining conferences to be a vehicle for change, a space for unconventional thinking, a celebration of innovation, and a center for community building.
Latitudes is a community of committed individuals and organisations – made up of schools, universities, companies and associations – convinced that everyone can act to sustainably transform society, by seizing the tremendous potential of technology. In 2 years and a half, 5,000 people have discovered or contributed to more than 250 technological projects for general interest structures.
Within a transforming world, Leonard detects new trends, supports innovation and brings together all the players involved in shaping the future of cities and regions.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.02 billion euros in 2017 and employs 82 600 people worldwide.As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3 885 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty With All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.
Committed to bring together tech innovation and impact, le Liberté Living-Lab brings together pluridisciplanary teams aiming at accelerating projects, building solutions to today’s big challenges.
Makesense inspires and empowers citizens, entrepreneurs and organizations to build an inclusive and sustainable society together.
The WiMLDS Paris (Women in Machine Learning & Data Science Paris) meetup was founded in 2017 by Chloé-Agathe Azencott and Caroline Chavier, as part of a global organization called WiMLDS and created in 2013 by Erin LeDell with the aim of promoting women and gender minorities in the fields of machine learning and data science.WIMLDS Paris is the 3rd largest chapter in the world and counts over 3000 members. Our mission is to support and promote women and gender minorities who are practicing, studying, or are interested in the fields of machine learning and data science. To do so, we organise monthly events featuring women speakers, we connect our members to speaking opportunities, and we raise their profile via social media. All our activities are inclusive and open to everyone to attends, regardless of gender and background.
The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars, pubs, cafes and other public spaces. We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out and no prior knowledge of the subject is required.We are a network of thousands of volunteers who are passionate about bringing discoveries to people and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012.
RWTH Innovation is the Technology Transfer Office and Center for Entrepreneurship of RWTH Aachen University. It is our vision is to build the leading integrated tech-incubator in Europe to empower entrepreneurs on their way of building impactful technology companies.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group and tier-1 supplier of systems and equipment in the Aerospace and Defense markets.
The SATT Network is the association that brings together the SATTs, Technology Transfer Accelerator Offices, whose mission is to simplify and professionalize technology transfer from French academic research toward industry.
We’ve built an outstanding ecosystem to design and deliver great innovations to market. We make people, from students to CEOs, more innovative and entrepreneurial. We make organizations, from startups to large companies, build great products and services, faster and better.
Sorbonne University is a multidisciplinary, research-intensive and world-class academic institution. Firmly rooted in the heart of Paris, it is committed to the success of its students and devoted to meeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century.
SoScience is pioneering company in Europe, specialized in Responsible Research and Innovation. It supports major industry players, research institutes and social scipreneurs in using science for good.
Systematic Paris Region is a European Deep Tech Innovative cluster. It gathers within 6 technological hubs and 3 societal stakes, 600+ innovative SMEs & start-ups, 150 major companies and 140 Research Institutes.
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is a public university and research institute located on mount Carmel in Haïfa. Founded in 1912 under the Ottoman Empire as a scientific and technological institution, it was first known as « Tecnikum ».In 29124 Techion became the first engineering school and university in Israel. With Albert Einstein as one of its founding members, its driving mission is to teach science and technology to the men and women of tomorrow. Technion has 60 research centres and 560 colleges within its premises of 121,406 hectares. It hosts 14 000 students per year and offers a diverse range of courses (50 programs and 83 graduate programs) with 4 of its professors being awarded 3 Nobel Prizes.
The main mission of Technion France is to develop, and promote Technion in the fields of technology, science, entrepreneurship, and education in France and Francophone Europe.It allows concrete and durable partnerships to form and develop between the French and Israeli ecosystems, giving way to collaborative research projects. Technion France also plays the role of information relay and networking through the organization of lectures, events, and conferences in France with high-level speakers and attendees: French and Israeli professors, researchers, engineers and CEOs from Technion. It also intends to foster a close relationship between the French ecosystem and Technion, within the sciences and entrepreneurship, and create collaborative projects of common interest.

The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) promotes cooperation between scientists, academics, innovators and businesses between the UK and the rest of the world. As such, it promotes UK excellence in science and innovation and contributes to the UK’s diplomatic efforts to build stronger relationships internationally.

The Young Enterprise Initiative – Start in France program, founded in 2005 by the Office for Science & Technology of the French Embassy in the United States, is a startup accelerator organized by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in partnership with Hello Tomorrow.It is meant for young science-based companies interested in developing partnerships and business in France and in Europe. YEi – Start in France provides a personalized immersion week in France that includes training sessions, networking and one-on-one meetings that allow each laureate to benefit from an extensive customized scientific and business network in France, with connections to the best resources in Europe.