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23 May 2018

During the Start-Up Week, MBS becomes France's largest start-up accelerator

During the Start-Up Week, MBS becomes France's largest start-up accelerator

4 days, 10 themes, 40 teams, 760 participating students… and 3 winning teams. This is the concept of the Start-up Week organised once again this year at Montpellier Business School. From 15 to 18 May, this event was held in the form of a team “business game”, a common challenge to all of the Grande Ecole Programme final-year students completing their specialisation pathways.

The Start-Up Week results from MBS willingness to provide each student with a methodology to business creation and to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and awareness that each of them is a potential future entrepreneur.

“The engineering implemented this year within the school was aimed at creating a totally new start-up accelerator model in France,” says Joseph Perez-Pla, Start-Up Week organiser and responsible for the MBS “Start-Up” specialisation course. “The originality of this framework came especially from the large number of student-entrepreneurs involved, as well as the variety of workshops offered to them throughout the event. The mix of expert workshops, group work and coaching sessions simultaneously generated creativity and expertise”.

4 days of challenge

This year, each group of students was randomly assigned a problem and an innovation that addresses the problem and found itself dealing with various topics such as tourism, health, real estate, culture, environment or circular economy, identified as flagship sectors for the French economy in terms of GDP and employment. During 4 days, all of the students groups were supported by 6 coaches, experts in innovation and business development.

In addition to the coaching sessions, students also benefited from 30-minutes “flash” lectures led by speakers, experts in the field of entrepreneurship and startups. The latter thus shared their experiences and knowledge of the market while answering students’ questions.

At the end of the week, each group presented their entrepreneurial project during an Elevator Pitch in front of a final jury of professionals and teachers from the school who is then handing out prizes to the three best projects.

Also among the coaches and jury was Laurence Le Ny, Director of the Content Startup Ecosystem at Orange: “I was delighted to participate in this event! For the students, I think it is a difficult but essential exercise. Personally, during this Start-Up Week at MBS, I must say that I met many beautiful mixed teams. I have also discovered innovative projects with a lot of energy and kindness. Thank you for allowing me to contribute.”

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