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National competition of high tech companies creation

Laurent Cousin

2009 edition has been launched! Application forms will be available from december 1st 2008 on the web sites of the ministry of Higher Education and Research, OSEO as well as at Research and Technology Regional Representatives' and at OSEO regional offices. Deadline for application: January 29, 2009.

This is the 11th edition of this competition organized by the French Ministry of higher education and research with the contribution of OSEO. Its purpose is to detect and reward best projects of company creation based upon innovative technologies.

40% of award winners are PhD holders
Since its beginnings in 1999, more than 900 innovative businesses have been created, 83% of which are still alive. In 2007, as a new proof (if still needed) of the dynamism, creativity and professionalism of businessmen trained through research, 40% of award winning project leaders were PhD holders.

Rewards amount can reach €45,000 for 'emerging' projects and €450,000 for more advanced projects of the 'creation-development' category. The Association Bernard Gregory (ABG) also brings its contribution by offering 3 years free memberships to 'creation-development' award winners.

Application forms are available the web sites of the ministry of Higher Education and Research, OSEO as well as at Research and Technology Regional Representatives' and at OSEO regional offices.

Attention, in any case, you must send the application file back before January 29, 2009.
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