VULOG, an Inria start-up created in 2006 by Georges Gallais and David Emsellem, is the European leader in car-sharing technologies. It has just raised 8.4 million euros from the Fonds Ecotechnologies and the Environmental Technologies Fund to develop a new generation of car-sharing on a world scale.
Carnot institutes : 10 years of innovation
The Carnot institutes network, which was created in 2006 to bring the world of research closer to that of companies, has proven the strength of its commitment to partnership research and its effectiveness for the economy: it has more than doubled its turnover with companies, going from 186 million Euros of partnership research contracts in the first year to 458 million Euros in 2014. With only 15% of the French public research workforce, it carries out over 55% of research outsourced by companies to public research.
Competition to aid the creation of innovative technology companies
Seven Inria projects have won awards at the i-LAB competition, organised by the French Ministry of Research (MENESR) and Bpifrance with the aim of identifying and supporting the creation of new French companies in the most innovative technological fields.
High Performance Computing
The HPC-SME initiative, launched in 2010 by Inria, GENCI and Bpifrance, enables SMEs to measure and demonstrate the return on investment that they can expect from using simulation and high performance computing.
Building on its national success, this initiative is now being rolled out on a regional level to ensure increased effectiveness.
- Calcul intensif
- Initiative HPC-PME
- Calcul haute perfrmance
Digital Simulation Awards
The Digital Simulation Awards, first held on 23rd June 2015, are intended to identify the French champions in the field of numerical simulation. Distene, the Inria start-up created by Mark Loriot and Laurent Anne in 2002, received the Jury Prize, amongst other awards.
Netva Program 2015
XtremLogic, an Inria startup founded in 2014, has been selected for the NETVA 2015 program, which provides personalised support and mentoring to prepare the winners for taking on the American markets.
EIT ICT Labs
EIT ICT Labs calls for high-growth European startups active in digital technologies to apply for the 2015 edition of its Idea Challenge contest. The call for application is open from May 6 till July 6. Successful applicants win up to 40,000 Euro and benefit from the pan-European Business Development Accelerator of EIT ICT Labs to become European success stories.
Designed by Gayatech, the serious game Les Mystères d’Athéna [The Mysteries of Athena] immerses schoolchildren of the Alpes-Maritimes into an ancient 3D world. In a bid to solve the enigmas proposed by this edutainment adventure, students will be able to use an intelligent search engine, benefiting from the semantic expertise of the Wimmics joint project-team (Inria, I3S (UNS-CNRS)). Fabien Schmitz, CEO of Gayatech and Catherine Faron-Zucker, vice head of the Wimmics project-team, explain.
Celebrating thirty years of creating start-ups, Inria invites you to meet some of those who have built these businesses, and to discover the stories of their adventures as entrepreneurs, and the colleagues and partners who have helped them along the way. Follow their stories of success as they unfold across the coming months. Today, three chief executives of Inria start-ups, all originally researchers or engineers, tell the stories of their leap into the unknown world of entrepreneurship.
1984: Inria becomes a shareholder in a first company, SIMULOG. It was the start of a history of company creation which is still going strong today! Today, and over the coming months, Inria is turning the spotlight on 30 years of exciting entrepreneurial ventures. It is an opportunity to remind ourselves that the creation of businesses is one of the areas Inria decided to focus on in its search for economic and societal impact. Interview with Antoine Petit, managing director of Inria and Eric Horlait, Inria’s deputy managing director responsible for transfer and industrial partnerships