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The Startups at School programme brings together school audiences and young innovative companies through educational projects in various school subjects.

The programme

The Startups at School programme consists of a joint definition of an educational project by the teacher and the with the help of the mediator fromthe incubator The project is integrated into the school curriculum and takes into account the constraints of each person, particularly in terms of availability:

  • School audiences: the programme is aimed at all students in secondary and higher education: secondary schools in general, technological and vocational streams, BTS, IUT and preparatory classes.
  • To young innovative companies: Startups See glossary participate on a voluntary basis. Their fields of activity are very varied: from artificial intelligence to agri-food, via robotics and health.
  • To Incubators/Mediators: Each project undertaken is organised with the support of a mediator from the incubator. It supports teachers and startups
    in the definition of the project, the creation of the educational workshops and the logistical organisation of the various meetings.
The approach

The duration of the projects varies according to the context, from a few weeks to a school year. Several moments punctuate the different stages of the project:

TEACHERINCUBATORMEETING: This first meeting allows the teacher to discover the incubator and to meet the mediator who will be at his/her side throughout the project. The main lines of the project are taking shape.

COMPANYTEACHER MEETING:Following the first meeting, the mediator looks for and proposes a start-up partner to the teacher. The meeting between the teacher and the start-up company is an opportunity to define the problem on which the students will work.

STUDENTENTERPRISE MEETING: Students visit the incubator and discover the start-up company they will be working with. They then start thinking about the study problem.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Supervised by their teacher and accompanied by the mediator from the incubator, the students imagine solutions, develop ideas and create prototypes.

LAST MEETING BETWEEN COMPANY AND STUDENTS: This is the moment for the students to present their productions to the start-up and to evaluate their experience.


Classroom Project on Startup Creation

Accompanied by their teacher and the incubator, students start with an idea, define a business model, work on the customer journey and produce a prototype of their product or service.

Coming from a REP (Priority Education Network) secondary school, pupils from the André-Masson secondary school in Saint Loup sur Semouse made a long journey to Paris to be accompanied by the Agoranovincubator. Their project: to reduce food waste and give a second life to corks.

On the menu with Agoranov: workshop on food waste and waste management, work in small groups on the business model, coaching on the pitch, all with a view to developing their mini-enterprise project and preparing for the EPAcompetition in their region.

A few months later, the students proudly received the “Sustainable Development” trophy.