Startup Challenge, Acceleration Track, 2016

3rd edition of the Startup Challenge – Acceleration Track


affiche-webWe have the pleasure to announce that the opening of applications to the third edition of the Startup Challenge, Acceleration Track, is scheduled on January 11, 2016. It is co-organized with the EMLYON Incubator and the Entrepreneurship Department of École Centrale de Lyon.

This challenge aims at supporting innovative projects, led by young entrepreneurs from École Centrale de Lyon and EMLYON Business School. The 2016 edition of the challenge targets one category of projects: “Startup”. This category targets junior projects that can be of anta or post venture creation phase, from 0 to 3 years of venture creation.

Every team must meet the following prerequisite: it is mandatory that the majority (superior or equal) of the team members should be students or graduates from École Centrale de Lyon, EMLYON Business School or the I.D.E.A. Program.

The best three projects will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the annual Forum of the American Foundation in the fall 2016. In the end, a prize of $15,000 (USD) will be awarded to the best project. In addition, the three selected projects will be presented to potential business partners.

Applications must be sent before April 13, 2016 to Aurore Poirier at [email protected].

How to apply?

  1. Read the guidelines of the challenge to make sure your team is eligible.
  2. Complete the following survey to indicate your intention to participate in the challenge.
  3. Prepare your application (see guidelines).
  4. Send via email all the elements of your application and the application form duly signed to Aurore Poirier at [email protected] before April 13, 2016.



  • Aurore Poirier, Coordination Officer, American Foundation Friends of Alliance CENTRALE LYON – EMLYON: [email protected]
  • Michel Coster, Head of the EMLYON Incubator, EMLYON Business School: [email protected]
  • Sylvie Mira Bonnardel, Associate Professor, École Centrale de Lyon: [email protected]