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Centrale-Audencia-ensa business incubator: a dedicated space for start-ups

The Centrale-Audencia-ensa business incubator brings together initiatives stemming from the Centrale, Audencia, ensa Nantes Alliance. The three establishments decided in January 2015 to combine their entrepreneurial support services on offer to their researchers, students and graduates in order to boost the creation of innovative start-ups.


Ensure that entrepreneurs benefit from the best environment in which to develop their project, test business models and build their teams.

Three services:
  • A dedicated work space
  • A support programme to acquire the key skills of an entrepreneur
  • Contact with a network of entrepreneurs and alumni of the three establishments




Who are the target audience?
Students and graduates of the three establishments of the Alliance with a mature project (solution, market, team).

They may have already followed courses in entrepreneurship - as a specialisation at Centrale, or as a major or an option at Audencia - or trained in project management via, for example, a major in Marketing in the Digital Age or a Master in Communication and Media at SciencesCom.  Researchers and PhD students in the laboratories of the three establishments are also eligible to join the incubator.

To be accepted within the incubator a formal business creation plan is required. A committee has the final say as to the acceptance of a project. This committee is composed of business creation support and finance experts, the incubator's coaches and ex-incubatees.

mise à jour le November 14, 2016

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The business incubator

Sébastien RONTEAU was appointed head of the business incubator in January 2016. He is an associate professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Audencia.

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