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

The incubator offers a dedicated work space, a support programme to develop key entrepreneurial skills and contact with a network of entrepreneurs and alumni of the three establishments.

Who can join the incubator?

  • 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.

Start-ups currently in the incubator:

7smash is a startup that offers tennis clubs an innovative booking system, open to all players. This system allows players to book a court online at any partner club and access it 24/7, using a stand-alone and integrated access management solution.

Antiopea is a cybersecurity start-up specialised in Blockchain, which is developing software tools for companies to store, manage, operate and track their message and document transfers autonomously and safely.


Apiwi designs, produces and markets new generation food packaging: the beewrap, a cotton textile coated with beeswax, pine resin and olive oil. This natural, aesthetic and reusable wrap is the ecological alternative to cling film and aluminium foil.

Articonnex is a platform for tradespeople to share the workshop space and portable electric equipment, to sell their new and second-hand materials, and to access a range of materials and clearance equipment from the network of partner cooperatives.

Captain Data is a web and data agency specializing in high value-added web and mobile application design, especially in data management and processing.

Diazonis' goal is for veterinarians and pet owners to be able to co-construct the health and well-being of their pets through cross-cutting technologies that are part of a global treatment approach.

D-ICE Engineering is an innovative engineering and research company specializing in hydrodynamic simulation and advanced automation.

Ensemble1job is the first participatory careers coaching platform that answers the question "what do I want to do" that many professionals ask themselves, whether they are in work and/or looking for new opportunities.

FARWIND converts far-offshore wind energy into clean renewable fuel. A wind-powered vessel, under which a high-powered tidal turbine is installed, converts the ship's kinetic energy into electricity, which can be stored on board in batteries or converted into hydrogen or liquid fuel.


Génération Zébrée aims to promote equal opportunities by supporting the Generation Z in their orientation towards higher education.
Based on the medical expertise of radiologists, the current state of play in statistical learning and image processing, and using 2D and 3D breast imaging databases, Hera-Mi aims to develop a solution to improve the accuracy of early breast cancer detection and thus the quality of patient management.

HUNTOOL for faster, simpler sourcing.
Annotate, classify, share your profiles with a click directly from social networks.
I-MC is developing an automated inspection solution for CNC machines which allows defects to be directly dealt with at the foot of the machine.

InVirtus Technologies positions itself as a "Proximity Strategist" with an IoT-generated analytics-driven platform focused on the management of big data.

KIDIPUR is designing, producing and marketing an innovative solution for the automated cleaning and disinfection of games, toys and childcare accessories.

NAOSTAGE designs, develops and markets equipment and technologies for sound, light and video professionals working in the performing arts, events and entertainment sector.

Nextflow develops and sells advanced Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) software in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for the automotive, aeronautics, marine, and other industries.

OuiValo aims to connect city dwellers looking for bio-waste recovery solutions with food distributors. It runs a network of bio-waste collection points for city dwellers in shops and businesses.

Peek'in was born out of the ambition to enable hotel owners to enhance the customer experience for their guests. How: we facilitate the return of personal belongings forgotten during their stay.

Royalti is an outsourced payment management service between two companies.
SMT Performances is a company of motorbike, design and new technology enthusiasts who have put their know-how at the service of motorcyclists.

SOLENEOS offers research services and expertise on the urban climate. It uses numerical simulations to precisely quantify the influence of development choices on the urban heat island phenomenon, thermal comfort and energy consumption of buildings.

Stimcar, specialist in used-vehicle reconditioning

SuperCargo is creating inspiring, modular and evolving workspaces thanks to a catalogue of recycled maritime containers designed for use in suburban areas.

TAGLABS is software publishing company offering semi-automatic modelling software for the industrial environment based on 3D point clouds, in order to generate 3D building models (or BIM - Building Information Modelling) more easily.

XSun's drone services support the inspection and control of your transport and energy networks, for a more precise monitoring of your infrastructure.
But also: Miura - more details coming soon.
Published on November 10, 2016 Updated on January 20, 2022