The project,
it’s you!

At Inria Startup Studio, we favor people over technology

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Why choose ISS?

  • Inria funds you and opens its doors during 1 year
  • At the same, you and only you manage your project
  • We succeed, if you succeed
Discover the Startup Studio

The 6 pillars of the program

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up to 2 people for 1 year and a project budget (10k€ max)

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with 4 hands by the team of the center and the team of the startup studio

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with the ISS community and much more

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in one of the 9 Inria centers in France

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on all aspects of entrepreneurship

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access to national and international contacts

In return, Inria will take 5% of your startup when it is created.

The Program

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During you ISS year


of training


camps per year


Fête des startups

up to 2

people funded per project


people (including alumni)


professionals in support

Who is the program for?

Anyone with the will to become an entrepreneur (researchers, PhD students, graduate students, engineers, self-educated… coming from Inria or not) and:

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A startup project with a digital deeptech DNA

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The technical capacity to develop the Proof of Concept

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The opportunity to fully engage in the program

Rennes Bordeaux Grenoble Lyon Lille Paris Saclay Nancy Sophia Antipolis

Where to join the program?

Entrepreneurs benefiting from the program are housed and supported in one of the 9 Inria centers in France.

Discover the teams in the center

Rennes :

Bordeaux :

Grenoble :

Lyon :

Lille :

Paris :

Saclay :

Nancy :

Sophia Antipolis :

The entrepreneurs’

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Antonia Machlouzarides Shalit

Projet Neuropin

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Benedict O’Donnell

Projet Naimrod

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Geoffrey Pruvost

Projet Optimo

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Thibaud Moufle-Milot

Projet Pulse Audition

How to apply?

Applications are made on the fly with selection committees that take place every month. The process usually takes a few weeks. The 3 steps to join the program:

I apply

1 / Discovery

Let’s explore together the interest of the program for your project

2 / Pitch

Present your project to the startup studio selection committee

3 / Let’s go!

If you are selected, join the program in the following months in one of the 9 Inria centers


You are in and so are we


We inform you of our final decision

The Committee of Inria Startup Studio (CISS)

As a project owner, you will be supported in the development of your application file for the Startup Studio program. When filed, you will present your project to the Startup Studio committee, which will issue recommendations regarding the decision of François Cuny, Inria’s Deputy Managing Director for Innovation.

The Startup Studio committee is mainly composed of external personalities:

François Cuny LinkedIn

Inria’s Deputy Managing Director for Innovation – Chairman of the Committee

Jean-François Abramatic LinkedIn

Inria Research Director Emeritus

David Argelliès LinkedIn

VP Business Development, Fairmat

Paul Berrux LinkedIn

Managing Director, Multeam

François Brancilhon LinkedIn

Entrepreneur and former Researcher

François-Régis Chaumartin LinkedIn

Founder and CEO of Proxem

Jean-Michel Dalle LinkedIn

Managing Director, Agoranov

Céline Debled LinkedIn

Digital Division Business Manager, Agoranov

Benoit Georis LinkedIn

Venture Partner, Elaia

Jean-Christophe Gougeon LinkedIn

Software / AI / Quantum Computing Sector Manager, BPIFrance

Catherine Guillemin LinkedIn

President, SATT Sayens

Laurent Kott LinkedIn

Venture Partner, Elaia and President, LKonseilInnov

Nicolas Landrin LinkedIn

Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ESSEC

Nicolas Penet LinkedIn

Investment Director, UI Investissement

Benoit Rottembourg LinkedIn

REGALIA mission project manager, Inria

Julien Quintard LinkedIn

Founder and CEO, Routine

Damien Tardieu LinkedIn

Advisor and Investor – Former cofounder and CEO, Niland (Spotify)

Frequently-Asked Questions

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