Initiated in 2014, the purpose of Une Nuit pour Entreprendre event is to encourage student engineers to demonstrate initiative and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. The principle is simple: working in small groups, the students have one night to develop an innovative project. Early in the morning, these projects are submitted to a jury consisting of members of École des Ponts ParisTech and business people. The team that comes up with the best project is awarded a sum of money, provided by the School. The event is also supported by the School’s industrial partners, who provide the awards for the 2nd and 3rd prizes.
After an opening lecture, the project launch workshop leads into collaborative teamwork overseen by experienced professionals. Between 7 am and 9 pm, the projects are then to a jury consisting of the Director of the School, former students who have become entrepreneurs, and recognised professionals, who assess their relevance and viability.
This competition is aimed at École des Ponts ParisTech students but is also open to those from other ParisTech institutions, from ComUE Paris-Est and from PSL, whether they are interested in setting up a business, already have a project in mind, or are simply looking for information.
Valérie Joly, head of School-Enterprises relationships