Digital start-up trophy: launching your business through a competition

The Telecom SudParis Incubator, IMT Starter, is launching the 13th edition of the Digital Start-up Trophy. Deadline for applications: October 17, 2022

CircleLy at Digital startup trophy
CircleLy wins IMT Starter’s 2019 Digital Start-up Trophy

Set up in 2009, the Digital Start-up Trophy was born out of the desire of three grandes écoles, Telecom SudParis, Institut Mines Télécom Business School and Ensiie, to provide support for digital project leaders with their wide-ranging skills. It is open to innovative business start-ups and companies less than 18 months old.

Organized in partnership with Genopole, Magellan Consulting, Galeon, Fondation Deloitte Matra Electronique and IMT Starter, the competition supports 6 winning projects with a one-year incubation period at IMT Starter, 6 months of acceleration within the sponsoring company and €100,000 worth of benefits and services, thanks to our partners : BPI France, Alliancy, Société Générale, In extenso, Ricard Ringuier Avocats, Fondation Mines-Télécom, Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre, Nony, Stories Out, Wilco, Reboot Disrupt campus and Maddyness.

The 6 categories of the Digital Start-up Trophy competition

  • HEALTH category
    BioTech + MedTech + HealthTech + Silver Eco + AgriTech + FoodTech + Esanté + Onehealth, sponsored by Genopole. Projects for a more efficient medicine thanks to digital technology.


    HR-Management + Management 3.0 + DeepTech + Data + Cybersecurity + LegalTech + FinTech + Change, sponsored by Magellan Consulting. Projects that will enable companies to accelerate their digital transformation and to adapt to the challenges of tomorrow.


  • WEB3 Category
    Metaverse + Blockchain + Mining + Virtual Reality + NFT + Hosting, sponsored by Galeon. Projects that range from customer relations to gaming or entertainment, and use blockchain to transform a sector and its business model.


    Tech For Good + GreenTech + CleanTech + Social Impact + Mobility + Energy + EdTech, sponsored by Deloitte Foundation. Projects that will contribute to the emergence of a more inclusive and sustainable economy, concerned with sharing the value created with stakeholders.


  • HARDWARE Category
    Smart Industry + Tech + Manufacturing + Electronics + Robotics + Connected Objects + Defense + Security + IoT + Industry + EMS, sponsored by Matra Electronique.


  • COUP DE CŒUR category
    Entertainement + Retail + Media + Logistics + Real Estate + MarTech + AssurTech + PropTech + AdTech, sponsored by IMT Starter.


How to apply

Candidates must register online by completing the application form, exclusively on until October 17, 2022.

The jury will then select 20 start-ups/projects based on their applications and will announce the results of the applications selected for the final phase on November 21, 2022.

The award ceremony will take place on November 30, 2022. Maybe you will be one of the winners of the competition!

Become one of the 20 Digital Hopefuls 2022

During this new edition, 20 digital hopefuls will be selected to participate in tomorrow's world and will benefit from a privileged support.

"Winter School"
From December 1 to 15, 2022, these digital meetings will allow them to meet, one-to-one, with investment fund representatives, business angels, honorary loans and public funders, potential partners and representatives of large companies, research laboratories and entrepreneur mentors from the ITM Starter network.

"A day of exchange between hopefuls"
This day allows you to meet with other hopefuls and IMT Starter coaches and actors in order to exchange ideas and give you some first tips.

"Access to IMT Starter"
The 20 digital hopefuls will be eligible for incubation at IMT Starter. This selection opens the door to support and coaching from experts.


Digital Startup Trophy: Bruce's Startup 2016 winner
Digital Startup Trophy: Bruce's Startup 2016 winner

10 reasons to apply

  • Invitation to the "Start-up Fair" for the best start-ups/projects.
  • A support system that has been in operation since 2000: IMT Starter is comprised of 200 start-ups and accompanying companies, bringing together more than 2000 employees.
  • Coaching sessions with experts, mentors and partner companies
  • Coaching by a strategic committee with dedicated meetings every two months
  • IMT Starter is located in Evry-Coucouronnes, on the Grandes Ecoles of Engineering and Management campus.
  • A rich ecosystem dedicated to the digital world: researchers, engineering and management students, incubator graduates.
  • Access to financial support via IMT Starter's two financing tools: the Telecom Booster investment fund and the loan of honor from the Mines-Télécom Foundation, of up to €40,000.
  • An opportunity to join the start-ups applying for the Institut Mines-Télécom's Bercy Innovation Prize in hopes of winning a ticket to the CES in Las Vegas
  • An incubator partner with SATT Paris-Saclay.
  • The opportunity to develop your project internationally, thanks to a network of incubators in Europe and the United States and at Institut Polytechnique de Paris Novation Center.

How do former Digital Start-up winners fare?