Digital startup trophy: launching your business through a competition

Télécom SudParis' Incubator, IMT Starter, is launching the 11th edition of the Digital Start-Up Trophy. Deadline for applications: November 2, 2020.

The Digital Start-Up Trophy was created in 2009, born from the desire of three Grandes Ecoles, Télécom SudParis, Institut Mines Télécom Business School and Ensiie, to use their diverse expertise to support digital project shareholders. It is open to innovative business start-up projects and young companies under 18 months old.

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

The competition, organized in partnership with Genopole, Deloitte, Magellan Consulting and Showroomprivé, provides support for 4 winning projects with a one-year incubation period at IMT Starter, 6 months of growth within the sponsor company and the equivalent of €100,000 in 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 4 competition categories for start-up projects

  • HealthTech, sponsored by Genopole®. Projects using digital technology for more efficient medicine.
  • Positive impact, sponsored by Deloitte. Projects that will contribute to the emergence of a more inclusive and sustainable economy that is keen to share the wealth generated by its stakeholders.
  • New business organization, sponsored by Magellan Consulting. Projects that will enable companies to speed up their digital transformation and adapt to the challenges of tomorrow.
  • Sustainable & Inclusive Retail, sponsored by Showroomprivé. Projects that aim to transform the retail industry towards more responsible practices, in particular by rethinking the value chain for retailers and e-merchants.

How to register

Candidates must register online by filling in the electronic application form, only available at until November 2, 2020.
The judges will then select 20 start-ups/projects based on their applications and will announce the results on November 4.

The semi-finalists will then have until November 12, 2020 to post their video pitch on the platform. The panel of judges will select 12 startups/proposals for the final round based on this pitch and will announce the results on November 19, 2020.

The finalists will be able to present their project before a panel of judges made up of the category's sponsoring group, entrepreneurs, investors and the ITM Starter management on November 26, 2020.

The awards ceremony will take place on December 2, 2020. You may well be one of the winners!


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.