Creating startups: a new cohort of D-Start student entrepreneurs is in the starting block!


And they’re off! The winners of this year’s selection trials are now D-Start’s Class of 2017-2018! These aspiring entrepreneurs will have 7 months to turn their ideas into projects.

What is D-Start?

Since 2015, Paris-Dauphine’s business incubator has offered a pre-incubation sandbox program know as D-Start. The goal is to help aspiring student entrepreneurs take their business and social concepts from idea to viable project. The program provides participants with support services and an environment conducive to growing their ideas: special “student-entrepreneur” status, an on-campus work-hub, participation in the PSL Pépite network, individual mentoring and advisory, and a training program of workshops with experienced entrepreneurs from the Paris-Dauphine and D-Incubator community.
Beginning in 2016, student entrepreneurs from the Dauphine Talents program can also take advantage of D-Start’s sandbox program.

The Class of 2017-2018 a high-potential vintage!

Students who make up the 2017-2018 cohort come from across the university’s disciplines and academic levels. The winners successfully joined forced with their peers from other universities, business schools, and engineering schools to create 13 multidisciplinary teams with complementary skills and expertise, and convinced the jury that they were right for D-Start! Their projects cover a broad scope of markets and industries: finance, fashion, advertising, the social economy, wellness, and urban mobility. The count-down has begun: they now have 7 months to make their projects reality.

A class mentor who has charmed the French CAC 40

The Class of 2017-2018 will have class mentor Marie Schneegans to inspire and encourage them as they advance. She was there to cheer them on on the first day of the program. Marie is a D-Start Alumna (Class of 2015) who created Never Eat Alone, a networking app designed to facilitate employee networking in large businesses, notably by making it easy to meet up for lunch, coffee, breaks etc.

Growth accelerated following a €1.3 million equity fundraising. Today, Never Eat Alone is used daily by over 70,000 people in sixty companies in France and worldwide (BNP Paribas, Vinci, Engie, Société Générale, Danone, Allianz, Johnson&Johnson). It will soon be joined by a new app: Workwell.

Save the date

Join us on May 22nd 2018 for a grand finale demo-day and discover the startups that the Class of 2017-2018 has grown over the year. In the meanwhile, follow D-Start on Facebook and get our latest news!

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