Published on 1 August 2018

The regional stage of the PEPITE Prize – Platform for Student Entrepreneurship 2018 has just ended, with 145 regional projects announced, eight of which received support from the PEIPS PEPITE.

The PEPITE Prize (French acronym for a student network for innovation, transfer and entrepreneurship) – Platform for Student Entrepreneurship was set up in 2014 by the French Ministry for Education, Higher education and Research together with Caisse des Dépôts. It is awarded to students and young graduates who plan to create an innovative business or who have set up a business in France.

First stages before the national stage

The PEIPS network (Université Paris-Saclay’s Entreneurship and Innovation network) examined 28 projects led by student-entrepreneurs for this 5th PEPITE Prize in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Human aspect
  • Financial aspect
  • Commercial aspect
  • Sustainable development
  • Innovation
  • Project maturity

The eight projects preselected by PEPITE PEIPS, and which are now among the 145 regional winners, will be examined by a panel of experts on 11 October 2018. The panel will select a maximum of 53 national winners and will award them a prize worth €5000 - €20,000 depending on the quality of the projects. The national winners will be celebrated in November at an awards ceremony.

Ambitious projects led by committed teams!

Congratulations to the eight winning projects supported by the PEIPS PEPITE and selected from among  28 applications :

CIRCULAIR is a simple, autonomous and renewable solution for the desalination of seawater.

Founder : Geoffroy Gauthier (CentraleSupélec)

CAVAL is the first brand of Hors Paires trainers.

Founders: Benoit HABFAST, Achille GAZAGNES and Simon de SWARTE (HEC Paris)

HD Rain provides accurate rainfall monitoring and forecast.

Founder:  Ruben HALLALI (UVSQ)

Les Petites Essentielles is the first brand for customized essential oil preparations.

Founders: Marie-Claire KANAAN, Camille PEREIRA and Laure de LACAZE (HEC Paris)

Neosper develops augmented reality and artificial intelligence solutions for orthopedic surgery.

Founders: Thomas LADHUIE and Imane CHAABANE (IOGS)

CocoPlant offers a range of coconut-derived fair-trade and sustainable products.

Founders: Mael LEVET and Marc LAPERCHE (CentraleSupélec)​

Lowpital is a collaborative innovative movement to improve the patient experience.

Founder: Aude NYADANU (Ecole Polytechnique)

Peen Up offers innovative machines for fast and high-performance maintenance operations.

Founders: Yvan PRATVIEL, Guillaume RAYNAL and Alexandre RONDEPIERRE (IOGS)


More information:

The PEIPS network and student entrepreneurship at Université Paris-Saclay