Course Director(s): Jean-Michel Degeorge, Sébastien Saunier


The students work in groups on an innovation project (technological, organisational, marketing, etc.) creating an opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The tutorials for each group will be carried out by internal or external tutors.

The different project sources on offer are very diverse: projects run by the students themselves (notably activity creation projects, subject to validation), projects from School research centres, newly created start-up projects, SME or major group projects, projects in collaboration with local higher education establishments.

The project will take place during semester 8 in the 2nd year from January to the end of May, and could continue through to the valorisation phase. Students are encouraged, in particular, to take part in the competition (Innovation, creation) but also to continue into the 3rd year through the intermediary of other projects or courses proposed by the School.

Links between the other projects / multi-disciplinary projects / internships

Notions of project management are considered as having been covered or acquired after completion of the previous two projects (Tech’ and Civic). This project will provide the opportunity to apply and consolidate these notions.

The project could be linked with the multi-disciplinary projects (Professions, etc.) in order to develop knowledge concerning a profession or a sector. It follows on from the core curriculum course, “Economic and Management Sciences” of the 1st year.

Positioning within the overall programme

The project could be linked with themes from the Majors or Interdisciplinary specialisations. Certain subjects are clearly connected to a course. The project also allows work on the integration of students into the diploma programme cycle (external or parallel admissions, etc.).

Key words

Innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship





Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, the student will be capable of:

Classification level


Analysing and formulating a problem


5. Summarise




Acquiring reflexes of strategic, commercial and technological monitoring,


3. Apply




Integrating inter-disciplinarity


4. Analyse




Knowing how to propose solutions


7. Create




Identifying innovating characteristics


6. Assess




Knowing how to transform an idea into a concrete production


7. Create




Integrating the question of the exploitation of results


4. Analyse







Learning assessment methods

Percentage ratio of individual assessment

Percentage ratio of group assessment

Written exam:





Project submission:





Individual oral exam:





Group presentation:






Individual presentation:





Group practical exercise:






Individual practical exercise:





Group report:





Individual report:








Other(s):participation active individuelle        10  %

Programme and content

Type of teaching activity

Content, sequencing and organisation



Introductory day Creativity with the client and tutors

  • Creativity and innovation : different approaches
  • Creativity tools
  • Experience feedbacks




Simulation : Lean Start-up, design thinking

This training by simulation session will take place at the start of the project.




The project is divided into 2 stages, punctuated by conferences

  • Financing innovation
  • Interventions by practitioners (bankers, accountants, etc.)




The business plan and the business model

Market research

Financial translation