A good researcher makes a good business leader, and a scientific discovery, will he create a successful product ? These questions are posed behind the initiative is launched, Monday, 9 April, by the association Hello Tomorrow and the public investment bank Bpifrance. The two entities are about to unveil a support system for researchers are tempted by the adventure of entrepreneurship.
For its first session, the program intends to host around one hundred researchers, approximately thirty projects of business creation. Over a period of four months, selected teams will go through a theoretical training based on the feedback of entrepreneurs in the sector and a challenge of their project : supported by mentors, they will have to conduct fifty interviews with potential partners, contractors, funders,… “It is to make them understand that what the market expects is not a technology, but a product, and also to implement the requirement,” explains Xavier Duportet, the founder of Hello Tomorrow.
“It is necessary to create bridges between research and industry, and dédiaboliser this relationship ”
At the end of the program, the idea is not that the 30-potential start-up launch, but that they can assess the viability of their project. In addition, it is important to change the culture to a French research that penalty too often to look for the translation of its commercial work. “It is necessary to create bridges between research and industry, and dédiaboliser this relationship “, argues Mr. Duportet. He wanted to ” change the culture to which a researcher may not be able to be a CEO of a corporation, it must be confined to a role of the scientific director “.
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