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Entrepreneurship has been a strong point of Efrei’s academic teaching for over 20 years. Efrei is a member of the Pepite CréaJ Ile-de-France, labeled by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

Efrei’s business incubator provides entrepreneurs with start-up business development support and advice from idea to launch. They can benefit from a wide range of services to assist them in the creation of their companies such as:

  • Office and co-working spaces
  • Meeting rooms
  • Technical and Administrative Services
  • Professional Business Development and Support Services


Entrepreneurship and innovation are intrinsic qualities of Efrei engineers, many of whom have gone on to launch their own start-ups and successful businesses. To accompany student engineers with business development support, Efrei has set up the Entrepreneurship Department and the Efrei Business Incubator.

It brings together multiple initiatives and accompanies student-entrepreneurs in the creation of their start-up from the first year of the engineering cycle. Activities include specialized workshops, mentorship and coaching, and networking opportunities.


A jury composed of entrepreneurship experts oversees the validation of student ‘innovation’ projects. Once the project has been validated, students can apply for the student-entrepreneur status, allowing them to:

  • Become members of the Mentorship and Coaching Network
  • Dedicate their 2nd and 3rd year internships to their Start-Up project
  • Request Course Equivalencies for the development and realization of their project (subject to an agreement from Academic Affairs)
  • Complete the Student-Entrepreneur Diploma curriculum
  • Present their project at the Entrepreneurs Spring Fair

The Entrepreneurs Spring Fair is an opportunity for Efrei students to present their business projects and receive feedback from experts made up of the school’s management and Efrei organizations. Each pitch is followed by a discussion where the audience gives advice to the future entrepreneur.


Le Cedre is an Efrei alumni network association of graduates who have created their own companies. Their mission is to advise entrepreneurs and to provide a springboard for student project leaders. Every year, LE CEDRE attributes the Golden CEDRE, which recognizes praise-worthy projects completed by Efrei students.

Efrei and Audencia Nantes Management School, were the original founders of the IES!: a network of business and engineering schools who have joined forces to develop and invest in the business incubation ecosystem in France. The objective of IES! is to outline a framework for good start-up practices and competencies.