Welcome to the HEC Paris 2023 Activity Report on innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Our mission is to train those whose talent and creativity will help solve the world's challenges. To have an impact, we must constantly innovate and act fast.

That’s why we’ve built an amazing ecosystem propelling entrepreneurs beyond what they could have imagined!

Make it happen.
Make it big.

Numbers speak for themselves

  • 0

    startups, including
    0 supported by
    the Deep Tech Center


  • 0

    raised by HEC Paris
    entrepreneurs over
    the last 5 years


  • 0%

    of the cofounders of
    startups are women


  • 0

    of the leading unicorns
    were founded by
    HEC Paris Alumni



to help you accelerate at every stage.

  • MOOCs
  • Summer School
  • MBA Entrepreneurship Specialization
  • MBA CDL Certificate
  • EMBA Entrepreneurship Specializations
  • Startup Sprint
  • Stand Up
  • MSc X-HEC Entrepreneurs
  • MSc Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Executive MSc Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • HEC Startup Launchpad
  • HEC Challenge + Paris
  • HEC Challenge + Abidjan
  • HEC Challenge + Dakar
  • Up
  • Women Entrepreneurs For Good
  • Incubateur HEC Paris at Station F
  • Incubateur HEC Paris Online
  • Creative Destruction Lab - Climate
  • Creative Destruction Lab - AI
  • Creative Destruction Lab - Space
  • International Landing Pad - Korea
  • International Landing Pad - Japan
  • TechSprint with CDC
  • KISED - K-Startup Center
  • Accélérateur ESS
  • Meta's "AI Startup program"
  • TotalEnergies On
  • Accélérateur Hectar
  • Urban Odyssey, startup studio by Icade
  • 50 sprints by Akwa
  • L'Oreal Beauty Tech Atelier
  • KOSME - K-Startup Center

At HEC Paris, the core of this incredible ecosystem is


Addressing global challenges and solutions by nurturing an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem for talents and corporate transformations has always been part of HEC Paris' DNA. Whatever the stage of your project or the scale of your dream, here you can make it happen and make it big, forging a future where ideas transform into tangible solutions, sparking enduring and positive impacts across business, society, and the environment.

Inge Kerkloh-Devif
Senior Executive Director at HEC Paris
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Our outstanding programs for exceptional people

The Incubateur HEC Paris, located at the world’s biggest incubator Station F, supports ambitious HEC Paris students, graduates and certified entrepreneurs by helping them accelerate their startup development. In three months, they can achieve what they would have done in one year! Mainly thanks to our à la carte, evolutive and reciprocal approach involving limitless academic, professional and entrepreneurial resources for as long as needed.

First launched 30 years ago, HEC Challenge + was one of its kind. Today, it is the best bet for people with an innovative idea and a high potential of growth. Project owners have 9 months to train in management and develop a real business plan to ultimately turn their project into a startup and attract investors. The extremely effective format creates a mix of benevolent shaking, closely associates training, assistance and personalized follow-up.

HEC Paris and the CDL - a nonprofit organization - have joined forces to turn today’s scientific breakthroughs into tomorrow’s world-changing businesses. Massively scalable, seed-stage, science- and technology-based companies can benefit from expert opinion, funding opportunities, research analysis, and business development support. All that is needed to succeed while nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset.

HEC Stand Up is a truly transformative experience: women entrepreneurs who - just like any other entrepreneur - face blockages get to follow a 10-week hybrid session to overcome their fears and Stand Up. They can ultimately become confident entrepreneurs and financially independent. The program equips them with business and networking skills to help them find their first customers and kick-start their activity immediately.

Creating lasting and effective social impact requires a vision, an ambition and a good local grounding. With this program, social entrepreneurs can benefit from strong strategic and operational support to scale up their inclusive business. This means multiplying their economic, social and environmental impact - in particular through job creation - in the Paris region first, but also in most cases, on the national territory.

The HEC Startup Launchpad is a 10-week course designed for student entrepreneurs who wish to make it happen! The program, built on entrepreneurs’ experience and customer development methodologies, works as an accelerator for the launch of young companies. Students joining the Launchpad benefit from a great diversity of profiles: HEC Paris, Ecole 42 and e-artsup students, but also Business Developers, Engineers, Coders and Designers.

Students can’t go wrong with the HEC Paris and Ecole Polytechnique joint MSc in entrepreneurship.This hands-on program, based on a personalized 4-stage process, helps them acquire the necessary hard and soft skills to launch a successful entrepreneurial project and thrive in the dynamic, fast-paced startup world.

We also support
corporate innovation
through specific programs

The HEC Paris - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center keeps on developing meaningful solutions for organizations so they can sustain their innovation efforts to support their growth strategy.


Is an intensive 3-month program to accelerate R&D projects’ go-to-market. It consists in reducing uncertainty while decreasing time, effort and resources spent on tackling new opportunities. At the end of the program, projects can be excubated at the Incubateur HEC Paris within a wide community of entrepreneurs and innovators.

of Accelerator

Is a program designed to help companies in their open innovation efforts with startups. We bring together all our entrepreneurial know-how and the best resources available on the market to support startups that corporates wish to work with. This way, corporates can further focus on developing sector expertise and creating synergies.

Behind each logo
an incredible journey