Our mentoring programme fosters innovative international and French start-ups in the Pays de la Loire region. This business incubator provides entrepreneurs with an ideal environment to nurture a commercial project into a living, breathing business.
By sharing the resources of three business schools with outstanding research capabilities – Audencia Business School, the École Centrale de Nantes and the Nantes École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture – the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes Incubator allows a start-up to:
Here at the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes Incubator, we have over 10 years of expertise and experience in working alongside start-up projects. Our approach is well-recognised in the region and beyond. Furthermore, we have the ability to link project development with the degree programmes and research conducted by the three schools.
Our business incubator offers start-ups access to respected experts to bring a project to fruition. As a founder, you’ll have the support of accomplished faculty members in three business institutions, in addition to the assistance of external experts from the professional world. Learn more about Audencia faculty members.
Start-ups received high-quality and well-structured mentoring from a network of experts, a consultant coach and training sessions. There are also many opportunities to connect with other business creators.
Incubated projects receive logistical help as well as assistance in managing resources: workspaces, meeting rooms, databases and more.
Joining the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes Incubator means effectively becoming part of a tightly-knit community of dynamic entrepreneurs – many of whom go on to do great things.
The Nespresso of Wine
Creating the next generation of transportation vessels; setting new standards in fuel efficiency, speed and robustnes.
Developing ground-breaking technology to control and boost the power of plasma-cutting devices, with cutting sheet metals as the first applicatio.
The first choice for seniors to design their homes in a customised and innovative way.
A ground-breaking medical device that automates the processes of taking blood or inserting a catheter
The radio station guaranteed to make you grin.
Creating natural and exotic soft drinks made from pure fruit juice with an infusion of hibiscus.
An online store offering a huge choice of vintage and antique furniture, fixtures and fittings for the home.
Giving you a surfing experience like no other by transforming private houses into hostels that make you feel right at home.
Online reputation management for hotel owners.
Design and distribution of Goji "smart jewellery", which adapts to your mood, style and surroundings.
Artisans and sourcers of organic skincare for men.
Offering help directly to people in need by means of crowd funding.
Marine energy engineering.
The easiest way for a live-streamer to reach a wider audience.
Allowing you to organise a private or professional get-together in offbeat locations – in just a few clicks.
A communication agency located in Ancenis Mauges, providing free monthly online and paper magazines.
Helping you simplify your event planning and get as many guests as possible for a sports experience they’ve never had before.
Mapping the skill sets of your employees.
Selling fine cheese, wine and charcuterie online.
Provider of specialised e-Health solutions using big data.
Tracking protection for your bike.
Offering tailor-made solutions to help you manage your financial affairs in a collaborative and long-lasting way.
We’re here to help you through the process and make sure you find the right fit for your project. You’ll apply in three simple steps.
Send us a short description of your project, including your value proposition, team, project maturity and expectations. Contact us now.
Refine your pitch and align your plan with our selection criteria: innovativeness, maturity of the project (team, offer, market study), willingness to establish the venture in Pays de Loire, readiness to be challenged and ability to pivot.
The selection committee meets roughly four times per year. During your appearance, you’ll present your business plan and have an interview with business creation specialists and representatives of the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes Alliance.
Note: Allow a minimum of three months to elapse between initial contact and appearing before the committee. Contact us for information on intake periods.
President - Bee Healthcare
The incubator has enabled us to have our own office space and helped us to build our business, particularly in forging close links with health centres in the Pays de la Loire region.
Co-founder - Hi!
Audencia is where we were born, and the Centrale-Audencia-ensa Nantes Incubator is where we will grow until we are ready to leave the nest ... Working with the incubator has opened a door to a vast amount of expertise we never had before, and is helping us to establish a firm base from which to grow our business … [it] has given us great visibility in the Nantes business ecosystem.
Marion and Camille
Co-founders - L’effête Papillonne
The incubator has helped us to realise our ambition.
Frédéric and Pierre
Co-founders - Humaid
The Central-Audencia-ensa Nantes Incubator offers us support with our fledgling business projects by providing personalised coaching from industry experts in many different business areas. In addition, since the expertise within an incubator is passed down to those being sponsored, we are quickly able to find solutions to our challenges in our daily business conversations.
Founder - Chooka
As an international alumnus, the incubator provides a co-working space to learn, share ideas and receive coaching based on context to better adapt strategy for the French business landscape ... The incubator has helped Chooka evolve slowly, from the idea phase (nurturing) to the development phase. The provision of invaluable networking opportunities, mentoring, utility support and patronage has played a significant role in our overall development.
CEO - Bee Healthcare
More than anything else, the incubator is the heart of our ecosystem in Nantes; we are encouraged every day to network with our professional community.