Entrepreneurship - France - Universities


Bordeaux INP is a group of 8 National Graduate Schools of Engineering. The Bordeaux INP trains its 2 300 students in 19 engineering specialties to be prepared to meet tomorrow’s scientific and technical challenges. The classes are taught by 220 faculty members affiliated with research groups from 12 laboratories. Deeply involved in the economic life of the region, Bordeaux INP collaborates closely with local companies and encourages students to create their own business. The Graduate School of Chemistry Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (ENSCBP) represents 8 laboratories with 60 academics and researchers. The school is certified Quality, Security, and Environment. (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001). ENSCBP delivers Master degrees in Food Science & Technology (50 Graduates each year) with four different specialties: 1 Food, Nutrition, Health  2 - Industrialization, Product conception 3- Quality, Security, Environment 4 - Lipids and Industrial applications. The different courses are carried out in collaboration with the research laboratories and technology transfer structures. All these structures support students to transfer their innovation projects from laboratory to the industrial pilot plant level.

For over 10 years students have been requested to create innovative food products. Each workgroup is associated with an industrial partner in order to ensure a realistic manufacturing process. Some partners may even integrate the result to their own product portfolio, like JOCK company that developed the ready to cook mix for “Canelés Bordelais” (now their third reference). Each year, two groups of students are selected to represent the INP-ENSCBP at the ECOTROPHELIA Award.



ISARA-Lyon is a French HEI supported by the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture and accredited by the French “Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur”. ISARA is a member of the FESIA consortium (4 French private HEI in agriculture and food science). Thanks to 104 permanent staff and over 200 academic and professional lecturers, ISARA trains around 800 students each year (500 BSc and 300 MSc students).

ISARA activities in the food, agriculture and life sciences sectors cover: 

- Education: delivery of the “Engineering diploma” (Master-level degree, EUR-ACE label) but also BSc diploma and international MSc, specialization in industrial food management.

- Research in food quality and food heritage: sustainable food systems, food products quality and qualification, relation between food products and territories.

- Consultancy and expertise activities dedicated to SMEs and innovation in the food industry (marketing surveys and strategy, product development; quality and production management).

In 2008, ISARA created a business incubator (AGRAPOLE Incubator) to support the creation of start-ups in the agri-food sector. The incubator has supported 21 projects leading to 14 companies created so far. The entrepreneurs receive advice on business strategy and food science. New products and processes are developed in ISARA’s food lab for entrepreneurs with the help of students. The connection between entrepreneurs and students stimulates the creation of new start-ups by the students.

ISARA has been taking part in the ECOTROPHELIA competition since 2002. In 2013, ISARA students won the gold award in both the ECOTROPHELIA France and Europe competitions. Two students who participated in the competition are now creating a start-up with the help of the Incubator.