BPI France helps industries to think big and further, so they can become tomorrow’s champions. It offers a broad scope of financing solutions for all stages of startups, ranging from seed stage to IPO, and from credit issuance to private equity.

Founded in 1961, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.

Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space. CNES is a pivotal player in Europe’s space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe’s competitive edge.

It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes -the key to any far- reaching space policy.

Created in 2005, with today 859 members from both industry and academia, Aerospace Valley is the most significant innovation ’pôle de compétitivité ’ in France in the field of aeronautics, space and embedded systems. With 124,000 industrial employees, Aerospace Valley represents around 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce. Similarly, 8,500 researchers and scientists are active within the Aerospace Valley territory, thus representing 45% of French national R&D potential in the aerospace sector.

The CEA is the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. A leader in research, development and innovation, the CEA mission statement has two main objectives: To become the leading technological research organization in Europe and to ensure that the nuclear deterrent remains effective in the future.

Lisbon Challenge is an ambitious 3-month acceleration program aimed at eager international tech startups in prototype or product phase, looking for a truly innovative and empowering experience. It aims to offer consistent methods and resources for startups acceleration.

Top Results: Our 130 alumni startups have raised over 30 million euros, we got 3 alumni at YCombinator and 7 at Seedcamp, and 40% of alumni got invested.

European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries.


The French incubator Théogone gained the ’Centre Européen d’Entreprise et d’Innovation" label in 1992, 3 years after its establishment. Since, it contributed to creating 247 companies and more than 2 000 jobs.