Getting started in entrepreneurship

Bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life. 


With or without an idea in mind, EDHEC Entrepreneurs guides you through three pre-incubation programs to help you make your entrepreneurial adventure a reality, so you can take each step with confidence.

L'étincelle formation EDHEC

L’étincelle, becoming an entrepreneur in 6 weeks


EDHEC and the podcast Génération Do It Yourself bring together leading players in the startup ecosystem within the certified entrepreneurial training program: L'étincelle.


Led by renowned EDHEC professors and successful French entrepreneurs, L'étincelle guarantees support at every stage, using proven methods. Practical and concrete, this program combines masterclasses, digital resources and case studies in six chapters to develop, test and sell your idea.


Join a community of +500 EDHEC entrepreneurs and obtain your EDHEC certificate, testifying to the entrepreneurial skills you have acquired. 


Program open to all.


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Le startup challenge, the academic elective to get started


A 5-month entrepreneurial challenge to initiate and test your project while validating your ECTS credits. Present your project in front of a professional jury and try to win the "Startup Challenge" prize and your package of resources.


This academic elective gives you the keys to learn to become an entrepreneur and launch your project as part of a team. Benefit from Masterclasses and coaching sessions given by experts in the startup ecosystem to help you go from idea to market.  


Program open to EDHEC Pre-Master and Master 1 students of the Grande Ecole Program.


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Startup Challenge EDHEC Entrepreneurs
CEO for 6 Months EDHEC Entrepreneurs

CEO for 6 months, become your own boss with an intensive coaching program


Experience the daily life of an entrepreneur for 6 months.


EDHEC Entrepreneurs supports you with an intensive 6-month program to test and accelerate your business while gaining professional experience.


CEO for 6 months gives you the opportunity to carry out an internship within your startup, while benefiting from our support to propel your project forward:

  • An entrepreneur en résidence: specific advice and personalized support
  • Group events: co-development workshops, networking sessions, access to a Slack community of +300 EDHEC entrepreneurs...
  • Monthly resources: workshops and webinars by recognized industry experts on all the business challenges facing your project
  • A library of content, e-learning and negotiated advantages on key tools thanks to our network of partners


CEO for 6 Months also gives you access to office space on EDHEC's entrepreneurial campus in Lille, the Campus Jean Arnault.

Program open to EDHEC students of the Grande Ecole Program in their gap year, or of the International BBA Program in their 4th year, upon presentation of a finalized concept.


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A word from Valentine, Program Manager 


"Our programs are designed to inspire and guide you in an ambitious and responsible entrepreneurial approach. Entrepreneurs are the people who invent, who break new ground, who blaze new trails. And I'm happy to be at your side when the first sparks fly."

You've already got an advanced project and would like to join one of our incubators?


Discover our support programs at STATION F (Paris), Campus Jean Arnault (Lille) or TechForward (Nice-Sophia).


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