Who can apply ?

Any company, start-up or association developing innovations in FinTech, Health/Well-Being, Social and Solidarity Economy, Industry 4.0 and Sustainable Cities. A special award will be given to a student entrepreneur and a company based in Paris Ouest La Défense.

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Le prix de l'innovation Paris Ouest La Défense: Why?

The award aims to generate synergies and ideas that build an innovation “territory”, encourage co-creation to anticipate new needs and accompany budding entrepreneurs in achieving this.

What or where is PARIS OUEST LA DÉFENSE?

PARIS OUEST LA DÉFENSE is a public territorial institution situated within Greater Paris to the west of Paris itself. It comprises eleven municipalities that are caracterised by their strong attractiveness and competitiveness.
The ambitious economic development strategy benefits from the national and international importance of the La Défense business district, as well as an environment that favours entrepreneurship, generates wealth and creates jobs.

PARIS OUEST LA DÉFENSE attracts and drives innovative energies and initiatives, while investing in the professions of tomorrow. It brings together a rich ecosystem of innovation stakeholders including large national and international companies, such as EDF, Suez, Société Générale, Total, Saint-Gobain, Areva and Technip, as well as SMEs and start-ups.

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Le prix de l'innovation Categories

5 prizes will be awarded, each representing one of tomorrow’s economic challenges.

There will also be 2 special prizes: Prix de l’entrepreneuriat étudiant (Student entreprenership award) and Prix spécial du territoire Paris Ouest La Défense (Special award of the territory).

LE FinTech Challenge

This prize will reward a product or service that improves and digitalises financial operations. The innovation will make life easier for users, while meeting the needs of the FinTech market.

  • Digitalising finanical operations
  • Flexibility
  • Simplicity
  • IT systems
  • Big data
  • Traceability and data security
  • Collaborative financing
  • New payment methods

LE Health/Well-Being Challenge

This prize will reward a product or service that enhances health and well-being using new technologies.

  • Medical equipment
  • Health and prevention
  • Support for dependent and disabled people
  • Silver economy
  • Daily well-being / Well-being at work
  • Nutrition
  • Telemedicine

LE Social and Solidarity Economy Challenge

This prize will reward a product or service that makes the economy fairer, more social and more solidary.

  • Circular economy
  • Integration / Precariousness / Sharing economy
  • Fair trade
  • Alternative financing / Local currencies
  • E-democracy / New forms of governance

LE Industry 4.0 Challenge

This award will reward a product or service that significantly improves work organisation and industrial processes through new technologies and innovation. It rewards companies who develop completely new production methods and create the industry of tomorrow through better operational and societal performance e.g. production automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and data.

  • Traceability, security, system surveillance
  • Product process simulation
  • Robotics / Self-adapting processes
  • New materials
  • Unitary logistics
  • Knowledge capitalisation
  • Self-diagnostics

LE Sustainable Cities Challenge

This prize will reward an innovative solution to the environmental problems encountered by companies, local authorities and individuals, which facilitates their energy transition.

  • Smart cities
  • Ecological urbanism / New energies
  • Energy optimisation / Smart grids
  • Home automation
  • Mobility and transport
  • Reducing GHG emissions

LE Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

This prize will reward an entrepreneur between 18 and 28 years old who is a student between 2016-2018 or graduated less than 3 years ago. The project may involve a technical or non-technical innovation. The further education ecosystem is constantly evolving towards an innovation economy and the prize aims to encourage and support students, who are the driving force behind entrepreneurship today.

  • Organisational innovation
  • Disruptive innovation
  • FinTech
  • Health / Well-Being
  • Sustainable Development
  • Social and Solidarity Economy

Le prix de l'innovation for the winners

The prize gives the winners a real boost to develop their entrepreneurial project. Discover what is included in the INNOVATION PACK:

  • €5,000 for each winner
  • 1 year of mentoring by an expert from a large company in the POLD territory
  • accélérer le développement des entreprises primées
  • Access to a vast network of business and innovation players
  • Access to a vast network of business and innovation players
  • Enhanced media visibility
  • Office space for 1 year at a hub for innovative companies in POLD
  • Subscription to the French daily newspaper Les Echos (financial press)


The support and advice provided by a high-level mentor from a large company gives winners an extremely valuable and practical advantage. This expertise covers a range of domains such as:

  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • HR Management

Le prix de l'innovation Key Dates

Applications open

9 November 2017

Applications close

14 April 2018

Winners chosen

28 June 2018

Award ceremony

27 September 2018