Mines Paris – PSL, one of France’s leading engineering schools, has a strong entrepreneurial culture, which is reflected in all of its courses and in its research partnerships.


engineering school training the leaders of the most promising start-ups

Article in Le Figaro

8th prize

for Pigment and Kleep, organised by the Mines Paris Foundation

4 unicorn companies

from the school in the French Tech NEXT 40

French Tech NEXT 40

10 start-ups

in BPI France’s mapping of high-impact start-ups

Article on BPI France’s website


raised by Verkor to build its gigafactory

Article on Verkor’s website


Innovation and entrepreneurship option

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship option prepares third-year engineering students for the creation of economic activities based on innovation. It provides them with skills and knowledge that prepare them for the creation of new activities or, more broadly, for dealing with a variety of entrepreneurial situations (from start-ups to large companies), situations that engineers are increasingly encountering.

During the option, students develop their potential for involvement in a variety of projects, experience the process of setting up a company and, more broadly, understand the reality of entrepreneurship and its ecosystems.



Companies created and supported by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship option


Kleep is an AI solution that enables users to find out their size quickly and accurately, thus avoiding some of the waste associated with returns from online clothing buyers. Théophile Bousquet (P18) and Federico Fortis (P18) created their start-up while they were still 3rd year students at Mines Paris – PSL in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship option. They were the Emerging Winners of the Mines Paris TRANSVALOR 2023 Entrepreneurship Prize.


Kleep website





Verkor was created in 2020 by six founders, including Philippe Chain (P87). Its aim is to design and produce in Europe batteries for electric cars using lithium-ion technology that can be recycled. The Dunkirk plant will start producing battery cells in 2025. Its founders estimate that the company, which currently employs 350 people, will create 1,200 direct jobs and a further 3,000 indirect jobs in the Verkor ecosystem in Isère and the Dunkirk area.


Verkor website



Cartage was founded by Raphaël Toledano (P18) and Oscar Bourgeois (P18) during their 3rd year in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship option. The start-up was launched in 2023, making it possible to borrow an insured car from a neighbour or friend. To take advantage of this service, users register on the site, providing their personal details and the number plate of the car concerned. After a payment of €5 per day and verification by the site, users can borrow a car while being insured.


Cartage website





Exotec, co-founded in 2015 by Renaud Heitz (P03), is positioned among the world leaders in logistics robotics. The company builds and distributes more than 5,000 Skypods worldwide. This autonomous mobile robot is equipped with wheels and moves in three dimensions, climbing up to 12 m on rack guides. With a team of 600 employees, Exotec integrates software, conveyors and machines to complement its robots and offer its customers complete robotic warehouses.


Exotec website



Fairmat, founded and run by Ben Saada (P07), is a company that recycles and reuses carbon fibre composite materials (from aircraft wings or wind turbine blades) that are currently incinerated or landfilled. This recycling process emits less CO2 and greenhouse gases than the production of a new material. It inaugurated the Fairfactory in Bouguenais near Nantes, its hundred or so robotic arms recycling 3,500 tonnes of materials a year. In a few years’ time, it should employ 400 people.


Fairmat website





Co-created by Éléonore Crespo (P10), an Innovation and Entrepreneurship option student, and Romain Niccoli (P97), Pigment is a financial planning platform that helps companies make the right decisions. She is the first female CEO of a French start-up to be included in the French Tech 40 index. Pigment enables businesses to draw up budgets, forecasts and agile plans to manage and ensure the sustainability of their activities.


Pigment website




Start-ups from Mines Paris – PSL

Start-ups from Mines Paris – PSL help to increase the impact of research. These young companies and the researchers who work with them are real vectors for innovation and play an active role in the School’s development policy.

Spin-offs from a École Centrale Paris research centre


Start-ups created by École Centrale Paris graduates

  • SmartBack, Ariane Valare (P17), co-founder
  • Ecotable, Camille Delamar (P08), co-founder
  • Big Blue, Matthias Griffe (P14) and William Meunier (P14), co-founders
  • SPES Salutis (Le Donjon), SAS, Eloi de Cossé Brissac (P19), co-founder
  • DNA Script, Xavier Godron (P11) and Sylvain Gariel (P07), co-founders
  • Yespark, Thibaut Charry (P11), co-founder
  • Cuure, Jules Marcilhacy (P09), co-founder
  • Criteo / Lifen, Franck le Ouay (P97), co-founder
  • OuiHelp, Victor Sebag (P08), co-founder
  • FieldBox, Aymeric Préveral-Etcheverry (P09), co-founder and CEO, Antoine Trihoreau (P00), co-founder and Executive Chairman
  • SpaceFill, Quentin Drillon (P17), co-fondateur
  • JeudiMerci, Léonie de Verdelhan (P12), co-founder
  • Lovebox, Jean Gregoire (P08), founder
  • AdoreMe (New York), Morgan Hermand (P02), founder
  • Nest For All (Dakar), Khadidiatou Nakoulima (P06), founder
  • Briq, Thibault Lemonnier (P16), co-founder




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