Every year, the Entrepreneurs Spring Fair is an opportunity for Efrei students to spotlight their business projects and receive feedback from experts. Students present their business projects to a panel made up of the school’s management and Efrei organizations, such as the alumni organization AI-EFREI and the entrepreneurs club LE CEDRE . Each presentation is followed by a discussion where the audience gives advice to the future entrepreneur.
LE CEDRE is a network of Efrei alumni who have created their own companies. Their mission is to advise and help entrepreneurs and to works as a spring board for student project leaders. Every year, LE CEDRE highlights several praise-worthy projects completed by Efrei students, the best receiving the Golden CEDRE, an award which has helped a number of Efrei alumni to become recognized entrepreneurs after graduating from Efrei.
Click here to read a testimonial by Mathieu Nebra (class of 2008), founder of Site du Zero who received the Golden CEDRE during the 2009 graduation ceremony.
Efrei’s business incubator provides young entrepreneurs a wide range of services and a technically well-equipped facility to assist them in the creation of their companies. It is a place where students can bring ideas and develop projects that integrate innovative technology.
Assistant Professor at the Université d'Evry, Xavier Bouvier is also the entrepreneurial advisor at Efrei. As such, he is in charge of developing Efrei’s business incubator as well as fostering entrepreneurship.
A graduate of ESSCA Business School, Xavier Bouvier has experience running industrial companies and internet startups, as well as acting as a business consultant. He regularly contributes to the French financial newspaper “Les Echos”. His most recently published books include: “Reprendre une Entreprise” and “Gérer un Comité d'Entreprise” www.Nathan-LesEchos.fr.
Efrei and Audencia Nantes Management School, were the original founders of the IES!, a network of business and engineering schools that have come together to put serious investment into business incubation.
The objective of IES! is to articulate the role of responsible young entrepreneurs, as well as developing a frame of reference for good start-up practices and competencies. At Efrei, we believe that it is important that those taking charge of startups have a concrete, well-defined business practice to guide them through their projects with efficiency.