is the first incubator in Europe that supports women founders in all fields of
innovation. We seek ambitious project leaders and provide counselling and
mentoring from a very early stage (ideation). Our main selection criteria are
innovation, potential for growth and at least one woman founder -which makes us
the top incubator in terms of gender diversity!
Founded in 2005, it is a non-profit
organization which takes no share in the startups, and has grown a community of
some 200+ startups with a sustainability rate of 85% (5 years). The Paris
Pionnières innovation platform is ideally located in the center of Paris and
offers an enpowering and nurturing environment to incubated startups. Offerings
include individual mentoring sessions, resident advisors and a large community
of experts, weekly workshops in all fields: technical and management, and many
opportunities for exchanging with other women founders (Master Classes,
Our main specificity lies in our three tier
program that spans the life of the startup from the very first idea to the
development of the activity: POSSIBLE Startup Camp to encourage women to launch
their startup; Wodi to accelerate early stage projects to first MVP and first
BP; Incubation to provide access to funding and support business development.
We work specifically on the founders’ leadership skills.
Startups will be assigned a
personal coach/mentor. Within the first few weeks he will have reviewed
with founders the strategy for the coming first six months and the
objectives / challenges which will have to be addressed.
The coach can be reached at any
time by e-mail and will organize:
weekly check to determine if there are any particular issues that need
monthly meeting to ensure the project is advancing as expected and define next
The coach/mentor will also
introduce them to the resources of the incubator: in house experts and
mentors in the relevant fields, the community of 30+ startups which are
currently in the incubator and the different tools made available to
address this community.
A monthly newsletter informs on
all events happening in the Paris eco-system, and founders are advised of
any event that may be of particular interest to them.
Moreover, the incubator team is
available for discussion during office hours.
Events organized by the
incubator, in particular Master Classes, and the Demo Days which are held
twice a year. Founders and teams are also welcome to attend weekly
workshops, which are part of the mainstream incubation program.
Services not included with the incubation (extra costs)
Access to selected service providers for
startups and have established partnerships to offer negotiated fees to the
incubated teams: legal, finance,
marketing, web development…