Partner Incubator: La Paillasse

About La Paillasse:

La Paillasse is a worldwide known transdisciplinary laboratory focused on accelerating scientific startups & research programs. We position ourselves as an alternative to classical academic research centers by opening the lab to entrepreneurs, designers or artists, thus enabling a creative environment to experiment at the interface between disciplines. Hence, La Paillasse puts openness, transdisciplinarity & empowerment as key values of its ecosystem.

Besides, we base our actions on the general interest and we push forward startup projects that tackle big issues of our time in sectors such as healthcare, bioeconomy, cleantech and low-tech. Whatever the technology used (wetware, hardware, software), La Paillasse helps these early-stage startups make their first proof-of-concept, find their business model & meet future partners through its full-equipped space & its vibrant ecosystem of industrial companies, high-skilled scientists & successful entrepreneurs.

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Ecosystem: Paris
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Creation:  2011

Startups incubated: 40

Currently incubated: 21

Maturity stage:
#Proof of concept


Services included with the incubation


  • Startups accelerated within La Paillasse benefit from a close and regular follow-up from the team on:
    • Business topics (business model, partnerships development, networking)
    • Technical issues (biology, hardware, electronics)
    • Legal advices
  • When needed, we do our best to link startups with specialized advisors from our enlarged and transdiscplinary community to ensure that no issue remains unanswered.
  • Our follow-up takes place on a weekly basis for quick updates on the project, as well as on a monthly basis for a one-hour meetup to deep dive into the issues faced by the startup.


Business Services

  • As part of the French Tech Ticket package, we offer acceleration and hosting service to the selected startups, including:
    • A privative desk
    • Access to office services (wifi, printer, coffee & kitchen)
    • Personalized follow-up
    • Dedicated sessions with mentors
    • Privileged networking with our partners
    • Access to our entire ecosystem (public events on science & entrepreneurship, thematic communities, social network groups).

Services not included with the incubation
(extra costs)

Access to technical platforms (biology laboratory & fablab) as additional services.

  • BioLab: shared bench in a full-equipped L1 (French first level of containment standards out of 4) biology laboratory, including tissue culture equipment, centrifuges, microscopes, plate readers & cold storage.
  • Fablab: access to the fablab, including a desk, electronics equipment & basic plastic, metal and wood working equipments. An additional hour-based fee is required to use the laser cut & 3D printer.