Partner Incubator: Paris Pionnières

About Paris Pionnières :

Paris Pionnières 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, Meetups…)

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.

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Ecosystem: Paris
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Creation: 2005

Startups incubated: 200

Currently incubated: 75

Maturity stage:
#Proof of concept


Services included with the incubation


  • 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:
    • a weekly check to determine if there are any particular issues that need addressing
    • a monthly meeting to ensure the project is advancing as expected and define next steps.

Business services

  • 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…
  • Extra desks at €200 (+VAT) per month
  • Concierge Services