Innovate in France

Part mentorship hub, part foundry and part accelerator – our programs offer opportunities to France


We guide entrepreneurs starting innovative French businesses

France Programs

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Part mentorship hub, part foundry and part accelerator, the ES incubator tailors its offerings to meet the evolving needs of high potential entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas.

We connect founders with key partners in the local ecosystem, and leverage our international relationships to build businesses ready to scale globally. Entrepreneurs may join a virtual co-working collective, which includes mentorship, peer collaboration, and master classes all within a dynamic shared space.

The Alpes region of France has a vibrant start up ecosystem, with both public and private R&D labs. Areas of specialty include augmented reality, deep tech, multimedia, image recognition, sustainability-related technologies and mechatronics.

Empowered Startups is focused on developing an ever-expanding network of French Public Body Research and Development partnerships.

Talent Passport : Innovative Project business incubation program

Empowered Startups business incubation program for innovative projects allows international entrepreneurs to balance the competing demands of meeting their professional commitments abroad with starting up a new high-potential business in France. 

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Empowered Startups Platform (ESP) 

Our proprietary entrepreneurship training and virtual incubation platform, ESP, is in use in partner incubators and research facilities in France, Portugal and Canada.


French Alps International Startup Exchange

In partnership with French Tech, entrepreneurs with international ambitions may validate their problem-solution fit plans through curated programming abroad.


Using our proven and powerful methodology, network, market insight and business expertise, we guide entrepreneurs on a path to successfully start a business in France.

Become the Best

We educate and empower founders to build market offers and business models that empower their ideas to become the best in the world. We guide them through the rigours of Lean StartUp and Horizon Methodology, and cycle through the validated learning process of build-measure-learn.


Connect with the Best

We select entrepreneurs from around the world with the best innovative and scalable concepts to startup in France, with international reach. We are skilled at assisting entrepreneurs in de-risking their projects, increasing their speed to market, and enhancing the overall prosperity of the French ecosystem they are entering.


Sell Internationally

We build startups that define and aggressively pursue revenue goals on this equation: My startup will sell $X of Y product to customers A, B, C in N number of countries in M number of months.



Our valued partnerships provide transnational entrepreneurs with opportunities to deepen the foundations and extend the reach of their ventures.

Savoie Technolac

Our partnership with Savoie-Technolac provides start ups with access to a strong professional network with a global reach.


Our partnership with INRIA provides start ups with ready access to top tier researchers, according to their business needs.


Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Our Entrepreneurship learning and workplace platform was just awarded two Silver 2020 LearnX Awards! The first award was for the “Best Shift In Online,” and the second was for “Best Learning and Capability.” A huge congratulations to the entire Empowered Startups Team...

Empowered Startups à Chambéry

Empowered Startups à Chambéry

L’incubateur régional à Chambéry d’Empowered Startups est situé dans le nouveau centre dynamique de startups de Savoie-Technolac. Comprenant des pôles de startups dans plusieurs secteurs d’activité, y compris l’agrotechnologie et la technologie propre, ces...


The following professionals generously offer their perspectives on our plans. We are grateful for the influence they continue to have on our projects.

Pascal Viaud

Pascal Viaud

CEO, Ubik and President, French Tech Taiwan

Veronique Pequignat

Véronique Péquignat

Director of International Actions, Invest in Grenoble-Alpes

Laurent Tabourot

Laurent Tabourot

Full Professor, Head of SYMME – Mecatronics Lab, Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Melisande Roche

Mélisande Roche

Development Director, Business France