The Challenge Jeunes Pousses


Created in 2002, the “Challenge Jeunes Pousses” is an innovative company creation contest, dedicated to Bachelor, Master degrees and Ph.D students.

The contest is also open to every holder of the “statut étudiant entrepreneur”, thanks to PEPITE PACA EST who has been supporting the contest for the last five years.

The goal is to develop, within a multidisciplinary team, an innovative company in various fields: tourism, social or technological. Those teams will compete for six months.

Every team are guided through each important step of the contest by coaches who provide their specific and technical advices in: law, industrial, marketing, management, design, industry, financial, etc.

Telecom Valley has been organizing the “Challenge Jeunes Pousses” for the last fifteen years and it has  become a real example of economic growth and innovation on our territory.
Currently, the contest is one of the main activities managed by the non-profit organization Telecom Valley and fits perfectly in its strategy: promote the Sophipolitan economic environment.

Let's participate to the adventure !


Added value

Experiment intrepeneurship & innovation

Students integrate an innovative formative practice at the end of their studies.

Tools to develop projects

Teams benefit from financial resources and tools to develop their projects.

Working in a multidisciplinary team

As a true human and entrepreneurial experience, the contest trains the students to the challenges of working in a team.

A professionnal accelerator

This enriching experience in the local ecosystem allws students to creat a network, find their first jobs in local companies or creat their own companies.C

Be coached by professionnals

Teams are trained by coaches, entrepreneurs and experts in entrepreneurshop and innoavtion fields.

"Challenge jeunes pousses" label

With more than 15 years of existence, 2 000 students trained, the « Challenge Jeunes Pousses » as gained real recognition. The contest’s teams use this label as an advantage in their professional carrers.

Contest steps



Teams creation day

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Quarter finals

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  • 50% 50%



  • 100% 100%
Many sessions of collective coaching and indivual coaching take place between the main steps to help and prepare to teams.

For the 4 finalists

> A financial support to improve their projects : 900€ by Telecom Valley ;

> A lot of prices thanks to our partners, such as registrations for other contests (European Innovation Academy), and entrepreneurship books ;

> An important visibility on local and international medias thanks to the reputation of the contest.

Plus, for the winner team

> The « Isabelle ATTALI » price and the Jeunes Pousses trophy ;

> 1500€ gift vouchers from Telecom Valley for the entire team  ;

> Additional 1500€ for the company creation and 1 year of free registration at Telecom Valley when the company is officially created ;

> 6 months of incubation with “Incubateur PACA Est” (for a technology innovation)  ;

Multi-support communication pack “Business Premium” worth 900€ by Tool-Print Agency  ;

> 6 months of hosting from the CASA, in the Business Pole’s co-working space ;

Success stories

KNAP – 2016

KNAP – 2016

KNAP, le caddie connecté ! Toute jeune startup incubée à MonacoTech et partipant du Challenge Jeunes Pousses, Knap développe des chariots connectés et est en passe de signer un contrat avec l'entreprise de notoriété internationale Caddie. Dans la galaxie des objets...

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InMyFridge – 2017

InMyFridge – 2017

Une application pour lutter contre le gaspillage alimentaire 4 étudiants de Polytech Sophia-Antipolis développent une application disponible sur IOS et Android qui lutte contre le gaspillage alimentaire! Le fonctionnement ? « Si vous avez dans le frigo un paquet...

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HYVE – Participants du CJP 2016

HYVE – Participants du CJP 2016

Hyve, équipe du CJP 2016/2017 Il y a une vie après le CJP et ce ne sont pas que les lauréats qui réussissent ! La startup originaire de Nice et participante au Challenge Jeunes Pousses 2016/2017 a été sélectionnée pour rejoindre l'incubateur installé à Monaco. Un...

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