Free online registration – open until Friday, October 14th at noon



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

Since this year, 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.


  • From June to October: Registration on CJP’s website ;
  • October: Entire day of team building ;
  • From October to November: Coaching sessions – Marketing, Finance, Law, Industry ;
  • November: Quarter finals – written record « Business Plan » to select the 10 team qualified for the semi-finals ;
  • From November to January: Coaching sessions – Communication, Industry, Design ;
  • January: Semi-finals – Oral presentation in front of a jury of professionals to select the final four (Public event) ;
  • From January to March: Coaching sessions – Marketing, Law, Industry, Design ;
  • March: Final – Oral presentation in front of a professional jury to choose the winner of the contest (Public event).

The “Challenge Jeunes Pousses” value

  • Educate yourself in the different steps of company creation ;
  • Benefit from advices and support by professional coaches in all fields of a company creation ;
  • Develop and improve a project with financial support thanks to the contest ;
  • Learn to work within a multidisciplinary team on a shared project ;
  • Discover the Sophia Antipolis companies : create a real professional network on the territory ;
  • Find a first job in a local company or create your own company.

Many prices to win for the four finalist teams

  • A financial support to improve their projects : 900€ by Telecom Valley ;
  • Creation of LLC involving all the members of the team ;
  • 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.

Additional prices for the winning team

  • 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 Alvidis Agency ;
  • 6 months of hosting from the CASA, in the Business Pole’s co-working space ;
  • But first and foremost the legitimacy of a win and 6 months of hard working !