Created in 2018 in partnership with the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, which has supervisory authority over IMT, and with IMT teams, the Bercy IMT Innovation Award aims to promote innovative start-ups from the academic world, starting with the Institute’s national ecosystem. Following a successful first year, this year’s edition, which was launched at Vivatech 2019, is entering the next stage: selecting 10 winners. The winners will be named as part of Public Innovation Week.

The Bercy-IMT Innovation Award highlights the desire for strong collaboration between the Ministry for the Economy and Finance and IMT supported by its Fondation Mines-Télécom, in relation to entrepreneurial issues in France and around the world. It brings to light the vibrant ecosystems created by research and innovation which help contribute to an economic development strategy in France and strengthen international positioning.

The 2019 Award Process

For this new edition, IMT is confirming its France-USA triple acceleration program for the innovation ecosystem. This year’s award process involves the following steps:

  • 42 start-ups were selected according to maturity and growth criteria in addition to technical and managerial quality by directors of business support organizations. They had the opportunity to exhibit their projects at Vivatechnology in May 2019.

At that time, 20 finalists were selected, based on criteria used by the CES. Therefore, these 20 finalists will present pitches in Bercy on 26 November before a jury made up of Award sponsors, supported by the Fondation Mines-Télécom, members of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and experts. Then, this jury named the Award finalists.

The 10 winners will benefit from an international springboard by taking part in the CES 2020 in Las Vegas at IMT’s stand. These start-ups will receive their awards at the 2020 Convergences evening, on 7 January 2019, attended by the French innovation ecosystem.


Lastly, the Bercy-IMT Innovation Award will award two Grand Prizes worth €30,000 and €20,000 respectively. During the awards ceremony held at the CES, Fondation Mines-Telecom sponsors (Bouygues Télécom, Deloitte, Engie et Safran) will also award their Coup de Cœur awards (judges’ favorites).

Program for 26 November

  • 2:15 pm: opening statement by Odile Gauthier and Thomas Courbe, General Director for Enterprises and President of the jury
  • 2:30 pm: pitch sessions
  • 4 pm: networking and deliberation
  • 5 pm: 10 finalists announced

The 20 start-ups selected:

The 10 finalists selected are Affluence, Aiintense, Denoize, Hiboo, Imope, Meyko, PacketAI, Unéole, WaryMe and Watiz!

Members of the jury

  • Odile Gauthier, Executive Director of IMT, and Thomas Courbe, President of the Jury, General Director for Enterprises of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • Patrick Duvaut, Director of Innovation at IMT
  • Award sponsors: Gérard Guynamand(Engie), Laurent Deleville (Safran), Helène Chanel (Deloitte), Sylvain (Bouygues Télécom).
  • Serge Catoire, CGE
  • Grégoire Parmentier, Delegate for Synthesis, Coordination and Innovation for the Ministry of the Economy
  • Eric Morand, Business France
  • Christian Picory-Donné, Director of Industrial Partnerships and Technology Transfer at IMT