For the 2022 awards, the jury chaired by Benjamin Delozier, Head of the Competitiveness, Innovation and Business Development Department at the Directorate-General for Enterprise – French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, named the start-up MORFO the winner of the Bercy-IMT Innovation Award on 16 December 2022 following three-minute presentations by the finalist start-ups.
Group photo of the finalist-start-ups, the jury, Françoise Prêteux and Odile Gauthier.
Since 2018, the Bercy-IMT Innovation Awards have rewarded key rising players in digital and industrial entrepreneurship from Institut Mines-Télécom’s network of incubators.
The Bercy-IMT Innovation Awards aim to support an innovative company, usually a start-up, which has developed and brought to market an innovative solution with strong potential for differentiation and competitive advantage.
MORFO, incubated at Institut Mines-Télécom Business School & Telecom SudParis, seeks to fight climate change by restoring tropical forest ecosystems on a large scale. Since its inception, MORFO has collaborated with public research laboratories in France, including INRAE, IRD and CIRAD, and now also works with labs in Brazil.
MORFO specializes in restoring tropical and sub-tropical forests. It has already restored 120 hectares and plans to restore over 300 by the end of 2022.
MORFO is now expanding its activity with the deployment of a large-scale restoration project in Brazil, based on carbon financing.
MORFO aims to restore an area equivalent to the size of Spain and Germany by 2050.
Adrien Pagès, CEO of MORFO, who pitched his company to the jury, was presented with a €20,000 check by the head of the jury and Odile Gauthier, Executive Director of IMT.