Incubation program

A dedicated coach for each startup, helping to:

-          Identify a scalable and profitable business model
-          Define market access strategy
-          Raise funds

Acceleration programs offered at each phase:

-          Jump’In Creation: 5 weeks of Master Classes and mentoring sessions to boost startup projects
-          “Décollage” (Take-off): A business developer made available for 1 year to help boost sales
-          Jump’Invest : Preparation to pitch projects before a group of local investors to secure early stage first-round funding
-          Montpellier Venture Capital: 4 months of intensive coaching for 15 startups, who then get an opportunity to present their pitch before 70 national and international investors to secure Series A or B financing

Integration within an extremely dynamic and startup-friendly ecosystem

-          Cap Manager Advisory Board: a group of BIC Tech Champions and managers from major groups to orient strategy and introduce startups to their networks
-          Expert Committee Council: comprised of the main innovation stakeholders in the Montpellier ecosystem (research organizations, higher education establishments, banks, investors, and public funding institutions) to increase startups’ visibility and provide feedback on their strategy.
-          Open Innovation meetings with major groups and startups to focus on targeted topics
-          Events, workshops, and meet-ups to discuss, share ideas, and develop networks with a community of 500 startups

Soft Landings services package for foreign startups

-          A dedicated Anglophone coach
-          Legal, accounting, and tax advice
-          Support to facilitate immigration formalities
-          Help finding housing and opening a bank account
-          A network of Anglophone mentors
-          A network of Anglophone service providers (legal, accounting and tax, marketing, translation, language training, etc.) with negotiated rates.

3 incubation sites entirely designed for startups:

-          Co-working space
-          Temporary office space and meeting rooms equipped with a video projector and teleconferencing equipment
-          Modular private offices ready to grow with the business
-          Laboratories and workshops (only at Cap Alpha)

Key Figures

* 601 Companies created
4,631 Direct jobs

* 626 M€ Sales revenue
Including 147 M€ in exports

* Financing
63.8 M€ Private funding raised
31.9 M€ Public funding mobilized

* In 2014
313 Candidates
29 New companies created
42 New projects incubated
146 Startups now incubated, 75% of which are in digital

Labels and awards

-Label BIC (Business and Innovation Centre) in 1987 by the European Union
- Designated as Incubator of the Year 2007 by INBIA (International Business Incubation Association)
- Certified ISO 9001
- Certified by the INBIA Soft Landings program for assisting foreign companies




- Designated as Incubator of the Year 2007 by INBIA (International Business Incubation Association)
- Ranked in the Top 10 of the world’s best incubators by the UBI Global index



3 incubation sites in Montpellier

* Cap Alpha, cleantech incubator for innovative businesses :
Life sciences and cleantech (37,500 sq. ft)

 * MIBI (Montpellier International Business Incubator) :
Foreign companies (37,500 sq. ft)

 * Cap Omega, incubator for innovative hi-tech companies :
ICT - information and communication technologies (57,000 sq. ft)



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