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9th edition of the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club’s Start’up Initiative Award

Information updated on 27/06/22

The 9th edition of the Start’up Initiative Award sponsored by the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club has chosen three companies assisted by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC.

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On Wednesday, April 20, the 9th edition of the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club competition rewarded three young companies assisted by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC. Hind EMAD, Vice President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, in charge of Economic and Digital Development was present at the ceremony.
  • La Picorée, headed by Pauline Renard, was designated as the honorary winner.
  • The other two winners were Via Transit and Drop of Curiosity.
La Picorée received a prize of €2,000, while Via Transit and Drop of Curiosity each received a prize of €1,000. All three companies will also benefit from two years of support from members of the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club’s business committee, as well as access to Rotary’s national and international network and a 500 € voucher for accommodation at the Espace Entreprise offices.

Focus on the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club’s Start’up Initiative Award

The Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club’s Start’Up Initiative Award is the culmination of an exclusive partnership between the Montpellier Méditerranée Rotary Club and Montpellier BIC. The program rewards entrepreneurs under 35 years of age who run a company less than 3 years old that has an innovative project, distinctive added value, and a competitive advantage.

Who are the three winning companies?

  • La Picorée, the honorary winner, run by Pauline Renard
The company develops a range of products designed to improve nutrition for oncology patients and populations at risk of malnutrition: savory and sweet snacks made with organically grown ingredients.
===> For more information about La Picorée, please visit
  • Via Transit, managed by Darius Martin and Camille Monjo
Specialized in offering Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Via Transit develops various solutions for public authorities, operators, and their users.
===> For more information about Via Transit, please visit
  • Drop of Curiosity, headed by Gonzalo Ruiz
Drop of Curiosity focuses on preventing college students from dropping out of school. Online training is available 24/7 to teach students how to learn by leveraging the latest developments in educational science.
===> For more information about Drop of Curiosity, please visit

Partners of the operation

  • Montpellier BIC
  • PVB Avocats: A leading law firm in the Occitanie region for over 30 years. PVB Avocats offers global solutions covering the entire range of legal issues faced by companies.
  • WEDA: As the leader in 100% online patient records, WEDA offers a software solution that meets all the requirements of independent healthcare professionals. The solution is designed for general practitioners and specialists, midwives, and health care professionals (nurses, physical therapists, etc.) practicing individually, in group offices, or in multidisciplinary health centers.
  • Espace Entreprise offers flexible and adaptable office space for lease and provides individual services in Montpellier.
  • PKF Arlison Montpellier helps organizations, managers, and entrepreneurs navigate all the phases of their structuring, development, and transformation.
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