A look back at IÉSEG’s Entrepreneur Day 2024

On Thursday, March 7, 2024, over a hundred students, graduates, professors and administrative staff took part in the Entrepreneur Day, a day dedicated to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs at IÉSEG. A start-up forum, conferences and a networking evening: each highlight was an opportunity to learn, be inspired, develop your network and exchange ideas around this theme.


The first highlight of the day was the opportunity for participants to meet and interact with student and graduate entrepreneurs, who showcased their projects and demonstrated the power of the entrepreneurial spirit among the School’s community. The following start-ups were present:

Start-up forum©IÉSEG / Vincent CLERO
  • Tat’s it – an innovative start-up that puts tattoo artists and customers in touch with each other, along the same lines as Doctolib. The aim is to help customers find a tattoo artist close to their home.
  • Schoolme – u- a platform to help students with their exam revision, based on an adapted program, accessible in digital format.
  • I2F (India To France) – a start-up that helps Indian university students landing in France with administrative formalities (visa, social security, housing, etc.).
  • Binette – a brand of upcycled and recycled fashion accessories that fights against waste in the textile industry.
  • HOLIV. – a comparison service for housing abroad, based on recommendations from former students.


During the first conference of the day, entitled “Being a student and an entrepreneur – they did it!” and organized by Genius IÉSEG (an association on the Paris – La Défense campus which aims to introduce students to the world of start-ups), the audience had the opportunity to hear inspiring stories of current and former IÉSEG students who have become entrepreneurs. Thus, Emerick BRICAUD, Tristan FERTE, and Martina MOLINARO, shared their personal experience, challenges and successes to inspire as many people as possible. 

Emerick BRICAUD ©IÉSEG / Vincent CLERO

Then, IÉSEG CONSEIL Paris wanted to highlight success stories wanted to highlight success stories with a conference featuring two alumni: Antoine GODFROY, founder of Sleeq, and Jonathan ALEV, founder of JABB. These two CEOs, who have managed to generate several million euros in sales in just a few years, spoke in all modesty about the hidden part of the iceberg… their mistakes, failures and the strategic choices that led to their success. This session was particularly well received by the audience for its authenticity and honesty.

Finally, a conference co-organized by Elina COHEN-PEIRANO and the “How I Met Your Start-Up” association gave the floor to Camille BRÉGEAUT and Clémentine GRANET. The two founders of the cosmetics brand ‘Les Petits Prödiges‘, addressed the theme of female entrepreneurship and the specific challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. They also spoke about fundraising and the strategic coherence of such action, drawing on their personal experience.

IÉSEG 2024 Entrepreneur Award goes to PAYZAN

The most eagerly awaited moment of the day was undoubtedly the IÉSEG 2024 Entrepreneur Prize ceremony. After hearing the pitches of the 6 finalists, the jury rewarded the most promising projects, offering each winner financial support.

1st Prize: Payzan ©IÉSEG / Vincent CLERO

The 1st Prize, worth €8,000, and sponsored by IÉSEG and the alumni association ‘IÉSEG Network’, went to “Payzan, a project developed by Tristan FERTE, who graduated from IÉSEG in 2022. Tristan and his brother grow their organic soybeans on their farm in the Aisne region of France, and transform them into appetizers that are good for you and good for the planet!

The second prize, worth €3,000 and sponsored by Urone, IÉSEG and IÉSEG students went to the “Mansiones Coliving” project, led by Basile HUVET and Lucas KIHLGREN, who graduated in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Their socially-minded concept aims to create intergenerational co-living spaces, to combat social isolation and enable people to live day-to-day in a pleasant, friendly environment. 

See you next year for another edition of the IÉSEG Entrepreneur Day! If you missed the IÉSEG 2023 Entrepreneurship Awards, visit this page!

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