A six-month program for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers to turn their research into successful startups.

Made with ❤️ for science-entrepreneurs by science-entrepreneurs.

A very unique program specifically tailored for entrepreneurial scientists & engineers

We've trained hundreds of scientists and engineers, from the best research institutes across France and Europe. Deeptech Founders helped them create and strengthen their science-startup project's team, development plan, fundraising, and network.

250+ founders accelerated

Quantum Physics | Synthetic Biology | Microfluidics | Cryptography | Imaging | Microbiome | Photonics | Nanotech | Stem cells | Medtech | Deep Physics | Neurology | Drug Discovery | Robotics | 3D Printing | Cloud Computing | Oncology | Foodtech | Agrotech | Signal Processing | Networks...

from 45+ leading research institutions

🇫🇷 CEA | CNRS | INRAE | INRIA | INSERM | IFPEN | Institut Curie | Institut d'Optique | Institut Pasteur | ICM | IHU Imagine | Ecole Centrale Supélec | IFSTTAR | Ecole Polytechnique | ESPCI | Mines Paristech | ESIEE Paris | ENTPE | ENS Lyon, Paris Saclay, Ulm | EHESP | CHU Nantes | CHU Paris | Universités de Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse, Brest, Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot, Paris Sciences & Lettres, Paris Sud ...

🌎 Universities of Auckland, Southampton, Austin Texas, Washington.

50M€ already raised by alumni


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Join an incredible community building the future

Interdisciplinary, intergenerational, international, from all over France, EU and the US.

250+ Alumni.

Join a growing community of the most promising entrepreneurial scientists

100+ Mentors.

Get feedback and advice from successful and talented science-founders

30+ Investors.

Direct access to leading deeptech investors from France and abroad

150+ Ecosystem Members.

Access a unique network of leading incubators, accelerators, tech transfer offices, IP experts, coaches and board members, all working hand-in-hand with us to help early-stage deeptech startups

▹ Discover the key deeptech ecosystem stakeholders

Who can join?

Interested in understanding what it takes to turn an invention into a real-world product? Deeptech Founders is made for you, whether you already have a project or not.

✅ You have a project or a startup

  • Stage: ideation to pre-Series A
  • Status: still in the lab, team assembled or not, startup created or not
  • Student, academic, industry scientists or engineers, entrepreneurs

✅ You don't have a project

  • You would like to find a project
  • You would like to join a team
  • You would like to attend as an auditor to better understand the nuts and bolts of deeptech entrepreneurship

What they say about the program

Find out what our alumni and ecosystem partners thought about DF and its value added


[Senior Scientist] Siem Van der Laan - Institute for Human Genetics "I came every week to Paris from Montpellier to attend DF. The program was amazing. It is really complementary to the support we have from our incubator and the SATT."


[Associate Professor] Simone De Liberato - University of Southampton "Although I already created and sold a first startup, I learned a LOT participating in DF. Getting relevant feedbacks from top CEOs, mentors and experts from real deeptech industries is a rare added-value!"


[Professor] Sylvain Cherrier - Université Paris Est "Attending DF was a game changer for me! It completely modified my academic vision and understanding of entrepreneurship. It transformed my project from a blurry idea into a concrete action plan."


[Tech Transfer Officer] Elodie Brient-Litzler - Institut Pasteur "I would totally recommend Deeptech Founders to any scientist, regardless of the maturity of their project. DF is the most pragmatic, hands-on and interactive science-entrepreneurship program I have ever seen!"


[Research director] Jean-Charles Faugère - INRIA "Deeptech Founders is the place to go if you want to accelerate your science-startup project. My whole plan was challenged and significantly improved. I got so many very valuable contacts to evaluate our market potential."

[Entrepreneur / Engineer] Feng Yang - Founder Invisensing "We can't plant for everything, but we can certainly prepare the best path. Deeptech Founders gave me the map to guide me in the startup journey and I am deeply thankful."

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