In 2014, Paris&Co, the economic and innovation development agency of Paris, announced the creation of its sports innovation platform, Le Tremplin. Consisting of 12 incubators targeting different sectors, Paris&Co supports more than 300 startups each year and has been providing their expertise to innovative companies for the past 20 years.
One of Paris & Co’s flagship platforms is Le Tremplin – “springboard” in French – which hosted its first cohort of startups in April 2015. Le Tremplin was born from the desire to create a place dedicated to sports-related companies, startups, public institutions and experts in order to allow the development of an economic sector of sports in Paris. The City of Paris and Paris&Co also wanted to provide optimal conditions to find fast technological solutions to major athletic challenges, enhancing the practice of sports for citizens within the urban context of Paris but also on a national and international level.
Le Tremplin is considered as the world’s first sports innovation platform. Its raison d’être? To accompany startups to maturity by harnessing business opportunities in the sports market and linking them with industry leaders, investors, sports federations, leagues and institutions. This virtuous circle enables startups to grow and maximize its chances of success while instilling innovation in the core strategy of its private and institutional partners. Through its equity-free incubation programme, the platform already brought together over 80 sports-related startups with close to 30 large corporate and institutional partners around mentoring activities, workshops, conferences and networking events.
It derives its incomes from two main sources of revenues: 60% coming from the founding partners and 40% from the startups incubated. As a non-lucrative organisation, Le Tremplin is re-investing all the benefits generated into the development of its incubator.
From the selection process to the startups incubation
Located in the golden triangle of Parisian Sports, at the heart of the Parisian Sports Center, Le Tremplin is based in the iconic Jean Bouin rugby stadium.
With over 100 million euros raised by its startups, Le Tremplin guided 80 entrepreneurial quests through their journey, giving them access to a network of key stakeholders in the sport industry, customized support, continued education with entrepreneurial experts and enhanced media coverage at both national and international levels.
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