Jérôme Chailloux, CEO of ERCIM succeeds Dominique Pouliquen as Chairman of the Paca-Est Incubator selection committee.
Co-founder of ILOG (acquired by IBM), second INRIA affiliate, taking on the roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Director, Jérôme Chailloux, current CEO of the ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), the W3C European host, offers his expertise in project management to businesses and the Paca-Est Incubator.
The 2011 selection committee will also welcome a new member: Eric Baissus, founder of Open-Plug, acquired by the Alcatel-Lucent group in 2010 and a former incubated business.
The selection committee
The selection committee has a panel of experts in the field of creating innovative companies, who assess the capabilities of a technologically innovative project from or backed by public research, to be developed as a sustainable and autonomous business.
The Paca-Est Incubator welcomes projects from various fields such as biotechnology, engineering ICT and renewable energies; the selection is thereby made on the progress of the project, the technical and economic feasibility based on the market or even the maturity and motivation of the project team.
In 2010, The committee chose 14 projects for incubation out of 100 filed with the Incubator Team.
The incubator in a few words …
The Paca-Est Incubator is a support structure for the creation of innovative companies approved by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education in the Alpes-Maritimes and Var.
Created in 2001, the Paca-Est Incubator is funded by the Ministry of Research, Europe the PACA region, General Councils 06 and 83 and the cities of Nice, Grasse, Toulon and Sophia Antipolis.
Founded and supported by the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, The Université du Sud Toulon-Var and INRIA Sophia-Méditerranée, its goal is to develop skills and the transfer of technologies from university laboratories and public research organisations through the creation of innovative companies and the creation of jobs with high added value throughout the area.
In 10 years, from 31st December 2010, the Paca-Est Incubator has supported 100 projects and produced 73 companies, generating more than 400 direct jobs and fundraising to the tune of €60M.