Booster Innovation Montpellier (B.I.M.)

As a University Innovation Hub (PUI), the University of Montpellier participates in supporting innovation and the attractiveness of the region with the contribution of research partners and innovation players.

The Montpellier Innovation Booster (B.I.M.), set up in 2020, is part of the PUI's actions aimed at detecting and supporting emerging innovative projects .

Since its creation, the B.I.M. has provided funding for 19 projects, awarding a total of €476,900 to enhance and develop the winning projects.

The objective

The B.I.M. is a call for projects coupled with a training/coaching session.

It is a programme for the detection of innovative projects, open to all themes.

This program is there to support the development of projects. To do this, we offer:

  • Training,
  • Coaching,
  • A pitch competition,
  • Post-BIM support.

This system involves all the stakeholders of the PUI : research partners as well as experts from the SATT AxLR, and structures supporting innovation in the Montpellier ecosystem.

Course of the Booster Innovation Montpellier

  1. During the two days of training, supervised by coaches and experts, project leaders take part in workshops, conferences and coaching sessions that introduce them to the different ways of adding value, and the tools and funding available.
  2. They present a 3-minute pitch followed by 5 minutes of questions, in front of the BIM Jury.
  3. Then submit the application file to the BIM call for proposals, including their request for funding. The applications are analysed by specialised referents and then presented to the COM'IN (Investment and Innovation Committee).
  4. The winning projects are chosen and appropriate support is offered to all candidates.

The winners of the BIM benefit from financial aid defined by the jury according to the request expressed and the needs of the project. Funding is awarded to the research unit for a maximum period of 2 years.

Eligible Audience

  • Staff of the research units and structures dedicated to innovation of the ISITE Programme of Excellence (PEI),
  • Students of the University of Montpellier (your project must be supported by a research unit that is part of the MYP),
  • Leaders of projects outside the ISITE perimeter demonstrating a substantial link with an EIP research unit.

The project leader undertakes to be present during the 3 days of the session in question.

Allocated resources

The 2024 financial envelope of the Montpellier Innovation Booster is €260k.

In addition, SATT AxLR is co-financing this action with a dedicated budget of €250k.

The calendar

B.I.M. - April 3, 4 and 5, 2024

B.I.M. - June 18, 19 and 20, 2024

B.I.M. – October 15, 16 and 17, 2024

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