Launch your Start-Up with Innostart


Encouraging innovation and supporting students as they launch and lead projects is one of Rennes School of Business’ strategic commitments. Here, every student can fulfill their ambitions and enjoy a multidimensional, personalised experience as they explore their creative potential and develop their entrepreneurial strengths.

At Rennes School of Business, being ‘unframed’ means thinking and doing things outside the box. To help us identify and support our students’ entrepreneurial ambitions, we have developed specially adapted educational resources that foster innovation as part of a wider scheme focused on entrepreneurship:

  • The Innostart incubator, founded in 2014
  • A joint INSA Rennes / Rennes School of Business Master of Science in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MSc IE)

Innovation and entrepreneurship are central to our teaching and the student experience we offer.
With Innostart, we are making every effort to create the best conditions for project leaders, students and alumni to succeed.
Joining Innostart gives them access to personal guidance as well as to the support and skills of an entire network of experts and the dynamic regional ecosystem of Rennes.

The MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship draws on expertise from INSA and Rennes School of Business. Students train in innovation and entrepreneurial management by developing their own business plan over the course of the programme.

Admission procedure

Admission requirements

Apply ! Do you have an innovative idea? Would you like to create your own business? Apply to Innostart and bring your project to life! Click on ‘Apply online’ to start your adventure!

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Reserved exclusively for Rennes School of Business students and alumni.
If you are looking to launch your start-up, Innostart takes an ‘unframed’ approach to giving you the skills you need in just the right setting to transform your idea into a real business. The next project submission campaign for your project will open in September 2022.

Team spirit

When you join Innostart, you tap into a person-orientated experience that prizes team spirit and working together. Innostart has been designed to foster dialogue and creativity among project leaders by advocating peer-to-peer networking, joint upskilling and the sharing of experiences, best practices and contacts.

A well-structured course

Sign up to a well-supported and engaging training programme that can be tailored to the various projects involved, giving you the very best chance of success. It includes a kick-off event, collaborative workshops, inspiring speakers, masterclasses, and more.


Benefit from personalised support and regular coaching that will structure your ideas and help you launch your new business! Depending on your requirements, you will be guided through topics such as defining customer needs and segmentation, exploring the market, understanding value chains and proposals, making action plans, prototyping, pitching, and more.


Many of the region’s operators are involved in Innostart, including start-ups, incubators, businesses and Rennes School of Business’ own staff. This provides students with a plethora of opportunities to challenge their project, gather constructive feedback and expand their network.



Innostart helps people with ideas to put their project to the test.
Karine Sabatier, Innovation Coach at Rennes SB

Often, our rather idealised vision of being an entrepreneur involves a big idea, a high-tech prototype, a convincing pitch and an injection of cash. The reality is more complex, exploratory and uncertain.
Innostart helps people with ideas to find new challenges, crash-test their project and, most importantly, develop it by learning from hands-on experience. Innostart’s collective, supportive environment enables them to make progress even as they step into the unknown, which is what all entrepreneurial projects entail.

Key figures

  • Projects get a minimum of 6 months’ incubation
  • 10 project leaders are supported annually
  • Two €1,000 grants are awarded each year to support project launches
  • 10 businesses have been created so far (Innostart & Msc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Success stories


JABI: bringing generations together using our online app by giving students and young people the chance to spend time doing their various favourite activities with isolated older individuals.
Innostart grant winner 2019-2020
EWA generates new commercial opportunities for professional athletes by improving their online reputation.
Innostart grant winner 2019-2020
The leading CSR solution for reusable cups.
Newcy was founded to offer customers innovative solutions for reducing their environmental footprint.
Marché Délice is making it easier to shop locally. Its online delivery platform for independent food outlets in Rennes enables users to locate and enjoy locally sourced products that can be delivered to their door.
Get your teams on board with a phygital in-house communications solution
Steeple takes your company notice board digital!
If offers a unique, customisable dashboard featuring your company’s logo, corporate colours, photos, categories, and more!
logo Mademoiselle FayelMademoiselle Fayel offers homemade ice cream produced on the farm. For more information: Julie Lemesle, entrepreneurship on the farm

Our partners

Innostart develops partnerships with innovation professionals, as well as incubators in the region, such as Station B, everyone involved is determined to help our start-ups grow!





Innostart grant winners 2019-2020

  • EWA: EWA generates new commercial opportunities for professional athletes by improving their online reputation.
  • JABI: bringing generations together using our online app by giving students and young people the chance to spend time doing their various favourite activities with isolated older individuals.

Projects currently being incubated

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Green Tracker
La Fabrique à Pancakes


In the press

Come and meet us!

We organise information sessions on a very regular basis. Please get in touch if you would like any further information.

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