Launch your business with Innostart

Innostart is a programme dedicated to supporting students' entrepreneurship. Whether you are at the idea or fundraising stage, we offer workshops, mentoring, and events to structure your project and develop your entrepreneurial spirit.


Rennes SB supports innovation and accompanies project leaders

Encouraging innovation and supporting students as they launch and lead projects is one of Rennes School of Business’s strategic commitments. Here, every student can fulfil 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 created in 2014
  • A Master of Science in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MSc IE) which draws on the expertise of INSA and Rennes School of Business. Students are trained in innovation and entrepreneurial management by developing their own business plans over the course of the programme.

Rennes School of Business is in the Top 10 of the Up2School ranking of business schools 2021 whose start-ups have raised the most funds!


Get your project off the ground with Innostart!

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 among our 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.


Key figures of the Innostart programme

  • 6 months minimum of incubation
  • 10 project leaders supported per year
  • 2 grants of €1 000 in start-up aid are awarded each year
  • 10 companies created (Innostart & Msc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

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!


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Success Stories


JABI : bringing generations together using an 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.


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Join Innostart

Call for applications!

Do you have an innovative idea and want to create your own business? Then apply to Innostart to bring your project to life!The next project submission campaign will open in September 2022.



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 give you the skills you need in just the right setting to transform your idea into a real business.



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.



Sign up for 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.


The winners of the 2019-2020 Innostart grant

  • EWA: EWA improves the e-reputation of professional athletes to create new business opportunities for them.
  • JABI: uniting generations through their web application by offering young people/students the opportunity to spend time with isolated elderly people to practice various activities according to their preferences.


Innostart helps people with ideas to put their project to the test.

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.

Karine SabatierKarine Sabatier,

Innovation coach at Rennes SB