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When PhD and entrepreneurship go hand in hand

Clarisse Angelier and Jeanne CouroublePreface by Laurence Parisot

Editions Eyrolles December 2011 - 160 p.

Each year, the CIFRE system (Convention Industrielle de Formation par la Recherche) enables more than 1000 students to set foot in the business world. Then, the vast majority work in a private sector research and development department, or return to teach or do research in a university. Today, 1 % of them create their own company. And what about tomorrow? Whether you are a student or doctoral student, an actor in the world of education or business, the testimonials presented here will take you behind the scenes of innovative business creation. The book takes stock of how the programme works and highlights the relevance for doctoral students to become entrepreneurs. The authors present the portraits of 9 PhDs creating innovative companies, former CIFREs, and identify the levers of entrepreneurial success. The way to discover the behind-the-scenes of innovative business creation. Nine lessons of enthusiasm, sources of learning!

The nine doctoral entrepreneurs:  Emmanuel Bois, director of Cezamme SAS - Thermo Fisher, Nîmes; Vianney Souplet, president Innobiochips, Institute of Biology of Lille; Marina Cavassilas, manager of Semiopolis, Paris; Claude de Loupy, co-founder and director of Syllab, Paris ; Matthieu Lafon, co-manager of Adoc Talent Management, Paris; Nathalie Viet, manager of Equonoxe, Reims; Alain Goudey, co-founder AtooMedia, Paris; Laurent Bertaux, CEO Caps Entreprise, Rennes; Nicolas Abelé, co-founder and technical director Lemoptix, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Clarisse ANGELIER, PhD in materials science, is head of the CIFRE department at ANRT (www.anrt.asso.fr). She is co-author of Futuris 2009 -La recherche et l'innovation en France (collective book, Editions Odile Jacob).

Jeanne COUROUBLE, business creator, is a lecturer at HEC Entrepreneurs. She is the author of books on business creation and management.

The CIFRE: since 1981, this scheme has supported 13,000 former CIFRE PhDs, 7,000 partner companies, 4,000 public laboratories, 1,300 new CIFREs in 2011 and 3,800 CIFREs are in progress. 42 % of the CIFREs have been signed with companies with less than 250 employees, 11 % with medium-sized companies (250 to 2,000 employees) and 47 % with large companies (over 2,000 employees).

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