Financed as part of the Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir (PIA), Disrupt’Campus Nantes (DCN) aims to raise awareness of students and company employees in terms of digital culture and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as to facilitate transitions.
Ambitious and innovative, the “Disrupt’Campus Nantes” program has thus been officially launched. Its aim is to train students and to support businesses faced with the challenges of their transition into the digital era.
Organized jointly by l’Université de Nantes, L’École Centrale de Nantes and L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, a unique and innovative training program has just been selected from the winners of the national “Disrupt’Campus” call for projects. Financed as part of the Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir (PIA), Disrupt’Campus Nantes (DCN) aims to raise awareness of students and company employees in terms of digital culture and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as to facilitate transitions.
“We are very proud of this recognition. After the accreditation of the 13 French Tech cities, these results prove that Nantes is a key part of France’s digital technology team and that l’Université de Nantes is a pivotal coordinating player in the local innovation ecosystem,” declares Olivier Laboux, president of l’Université de Nantes.
At the crossroads of science, economy/management and design
Disrupt Campus Nantes is a collective and ambitious project that lets companies submit a problem related to digital transition to a project team.
The project teams will be made up of students from 14 complementary training programs (economy, design, management, humanities and social sciences, digital science) and co-workers from partner companies in the context of a diploma course. They will be accompanied by researchers, teaching staff and mentors from the NantesTech/FrenchTech ecosystem (founders of well-known start-ups (CEOs), technical managers (CTOs), legal and digital marketing managers, etc.)
“By promoting interdisciplinarity, demanding pragmatism, perfect coherence with NantesTech’s acceleration initiatives and the complementarity of the three establishments, Disrupt’Campus Nantes is responding to the major challenge of switching to digital for all companies (SMEs, microenterprises) from all local economic sectors. This program is the key to fast tracking the New University in Nantes!”, Francky Trichet, Vice-president for digital technology, Université de Nantes.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify partners to innovate and accelerate, develop and follow an agile project in a multi-disciplinary context, understand the strategies of digital players… but also follow-up and measure the implementation of a strategy, innovate with users or even design a dynamic business model.
At the end of the three years’ financing, over 500 students and employees should be educated and trained each year. Those who complete the full program will gain an inter-university diploma (DIU) in “Digital Culture - Disrupt’Campus Nantes” validating the skills acquired and the delivery of the company project.
An initiative launched thanks to the Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir.
The overall cost of the project has been estimated at €1 million, 80% of which will be financed by the PIA.
An initiative for innovation and entrepreneurship
The participation of L’École de design goes hand in hand with the policy of support for student entrepreneurship and the insistence on innovative design practice in the spirit of inter-disciplinary collaboration. It complements the actions undertaken by the school over a number of years to promote design and foster collaboration with industry. In addition, Disrupt’Campus Nantes contributes to the process of academic cooperation, consolidating the association signed in 2016 with l’Université de Nantes.
Innovation Campus Day 24 - 25 october 2017
Students enrolled in the Disrupt Campus Nantes program will take part in l’Université de Nantes’ Innovation Campus Day (ICD) on 24 and 25 October 2017 at the Solilab in Nantes.
This year, the theme for the 24-hour creative marathon during the course of which over 100 students (divided into 10 multi-disciplinary teams) design and develop innovative solutions in response to problems put forward by partner organizations, will be “tomorrow’s regions”.
For the third edition, organized by l’Université de Nantes as part of its Entrepreneurship mission, with the support of Nantes St-Nazaire CCI and Nantes Métropole, eight organizations (institutions, association, private sector companies) decided to set the student participants a challenge.