September 12 was the day many SKEMA Ventures-incubated startups had been eagerly waiting for… the day on which the winners of the SKEMA Ventures Awards were announced at the grand ceremony held simultaneously at the Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis campuses!
The competition was launched in collaboration with SKEMA Giving in June to reward promising incubated business projects based on innovation, societal and environmental impact, scalability, and the engagement of the project holders within The Venture Family. The evaluation criteria included market opportunities, the value proposition to customers, business model and business plan, go-to-market strategy, and team coherence.
Out of 33 application, 6 were selected for SKEMA Ventures Awards. The first prize of €6,000 was awarded to L.BOX, a project by BBA student Cannelle Danzelle. The second prize of €5,000 was awarded to MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation student Alaude Lefebvre’s Sublimeurs. The Easy V project by alumna (2018) Pauline Gane won the third prize of €4,000. SoutraTrans, a crowd-shopping solidaire platform created by alumnus (2016) Souleymane Souhare, won the fourth prize of €3,000 and the fifth prize of €2,000 was awarded to MSc Luxury and Fashion Management student Marie Veyron’s La Plaine – Luxe durable.
About the startups
L.BOX is an innovative product that comprises essential make-up products for women and can fit in their bag easily; it enables them to apply make-up anywhere and at any time of day. The box can accommodate liquid foundation, concealer, make-up remover, lipstick, false eyelashes, false nails, a light-enabled adjustable mirror and a palette with a brush with double interchangeable tips. The company aims at supporting the major issues related to the women of the 21st century, i.e. parity, diversity and acceptance of self, among others.
Sublimeurs is a Lille-based company that promotes and supports restaurants that responsibly source their products or material directly from local producers, artisans and traders. It comprises a team of experts dedicated to culinary communication and digital technology who advise and support restaurateurs and craftsmen in what they do best.
Easy V is a social startup that assists companies in developing the skills of their employees involved in social and solidarity economy (SSE) structures, for achieving sustainable development objectives. Through a repository of skills co-constructed with companies, it sets up courses that meet the managerial and employability requirements of employees. These courses include workshops enabling employees to identify precisely the skills developed in volunteering/pro bono and to apply them in their daily work.
SoutraTrans is a collaborative platform connects people looking for good deals (i-tech, clothing, food…) with travellers looking to make their trip profitable by rendering a service. This approach is part of the sharing economy perspective; it optimizes the use of an individual’s underutilized air mobility and reduces greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions.
LAPLAINE aims at becoming a leader of sustainable ostrich leather articles made in France. It offers unique collections ranging from handbags to home decoration, made entirely of ostrich leather. The excellence in craftsmanship is at the heart of the brand and each piece, handmade by an expert craftsman in France, is a piece of art as it combines this particular leather with eggshell mosaic. All the materials used are made in France. The production is sustainable and responsible.
Congratulations to all the entrepreneurs and participants! We wish them the best in their upcoming endeavours.