Innovation and entrepreneurship

our students try the entrepreneurial adventure!

ENSAIT wishes to strengthen the place of entrepreneurship and innovation in engineering education, and to devote more attention to future sectors. The entrepreneurial spirit is linked to qualities such as long-term vision, creativity, the ability to take risks, etc., qualities that are essential in all professional situations.
It is therefore important that all engineers are aware of these qualities and are able to develop them in their training. In the same way, it is more particularly important to imbue students with the culture of innovation on a daily basis, in particular by developing more pedagogical activities involving situations linked to the research activities of the School’s teacher-researchers.

Educational activities related to innovation and entrepreneurship in the engineering curriculum


1st year: "Corporate Culture" module

Students approach the company from a human perspective by identifying its organizational mode, its decision-making mode and the interactions between teams and employees in order to adopt the appropriate professional posture.

2nd year: "Business strategies" module

This course helps the engineering student, as a future manager, to be able to collect and exploit relevant financial information to help him in his missions, in particular as a decision-maker

3rd year: Parallel track "Business creation and entrepreneurship" at the Ecole Centrale de Lille

Several 3rd year engineering students (4 to 5 per year) take part in this parallel course each year. This inter-school training aims to give the managerial keys to the creation of innovative companies and to develop the students' propensity for entrepreneurship as well as their leadership.

3rd year : End of studies project | Company creation

A pedagogical contract is offered to entrepreneurial students who wish to work on their business creation project as part of their final year project. The hours and location of the end-of-studies project are adapted for these students, as well as the terms of pedagogical supervision


2nd year: "30 hours to innovate" project

In the "30 hours to innovate" project that 2nd year students follow, they must, in teams of 5 or 6, define an innovative application based on scientific contributions in several fields

3rd year classical training: "SPRINT" project

This is a 100-hour project for groups of 4 people whose educational objective is to design a product in an innovative context. Each person must show initiative and great organization to manage the project from the beginning to its realization and in particular to order the material, to foresee an economic model, to answer the specifications, to convince during the fund raising.

3rd year apprenticeship: "Textile Innovation" project

The 3rd year apprentices carry out the Textile Innovation Project, which aims to develop an innovative functional textile

incubator : euramaterials

EuraMaterials, the North European cluster for new materials processing industries, has defined, among other missions, that of reinforcing the competitiveness of companies through innovation, but also of supporting project leaders in their progress and the structuring of their concept by giving them the necessary keys to entrepreneurship and business creation.
Close ties and regular collaborations with ENSAIT exist on these two strong pillars of EuraMaterials.
EuraMaterials is currently hosting several young ENSAIT engineers with innovative projects who want to start their own business in its “Un Cube Axel” incubator.
In line with the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” option offered in the 3rd year of the ENSAIT engineering program, EuraMaterials helps raise awareness of business creation among the school’s students and doctoral candidates, and then assists them in evaluating and maturing their projects. EuraMaterials helps students and doctoral students to develop their projects and then assists them in the evaluation and maturation of their projects. EuraMaterials also assists students in the technical development of their proposed innovation, in establishing relationships with relevant industrialists and partners, and in mobilizing the appropriate resources within the framework of its accelerated incubation offer.

Success stories

Rueda is a brand of women’s underwear made from recycled fibers in France or in Europe in order to participate in the reduction of environmental impacts generated by the textile industry.

Cécilia Akahoua, 3rd year engineering student

Founder of "Rueda

HEGOA is a brand of innovative safety and buoyancy vests for board sports.

Maxime Dezoomer (promotion 2012)

Founder of HEGOA
(Filière Création d'entreprise et Entrepreneuriat)