Minor DeepTech Entrepreneurship


Rani Dang (Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, GREDEG)


Autumn 2020


Small Online Private Course (SPOC)
+ remote interactive debrief
+ campus Saint Jean d’Angély, Nice



  • Rani J. Dang, Maître de Conférences (Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, GREDEG), Chargée de mission Entrepreneuriat, Directrice Master IMT (Innovation et Management des Territoires)
  • Deeptech Founders

Université Côte d'Azur-Deeptech Founders joint program: Hello Tomorrow program, in partnership with Bpifrance and under the joint sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Economy and Finances.

Learning Outcomes
  • Consider start-up creation like a path of scientific research valorisation
  • Understand the issue of disruptive innovation
  • Understand the links between industry and research
  • Know how to assess the economic potential of a scientific asset
  • Master the keys of academic spin-off
  • Master the essentials issues of intellectual property
  • Communicate about your project and funding issues
  • Train managers able to evolve in highly technological environment
  • Apprehend the territory in the development of its deeptech ecosystem
  • Train managers able to manage an agile company

In the last few years, the public and private sectors have been heavily investing in innovative projects by stimulating ecosystems that generate innovations. In this context, disruptive innovations come mainly from scientific research. Considering that highly technological projects are the probable basis for a new cycle of significant growth, generating employment and economic sustainability, it seems relevant to densify exchanges between the worlds of research and business.
The challenge we wish to take up here is to contribute to this dynamic by training managers to be capable of evolving in uncertain and changing technological environment. The deeptech innovative projects are logically particularly risky, as they last over a long period of time, with often unidentified markets, and require heavy investments. These projects require specific knowledge and skills to emerge, raise money and grow. The purpose of this courses is to train managers able to understand and deal with this complex world and these new issues.

The purpose of this programme is to introduce the participants to the world of entrepreneurship, increase entrepreneurial spirit without distinction of discipline.
A focus is given on deeptech (or deepscience) in order to address the most complex challenges and the newest issues related to entrepreneurship.

  • 30 students
  • Review of knowledge on the differences between deeptech entrepreneurship / traditional entrepreneurship (oral presentation by group of 2 to 3 students)
  • "The Product Vision Box": group presentation of the market-oriented properties of a technology

The programme consists in 8 sessions of 3 hours in SPOC in order to obtain the basics and fundamentals of deeptech entrepreneurship. Each SPOC is built of one hour introductory session followed by two case studies presented by an entrepreneur.


Time Slot Room Course' title

15 Oct

SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote Introduction to agile methodology and SCRUM

22 Oct

SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote IP strategy for founders

05 Nov

SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote Introduction to business model generation
19 Nov SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote Team and HR - Introduction to HR finance and accounting
26 Nov SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote Finance and Equity (1) - Introduction to fundraising
03 Dec SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote

Finance and Equity (2) - Introduction to fundraising

10 Dec SPOC + interactive debrief 17h30-18h30 Remote

Introduction to production & scale up

17 Dec 9h-13h / 14h30-18h30 Espace Vernassa @Saint-Jean d'Angely, Nice

Growth : introduction to investors + Debrief sessions + "The Product Vision Box" + grading