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THE CHALLENGE THAT CARES ABOUT PHD STUDENTS FUTURE

SECOND- AND THIRD-YEAR PhD STUDENTS REGISTERED IN ALSATIAN UNIVERSITIES:
Do you believe your thesis project has economic potential? Do you think it could generate in the future a new product or service or process, that could be industrialized and marketed?
Then take part in the Mature your PhD challenge !

For you tomorrow :

More skills for you

Conectus experts will help you assess market potential for your research in the second and third years of your PhD. You will also benefit from personalized intellectual property advice to help you better understand the challenges related to the protection of your discoveries, in addition to 2 days of training focused on “Entrepreneurship”, organized in partnership with our partner SEMIA.

Potential funding

After your graduation, Conectus may conditionally allocate funding to continue the development of your thesis project in order to achieve an industrializable and marketable technology. This could potentially cover your salary for 18 to 24 months after your thesis (conditions apply – see the rules)

A step towards the corporate world

Thanks to the support of Conectus, your thesis project will gain technological strengths and maturity. It will be more attractiv for companies or investors. This could help you to get a job in the private sector or to take part to a startup!

An access to the national i-PhD contest

If you are laureate of the “Mature your PhD” Challenge and if you receive funding from Conectus, you can try your luck at the Bpifrance national i-PhD competition.  A perfect way to jump into entrepreneurship!
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Are you a second- or third-year PhD student registered in University of Strasbourg or in University of Haute Alsace? Is your thesis project promising in terms of innovation? Could your project eventually generates a new product or service or process that can be industrialized and commercialized in the future? Then this brand-new challenge is for you!

Try your luck, it’s easy: complete the simple application pack, get your thesis director’s approval, and prepare a 15-minute pitch.

A doubt about the potential of your thesis project?  Contact Conectus!

WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS FOR YOU, AS A PHD STUDENT, AND YOUR PROJECT TEAM:

  • An access to business and market insights and intellectual property advices focused on your thesis research topic
  • Potential funding  after your PhD (see the rules). Your laboratory could get funding from Conectus to pursue your project thesis up to the market and to cover your salary for 18 to 24 months.
  • Valuable new skills for you (market, economy, entrepreneurship)
  • A concrete step towards the world of entrepreneurship and why not the creation of a startup
  • A chance to showcase your promising research and put it in the spotlight.
  • An access to the national i-PhD contest organized by Bpifrance, dedicated to Deeptech startups creation
This challenge is organised by Conectus and backed by Alsatian universities, public research players and Conectus shareholders (CNRS, Inserm, Insa, Engees, etc.), with support from ADDAL.

The process in five steps

FAST-TRACK APPLICATION

FAST-TRACK APPLICATION

Read the challenge rules and download the application pack (see Apply section). Seven pages is all it takes to convince us, and the deadline is 12 March 2021. Remember – you must get consent from your PhD supervisor before applying!

SHORTLIST OF APPLICATIONS

SHORTLIST OF APPLICATIONS

Our eagle-eyed, well-meaning experts will examine all applications in March 2021. If it is selected, you’ll go straight to pitching your project!

FINAL SELECTION

FINAL SELECTION

In April 2021, you’ll have 15 minutes to pitch your thesis project to a panel of socio-economic and academic experts, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The panel will select the most innovative projects with the highest economic potential.

LAUREATES ANNOUNCED

LAUREATES ANNOUNCED

If you’re a laureate, you will be highlighted !

TAKEOFF WITH CONECTUS

TAKEOFF WITH CONECTUS

Your project is selected? Let’s get started for coaching!

Doctorant(e), et si ta thèse débouchait sur un job dans le privé ?

HOW TO APPLY

Important: this challenge is open to second- and third-year PhD students only, registered in Alsatian universities. PhD students on the CIFRE programme cannot take part.
  1. Read the rules
    Download the rules
  2. Get your thesis director’s approval
  3. Read and complete the application pack, then submit it before 12 March 2021 (see article 4 of the rules). Complete the short form below to receive your application pack:
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • Université de Haute-Alsace
  • 1st year of doctorate
  • 2nd year of doctorate
  • 3rd year of doctorate
  • 4th year of doctorate and more
Sorry, this challenge is only for 2nd or 3rd year doctoral students.Should you be registered in another doctoral year, please contact us:
challenge-myphd@satt.conectus.fr

You agree that SATT Conectus may collect and use the personal data provided by you in this form in order to send you the application form for the Mature your PhD contest and that it may contact you later on, in accordance with our data protection policy [see our confidentiality policy] . En cochant la case ci-dessous, vous reconnaissez accepter l’utilisation de vos données (nom, prénom, adresse email, numéro de téléphone, laboratoire de rattachement, établissement et année de thèse) par la SATT Conectus dans le cadre du challenge Mature your PhD, et à cette seule fin.

Conectus wishes you good luck!
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Conectus is a bridge between Alsatian public research laboratories and private companies, helping to bring innovations to market. It protects inventions by researchers, funds and supports promising projects until their adoption by industrial companies, and shoulders the technological and financial risk. Conectus also fosters public-private collaboration in all its forms.

Since 2012:

36M€
invested by Conectus
in innovative research projects
113
innovative research
projects funded
103
technology
transfers
completed
22+110M€
start-ups founded
+ funding raised
1205
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