Mature your PhDMature your PhD

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?
Then take part in the Mature your PhD challenge and you could be one of our 15 Laureates!

For you tomorrow :

Personal support

Conectus experts will help you assess market potential for your research in the second and third years of your PhD. You’ll also get personal coaching to help you better understand the challenges of intellectual property protection, plus two days of entrepreneurship training, organised with the support of SEMIA.

Potential funding

Once you’ve obtained your PhD, you may be eligible for funding from Conectus (conditions apply – see the rules). The funding could allow you to carry on working on your invention and turn it into a marketable technology. It could also cover your salary for 18-24 months.

Employment opportunities

You’ll gain new business skills and your research could catch the eye of businesses and potential investors
= a chance to land a private-sector job or found your own start-up!

Watch the video

Watch our challenge video!

Are you a second- or third-year PhD student registered in University of Strasbourg or in University of Haute Alsace? This brand-new challenge could increase your chances of professional integration by opening up opportunities in the private sector.

If your thesis is innovative and has economic potential, then this challenge is for you. Taking part is easy: complete the simple application pack, get your thesis director’s approval, and prepare a 15-minute pitch.

The challenge is a win-win for you, as a PhD student, and the research team you’re a part of.
You must get your thesis director to sign your application before entering. If he or you still need convincing, here are just some of the benefits you can expect:

FOR YOU, AS A PHD STUDENT, AND YOUR PROJECT TEAM:

  • Access to business insights focused on the research topic, plus personal intellectual property advice.
  • Potential funding (see the rules) after you’ve obtained your PhD. Your laboratory could get funding to pursue the project to reach the market and to cover your salary for 18 to 24 months.
  • A research project that becomes a protected invention that will appeal to businesses and potential investors, plus the chance to land a job.
  • A chance to showcase your promising research and put it in the spotlight.
This first 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. Seven pages is all it takes to convince us, and the deadline is 28 February. 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 2019. If it is selected, you’ll go straight to pitching your project!

FINAL SELECTION

FINAL SELECTION

In April 2019, 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 15 most innovative projects with the highest economic potential.

LAUREATES ANNOUNCED

LAUREATES ANNOUNCED

If you’re a laureate, you will be highlighted during an award ceremony in June during the Generation Startup Festival, organised by the University of Strasbourg.

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 28 February (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
  • 2nd year
  • 3rd year
  • 4 or more year
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] . By checking the box below, you agree to the use of your data (surname, given name, email address, institution and thesis year) by SATT Conectus as part of the Mature your PhD challenge, and for that purpose alone.

Conectus wishes you good luck!

In partnership with

  • Université Haute Alsace
  • Université de Strasbourg
  • CNRS
  • Inserm
  • INSA
  • ENGES
  • Addal

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An initiative of
CONECTUS
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:

28M€
invested by Conectus
in innovative research projects
88
innovative research
projects funded
71
technology
transfers
completed
14+71M€
start-ups founded
+ funding raised
826
partnership agreements between
laboratories and businesses