Training session #2 Entrepreneurship

EU&CULTURE second training session

EU&CULTURE at the Université de l’Engagement

EU&CULTURE won a place at the Institut de l’Engagement in its creativity creation branch. The Institute is organising pluri-annual seminars called Universités de l’Engagement that bring together all members of a promotion. At this occasion, several days of conferences, meetings and workshops are organised. A moment of friendliness and team spirit.

On 28th October 2018, for its 28th Université de l’Engagement, the Institute organised a serie of workshops. EU&CULTURE led one, ‘Startup Europe: an opportunity for young graduates’. The general topic covered the details of the student-entrepreneur’s application, the entrepreneur’s national diploma, and the existing French and European programmes for young entrepreneurs. Warm thanks to the Institut de l’Engagement !


An introduction to…

Institut de l’Engagement

A French non-profit organization dedicated to the support and valuation of civic commitments.

  • – A strong team spirit and a community accessible after a national civic mission 
  • – 3 main branches: resumption of studies, profesionnal insertion and creativity creation
  • – Tailored consulting, pluri-annual events, workshops and networking 

Summer Academy 2019 with OECD Trento

EU&CULTURE at an OECD’s Summer Academy

Cultural and Creative Industries and Local Development

EU&CULTURE took part in the 2nd OECD Trento Office Summer Academy with about 30 participants and 28 nationalities represented. Five days (16-20 June 2019) of debates, on-site visits, interview-style sessions with key local actors, special guests from the creative and cultural sector and a publication, to find creative solutions to contemporary challenges for the cultural and creative industries.

For the 2019 edition, 3 main dilemmas were identified:

  • Tradition vs Innovation (keywords: digital transformation, cultural production and consumption, the role/identity of museums and other cultural institutions in contemporary society)
  • Preservation vs (Re)activation (keywords: urban/rural regeneration, creative identity of places, sustainability)
  • Linear development vs Holistic approach (keywords: cross-sectorial policies, embedding creativity in local systems, cross innovation, skills for a creative city. 


An introduction to…

The OECD Trento Office

Provides policy advice and develop capacities for the design and implementation of policies, always tailored to local needs and focused on the key local actors, for OECD Member and non-Member countries. 

  • – The Summer Academy is a three-year project dedicated to gathering policymakers and representatives of cultural and creative industries. 
  • – To develop expertise in putting in place effective and integrated strategies and policy frameworks
  • – To identify local economic drivers and reflect on solutions with participants from all over the world  
  • For OECD Member and non-Member countries For OECD Member and non-Member countri

Pitch Slam workshop in Paris


Incubator Schoolab x Clair Obscur music group

Our team participated to an enjoyable workshop organized by Schoolab and the Clair Obscur music group. This idea came out from three persons: Sylvain ALLARD (coordinator and expert in collective intelligence), Lou CHEVRY and Nicolas THUILLIER (members of Clair Obscur). Their will was to help people to write speeches in a more social, lively and original way. Therefore, the aim of this workshop was to train a group a people (students or workers in start-up) to create and restitute a pitch, through the slam and poetry manner.

Indeed,the participants, divided into 4 different groups, had to create a short pitch around a particular themes, chosen by some experts, such as Is poetry a way to reinvent the world? or Are robots better than men? After an introduction to the slam music done by Lou CHEVRY, rapper and slammer of the group Clair Obscur, the organizers of the workshop explained us how to create a pitch and the structure of it: how to argument and to exemplify it, and the way to create a storytelling to make the pitch captivating.Thus, thanks to the help of several experts of poetry, we had to write a speech to answerthe question and shape it in a slam way.

Régis PRADAL and Mickael JABUKOWICZ, two pitch trainers, intented to clarify our words and arguments. Then, the two musicians Pascal GERARD and Nicolas THUILLIER helped us to create a beat, with an application that creates sounds, that could fit with our pitch. Finally, with the slammer Lou CHEVRY,we worked on our “flow”, our way to slam, so as to make a live restitution of the pitch in front of all the groups.

Thanks a lot to Schoolab and the group Clair Obscur for this really interesting workshop ! 

Training session #1 European Funds

EU&CULTURE first training session

Launching night and training session

Thanks to the support of the Carrefour des Associations Parisiennes, EU&CULTURE organised its first training session along with its launching night in Paris, one June 1st 2018.

The general topic, ‘European Entrepreneurship, a challenge for young graduates’, deepended various themes, such as the existing opportunities for young entrepreneurs, the French entrepreneurship ecosystem, and the European opportunities of development. The Europe Creative programme was explained in details as well as the required elements to apply and the recommended method to build an application. 

The second part of the session was dedicated to the interview of Fabrice Guillot, Artistic Director of the vertical dance company Retouramont. The company develops and support an emerging artistic practice and received the Europe Creative funds to develop its project. Along with 6 other international stakeholders and compagnies of vertical dance, they created the Vertical Dance Forum. Many and warm thanks to Fabrice Guillot and the entire Retouramont company for sharing their time and experience with us !

An introduction to…


Pioneer in the practice of vertical dance, the company is a higly-qualitative reference in the field. 

  • – A unique artistic vision in dialogue with the cities’ architecture and features
  • – Tailored trainings to vertical dance and artistic residencies 
  • – Leader of the  Vertical Dance Forum, a network of 7 choreographers specialised in vertical dance across Europe and in Canada

Carrefour des Associations Parisiennes

Known as ‘CAP’ and supported by the city of Paris, the space is a key stakeholder in the associative life.

  • A centre to support and develop the associative life in Paris
  • Events such as the Agora, free legal consulting and tailored advice to the associations’ needs 
  • A network of partners in the city
(1) Photography credits / copyright: cie Retouramont

EU&CULTURE hosted by Station F


Only 17 successful applications for the Pépite Starter Programme

17 startups from the Ile-de-France region passed the interview to enter the Pépite Starter Programme, hosted by Station F, biggest european startup campus. The incubation is grounded on the cooperation of the Ile-de-France region, the innovative studio Schoolab and the startup campus Station F. It’s a sixth month programme dedicated to student-entrepreneurs: courses, conferences, workshops and learning expeditions to accelerate the project launching. From January to June 2018, 17 startup will be hosted by Station F.

Roxane Varza, CEO – Station F

The ambition at Station F is to improve access to entrepreneurship¹.

Since its 2017 opening, Station F’s motto “World’s biggest start-up campus” has been making a name for itself, in a surprising American way: 33 000 m² dedicated to co-working, early-stage and advanced start-ups, workshops, demo days, conferences.

What is Station F ?

The campus is divided into 3 distinct zones: Share, Create and Chill. ‘Create’ is dedicated to business incubators,  management and business school innovative programmes, and advanced stage startups renting a workspace. On June 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech for the opening of Station F. He reminded two major focuses of his policy: “Tech for Planet” and “Make our planet grat again”. Innovative technology-based startup are the new way to implement deep changes regarding French policy toward environement, business model, and economic development.

[…] The most radical innovation, basic research, applied research, all the projects you’re leading, technological research and entrepreneurial innovations, are a continuum: the one who will enable us to win the fight against global warming, to “Make our planet great again” and also to make […] of Europe the place where tomorrow’s world is decided 3 .
Emmanuel Macron, French President – Tech for Planet Speech

Since then, Station F perfectly embodies the ‘Startup Nation’ way of thinking, currently influencing the French startup ecosystem. Nevertheless, the French newspaper Le Monde reminds that only 10% to 20% of startups survive more than five years after their launching. There can be serious consequences for young entrepreneurs who are being seduced by this new model.


The overwhelming majority of startups survive no more than two years. (5)
Elise Barthet, journalist – Le Monde
(1) Duval, J-B. (2017) A quoi ressemble Station F, le « plus grand incubateur de start-up du monde » fondé par Xavier Niel. Huffpost, [en ligne]. (2) Discours du Président Emmanuel MACRON. Discours du Président de la République-Station F: Tech for Planet [en ligne]. Site officiel de l’Elysée, publié le 11 décembre 2017, consulté le 22 mars 2018. (3) Translation mine. […] “L’innovation la plus radicale, la recherche fondamentale, la recherche appliquée, tous les projets que vous menez, la recherche technologique et les innovations entrepreneuriales que vous conduisez, sont un continuum : celui qui nous permettra de gagner cette bataille contre le réchauffement climatique, celui qui nous permettra de « Make our planet great again » mais celui qui nous permettra aussi de faire de la France et de l’Europe le lieu où l’on décide de ce monde de demain”. (4) BARTHET, Elise. Les arrière-cuisines de la “Start Up Nation” [en ligne]. Le Monde Economie, publié le 21 février 2018, consulté le 22 mars 2018.  (5) Translation mine.