Today, I gave a dry-run talk about our project in front of representatives of “Incubateur PACA Est“. I think it went relatively well. We got interesting feedback from all the participants.
Incubation is a very interesting approach, where the French state has put in place special structures intended to help young companies succeed. The reasoning is that most companies fails for bad reasons, and might not have failed if given just enough help. This is particularly true for innovative companies, where the founders generally have a technical background, but no real knowledge of how to run a company. Incubation provides them with a safe and motivating environment, including consulting, basic amenities (e.g. network access), and frequent contacts with other people running into the same kind of issues. Not to mention some financial help.
The “real” talk is on December 8th.