Sylvain Geny, Lounes Arad, Léo Roudergue and others are enlisted in the challenge
Article 1 – Purpose and setting
The purpose of the call for candidates SHAKER is to encourage, support and valorize innovative biotechnology business creation projects in the field of Bioeconomy, Innovative Therapy, and Computational Genomics.
GENOPOLE defines “innovation” as a new and inventive technology, process or service with market-validated industrial potential; and "biotechnology" as the use of the knowledge of the natural, biological function of living organisms to produce goods and services.
The SHAKER program, organized by GENOPOLE, is unique in France. For holders of innovative biotech business creation projects who do not have a hosting laboratory, it provides the means to:
Particularly, the SHAKER is intended for all holders of projects who are natural persons
The SHAKER is a program offering a new concept in business creation accompaniment. Located in the Ile-de-France Administrative Region of France (Greater Paris), it offers the human and material means to test the feasibility of a biotech business project and to transform it into a start-up.
To participate in the call for candidates, the project holder must have at least a scientifically-demonstrated proof of concept. Research groups presenting a collective work must designate an individual authorized to represent all group members.
Article 2 – Candidate eligibility
Any natural person corresponding to the descriptions laid out in Article 1 and having an innovative project for the creation of a biotech startup in Bioeconomy, Innovative Therapy, and Computational Genomics can participate in the call for candidates.
Article 3 – The SHAKER offer
The candidates chosen to join the SHAKER will benefit from six months (renewable once under certain conditions) of access to:
- shared offices, BSL-1 and BSL-2 laboratories,
- a budget of 4000€ for the purchase of supplies (3000€ for its project and 1000€ for the common purchases)
- the biocluster's state of the art technological equipment and financial support to use them,
- accompaniment provided by a team of GENOPOLE project managers,
- GENOPOLE's ecosystem of researchers, start-ups, experts, mentors, etc.
- a training program to acquire competencies in entrepreneurship.
Article 4 – Constitution of the candidate dossier
The SHAKER candidate dossier is available on GENOPOLE’s dedicated and must be completed online.
Candidates must furnish to the call for candidates team all complementary elements that may be needed to fully understand the dossier.
Dossiers will be refused if any of the required elements are missing.
The SHAKER candidate dossier published on and available from the GENOPOLE dedicated website must be used for inscription in the call; no other methods of inscription will be accepted.
Regardless of the type of project, candidates must describe the situation of the project completely and sincerely.
Article 5 – Submission of the candidate dossier
The candidate dossier and supporting documentation are to be submitted on the dedicated Genopole website
All submissions will receive a reception confirmation.
Article 6 – Candidate selection
The technical secretarial service of GENOPOLE will organize the reception, registration and examination of the submitted dossiers, and inform the candidates of the results of the different selection steps.
The eligible candidates will be invited to present their projects in person to the expert committee.
The project evaluation criteria are:
Article 7 – Schedule
The call for candidates SHAKER is open as of December 1st 2023.
Candidate dossiers must be submitted, for the first step before February 5th, 2023 at midnight, and for the second step before February 24th, 2023 as evidenced by the timestamp of the reception confirmation.
The expert committee will confer on March, 6th & 7th, 2023.
The selected candidates must join the SHAKER starting on April, 1st 2023.
Article 8 – Candidate obligations
All call candidates are under the obligation to:
Article 9 – Obligations for the selected project holders
All project holders selected for the SHAKER are under the obligation to:
Article 10 – Publicity and communication
The winners of the call for applications will have to provide to GENOPOLE, in addition to their general description, a short presentation of their project (300 to 600 characters, including spaces), clearly identified under the title "non-confidential information", likely to be used on various media by Genopole (website, newsletter ...) and communicated to the media. The project holder will be responsible of the content of this short non-confidential presentation.
Article 11 – Right of publicity
By accepting the present Terms and Conditions, the candidate authorizes, without remuneration, the recording of his/her person by GENOPOLE for the needs of the call for candidates.
The candidate's person may be used for and diffused by websites, the press, films, image libraries and other communication means with no access restrictions or remuneration for the concerned candidate. This right extends to all countries and carries a period of validity of ten years.
In conformity with French law on personal data protection, candidates have the right to access, modify, correct and delete collected personal data. This right can be exercised by simply addressing a written request to GENOPOLE.
Article 12 – Confidentiality
Documents transmitted for the call for candidates are considered strictly confidential (except the paragraph "non-confidential information" – as seen in article 10) and available only to the people responsible for assessing the dossier. The individuals with access to dossiers are required to respect their strict confidentiality.
Article 13 – Intellectual property
The candidate declares that he/she legitimately holds any intellectual property rights associated with the project presented in the call for candidates and thus guarantees that no legal actions can be taken against the organizer.
Article 14 – Organizer rights
The organizers of the call for candidates reserve the right to cancel or partially or totally modify it, should such changes become necessary, with no need to justify the decision. The organizers cannot be held liable in this regard.
Also, the organizers and partners (including consultants and the members of the expert committee) cannot be held liable in case of litigation relative to the organizational conditions of the call for candidates, the reception process or the candidate selection.
Article 15 – Acceptation of the Terms and Conditions
Submitting a dossier for the call for candidates implies the candidate's full and unreserved acceptance of the present Terms and Conditions without possibility of appeal as to the results of the call, as the expert committee is sovereign and free of any obligation to justify its decisions.