Startup Challenge 2017

The American Foundation Lyon - US Education Fund, is organizing the fourth edition of its Start-up Challenge, with the support of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and its Alumni Association.

This competition supports innovative projects, leaded by young entrepreneurs studying at universities and Grandes Ecoles in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region.

The jury of the Lyon - US Education Fund will select the three most convincing projects and will offer to their team a USD 4,000 sponsorship to come and defend the project before investors during the annual Forum of the Foundation in San Diego, USA, in October 2017.

After their pitch, each team will be granted one of the 3 prices:  

  • 1st price: USD 15,000
  • 2nd price: USD 5,000
  • 3rd price: USD 2,000.

Teams have to send the application form before February 15th, 2017.

The full application file with all the documents is expected before March 30th, 2017


All documents must be sent to Sylvie Mira Bonnardel, who will also answer to any questions (