The Pepite brings together the players of the regional ecosystem for student entrepreneurship (universities and higher educational institutions, associations, communities) around the objective of encouraging entrepreneurial actions by students in Champagne Region, developing the spirit of innovation and supporting business creation projects.
Looking ahead to 2017, the challenge is to build a common policy across the territory, around a shared appraisal and as part of a common governance that includes approximately 40 partners, including University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Technopole de l’Aube en Champagne, Technological University of Troyes, ESC Troyes group, Neoma Business School and Innovact. The aim is to diversify the initiatives, to extend the scope of activity and to open up to a broader ecosystem. Champagne-Ardenne Pepite has many advantages: the set-up of work placements for entrepreneurial students, the involvement of private partners and local authorities, as well as the implementation of cross-functional communications.
The Pepite structures are contributing to the growing spread of entrepreneurial training and innovation on all post-secondary levels, and in all training sectors. Involving universities, major institutes, economic players and association networks, they are intended to offer a pooled and complete system to raise awareness for supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of students and young graduates, which includes mobilising the existing financial possibilities (bursaries for project promoters, seed funds and interest-free loans). Since 15 September 2014, they have also been supporting the set-up of the national student entrepreneur status.