ADISRUPTIF

This is a new joint programme for digital transformation.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France and the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille have been awarded funding in the second round of the call for proposals for ‘DISRUPT’ CAMPUS: a Student-Company Campus for Disruptive Innovation through Digitalisation’, run by Bpifrance.
Yncréa Hauts-de-France, which brings together the engineering schools HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille, together with the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille, have introduced a new training module in Lille, as part of the ADIsruptif programme. Its purpose is to promote entrepreneurship and digital innovation. Leroy Merlin’s TechShop and EuraTechnologies are also partners in this programme.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France and the Université Catholique de Lille responded to the call for proposals for 'Disrupt’ Campus' last May, which was organised by Bpifrance as part of the PIA (Investing in the Future Programme) – Fund for the Digital Society. The conditions of the call for proposals allowed for non-academic partners. The areas involved, namely digital transition and entrepreneurship, led us to select EuraTechnologies and Leroy Merlin's TechShop in Lille as partners. In total, Bpifrance has awarded us 900,000 euros in funding for ADIsruptif over a period of 24 months.

The requirements for proposals submitted were as follows:

Launched in April 2017, the aim of Disrupt’ Campus is to select start-up entrepreneurship and digital innovation programmes, organised by one or more higher education institutions (with the possibility of working with private partners), which involve working closely with companies involved in the field of digital transformation.
A Disrupt’ Campus is required to provide students with training in entrepreneurship and the new digital economy, particularly in new ways of innovating and economic models. As part of such training, students must take part in one or more projects. For each project, a team must be formed, this being made up of students and employees from the company involved. These projects must focus on a real problem at the company and put forward an innovative solution (one which is disruptive, where possible) based on digitalisation in the broadest sense of the word, and involving technology, processes, techniques, methods, experience, economic models, etc.
This unprecedented and original initiative, part of the Investing in the Future Programme (PIA), run by Bpifrance with support from the French National Research Agency, has two objectives. The first is to experiment with new models for providing training in digital innovation based on ‘learning by doing’, and thus better prepare students for working in the new digital economy. The second is to contribute to the digital transformation of partner companies through the disruptive solutions offered by students. The call for proposals was split into two rounds. 7 successful projects were announced on 2 May 2017 and another 10 on 13 October 2017. Disrupt’ Campus, which is financed by the Investing in the Future Programme (PIA), supports digital transformation and entrepreneurship programmes that involve students carrying out projects with companies.
During the programme, teaching staff-researchers offer support and supervise a multidisciplinary team made up of 5–6 students on the postgraduate engineering programmes (equivalent to a master’s degree) at HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille. This module lasts one term and leads to 30 ECTS credits being awarded. Each team focuses on a real issue faced by a company relating to digital transition. The curriculum and the project must be closely linked. The aim is for 10 ADIsruptif projects to be run per term, involving 50–60 master’s students (i.e. 20 projects / 100–200 students per academic year).

 

During the programme, teaching staff-researchers offer support and supervise a multidisciplinary team made up of 5–6 students on the postgraduate engineering programmes (equivalent to a master’s degree) at HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille. This module lasts one term and leads to 30 ECTS credits being awarded. Each team focuses on a real issue faced by a company relating to digital transition. The curriculum and the project must be closely linked. The aim is for 10 ADIsruptif projects to be run per term, involving 50–60 master’s students (i.e. 20 projects / 100–200 students per academic year).

Immersive training

A particularly original aspect of the programme is that companies are able to work closely with students and teaching staff, thus having access to innovation-driven environments and support (in the form of methods and coaching). The aim is to digitally transform companies right from the co-design phase. This means employees at partner companies should spend 1–2 days a week during term-time in person working on the project. In terms of entrepreneurship and digital transformation, the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille, EuraTechnologies’s incubation programme and access to the TechShop during the prototyping phases are all key.

« Leroy Merlin's TechShop workshops will offer an original and innovation-driven environment for the work and projects carried out as part of the ADIsruptif programme. This partnership has created a powerful, innovative ecosystem which aims to support national SMEs and major companies. »
Julien Ignaszewski
Director, TechShop Lille

Creating a start-up and intrapreneurship

The programme includes providing support after the project with the company has come to an end in the form of an incubator where a company is created (by students or as a spin-off), or support through intrapreneurship and spin-offs where a project continues internally.
The programme has received letters of support from major organisations, including the Lille Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MEDEF Grand Lille, Leroy Merlin France and the E6 club.

Combining expertise

This new programme is made possible thanks to our experience with ADICODE® (innovation and co-design workshops), which has been proven to provide effective training in innovation and co-design, as well as drive innovation for companies; the expertise of the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille in educational innovation and student entrepreneurship; TechShop, Europe’s largest makerspace; and EuraTechnologies, an 80,000 m² digital innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

« EuraTechnologies would like to congratulate Yncréa Hauts-de-France, one of our long-standing partners, for securing funding for its Disrupt’ Campus proposal. This is fantastic recognition of its hard work to drive forward the digitalisation of companies in France. We're eager to bring to the project our expertise and well-proven approach to supporting and helping young, innovative start-ups grow. »
Massimo Magnifico
Chief Operating Officer (COO) at EuraTechnologies

Academic project lead:

Yncréa Hauts-de-France
The Yncréa Hauts-de-France group brings together three engineering schools – HEI, ISA Lille and ISEN Lille. It is one of Europe’s leading private, non-profit higher education institutions and is EESPIG certified, meaning it is recognised as a ‘private higher education institution of general interest’. Yncréa Hauts-de-France makes joint projects, particularly transdisciplinary and innovation-driven ones, a reality for its students and companies.
Yncréa Hauts-de-France in numbers: 5,000 students / 28,000 graduates / 3 postgraduate engineering degrees / 450 permanent members of staff / 23 research laboratories (4 of which are run alongside France’s National Centre for Scientific Research).
Yncréa Hauts-de-France offers its expertise in educational innovation in the area of co-design and brings together transdisciplinary teams of students from HEI, ISA and ISEN Lille each term. Each team focuses on a real issue faced by a company relating to digital transition.

In partnership with the Université Catholique de Lille

Places to learn, teach, research and serve society, the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille all share the same philosophy, which combines excellence and humanism, outstanding performance and solidarity, an interdisciplinary approach and synergy. There are 5 faculties, as well as numerous affiliated centres with around 7,200 students.
The faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille are academic partners on our ADIsruptif programme, and bring to the taught part of the programme and projects their expertise on entrepreneurship, management and anthropology. This partnership also means access to the resources in its Media Lab.

‘Participating in this project is a reflection of our innovative ecosystem’, Pierre Giorgini, President–Rector of the Université Catholique de Lille, explains with enthusiasm.

In partnership with the Université Catholique de Lille

Places to learn, teach, research and serve society, the faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille all share the same philosophy, which combines excellence and humanism, outstanding performance and solidarity, an interdisciplinary approach and synergy. There are 5 faculties, as well as numerous affiliated centres with around 7,200 students.
The faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille are academic partners on our ADIsruptif programme, and bring to the taught part of the programme and projects their expertise on entrepreneurship, management and anthropology. This partnership also means access to the resources in its Media Lab.

‘Participating in this project is a reflection of our innovative ecosystem’, Pierre Giorgini, President–Rector of the Université Catholique de Lille, explains with enthusiasm.