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X-Up program: an environment build to ease your project’s growth.

Program’s Key Points

  • Intensive Training Program over six months: one-month trial
  • Daily support from your Program Manager
  • Weekly project checkpoints
  • Experts advice for prototype development (software/hardware)
  • Privileged access to the X’s ecosystem: e.g. laboratories, students, corporates
  • Wide offer of events: e.g. CEO talks, networking meetings with successful start-up and entrepreneurs
  • Weekly workshops with experts
  • Ad hoc mentors: one per project


  • Expert coaches to guide and challenge you
  • Different prototyping spaces (more than 30 machines available and 1000m2)
  • A CISCO data center dedicated to startups
  • A multidisciplinary team of 13 people dedicated to your project
  • A taskforce of technical experts: a pool of 7 engineers at your disposal
  • A coworking center which allows daily contact with other start-up and corporates
  • A platform for delivering perks to start-up

A network of excellence.

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Located in the heart of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique’s campus, you have direct access to its laboratories, students, alumni, teachers and partners network. The X alumni network, counts many CEOs from CAC40 and several young entrepreneurs, some of which have already sell their startup for millions of euros. All have lived an experience they are ready to share, to help and support the development of your project.

The X campus is the perfect place to make a young deeptech start-up grow. It is a staple place for national and international companies to visit, research and innovation partners (Cisco, Fujitsu, Valeo, Paris airport, AWS, etc.), and for state visits (Presidents, ministers, etc.) The X network offers privileged relationships with a majority of French and international investments fund. Last but not least, its location in the heart of Paris-Saclay allows collaborations with the best schools in France (HEC, Centrale Supélec, Institut d’Optique, etc.)


Setup your business
Define an ambitious but viable roadmap
Build your business network
Find your product value
Create, test and improve your prototype
Approach your potential clients
Choose your final business model
Develop your funding strategy


Open to all, as long as you have a deeptech project
Dedicated to innovative early stage startups and projects of start-up
Start in septembre for 6 months. Renewable once
Minority shareholding in start-up

X-Up #12 | Key Dates

End of the application call | June 28th (11h59 – Paris time)
Candidates pitch | july 21 (date can be changed according to covid-19 safety measures)
Start of the one month trial | september 21
End of the trial period | october 9th
Pitch for the final selection commitee | october 13th
X-Up start | October 19th