IFPEN implements a policy of providing innovation support to SMEs and intermediate-sized companies, giving priority to the eco-industries sector.
IFPEN transfers technologies or know-how acquired in its own fields of activity to these companies. The support provided also takes the form of an R&D partnership, to help companies develop an innovative process or product that will enable them to stand out in their market. The SME only pays IFPEN in the event of commercial success, in the form of royalties calculated on the basis of revenues.
Hence SMEs have access to IFPEN's technical resources, its expertise in more than 50 professions and its very extensive network of academic and industrial partners. IFPEN also shares its expertise in the field of intellectual property, project management and the industrial development of research, more broadly. Each year, around 400 new contacts are made with SMEs. As a result, some 50 projects undergo technical and economic analysis, with some 20 to 30 of these leading to a partnership agreement.
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IFPEN's support for innovation also takes the form of financial participation in specialized investment funds for the eco-industries and eco-energies sectors. In addition, IFPEN provides technical expertise in terms of selecting the companies to be supported.
The 3E seed money fund (Emertec-Energy-Environment)
Created in 2003 by IFPEN, the Caisse des dépôts and the CEA, this fund is dedicated to new environment technologies and targets start-up companies.
The Demeter expansion capital fund
This is the first European fund to specialize in eco-industries and eco-energies. It was created in 2005 on the initiative of IFPEN, the Caisse des dépôts (CDC Entreprise) and Veolia Environnement. In 2011, three companies in the Demeter portfolio (Soltecture, Electrawinds and Solairedirect) were included in the Global Cleantech 100 list, which identifies the top 100 most eco-innovative private companies.
The Demeter 2 expansion capital fund
Launched in 2009 by the founders of Demeter and new subscribers, this fund specializes in eco-industries and eco-energies, with a European scope. The new themes covered by Demeter 2 include regional development, sustainable construction and clean transport, in particular electric vehicles.
IFPEN provides support to employees wishing to create companies that use innovative technologies and know-how developed or used by
IFPEN, whatever their field of application, which neither IFPEN nor its subsidiaries intend to bring to market. This encouragement system schedules an incubation period of 6 to 18 months, during which time IFPEN supports the employee's project and shares its business start-up experience: market research, business model, development plan, legal and financial aspects, search for and equipping of premises, etc.
START-UP, SME OR INTERMEDIATE-SIZED COMPANY
• Ozoval - Recycling water in car wash stations
• Newton's - Industrial dryers in India
• Desautel - A fire hose for confined spaces
2011 Activity Report - Part 5: From research to industry (PDF - 1.9 Mo )