The Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) will run a business incubator in France for the next five years thanks to an agreement with the French city of Châlons-en-Champagne, in the heartland of the champagne wine region.
Known as ThincLab Châlons, the incubator is aimed at supporting excellence in innovation and entrepreneurship, and is based on the ECIC’s successful ThincLab business incubator model.
A formal memorandum of understanding has been signed and the ThincLab will officially open in September 2016.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester, has said “We are excited about this partnership, which will bring entrepreneurial expertise from the University of Adelaide directly into France, creating a dynamic incubator and business accelerator facility. This will be the first business incubator of its kind in the city of Châlons-en-Champagne.”
“Through the University of Adelaide’s work in the region, this incubator will promote economic development, attract investment in entrepreneurial ideas, and provide a structured, supported launch pad for new ventures.
“While it is yet another example of the University of Adelaide demonstrating its expertise on a global level, this collaboration with Châlons is a further opportunity to develop strong, innovative links between South Australia and France.”