Applications & Selection

Who are the different stakeholders of the DataCity Paris program?

  • NUMA:
    • Organizes the program from communication to workshop animation and start-up scouting
    • Develops the program abroad
  • Paris City hall:
    • Co-organizes the program with NUMA
    • Provides the experimentation fields needed
  • Corporate sponsors:
    • Fund the program
    • Define the challenges startups will apply to
    • Bring operational expertise
    • Seek and share relevant data sets with the teams
    • Co-building a prototype with the startups
  • Technical sponsors:
    • SIGFOX (French leader in IoT) and Ekimetrics (France largest pure player in Big Data) bring their expertise on complex technologies
  • Contributors:
    • Several corporates or research institutes joined the program to provide expertise or data if needed

Who can apply to this program?

We are seeking startups based everywhere in the world. Candidates must have proven skills or references in the fields of expertise needed in the proposed challenges.

Can I apply for several challenges?

Sure! You can apply for one or more challenges.

What are the selection criteria?

A committed team of professional experts (NUMA and its partners) will study the applications and select projects based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the team
  • Ability to roll out the proposed service experiment during bootcamps
  • Potential to mass-produce the proposed solution
  • Matching the problem set out and the solution proposed
  • Data integration in the solution

How many startups will be selected?

To make sure that corporate sponsors commit to the development of at least a Minimum Viable Product during the experimentation, we match 1 startup with 1 corporate sponsor (i.e. 9 startups). In the meantime, we encourage corporate sponsors to work with the other startups.


 Which are the key dates to keep in mind to apply to the program?

For the selection process, here are the most important dates to keep in mind:

  • November 22: disclosure of the different challenges (i.e. call for application)
  • January 8: application closure
  • February 28: announcement of the selected startups
  • April 3-7: first bootcamp in NUMA premises
  • April 26-30: second bootcamp in NUMA premises
  • June 6: Pitch day with an international media coverage

What's in it for candidates?

What does a winning team get if selected?

The project winners will be able to experiment their solutions in real conditions, through a service budget estimated at €40,000 per team, including: 

·        Get a €10,000 grant to support your experimentations

·        Get access to exclusive data provided by our partners

·        Develop a first prototype in less than 4 weeks

·        Get access to NUMA’s experts and network

·        Work hand in hand with large corporates

·        Get public exposure

 If my team is based outside of France, will travel costs be covered?

Travel costs will be covered so that qualifying teams based outside of France can attend the selection phase in February or the bootcamps in April. Reimbursement will be subject to NUMA's prior validation, and details will be discussed directly with the concerned teams during the application process.

Is it worth participating if I am not selected in the end?

Yes! The program's selection process is designed to enable direct interactions between teams and corporate sponsors’ representatives, through which shared interests and collaborations can emerge even for non-selected startups, outside the program's scope and timeline.


Business, Partnerships & Intellectual Property


How does the program bring startups business leads?

At the end of the prototyping phase, corporate sponsors and selected teams agree on how they want to pursue their collaboration within and beyond the program. They namely agree on completion and success criteria, and define a business model to shape their future collaboration in case of success.

What are some of the possible business partnerships that teams and corporate sponsors can agree on?

The most likely scenario for sharing the value generated by the collaboration between the startups and the corporate sponsors are:

·        Licensing agreement

·        Provision of a service

·        Acquisition

Also, corporate sponsor will consider agreeing with the startups either on a right to exclusivity (in which case the duration of this exclusivity is a parameter to be discussed), or on a right of first refusal. The agreement between corporate sponsors and the participant teams will be adapted to each situation, and discussed on an individual basis during the selection phase.

 What kind of legal agreements does a team have to sign by participating to this program?

Candidates that are selected at the final stage will sign a convention framing the financial grant and defining a business model to last beyond the scope of the program in case of success.

Who will own the Intellectual Property involved in solving the program’s challenges?

In a nutshell: Intellectual Property will be retained by the participants (both background and foreground IP). 

In more details: all background IP, i.e. the intelligence owned before the program starts until the first piece of confidential information is shared, is retained by the entities taking part in the program. Foreground IP, i.e. the intelligence generated by the participant team during the collaboration with corporate sponsors, can also be owned by the participant team’s legal entity, not by corporate sponsors.