University of Adelaide sets up new business incubator in Champagne region
The University of Adelaide will run a business incubator in France using South Australian expertise 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. The ThincLab programme was set up by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide and already offers a range of support services for start-ups in Adelaide.
Professor Pascale Quester of the University of Adelaide 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."
Professor Quester went on to explain the benefits of the incubator: "Our work in Châlons-en-Champagne will provide the basis for University of Adelaide alumni, research students and staff to commercialise their research innovations in France. Students from the University of Adelaide as well as from French universities will also be able to undertake internships in entrepreneurial start-up businesses, where they can experience as well as learn about entrepreneurship in action."
The project strengthens connections between a key wine-producing region of France and the University of Adelaide, which is globally known for it’s wine degrees.
ThincLab Châlons will officially start in September this year.