Thursday, 9 April 2015


The incubator has a name!

We have named it “L’ouvre-boîte”! This is the French word for “can-opener” and it translates literally to “Box opener”. The name we have chosen refers to two French traditions. First, there is a popular story in Marseille that says that a sardine fish once blocked the harbor (in reality the sardine was the name of a boat that sank near the mouth of the harbour). Second, the word “boîte” (or box) is slang for “business company”. Thus the “can-opener” is the essential tool to open the box in which lies the delicious product. Our project is also essential to develop a business.

First group of young entrepreneurs

The Marseille project is on the finishing straight! After six months of work devoted to identifying partners, developing media and fundraising ... the Marseille accelerator is preparing to welcome its first group of young entrepreneurs. 20 candidates are ready to be interviewed by the selection committee and to present their project and explain their motivation to create their business.

A regional bank supports the "Box opener"

An important local banking union is providing financial support for entrepreneurs through micro-credit solutions. 20 000 € have been donated to the “Box opener" for equipment investments. It’s a real accelerator for our project.

Management schools welcome the "Box opener"

Two management schools, the Kedge Business School and the EDM (business school) team up to offer to the young enterpreneurs:

  • Classrooms for workshops
  • Cutting-edge technical courses offered by volunteer teachers 
  • Meetings between their Master students and our young entrepreneurs
Posted by: Apprentis D'auteuil