Shaping a new
business intelligence

Entrepreneurial spirit

Training the new business intelligence

Shaping the new business intelligence also involves entrepreneurship. Our courses are based on professionalization and a sense of initiative. For many graduates and students, this often leads to starting a business.

Prestashop, Docker, Melty have been founded by some of our most brilliant Alumni
3 successful and renowned start-ups founded by our Alumni

IONIS 361, the start-up incubator of the IONIS Group

The IONIS 361 incubator is a national, non-specialist, multi-school incubator for students and graduates of the schools in the IONIS Group, making it an impressive and unprecedented hotbed of entrepreneurship and innovation. 361 represents 360+1, a sort of disruption, a nod to the innovative projects that have sprung up as a result of the coming together of complementary minds with the common goal of securing a global future that is open and more profitable for everyone.

The incubator is intended to bring together start-up projects developed at all of the schools in the IONIS Group. However, this does not mean that it is not also open to projects developed externally.

The incubator can accommodate projects relating to all fields of entrepreneurship, from big data to biotechnologies, and even media, culture and e-commerce.

A few examples of businesses created by alumni

It would be difficult to draw up an exhaustive list of all of the companies that have been created thanks to the 20,000 students and 62,000 alumni of IONIS Education Group: some are the future talents of tomorrow, while others are experienced entrepreneurs.


Algolia, a search and navigation engine that can be used by any website or application, was developed by Julien Lemoine (EPITA class of 2004) in 2012. It has raised around €20 million and has 800 customers in over 100 countries. In 2014, its turnover recorded monthly growth of 30%.

Big Fernand

Big Fernand is a high-end fast-food burger chain created by Steve Burggraf (ISG class of 1996). It has over fifteen points of sales, over 200 employees, and generated €7 million of turnover in 2014. The concept has been a hit throughout France as well as abroad: Big Fernand has opened its doors in Hong-Kong with restaurants soon to open in London and New York.


digiSchool was co-founded by Thierry Debarnot (ISEG Business School class of 2007). It is now the leading digital platform for information on education and guidance in France for 15-25 year olds, with 6.5 million users per months and 5 million members. It aims to roll-out its model in Europe as the next step.


When Solomon Hykes graduated (Epitech class of 2006) he got to thinking about creating a simple, efficient and free hosting service for developers. In 2008 he created Docker with Sébastien Pahl (Epitech class of 2009). Seven years later the software had been downloaded more than 400,000 times and adopted by the biggest names in cloud computing such as eBay and Spotify. The company is worth an estimated $1 billion.


Antony Cohen (EPITA class of 2012) and his brother wanted to create an application that gives people super powers in everyday life: being able to find someone you crossed paths with by chance, in the street or a public place, and being able to contact them. Happn was launched in 2014. It has already attracted over 6 million users in 25 countries, and has raised €12.5 million to compete with the mobile dating giant Tinder.

Hémisphère droit

Franck Tapiro (ISG class of 1987) founded the communications agency Hémisphère droit in 1996. In 2002 it became an independent company - until then it was part of the Euro-RSCG (future Havas Worldwide) agency - and has been named “best independent agency of the year” three times. It has worked with leading brands, from Ikea to Alfa Romeo as well as the likes of Haribo and Bic.


Alexandre Malsch, Jeremy Nicolas and Jonathan Surpin (Epitech class of 2009) launched melty in 2008 as the follow-up to a final year project developed at Epitech. In just six years, melty became the leading online media group for young people (aged 12-30), with some fifteen sites in France and thirty worldwide in ten different languages. The group has around sixty employees, an average of 26 million visits per month and a constantly growing turnover of close to €7 million.


Élodie Dahan (ESME Sudria class of 2003) and her partners have developed a new technology to recover low-temperature industrial heat and convert it into electricity. OsmoBlue thus makes use of wasted thermal energy from cement, paper and petrochemical factories. Established in Lausanne (Switzerland), OsmoBlue was ranked among the “50 Swiss start-ups in which to invest” in the Bilan magazine in 2014.


PrestaShop is an e-commerce solution for creating online stores developed in 2005 by five Epitech students, including Bruno Lévêque (class of 2007), as part of their EIP. PrestaShop is now an international reference translated into more than 65 languages and with a community of 850,000 members. The company currently supports over 250,000 online stores.

The Prium group

In 2010, Hélène Diep (EPITA class of 2004) co-founded Prium Partners, an organisation, management and information system consultancy firm for the banking and finance sector. In 2012, she also launched Prium Consulting (umbrella company) and Prium Solutions (web engineering). These three companies provide support for some of the largest French and international institutions and companies.

Pyrum Innovations

Julien Dossman and Pascal Klein (ISEG Group class of 2008) have developed an innovative thermolysis recycling process to transform old tyres into reusable energy, and particularly oil. Pyrum Innovations, a Franco-German company, won the Grand Prix du Sénat at the 2015 Concours Lépine competition. Their potential market is vast: used tyres represent 17 million tonnes every year worldwide.

Reworld Media

Pascal Chevalier (EPITA class of 1992) founded Reworld Media in 2012. Thanks to its takeover and merger policy, the press group now owns around fifteen media, including Auto-Moto, Marie-France, Maison & Travaux and Be, drawing on the complementarity between online and paper press. Listed on the stock exchange, the Pascal Chevalier group generates around 55 million points of contact every month.

Other success stories...

  • ABC for Value – Hugues de la Roulière (ESME Sudria promo 1996)
  • ASI Innovation – Jean-Pierre Kohn (IPSA promo 2002)
  • Bihua Group / Exclusive Brands Limited – François Duchesne et Mihran Papazian (ISEG Group promo 2006)
  • Canibal – Benoit Paget (ISG promotion 1994)
  • La Dame de Pic – Anne-Sophie Pic (ISG promo 1992)
  • Kobojo – Philippe Desgranges, Franck Tezlaff et Vincent Vergonjeanne (EPITA promotion 2004)
  • Pixmania – Jean-Émile Rosenblum (ISG promo 2000)
  • Polyvionics – Stéphane Querry (IPSA promo 2007)