eChallenge Grand Est

The Australian eChallenge, powered by The University of Adelaide, offers European students an opportunity to launch their entrepreneurial ventures globally using the Adelaide start-up springboard.

eChallenge France

Since 2001, the Australian eChallenge has been stimulating new business prospects and encouraging young entrepreneurs to have a go at starting up their own business. The aim of the program is to assist students to develop new products and services that create innovative ways to engage in existing, emerging and new markets. The program has also run in France since 2015, and the inaugural Grand Est program, open to all European students, will take place in February 2020.

This intensive program will accelerate students through the process of creating, developing, assessing and executing their ideas, and provides all the tools, interaction opportunities and mentorship needed to cultivate entrepreneurial capacity. The focus of this program is on business innovation, building robust entrepreneurial teams, and rapidly prototyping and testing in the market.


Students will attend workshops, undertake practical activities, and complete tasks, with the aim of pitching an idea (as a group or individual) to a panel of judges at the end of the program.

But the program is not just educational – it is also a competition with students competing for cash and prizes.

This is a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with other students from a variety of cultures and nationalities.

Timeline eChallenge Grand Est is an intensive program that runs from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020.
Applications Applications for the eChallenge Grand Est are now open

€500 per person.

This includes all workshops (9am to 5pm), shared accommodation from Sunday 16 February to Saturday 22 February 2020, breakfast and lunch daily, cocktail function and prize ceremony Friday 21 February, one excursion to Joseph Perrier.

It does not include any travel to and from our base in Chalons-en-Champagne, any dinners, or additional excursions



First prize

$5,000 cash

One year furnished office space for three people in ThincLab valued at $36,000, the ECIC inner city incubator in South Australia, consulting time with the Entrepreneur in Residence, and mentoring from South Australian business professionals.

Second prize $3,000 cash
Third prize $1,000 cash
ThincLab Chalons prize Two x ThincLab Chalons Incubator Award $5,000 each. Two workstations in ThincLab Chalons-en-Champagne for six months and a six-month mentoring package.

*All prizes are in Australian currency.