La Paillasse

French Tech Ticket

French Tech Tickets

First of all, let us congratulate you for thinking of applying to the French Tech Ticket Program. We wish you the best and hope you will be part of the lucky ones!
You will find below all information about La Paillasse, what we do and what we offer to the French Tech Tickets laureates.

La Paillasse is a nonprofit interdisciplinary laboratory focused on accelerating scientific startups and Open Science programs. Located in the heart of Paris, we are an alternative to classical academic research centers, opening the lab to entrepreneurs, designers or artists. Thus, we enable a creative environment to experiment freely at the interface between disciplines. Hence, La Paillasse puts openness, interdisciplinarity & empowerment as key values of its ecosystem.

What we do

We base all of our actions on the general interest. Thus, we like to encourage and push forward projects that tackle big issues of our time in sectors such as healthcare, bioeconomy, cleantech and low-tech.

Social Hub

Social Hub

La Paillasse was born in a squat in Paris’ suburbs 7 years ago. At that time, we realised how hard it is to be heard as a young and growing project. That’s why we decided to open our doors to all kind of nonprofit events (science, entrepreneurship, social, arts), thus gathering a large and diverse community in our space. We host an average of 2-3 events per week.

Open Science Programs


We make a point in opening research programs to anyone who wants to contribute to science in a similar way to Wikipedia does for knowledge. During a 6-month challenge focused on a specific research topic, we provide participants with all they need (events, online platform, advisors) to create teams and work on scientific data & articles. In the end, different kinds of output are expected: scientific article, startup, PhD project, etc.

Researcher-in-residence program

Open Résidence

La Paillasse offers residency in exchange of worktime for around 40 young scientists, entrepreneurs, designers and even artists who need space and time to work on startup or research projects. During 6 to 12 months and upon selection, the residents have full access to La Paillasse in order to bring their projects to life, with the help of our team and our ecosystem.

Startup Acceleration (French Tech Tickets)

French Tech Tickets

Whatever the technology used (wetware, hardware, software), La Paillasse helps early-stage startups make their first proof-of-concept, find their business model, meet future partners while offering access to a fully-equipped space and its vibrant ecosystem of industrial companies, high-skilled scientists, successful entrepreneurs.

Here are some of the startups we have accelerated:

  • Wefight is an artificial intelligence in the form of a chatbot whose goal is to help cancer patients.

  • Dymond Cleantech is an eco-innovative electrochemical water treatment technique using superior quality diamond electrodes for effective disinfection and purification of water.

  • La Cool Co develops a cool board as a solution for a number of everyday problems every green thumb has already faced while trying to grow plants in a city…

  • Biophenol is an innovative company with an expertise in the pyrolysis process. They study several applications of the pyrolysis biochar and bio-oil produced from agricultural or wood residues.

French Tech Ticket Package


Startups accelerated within La Paillasse benefit from a close and regular follow-up from the team on:

  • business topics (business model, partnerships development, networking)
  • technical issues (biology, hardware, electronics)
  • legal advices

When needed, we do our best to link startups with specialised advisors from our enlarged and interdiscplinary community to ensure that no issue remains unanswered.

Our follow-up takes place on a weekly basis for quick updates on the project, as well as on a monthly basis for a one-hour meetup to deep dive into the issues faced by the startup.

As part of the French Tech Ticket package, we hence offer acceleration and hosting services to the selected startups, including:

  • privative desk
  • access to office services (wifi, printer, coffee & kitchen)
  • access to the ProtoBase (aka FabLab with basic electronic & mechanics equipments)
  • personalized follow-up, dedicated sessions with mentors
  • privileged networking with our partners
  • access to all our ecosystem (public events on science & entrepreneurship, thematic communities, social network groups).

Here are some pics of La Paillasse private desks room space, kitchen, ProtoBase.



Extra services


We also offer access to our biology lab as an additional service.

€500/month not incl. VAT for a shared bench in a full-equipped P1 (French first level of containment standards out of 4) biology laboratory totally equip to develop microbioly, biochemistry, synthetic biology, green chemistry process.

Feedback from FTT residents

Raphael Kiran for Dymond Cleantech:
"French Tech Ticket is a great program for foreign entrepreneurs to realize their entrepreneurial dreams in France. Thanks to the incubator La Paillasse for hosting Dymond Cleantech, encouraging us and providing us with timely information and services. I enjoyed the quiet office space with uninterrupted high speed internet and fully-equipped research labs. Speaking of the staffs, everyone is very friendly and run like clockwork. Special thanks to the Lab manager Ms. Clea Bauvais who is always there to solve our problems and make things easier. So, if you are gearing up for the next generation Biotech/Cleantech startup, La Paillase is the best incubator for you."

Emmanuel Thiéry for Biophenol:
"French Tech Ticket was a great opportunity to work full-time as an entrepreneur. The program provides us all the infra-structure to work and live in Paris. Furthermore, the program allow us to have access to this huge community of start ups that are ready to share their experiences and learn with the experience of the others."

Ahmed Abbas for SunCity:
"SunCity has been incubated at La Paillasse for more than 10 months now. From the first moment we arrived staff and other startups where very friendly and welcoming. The staff have diverse expertise in legal issues, business creation, energy and several technical areas where we received much support.
The work place is conveniently located with great access to public transportation. There is much space and comforting environment to work with your team. La Paillasse has workshop with several tools and equipments as well as a lab.
My personal is experience at La Paillasse and I encourage startups to apply for incubation there.