Australian–French Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017 for Australians.

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Application Deadline: Monday 8 May 2017

The call for applications to participate in the second Australian–French Entrepreneurship Challenge is now open.

The Australian–French Entrepreneurship Challenge is based on the ‘24 hours for Entrepreneurship’ challenge, a flagship event that has been run in France since 2011 by the French National Association for Research and Technology and Novancia Business School.

This second edition builds on the success of the first Australian-French Challenge at the Australian National University in June 2016. ANRT (L’Association nationale de la recherche et de la technologie) and Novancia Business School will again bring in their pedagogical know-how and organisational support.

The Australian–French challenge is supported by the South Australian Government, the Australian Academy of Science, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the French Embassy in Australia, and the Australian and French business communities.


Up to 70 contestants will be invited to participate in this challenge. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and the outcome will be announced on Tuesday 19 May.

The challenge will be held in Adelaide. All costs relating to flights, accommodation and meals outside of the event will be the applicant’s responsibility.


The event will commence with networking and training activities at 8am on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at the Adelaide Oval. Participants will then have 24 hours from 1pm 11 July to 1pm 12 July to develop their proposal. Following this the teams will pitch their ideas and the judges will make their selections.


The candidate must:

  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, living in Australia at the time of submitting the application (if you were not born in Australia, please provide proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency)
  • be enrolled as a PhD candidate in an Australian university or research organisation
  • hold a passport valid until at least 30 June 2018.

Eligible institutions include higher education institutions, publicly funded research agencies, private not-for-profit research organisations and firms that pursue research.

Fields of research

Candidates should be research active in one of the following fields:

  • the natural sciences, including earth, chemical or biological sciences
  • technology
  • engineering
  • medicine
  • the humanities
  • social sciences.

Materials to be submitted (in the following order)

  1. Application form (76KB, DOCX)
  2. Proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency for applicants not born in Australia
  3. Curriculum vitae or track record
  4. Letter of support
  5. Copy of passport valid until at least 30 June 2018

DEADLINE – 9am (AEST) Monday 8 May 2017

Completed applications, including supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, by a research office or grants office or equivalent, to

Notification of outcome: 19 May 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Australian–French Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017

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