Challenge's context and topic

The Transalley technology park's incubator, which is labelled by the Hauts-de-France region, is launching the second edition of their contest for the creation of an innovative business in the area of transportation.

Transalley is the centre of excellence dedicated to the innovative and sustainable mobility, in the heart of the most important french region in terms of automotive and rail industries. Located in Valenciennes next to the University, it gathers companies, research teams and operators of the sustainable mobility in the same place, offering its residents an environment conductive to developing their innovations.

The contest's aim is to pick innovative business creation projects with high growth potential as well as start-ups (less than 5 years old companies).

Projects have to be part of the areas of interest : urban, digital, accessible and sustainable mobility, intelligent transport systems. Prizes include price money, housing, mentoring and coaching as well as networking with r&d and industrials.

2018 Calendar

From 3rd September until 12th October

Submissions of applications

17th October

Finalists announced

23rd October 2018

Final pitch competition

Winners announced


The Challenge is open to any physical person and startups (less than 5 years old companies) that have the ambition to create an innovative business, no matter one's professionnal situation, if one fulfills every requirements needed to legally start a business on the territory of the Hauts-de-France region.

Therefore, students, young graduates, researchers, teachers, employees or job seekers are all welcomed to take part in the Challenge.

To apply, please download the application file that suits your situation below.

Please send the completed file to before October, the 12th.

First Edition Winners


Startup in motion First Edition Winners

First Winner

Project « La Galoche » led by Pierre-Adrien Ducarre – Paris (75) - winner of the 5000€ BDL Great Prize and winner of the Orange Connected project award.

Future ESSEC graduate, Pierre-Adrien gathered a team of designers to change our vision on scooters. They created the first elegant, customizable and connected scooter.


Corporate Service Award Winner

Project « Mécar'tisan » led by Etienne Thépenier – La Sentinelle (59).

Etienne offers an innovative service to companies, allowing them to gain significantly in competitiveness through an internet platform meant to avoid the disappearance of rare professional skills in the engineering industries.


2.0 Industry Award Winner

Project « Auto 3D Print » led by Quantin Leurent – Hem (59).

Quentin is an expert in internet traffic management. He partnered with a local manufacturer to offer a new B2B marketplace connecting 3D printing professionals with automotive and rail industries companies.


Technological Project Award Winner

Project “SBBrakes” led by Samir Bakhta – Saint-Denis (93).

Samir is passionate about mechanics. He offers an innovative brake system designed for passenger vehicles, relying on a hydraulic pump rather than ordinary friction brakes.


Mobility Service Award Winner

Project “Val'Transport” led by Abdoulaye Traoré – Valenciennes (59).

Studying at the Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis, Abdoulaye offers a personal assistant mobile application made for public transport users.



Our funders

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