When startups disrupt the space industry: Interview with Ane Aanesland, co-founder and CEO of ThrustMe

Recent years have seen a variety of new players enter the space industry. One domain ripe for disruption is the satellite propulsion market, with technological breakthroughs championed by startups such as ThrustMe. At Presans, we take a professional interest in disruption in all shapes and forms, so we took the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with ThrustMe co-founder and CEO Ane Aanesland. What’s your take on the ongoing space revolution? I think we’re at the start of a significant wave of disruption in the satellite industry. The miniaturization of satellites has opened up and democratized the access to space related activities that before were only accessible to large corporations and government agencies. Small satellites only 1 to

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Perils of the Honey Pot: Didier Roux on startup – large corporation relations

Our long-time partner, the École Polytechnique, is currently putting in big efforts on the innovation and entrepreneurship front. Because Presans owes a lot to Xavier Michel, its former Managing Director, François Plais, head of tech transfer, and Pascal Chabert, Managing Director of the Plasma Physics lab I come from, it is with pleasure that I accepted the mission to give a cycle of conferences on a topic that lies close to my interests and recent publications (Innovation Intelligence, Vers une Uberization de l’Intelligence, The Parrot Drone Story: Visionary Entrepreneur Meets Garage-Based Genius). I went for the following thematic angle: “Startups: the only possible source of innovation for large corporations?” While exchanging on the preparation of these conferences with my associate Hervé Arribart,

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Presans @ X Open Innovation | flight data

XOI is a Polytechnique alumni think tank focused on open innovation in all its hues and shapes, founded by Tru Dô-Khac, and currently presided by Céline Conrardy. A dozen-strong section of its members participated this week in a meeting located in the halls of the old École Polytechnique, to discuss the lastest book co-written by Albert Meige and Jacques Schmitt: Innovation Intelligence. After the presentations, Albert Meige launched into the Parrot-built AR.Drone case, the story of how the leading company in hands-free headsets catapulted itself to the forefront of the leisure drones industry, with plans to expand into new drone-positive areas. A seminal case of pwnage that on a meta-level operates itself as a recon drone, scouting out the new

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Innovation Intelligence: Commoditization. Digitalization. Acceleration. Major Pressure on Innovation Drivers.

In our book Innovation Intelligence, we give an overview of recent, disruptive trends that induce changes in the way large corporations deal with open innovation. The book was written after approximately 40 interviews with the Chief Technology Officers and Chief Innovation Officers of large international companies such as Airbus Group, Danone, TOTAL, and Faurecia, among others. We are very pleased to have two prestigious preface authors: Marc Giget, President, European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation Jean-François Minster, Senior Vice President Scientific Development, Total The book is 318 page long and is composed of 7 chapters (in addition of the introduction and of the conclusion): Chapter 1: The Internet of Skills & Knowledge Chapter 2: The Parrot AR.Drone Case Chapter 3:

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Trust within the (French) pact for competitiveness

“Promoting innovation and quality, entrepreneurship and risk-taking, breaking down barriers and working together, developing skills and (re)giving a taste for technical progress, opening new spaces for dialogue and stimulating collective intelligence. Here are all the ingredients to mobilize forces in the country and in particular its youth. This is where confidence and optimism will come from, and therefore success. “ Will the approach proposed by the Gallois Report create confidence? The 10th, 11th and 12th proposals certainly will contribute towards this goal: a “Small Business Act” to fix the rules of the game, requiring large groups to combine their suppliers (to obtain state support) and to develop their exchanges (IRT, clusters, industry committees …), increasing opportunities to learn or relearn to play  as a team. But perhaps

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Innovation and competitive watch: the role of investment funds – Part 2 : Alstom

Alstom How to detect innovative technologies Operating both within the fields of power (Alstom Power and Alstom Grid) and transportation (Alstom Transport), the core business of the Alstom Group is subject to an innovation imperative: both into adjacent territories, and into disruptive technologies, markets and business models. Smart grids are an illustration of this imperative, as they produce power that is both delocalized and adjusted to the fluctuations of capacities and needs. Since 2007, the « I Nove You » program has reinforced the focus on innovating projects, leading to a permanent competitive watch on innovations falling the business domains of the Group. How does Alstom detect high potential start-ups, how does it then support their development, and finally, how

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X-CREATION invests in PRESANS

X-Création became one of PRESANS’s shareholders in March 2011. X-Création was founded on 11 April 2003. This subsidiary of the École Polytechnique and the École Polytechnique Foundation aims to provide financial aid to start-ups that have emerged from the research laboratories.

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PRESANS receives the Innovation Prize from Albert Fert

Albert Fert, Physics Nobel Prize 2007 handed the Innovation Prize of the Ecole Polytechnique to the team of PRESANS on the 26th of mach 2009. A big thank from the whole team to the Ecole, and in particular to the Direction des Relations Industrielles et des Partenariats (Technology Transfer Office). (photo : Philippe Lavialle)

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