Business creation and Start-up

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The Entrepreneurship Cluster proposes the implementation of a coherent and coordinated set of initiatives and mechanisms in the form of an "entrepreneurial path".

1. presentation of the entrepreneurial pole

The Entrepreneurship Pole aims:

  • To be informed
  • To raise awareness
  • To be trained
  • To accompany

Students at the University of Aix-Marseille sites in the field of entrepreneurship. Through its entrepreneurial journey, AMU aims to create an environment conducive to entrepreneurship. The cluster is aimed at students from the University of Aix Marseille, at all levels and in all fields. It also concerns the administrative staff and teacher-researchers at the university site, who supervise students on a daily basis.

Why an Entrepreneurship Cluster?

The Entrepreneurship Cluster results from the desire to build a coherent and ambitious university policy linked to entrepreneurship that:

  • Facilitates the professional integration of our students by revealing and developing their talents. Entrepreneurship and innovation are powerful vectors of professional integration for our graduates; they enable them to acquire skills essential to their future professional life. Our ambition is that each student should be at least sensitized to entrepreneurship, and that he or she should also benefit, if he or she so wishes, from an adapted training allowing him or her to develop a project from its conception to its completion.

  • Contributes to the dynamism of the economic fabric by enriching it with skills related to autonomy, innovation, decision-making and leadership. In the medium term, the objective is to be able to "boost" entrepreneurial initiatives at the University to give birth to new structures that will bring wealth to our territory.

Whatever the disciplines or fields, the possibility offered to a student to work on a business project, even if this project does not succeed, is a particularly effective way of learning to quickly understand and assimilate economic realities and to be equipped for successful professional integration. More broadly, AMU's entrepreneurial career path enables students to be active in their professional career regardless of the career they are considering. In the coming years, more and more individuals will go through entrepreneurial phases and status changes. Entrepreneurship is a real opportunity for personal and professional openness that every student must be able to exploit.

2. AMU entrepreneurial path

At the disposal of all students at the University of Aix Marseille, the Entrepreneurship Pole encourages and supports business creation.

The entrepreneurial spirit is partly the result of family and/or cultural representations, but can also be the result of awareness and/or learning transmitted during the studies. The desire to awaken and train all the students of our institution, whatever their profile, to entrepreneurship is then conceived as a path comprising several appointments to which the student will be invited throughout his or her course.

Awareness raising

Creating the spark, saying "yes it's possible" or simply better understanding the business world: these are the cluster's objectives in terms of awareness. Discover the 36h Chrono de la création d'entreprise, the 1st awareness event of the Entrepreneurship Cluster which brought together 100 students, 25 coaches, business leaders, lawyers, accountants and gave birth to 25 business creation projects: You also have the possibility to complete your training by integrating UE dedicated to entrepreneurship: "Entrepreneurship".


If you are already informed and "sensitized" you can register for one of the institution's training courses entirely dedicated to entrepreneurship. Most Bachelor's degree courses will offer an awareness module dedicated to entrepreneurship (free EU, with in most cases the delivery of ECTS after the module is completed by the student) requiring personal work outside the institution.


In addition to awareness-raising and training measures, students who resolutely wish to create their own company will be able to benefit from support adapted to their needs through several measures. This support service will cover both research valorisation projects and those related to emerging activities. The Entrepreneurship Cluster also facilitates networking with the business world. Among the EP's support measures, each student can benefit from:

  • Supporting our incubators to promote technological innovation
  • Partner support for emerging activities

3. national status of the student-entrepreneur

The national status of student-entrepreneur allows students and recent graduates to develop an entrepreneurial project in a PEPITE. The "student-entrepreneur" (D2E) diploma accompanies the status of student-entrepreneur: it allows you to carry out your project with maximum security and visibility.
The registration fee for the D2E amounts to 250 euros for the year 2016 -2017 + social security.

More information on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

4 Procedures to follow

4.1. I want to acquire new skills

It is about developing skills (initiative, project management, creativity, autonomy, openness to the world, teamwork) to undertake and acquire skills to manage one's professional career.

  • I register for the SUIO entrepreneurship workshops
  • I am an awareness-raising EU
  • I participate in the 36h Chrono or the Entrepreneurials

4.2. I would like to take an entrepreneurship training course

Are you ready to go further? Would you like to learn about entrepreneurship? AMU has a training offer that meets this need. A range of training courses entirely dedicated to business creation.

  • The DESU "Becoming an Entrepreneur"
    An establishment diploma, the DESU "Becoming an Entrepreneur" already existing within the framework of the Faculty of Economics and Management is currently being adapted in its content to offer specific courses based on students' previous experience. This reconfigured DESU will aim to develop the entrepreneurial spirit at the University by multiplying interactions between students and professionals. It will involve teaching and/or transmitting to the student both the work in multidisciplinary teams, the taking of initiatives and responsibilities, the practice of languages, ICT in professional situations and above all the ability to complete a project.

  • The speciality "business creation VSE/SME" of the Master's degree in Commerce-Decision-Management
    A professional master's degree specialization focused on business creation opened in September 2012 in the new AMU training offer. This specialization is a transformation of a master's degree registered in the previous contract of establishment. It is particularly aimed at students already familiar with the disciplines of economics and management. It is attached to the Faculty of Economics and Management of AMU.

4.3. I would like to start my own business

  • I have an idea that I want to validate, I feel ready to go further and create my own work tool?
  • I get information from PACE's toolbox
  • I make an appointment with the Entrepreneurship Centre to define my objectives and needs.
  • I participate in creative contests.

5. PACA West nugget

Coming soon

6. partners

Contact information

Arts, Literature, Languages and Human Sciences Sector

3, av Robert Schuman 13628 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
Tel - Orientation: 04 86 91 91 43 51
Tel - Professional integration: 04 86 91 91 43 71
Fax: 04 86 91 91 43 05

Law Sector

Campus Aix-en-Provence, site 3 Schuman :
3, av Robert Schuman 13628 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
Tel - Orientation: 04 86 91 91 43 51
Tel - Professional integration: 04 86 91 91 43 71
Fax: 04 86 91 91 43 05

Marseille Centre Campus, Canebière site:

110, la Canebière
13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 96 12 61 61 73

Economy and Management Sector

3, av Robert Schuman 13628 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 1
Tel - Orientation: 04 86 91 91 43 51
Tel - Professional integration: 04 86 91 91 43 71
Fax: 04 86 91 91 43 05

Marseille Centre Campus, Canebière site:

110, la Canebière
13001 Marseille
Tel: 04 96 12 61 61 73

Science and Technology Sector

Marseille Centre Campus, Saint Charles site:
3, place Victor Hugo
13331 Marseille cedex 3
Tel: 04 13 55 55 00 89

Marseille Étoile Campus, Saint Jérôme site:

Av Escadrille Normandie Niemen
13013 Marseille
Tel: 04 91 28 28 81 18

Marseille Luminy Campus:

163 Luminy Avenue
13288 Marseille cedex 9
Tel: 04 91 91 82 93 89 89

Health Sciences Sector

Marseille Timone Campus:
27, av Jean Moulin
13385 Marseille cedex 5
Tel: 04 91 32 32 43 57

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