Who we are
Schoolab is a lab for innovative education programs located in Paris, at the very heart of the French entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our objective is to facilitate the emergence of innovators and entrepreneurs, while developing the key skills of the 21st century. To do this, Schoolab has programs targeting both students and companies. The values at the core of Schoolab are 3 M : Mixity of participants, a Multi-diciplinary approach, and Methods. Over the past 13 years, in 5 countries, programs powered by Schoolab have conceived 350 innovative products or services, accelerated 300 start-ups and created a community of 3,500 alumni.
Schoolab aims to train young innovators and entrepreneurs, while teaching what is not common in traditional French classrooms : creativity, ability to work in uncertain environments, to launch projects with persons from different backgrounds and disciplines, to take risks, to experiment, to best learn from and build upon failure. Schoolab aims to become the place to be of student innovation and entrepreneurship.
Schoolab has launched ground-breaking education and acceleration programs. They enable multidisciplinary teams of students to work on innovation projects for companies, or on their own start up projects, in France and abroad.
UC Berkeley is one of the world’s leading universities with elite engineering programs and a strong focus on innovation and business : it is the 3rd American university which trained the highest number of successful entrepreneurs. The Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology of UC Berkeley equips engineers and scientists with the skills to innovate, productize, and commercialize technology in the global economy. It has developed its own method to teach entrepreneurship, based on Inductive learning, self-learning and gamification. Since the outset, more than 1000 students have been trained.
The Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship is based on a decade of experience at the UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET) in combination with learnings from our Global Venture Lab network of universities. This network of top universities from around the globe, collaborates in sharing and honing best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to create successful new ventures. Through this exchange of ideas and experience CET has further developed its unique entrepreneurship pedagogy leveraging three interconnected layers – strategy & tactics, mindset & culture, and new venture infrastructure. A seminal aspect of the BMofE is the use of a game-based learning approach to develop the entrepreneurial mindset and social behaviours needed to develop successful new ventures. The upcoming Bootcamp weaves exercises/games, real-life advice/experiences and a competition-based journey into its agenda facilitating extensive learning, successful new venture creation and a one-of-a-kind experience here in the heart of Silicon Valley. You can read more about this approach in a recent blog, by CET’s founder and Academic Director, Professor Ikhlaq Sidhu
ESSEC Business School, Centrale Paris, and Strate College of Design are historical partners of SchooLab, and part of their Board of Directors.
Students from ESSEC Business School, NEOMA Business School, and Science Po can validate some University credits with Le Bridge.
Olivier is the treasurer of SchooLab and an entrepreneur. He founded Flayr, a platform of products “made in France”, which enable brands to interact with their communities. Olivier is also Executive Director of CPi, in charge of Communication and Relationships with companies
Carlota is Le Bridge program Director. She has great international experience, studied in the UK, Spain, Hong Kong, and worked in Chile and Australia before joining the Schoolab.
Ken is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at UC Berkeley. He is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, university lecturer and director/advisor to numerous startups in the US and Europe. Ken has founded or co-founded five companies in mobile technology.
Alexandre Bayen received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in July 1998, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in June 1999, and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in December 2003. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 […]
Whitney Hischier works as an educator, consultant and coach. Her work involves designing and delivering custom executive education programs, facilitated workshops, consulting and coaching in often challenging situations. Her career spans 20 years of turn-arounds, entrepreneurship, management consulting, and executive education. Whitney has spent much of it working in distinct and remote parts of the world with […]
Ikhlaq Sidhu is the Chief Scientist and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. He received the IEOR Emerging Area Professor Award from his department at Berkeley. Prof. Sidhu also founded the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership. He has been granted over 60 US Patents in networking technology, IP telephony, and […]
Edith Yeung is VP of marketing/business development at Dolphin Browser, a Sequioa-backed mobile browser with over 100 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Some of her investments include Fleksy, Mighty Text, Pack, Bounce.io etc. She is also an advisor to Strikingly. You can also find some […]
Margot has joined Schoolab in Paris after studying and working abroad: the UK, Spain, Cambodia. She is Le Bridge manager, hence the first point of contact for any questions or requests one may have.