An ecologist specializing in biocontrol, Dr. Lucie Monticelli, worked for 8 years at INRAE before setting up her company which has received support from the Université Côte d'Azur's Initiative d'Excellence innovation programme. Her aim is to develop natural and effective solutions to reduce crop pests in a sustainable way.
Lucas Buchholz advocates a transformation towards a regenerative economy and society based on indigenous wisdom. Having immersed himself in the ancient teachings of Colombia's indigenous Kogi people, he shares his insights into what we can learn from cultures that have served life for millennia.
Thierry Carlin has developed a process using renewable energies to provide affordable drinking water. The public discovered him on the French TV show "Who wants to be my Partner?” in which he won the full support of the various jurors by raising the largest amount of funds of the 2023 season.
Anne-Sophie Roux is an activist working to protect and regenerate the world's largest carbon and biodiversity sink: the ocean. She campaigns against seabed mining for the Sustainable Ocean Alliance, and founded a social enterprise which restores marine ecosystems alongside biologists in 4 oceans.
Maxime Blondeau questions our perception of the world and our collective representation of territory through cartography, imagination and data. He teaches at Sciences Po Paris and is interested in the relationship between technology and territory. His daily posts on Linkedin exceeded 50 million views in 2023.
Francesca Casagli specializes in mathematical modeling of innovative biotechnologies for wastewater treatment, resource recovery and renewable energy sources, using artificial intelligence. She is currently a permanent researcher at the Inria Centre at Université Côte d'Azur.
An experienced entrepreneur, whose career has crossed commercial, marketing, design, creative, strategic and managerial issues, Cédric François today takes up the challenge of making disruptive and sustainable technology for heating and refrigeration of buildings possible.
Melanie tells stories from the most fascinating and often high-risk places in the world, from Ukraine to Afghanistan to China. A BBC Journalist for over 20 years, she’s internationally recognised for her ability to weave complex threads in a uniquely human and accessible way.
Baptiste Laurent is an entrepreneur who seeks to develop innovations for the benefit of as many people as possible, making them part of our daily lives, little by little, and turning them into habits. In doing so, his ambition is to help change the world to make it more pleasant to live in, more welcoming for all, and more sustainable.
Jean-Baptiste Landes is a specialist in hydroelectricity who initially developed a digital service to promote economical management of water resources on a watershed scale. His current aim is to improve water management in towns and buildings, through collective and balanced management of water resources.
Through her research, Imogen Napper investigates different sources of plastic pollution into the environment. In particular, her work influenced legislation banning microbes in facial scrubs. She shows how small changes can make a difference and that larger environmental commitments are needed by industry and governments globally.
Revolutionizing agriculture: that's the seed idea that prompted Justine Lipuma to launch a startup committed to serving soil and farmers, which has received support from the Université Côte d'Azur's Initiative d'Excellence innovation programme. This industrial DeepTech uses mycorrhizal fungi as natural fertilizers that help plants adapt to drought problems while reducing their need for chemical fertilizers.