As France's leading biocluster, Genopole is an incubator for cutting-edge projects in biotechnology. Located in the city of Évry, just south of Paris, Genopole provides a unique environment for scientists and entrepreneurs seeking to advance research and innovation.

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Genopole accompanies researchers, postdocs and start-up entrepreneurs through all the phases of their projects to ensure the best possible conditions for business development.

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Gene.iO: one year to successfully complete a fundraising initiative or commercial agreement! 

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a €20,000 repayable advance
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financial assistance for localization is a programme that speeds up the process of obtaining initial financing or signing a first commercial agreement. Initial fundraising is a crucial step for innovative biotechs and a key condition for developing a new product/service and entering the market.

The new call is open !
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Who can apply?

A Call for Applications is launched each year. Applicants can be biotechnology companies (post-POC) seeking investors or business partners in Genopole’s priority sectors:

  • Biotherapy: gene therapy, cell therapy, etc.
  • Bioeconomy: greentech, foodtech, agri-agrotech, energy, cosmetics, biomaterials, textiles, etc.
  • Digital genomics: software, data analysis/management, AI, etc.

What does Gene.iO offer?

Starter kit:

  • A full audit identifying strengths and weaknesses to design a tailor-made action plan.
  • A repayable advance of €20,000 paid at the start of the programme
  • Financial support for on-site setup
  • Support from a Genopole project manager
  • A dedicated mentor
  • An entry card to the Genopole ecosystem
  • Access to 25 shared tech platforms.


Expertise packs

Each company selects the Expertise packs according to its needs:

  • Market access
  • Fundraising
  • Key Account partnerships
  • Communication

Innovation valuation process

Training is provided over the course of the year by external consultants with expertise in bio-innovation. The aim is to:

  • Confirm the potential of the startup
  • Implement the economic model to reach the target markets
  • Strengthen teams
  • Build a phased financial strategy for company development

What are the Gene.iO values?

Trust: strict confidentiality is guaranteed
Independence: no capital investment by Genopole
Proximity: project managers are on hand and available
Agility: adjustable roadmap according to risks
Goodwill: support from an experienced mentor
Freedom: designing the offer according to wishes and needs
Efficiency: there is one goal, raising funds

How to apply for Gene.iO

You will find all necessary information on our call for candidates platform.

What is the schedule for this edition?

Call for Applications

20 May to 21 July 2024
Apply now !


The week of 9 September 2024

Program start

4 November 2024. 

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With the support from
Région île de France