ThincLab Adelaide has been a leader in incubation activities and a major element of the South Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem since 2001. Building on its domestic success, the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at University of Adelaide is excited to announce the opening of ThincLab Châlons, in partnership with the French city of Châlons-en-Champagne in France.
Located 1 hour by train from Paris in the heartland of the champagne wine region, ThincLab Châlons provides an opportunity for Australian businesses to launch into the European market with a generous 5 year tax free period. ThincLab Châlons aims to promote economic development in the region, attract investment, and provide a structured and supported launch pad for businesses.
Australian businesses entering ThincLab Châlons have exclusive access to a range of local and international experts and mentors, to help promote and support businesses so that they can rapidly enter the global market. Through individualised mentoring programs and tailored workshops, businesses will benefit from regular networking events, forums and opportunities. The space at ThincLab Châlons also creates unique opportunities for businesses to interact with each other and seek out synergistic connections, as well as providing state of the art office spaces, meeting rooms, private work stations and hot desks, with access to all necessary connectivity.
University of Adelaide's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Pascale Quester, has said:
"We are excited about this partnership, which will bring entrepreneurial expertise from the University of Adelaide directly into France, creating a dynamic incubator and business accelerator facility. This will be the first business incubator of its kind in the city of Châlons-en-Champagne."
"Through the University of Adelaide's work in the region, this incubator will promote economic development, attract investment in entrepreneurial ideas, and provide a structured, supported launch pad for new ventures.
"While it is yet another example of the University of Adelaide demonstrating its expertise on a global level, this collaboration with Châlons is a further opportunity to develop strong, innovative links between South Australia and France."
At least five Australian businesses per year will be selected to be a part of ThincLab Châlons.
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