A holistic program to foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at CRI Paris (V 1.2)

From idea to impact in 4 steps.

Step by step guidance to help CRI student and staff projects succeed. 

1. Explore

Discover best practices, books, stories and get inspiration for your next project. It all starts with curiosity and research.


2. Get Mentors

We source great talent within CRI and CRI partner organizations, to create an interdisciplinary dream-team of mentors.


3. Prototype /document

At CRI we believe in learning through research and hands-on projects. Meet CRI labs and get tools for your project.


4. Launch

Get into our post-prototype entrepreneurs’ track and launch your social or business venture.



Why did CRI launch an Action program?

CRI is a “Think and Do Tank” that focuses on new ways of learning, teaching, and research, stimulating collective intelligence to address great challenges of our time. We consider student and staff-driven projects key to developing problem-solving and entrepreneurial mindset at CRI.

Who can benefit from Action program?

Action at CRI is an exclusive student and staff focused program, aimed to foster internal experimentation and problem-solving capacity. Nevertheless, we invite the wider public to explore our methods, results, and stories, and to share their feedback. Most of our work is published online under creative commons.

What is the exact support I can count on?

The program will be launched and developed in 2 major stages. At first we focus on internal prototyping experience, offering training resources, project coaching, and prototyping facilities. In the second stage, for successful prototypes, we will focus on public launch, funding needs, and growth strategies. 

How do you measure the impact of this program?

First, we measure the total number of experiments by CRI students and staff, counting them as learning experiences and skills. Second, we document all the experiments and build a digital knowledge base. Third, for the successful prototypes, we will look at social impact, employment, and economic value.

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