We create start-ups with entrepreneurial and idealistic co-founders
Together, our new concepts will change the game for the better; we are looking for people who are ready to take risks and are enthusiastic, resilient, ambitious and idealistic!
Become one of the next 20 Imagination Machine entrepreneurs
Application deadline: March 31, 2022Join us!
10 entrepreneurs from all over Europe
The goal? Launch 5 start-ups in the first half of 2022. To co-found these start-ups with us, we are currently looking for entrepreneurs-in-residence who can be established anywhere in Europe.
We’ve found that with systematic and rigorous communication, and by building relationships of trust and respect very early on between co-founders, teams working remotely - with in-person meetings every 6 to 8 weeks once a project has launched - can do great things.
Iterations and learnings
Our methodology, inspired by design thinking, is applied in a fundamentally pragmatic and tailor-made way for each project. We proceed through successive iterations to learn more and more about a sector, target users, and applications of a project.
Our shared future
March 31, 2022
April 25, 2022
Kick-off meet-up week
We spend a week all together in person to frame the launch of the product, draw the roadmap, and carry out the first user tests.
Between May and July 2022
3 months of exploration
You strengthen your entrepreneurial position by taking part in strategic thinking and operations of existing projects. At the same time, you refine your expertise by leading the exploratory phase of the project that we are launching together: you conduct numerous user tests and test different value propositions.
Following all the interviews you’ve carried out, you have some strong intuitions and ideas for how to proceed with the project. Having validated the market opportunity, together we design checkpoints for you before you continue with research. After this, we’ll refine the value proposition and start working on a prototype!
We build a Minimum Viable Product, whatever its form, with the help of our internal developers, and submit it to users for feedback. We go through lots of iteration until we find THE formula that hits the mark(et)!
During the first year, taking into account the invoices of the entrepreneurs and the creation of the prototype(s), we invest around € 100k in the project. In the following year, depending on the rate of progress and the milestones reached by the team, we can, depending on the decision of our board, reinvest in the project up to an additional 200k€.
Is this you?
We build start-ups with the goal of scaling them up. Let’s make a big impact!
We are looking for entrepreneurs who are eager to fully embrace users’ points of view.
We want to change the world in a positive way by combining business opportunities & core values.
Your experience, whatever it is, will save time (and money!) for all of us!
Meet our co-founders
Find the answers to most of your questions here. If you need more details, do not hesitate to contact us!
What means or resources do you offer to ensure the success of the start-up?
Where is IM based? I don’t live in Nantes, can I apply? Do I need to speak French?
You launch several start-ups in parallel: what happens after the launch & when my team is complete? How do you stay involved?
What happens if the research stage does not succeed?
What happens when the start-up is incorporated? Who owns it? What is the split?
How much funding will IM invest in a start-up?
Will I be paid?
I have a start-up project already; can I work on it with Imagination Machine?
How often do you call for applications?
Can we apply as a pair?
How do you build co-founders teams?
I’m interested in one of your projects, but I have no experience in this sector. Can I apply?
Some of our thoughts
Here are some of our thoughts about our daily work, some of the major issues that we’d like to solve, and our inspirations.
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