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: May 31, 2022

Join 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.

Remote work

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

May 31, 2022

Application deadline

June 30, 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 July and September 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.

October 2022

Validation

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!

Autumn 2022

Prototyping

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)!

2023

Pre Seed

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?

Ambitious

We build start-ups with the goal of scaling them up. Let’s make a big impact!

Humble

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are eager to fully embrace users’ points of view.

Idealist

We want to change the world in a positive way by combining business opportunities & core values.

Experienced

Your experience, whatever it is, will save time (and money!) for all of us!

Meet our co-founders

FAQ

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.