OUR STARTUPS.

December, 2017: We are proud to present the startups graduating from our first session!

A new brand of tampons & pads, 100% organic cotton, available online for monthly subscription. For each box purchased, a box is given to a woman in need.

A new brand of tampons & pads, 100% organic cotton, available online for monthly subscription. For each box purchased, a box is given to a woman in need.

The best food from the local market & weekly recipes, delivered in under 60 minutes. Powered by an ingenious model of lightweight logistics.

The best food from the local market & weekly recipes, delivered in under 60 minutes. Powered by an ingenious model of lightweight logistics.

A new software platform to digitalize and optimize the freight industry, yielding massive economic & environmental benefits.

A new software platform to digitalize and optimize the freight industry, yielding massive economic & environmental benefits.

Cloud software to manage live, in-person poker tournaments, bringing people together IRL.

Cloud software to manage live, in-person poker tournaments, bringing people together IRL.


Next session.

Twice a year, we support the world's most promising startups and entrepreneurs.
Apply by January 21, 2018 for our 2nd session! 

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Apply now for spring 2018! 

March 12th - June 15th
Applications are open until the 21st of January


Program.

Accelerator

We are looking for technology startups in any sector – software, media, robotics, commerce, transportation, etc. – as long as they embody the key attributes of l’esprit nantais: community, sustainability & culture.

Studio

We are also looking for "Entrepreneurs-in-residence": engineering, design & business generalists to work full-time with our startups or create new ones.  Come with your own ideas and/or work on some of ours!


Spirit.

What makes Imagination Machine special? Our DNA combines the ambition and playbook of Silicon Valley with French style and values... in particular, the style and values embodied by the beautiful French city of Nantes.

Imagination Machine is led by Rob Spiro, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur. He founded Aardvark (acquired by Google), worked at Google as a product manager on Hangouts and Google+, then he founded a second startup, Good Eggs, and grew the company to tens of millions in revenue and hundreds of employees.

Learn more about our spirit


What our startups say.

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What energy! When you have 15-20 smart, creative and motivated people working hard in the same space, it pushes you to be better and to accomplish more.
— Jeff Kelley, founder of Blind Valet (IM #1)

Our mentors.

Julien Hervouet - CEO iadvize

Julien Hervouet - CEO iadvize

Laurent Metral - CEO CIC Ouest

Laurent Metral - CEO CIC Ouest

Vincent Bedouin - President LACROIX Group

Vincent Bedouin - President LACROIX Group

Paul-Henri Dubreuil - President Dubreuil Group

Paul-Henri Dubreuil - President Dubreuil Group

Stefan Knerr - founder MyScript

Stefan Knerr - founder MyScript

Frédéric De Gombert - CEO Akeneo

Frédéric De Gombert - CEO Akeneo

Anne Blanche - Associate Deloitte

Anne Blanche - Associate Deloitte

Guillaume Allain - Associate Lucca

Guillaume Allain - Associate Lucca