Our students are future entrepreneurs!

Terra Isara aims to develop entrepreneurship training, in particular by supporting the ECOTROPHELIA European food innovation competition.

Since 2012, the Terra Isara Endowment Fund has supported the participation of ISARA engineering students in the ECOTROPHELIA Agri-Food Innovation Competition. 18 projects have competed, which in turn amounts to more than 250 students being trained. Several teams have won awards, and some projects have subsequently led to the creation of innovative companies.

Development of entrepreneurship

Support training for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship

Terra Isara’s ambition is to help engineering students gain the skills they need for intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.
This acquisition is based on concrete eco-innovation approaches by placing students in a real situation of product creation and launch: identification of promising concepts, market research, production of prototypes and pre-series in the agro-food technology market, determination of acceptability price, launch plan and business plan.
Two exchange sessions with the board of directors invested in Terra Isara are organized each year to optimize the projects’ chances of success. The engineering students also benefit from contributions by the European Foodlab project, of which ISARA is the driving force.
At the end, the projects are presented at the European innovation competition Ecotrophelia. The student-engineers have the opportunity, after this initial entrepreneurial step, to integrate the Agrapole-ISARA incubator (Foodshaker).

Ecotrophelia food innovation competition: ISARA student-engineers’ ranking

  • 2021: “Légum’envie”, a tasty smoothie of fermented vegetables for meals taken on the go…

  • 2020: The current health situation with the COVID-19 crisis did not allow the Isara teams to participate in the competition :-(.

  • 2019: France and Europe gold medal for Vertuose with its product ORIZginal (A 100% vegetable and organic dessert)

  • 2018 : Ecotrophelia France silver medal and communication & marketing award for “Inflore & Sens” (tisane stick made of essential oils and herbal plants)
  • 2017 : ECOTROPHELIA France bronze medal and Interfel Services Award for Brin d’Arômes (breadstick containing an aromatic oil to season your salads)
  • 2016 : Bernard Loiseau Prize for Tecofruit (fermented non-alcoholic drink with an exotic flavour and Chia seeds
  • 2015 : ECOTROPHELIA France Innovation Fruits and Vegetables for “Irresistible Duo” (two tasty and practical bars made of vegetables to reinvent your lunch breaks!)
  • 2014 : ECOTROPHELIA France silver medal and “Innovation Nutrition special mention: Food for Seniors” for “Bouchées Heritage” (products adapted for dependent elderly persons, a hot meal in bite size pieces)
  • 2013 : ECOTROPHELIA Europe gold medal, ECOTROPHELIA France gold medal and “special mention Innovation in Fruits and Vegetables” for “Ici & Là” (range of lentil steaks)

Supported projects