Option Startup is back at i-Lab

Every year since 2016, the i-Lab has been part of Option Startup – an event organized by Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris. The i-Lab became one of 300 innovation sites that opened their doors during the week of 15 October 2018 to 15,000 secondary school students curious about innovation and related jobs.

The i-Lab invited third graders and their teachers to discover new jobs in the digital transformation sector. This year’s line-up included:

  • exchange with a UX designer, an industrial designer and a developer who design services and interfaces with a focus on user experience, ergonomics and software engineering;
  • a creative workshop for students to try their hand at each stage of the design process.
The event gave students the “bigger picture” on the design industry and its diverse professional opportunities.
The i-Lab

i-Lab is Air Liquide’s innovation laboratory. It aims at exploring new markets through a user-centric approach so as to detect, test and accelerate new growth opportunities for the Group. Both a place for reflection and experimentation, i-Lab develops new offers in conjunction with various innovation, operations and business units teams within the Group, while spreading new ways of working.
Air Liquide

The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to 20.3 billion euros in 2017 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.

Paris&Co is the Paris economic development and innovation agency. It boosts the innovation ecosystem of the Paris area by incubating more than 400 startups a year, beta-testing innovative solutions, organizing national and international events, and prospecting and hosting foreign startups. It grows its activities as part of an open innovation dynamic in close collaboration with more than 120 major companies and institutions.