The French Design Incubator, which replaces VIA’s “aides à projets” and “carte blanche” grants, enables the development of innovative collaborations between designers and editors/manufacturers and guides them with the aim of bringing their joint project to market. The Innovation Label is awarded to a collaboration dealing with a design innovation issue; they will then enjoy full tailored support from the FCBA.
The 2018 French Design Incubator boasts 8 collaborations with product design or strategic design projects that go beyond the conception of an object : the creation of two new editors, brand repositioning, design applications for innovative material, and the creation of a furniture collection based around eco-design and short production chains.
Every year, this professional meeting between designers and manufacturers, editors and decorators generates more than 500 appointments. This “marathon”, of up to 16 one-on-one meetings, gives designers immediate access to companies and useful contacts and lets professionals meet creative minds and envisage collaborations: product creation, collection management, artistic direction, etc.
Selection of 8 to 10 collaborations to include the year group
The selection committee brings together specialist journalists, FCBA experts, design and interior design school members, high-tech specialists fablab, as well as Ameublement français and le French Design by VIA.
Access to tools and studies from le French Design by VIA and Ameublement français: photo gallery, co-contracting platform, sector studies (furniture, e-commerce, and bathrooms), standard contract models...
Organisation of workshops : workshops with the FCBA on eco-design, innovative materials, etc., meetings with marketing and communication specialists, advisors in financing, business planning and distribution, and a specialised law firm…
Subscriptions to fablab, techshop and matériauthèque
Possibility of financing with access to IFCIC funds
Added visibility thanks to press relations and specialised media partnerships : IDEAT, INTRAMUROS… And an exhibition at le French Design by VIA Gallery at the end of the incubation
Innovation Label: analysis > co-design > 3D modelling > 3D printing > virtual testing
The French Design Incubator, which replaces VIA’s “aides à projets” and “carte blanche” grants, enables the development of innovative collaborations between designers and editors/manufacturers and guides them with the aim of bringing their joint project to market. The Innovation Label is awarded to a collaboration dealing with a design innovation issue ; they will then enjoy full tailored guidance from the FCBA.
The FCBA, the French Institute of Technology for Forest-based and Furniture Sectors, is an industry technical centre that aims to promote technical progress, improve productivity and guarantee quality in the industry. A favoured partner of businesses, the FCBA is in tune with their technical and economic environment, helping them integrate technological innovations and adapt to rapidly evolving markets.
To promote collaboration and more effective action, the FCBA has developed interdisciplinary clusters to help different sectors and their stakeholders :
Health and Environment
Economy, Energy and Forecasting
L'IFCIC (Institute for the Financing of Cinema and Cultural Industries) is a credit institution that aims to provide easier access to financing for cultural and creative businesses. Boasting renowned expertise in these sectors, the IFCIC offers two financing solutions :
It offers cultural businesses financial guidance and sector expertise and offers banks its guarantee, co-financing capacity and expertise in the economic models of cultural companies. IFCIC’s action on behalf of the design and arts & crafts sectors enjoys support from organisations such as the French Ministry for Culture, the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, CODIFAB, L’Ameublement Français, Ateliers d’Art de France and The European Union’s Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility.