Focus on the Tekimpact solution which aims to accelerate the technological innovation of companies

SATT CONECTUS, an Alsatian technology transfer acceleration company, and the startup TEKIMPACT have signed an exclusive license for the worldwide use of an innovative technology from an INSA/ICube public research laboratory (University of Strasbourg). This new Tekimpact software solution aims to enable companies to quickly identify the best opportunities for technological innovation and thus provide them with a competitive advantage. Big names in French industry such as Faurecia or the EDF Deconstruction and Waste Projects Department have already shown their interest in this solution.

In France, each year, more than 35 billion euros are invested in R&D by companies to launch on the market only 1 product out of 7 innovative projects initiated. Companies are thus betting on the rapid exploration of as many avenues as possible, mobilizing means and resources in many ways that for the most part turn out to be hopeless.

Funding provided by SATT Conectus

Since 2012, the thirteen SATTs, Technology Transfer Acceleration Companies, have stimulated, invested in and supported the creation of 672 deep tech start-ups, including around 100 with an industrial vocation. By detecting innovative technologies within public research laboratories, financing their technical, scientific and economic development, then securing their distribution on the market and supporting their development through their technological and industrial transfer, in particular through the creation of start-ups deep tech, SATTs are the essential link in the innovation chain from research to industry.

STATT Conectus enabled the Tekimpact solution to see the light of day by financing the development of a beta version of this solution, which is now marketed by the start-up TEKIMPACT. This financial investment makes it possible to carry out the first full-scale tests with industrial users of the work of Pr. Denis CAVALLUCCI and his team from the Laboratory of Engineering Sciences, Computer Science and Imaging (ICube at the INSA Strasbourg – UMR CNRS University of Strasbourg 7357) who were able to combine artificial intelligence and business expertise.

Caroline DREYER, President of SATT Conectus, explains:

“Tekimpact’s innovative solution proves how much public research is today a driving force behind the France Relance plan. Accelerating the design of innovations and guaranteeing their systematic competitive performance are unprecedented promises on the market that will concretely serve the competitiveness of our companies. This is why Conectus invested 200 k€ in this project in 2016 to develop a beta version of this solution. We have thus made it possible to carry out the first full-scale tests with industrial users. Today, it is a young startup that distributes innovative technology for the biggest. This is all the wealth that can arise from public research! »

The ICube laboratory for engineering sciences, computer science and imaging is a CNRS research laboratory (Joint research unit 7357) under the triple supervision of the University of Strasbourg, ENGEES and the Strasbourg INSA. It brings together two scientific communities in equal parts at the interface between the digital world and the physical world, which gives it a unique configuration. With nearly 650 members and 17 teams, it is a major research force at the Strasbourg site. Federated by imagery, ICube’s preferred fields of application are engineering for health, the environment and sustainable development.

Pr. Denis CAVALLUCCI who, with his team, is at the origin of this new technology, declares:

Our teams of researchers, data-scientists and developers produce, in conjunction with industrial partners, tools for the R&D of tomorrow. The software solution Tekimpact is anchored on AI, TRIZ theory and business expertise. For a given company, we operate a semantic extraction of the patents in its sector, we map the axes of innovation of the competition, we cross the data with the technical problems of the company. Several stages of analysis and confrontation follow one another. At the end of the process, technological avenues emerge that are likely to give the company a genuine, strong and unprecedented competitive advantage. »

The Tekimpact Solution

Tekimpact, founded by entrepreneur Hugo Chague, therefore holds the exclusive worldwide license for the solution designed by Professor Denis Cavallucci where AI and the TRIZ method have played an important role.

The theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ, is a method of convergent creativity, which does not favor the emission of many ideas like brainstorming for example, but which guides reflection directly towards solutions. in the 2010s, this method was improved and hybridized with AI by Professor Denis Cavallucci.

The innovative solution Tekimpact aims to enable R&D managers to identify the most relevant innovation issues in order to achieve their strategic objectives, to map competitors’ innovation priorities and to propose research axes to R&D teams. the most relevant for developing successful and patentable innovations.

The benefits it brings are:

  • Mapping of the competition’s innovation priorities on a specific technical subject: better market visibility to build a tailor-made technological development project;
  • Saving time and R&D costs;
  • Limitation of R&D risks;
  • Major competitive advantage in major national competitions,
    European and international.

Hugo CHAGUE, President and Founder of Tekimpact, concludes:

At the house of Tekimpact, we have expertise and mastery of innovative methods that allow us to base an R&D and Intellectual Property strategy on rigorous foundations. In all the technological challenges we take on, we believe in a different way of inventing. We believe in the need to first find the golden question: this problem which, well stated, is half solved. Our way of finding this impactful question is to use the Artificial Intelligence developed by Denis CAVALLUCCI to make patents, engineers and the market speak. Our ambition is to be the GPS of industrial innovation and to support as a priority all innovations that can accelerate the ecological transition. »

On the strength of its first missions, in particular for the Radioactive Waste Deconstruction Projects Department of EDF and Faurecia, Tekimpact aims to deploy the solution to all companies for which innovation is a strong strategic issue, whether they are large groups , ETI or SME.

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Focus on the Tekimpact solution which aims to accelerate the technological innovation of companies


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