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About the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab

  • What is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab from Dassault Systèmes is a new open innovation laboratory that merges collective intelligence with a cross-collaborative approach to foster entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurs, makers, and innovators everywhere are invited to join the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab a community of intelligent, creative and passionate people, focused on positively impacting society, through the creation of disruptive, groundbreaking projects. Dassault Systèmes is committed to helping them bring those projects to life, with the hopes of unleashing further progress and growth for tomorrow´s world.

  • What are the topics addressed by the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab supports projects that address at least one of the following six themes: City, Life, Lifestyle, Internet of Things, FabLab and Ideation.

  • Is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab a new initiative of Dassault Systèmes?

    Yes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is a new initiative of Dassault Systèmes. But, the company has a long standing history in supporting innovation with leading 3D virtual technologies. Combining existing initiatives that yielded such disruptive projects such as the Living heart, BioIntelligence, and Rennes Metropolis and establishing the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab was a natural evolution. With one global lab, Dassault Systèmes can focus its efforts and enable innovators everywhere to look at the world from a new perspective.

  • What kinds of projects will be considered for the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    Every project must have the following criteria, they must:

    • all upon the mass and collective intelligence
    • be a breakthrough/disruptive innovation in terms of products or services and
    • have an impact on society
  • Is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab only a startup incubator?

    No, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is more than just a startup incubator. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is an open innovation laboratory aimed at transforming society collaboratively and socially. However, as part of the overall initiative, Dassault Systèmes has also launched a specific accelerator program for startups that will help facilitate and nurture disruptive product innovation. Each project may have a startup incubated by the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, but it is not essential. Thus, a project may also exist without having a startup (ie. The Open Source Drones project).

    Startup having a breakthrough idea falling within the scope of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab can submit a new project. Thus, the startup incubator is an important component of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab.

  • Who is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab´s audience?

    The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab welcomes innovators from any of the following categories:

    • Startups - Entrepreneurs
    • School incubators, students
    • Independent professionals: Makers - Designers
    • Industrial innovation departments
    • Research laboratory
  • What is the geographic scope of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab´s coverage is global. However, the program will focus initially on Europe and the United States.

About the incubator for startups offered by the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab

  • What are the benefits of the startup accelerator program?

    • Technological support:
      Access the most advanced professional software solutions as well as a dedicated "cloud" environment and hosting
    • Support and mentoring:
      Leverage a high level mentoring program that will complement all of these advanced technological resources, throughout the duration of their project.
    • Network and contact:
      Connect and engage with industry professionals and experts via a strong network and extended global ecosystem.
  • What kind of software tools will be provided to my startup?

    Selected startups will gain access to the full 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including the full breadth of Dassault Systèmes brands integrated on the platform. From CATIA and SOLIDWORKS for creation, design and system engineering, from DELMIA to SIMULIA for manufacturing and simulation... Exalead or Netvibes for information management...

  • What is the qualification criteria to be considered for the accelerator program?

    In order to qualify, startups must:

    • be a legitimate startup with legal status
    • submit a social / collective intelligence project
    • focus on at least one of the six project themes
    • propose a revolutionary, disruptive physical product
    • use 3D to develop the physical product
    • have the potential to transform society
  • Are there particular topics or themes that my project should address in order to participate in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    Yes, your project should fall within the topics we have chosen.
    We have divided the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab´s interest points into 6 topics or themes.
    You can read more about these topics on each dedicated theme page

  • Is the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab compatible with other incubators?

    Yes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab program is completely compatible and complementary to the other incubators.

  • How long is the program?

    The contract between Dassault Systèmes and startups is very flexible and can cover a period from 1 to 5 years.

  • If selected, what documentation is required to participate in the program?

    Once selected for the program, Dassault Systèmes and the startup will sign a dedicated project contract. A non-disclosure agreement is also required to preserve project confidentiality.

  • Who owns the IP created during the projects?

    The Intellectual Property (IP) of each party is preserved during the duration of the program (and after). This is detailed in the contract signed between both parties. However, Dassault Systèmes will ask for the rights to communicate on the experiences and projects of the startup´s IP.

  • Is the mentoring available for the entire incubation period?

    Mentoring is available for the first 2 years of the contract, but technical support is available for the duration of the contract.

  • What is the cost involved for my start-up to be a part of this program?

    There is no cost. Dassault Systèmes provides its technologies and support free of charge within the scope of the contract.

  • Do you offer any space to host the startups?

    No, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab does not provide any permanent accommodation space to startups, but we have a dedicated temporary space. We can host teams for coaching and training in our Lab, at the Dassault Systèmes Campus.

  • Will Dassault Systèmes invest financially in my startup?

    No, this is not a precondition of the program

  • How can I join the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab? Where can I submit my application?

    If you are a startup and you meet all the qualification criteria for the program, you may apply directly by completing the form.
    If you represent a research laboratory, a maker, an innovation leader, please contact us at:

  • How much time is required for the consideration of my application?

    This may vary. We are working on very ambitious and innovative projects. Our selection committee meets every quarter and therefore, validation will not exceed a few months.

  • I have a startup project but my company has still not been created: do I fall within the framework of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    No. In order for a startup to fall within the framework of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, it must be a legal entity.

  • I am a maker but I do not have a company: do I fall within the framework of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab?

    No. If you are an independent professional without any legal form, you do not fall within the framework of the incubation program for startup.
    However, you may participate in some community projects that call upon independent designers, makers, inventors, etc.