Annecy Base Camp Business Incubator by OSV

Do you have a great idea? Let us help you to get it off the ground!

view content

The Annecy Base Camp is the first ever business incubator in Europe created specifically for hosting and providing support to entrepreneurs in the pre-company creation phase for a project with a sports / outdoor sports industry focus.

A common initiative between stakeholders in the outdoor industry and local city governments, the Annecy Base Camp was created by the non-profit  Outdoor Sports Valley. The goal is to accelerate innovation and drive startup creation in the sports and outdoor industries.

What is our specificity?
We provide support to entrepreneurs in the pre-company creation phase of their project.

How does it work?
When you join the incubator, we work together to help shape, structure, and accelerate your idea in order to start a company already well-positioned to conquer the market!

For whom?
Budding entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, athletes, sales representatives, students,...
Anyone with an innovative idea who has not yet created an official business (registered company) can join the Annecy Base Camp business incubator.

Joining the Annecy Base Camp

How does it work?

Would you like to join the Annecy Base Camp? Here are the key dates for 2017.

1. Call for projects opens February 1, 2017
2. Send in your application by Friday, March 17, 2017.
2. Candidate selection - April 2017.
3. Join the Annecy Base Camp - May 2017.

All applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:

The project's economic potential and ability to create future employment in the region.

The innovative character of the product or solution offered to users/customers in the sports and/or outdoor sports industry.

The extent to which the project is socially and environmentally responsible.

If you have already created a startup, please feel free to contact us by email, we have other potential solutions available through Annecy Base Camp business nursery as well as a mentoring program for startups less than 3 years old.

Why join the Annecy Base Camp business incubator?

► Develop tomorrow's solutions for sports and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

► Validate the viability of your project through support and advice from experts in the industry before officially launching your company.

► Accelerate the creation and growth of your company by receiving dedicated support for 20 months, including office space, and the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with people in the industry on a daily basis.

► Enjoy working in the hear one of the outdoor sports industry's most spectacular playgrounds.

► Benefit from assistance and a broad network when searching for investors.

Personalized and professional mentoring

view content

Incubation takes place in 3 phases over a 20-month period for a total of 480 hours of mentoring and support, equal to 8 half-days per month (two pre-creation phases over an 8-month period and a third 12-month phase once the company is officially created).

During each phase, projects receive a thorough review to validate(or not) their market viability.

Support services are financed 40% by OSV, and 60% by outside consultants.
The latter are from longtime OSV partnerships, generalist business incubators and nurseries in the region, as well as other external experts who are specialists in a specific profession and/or the sports industry.

Mentoring and support services are divided into different categories, all essential for creating a viable company:
► Finance/Human Resources/Administration
► Design/Marketing/Go-to-market/Communications
► Digital
► Sales
► Sourcing/Production/Logistics

Valued at 40,000€, these mentoring services are co-financed by local government partners and OSV, in addition to a small contribution provided by the entrepreneur(s) as part of their overall investment in the project. For more information on the amount of this contribution, please feel free to contact us.


For all questions or for any additional information, please contact Guillaume Bouvaist, Director of Entrepreneurship - Annecy Base Camp:

+33 (0)

Project partners

view content

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the Haute-Savoie Chamber of Commerce, the Haute Savoie Chamber of Trades and Crafts Industries, the Greater Annecy Area, the Haute-Savoie Department, Je Crée en Rhône-Alpes, Montagne & Sports Participations, Chambéry Grand Lac Base Camp, Mont-Blanc Base Camp, Savoie Mont Blanc Angels, Sporaltec.

contact For more information, please contact us


Email :
show media
show alert blocked
You must sign in with your OSV account to view this content.
show Inscrit


Your application request has been taken into account. Following approval of your registration, you will receive your user id and password by email.


show Annuaire


Your registration request has been taken into account. It will be effective after approval by administrator.


forgot password

Forgot your password?

Enter your email address below. Click the "Continue" button. We will send your password to you.

Email :