Dassault Systèmes announces programme to support design start-ups

Dassault Systèmes has announced details of its Global Entrepreneur Program at CES in Las Vegas. The scheme will accelerate the development of breakthrough innovations by startups, entrepreneurs and makers by leveraging the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform alongside its network of mentors and services.

Dassault Systèmes, which publishes a host of product development software packages including Solidworks, Catia, and Simulia, intends to deliver tailored startup tracks to offer new levels of support to stakeholders.

More than 1,000 startups, entrepreneurs and makers have already embarked with Dassault Systèmes on digitally developing real-world products and experiences.  With the Global Entrepreneur Program, they can use virtual worlds, collaboration, collective intelligence and communities to facilitate innovation, creativity, and to bring ideas to fruition.  Innovators can advance projects integrating internet of things and other technologies, design and test products, access online prototyping services using the latest 3D printing methods, and share knowledge and knowhow with a qualified network of professionals, experts and peers from many industries.

Startups have different needs at each phase of their lifecycle.  A one-size-fits-all technological, mentoring and marketing approach falls short of providing the diverse levels of support required to help them get products to market faster while, in parallel, addressing business challenges inherent to the startup world such as funding, staffing, IT infrastructure or sales.

“Entrepreneurs have told us that they value the social community of an incubator above all else, and we listened,” commented Frédéric Vacher, Dassault Systèmes corporate strategy director.  “Dassault Systèmes loves startups and our Global Entrepreneur Program supports their innovation processes by providing cloud applications and online communities and services, whatever their industry, product, needs or maturity level.  Gone are the days when only large companies had the myriad of skills, resources and capabilities to yield breakthroughs.  We are a catalyst and enabler for large companies and startups alike to create concepts, bring virtual and real worlds together, and empower a renaissance of innovation.”