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Assisting Small Business

Renan Sobaga, Le Lieu du Design’s Project Manager dedicated to firms, assists small business with integrating design and eco-design.

This mission takes the form of awareness-raising activities for design under each firm’s global growth strategy.

The Project Manager provides assistance with analyzing needs and assisting with the design project process. He answers the following questions: What design agency or independent designer should we choose? Where can we find a project team capable of assisting the firm and / or designer with their activities (consulting firms, R&D service providers, industrialists)?   Who owns the results? How much does a prototype cost? What means are available for protection (secrecy, drawings and models, trademarks, patents...)? How can eco-design be integrated into developing a product or service? How can we conduct a market study? How can we identify available grants and financing? ...

Le Lieu du Design puts small businesses in contact with various actors who may help them in their design process: design agencies and independent designers, technical consulting firms for design and CAD, eco-design experts, prototypists, materials resource centers, laboratories and R&D service providers, industrial property agencies, consultants for market studies, export services, publishers...

In addition, Le Lieu du Design directs small businesses to project financing and assistance schemes, in particular those offered by the Ile-de-France region, the Ile-de-France DRIRE (regional industry, research, and environmental authority), Oséo, the city of Paris...

Partnership agreements have been signed by Le Lieu du design with the matériO materials resource center located at 74 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and with the INPI (national industrial property institute) which will organize, beginning on November 1st, 2009, information services on Le Lieu du Design’s premises. Industrial property pre-diagnostics free of charge will be offered by Le Lieu du Design to firms who want them.

Le Lieu du Design is also at the heart of an operational network to best assist firms in the Paris region: CFI (Paris region innovation center), APCI (industrial creation promotion agency), INPI, matériO materials resource center, FCBA (forestry, cellulose, wood, and furniture technological institute), VIA (furniture innovation promotion), Oséo, financing structures, incubators and breeding grounds and competition hubs: Elastopole (rubber and polymers), CAP Digital (digital and information technologies), Moveo (transportation and environment), Systematic (software and complex system), Advancity (city and sustainable mobility),...

If you have a project, don’t hesitate to contact Renan Sobaga who will analyze its feasibility with you. Le Lieu du Design’s Project Manager will advise you and assist you with all stages in the process. renan [dot] sobaga [at] lelieududesign [dot] com