Life at Impulse
Since 2011, Impulse Partners has been expanding thanks to our team, who is closely involved in our development. Together, we have defined our raison d’être: “To drive sustainable transformations in territories and industries”.
Who are our clients and our partners?
We work with industrial actors in construction, real estate, industry, and the urban sector in addition to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem: start-ups, research projects, innovation ecosystems, etc. We work to connect these two worlds. The majority of our clients are in France, but our international development has led us to expand to Belgium, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan and Thailand.
Our clients in the private sector include CEOs, members of Comex, Innovation, Digital Transformation and CSR departments, and investment fund managers. In the public sector, we work with the economic development and planning departments of various regions and territories in addition to smart city and sustainable city project teams. We also work with entrepreneurs: start-up founders, intrapreneurs, researchers, …
What are our typical missions?
We have two core missions: the presentation of our Impulse Labs ecosystem and the guiding actors in the industry sector in the definition and execution of their innovation strategies.
On the strategy side: in a context of economic transformation (use vs. ownership, which disrupts economic models) and citizen aspirations, environmental pressure, and massive digitalization of our business sectors – our clients need to analyze these changes and assess the impact on their organization. We support them in this analysis and encourage them to use innovation as an opportunity, a factor of agility, resilience and even growth. Our clients then ask us to help them define their innovation strategy (objectives and tools) and accelerate their implementation.
In concrete terms, our teams carry out strategic studies, benchmarks, among other research. For example, the mission conducted by Impulse for the French Tech Paris Saclay was praised by the Elysée Palace. The Observatory of Construction Trends has become a necessity in the construction sector. We are also involved in defining open innovation, intrapreneurship and investment fund creation strategies and in the operation of these strategies: coaching of intrapreneurs, ideation, co-construction of new offers via our start-up studio.
On the ecosystem side, our objective is to foster collaborations between traditional players and innovative start-ups. We decipher the needs of the industry and match them with the solutions of our start-ups. We map out innovative solutions, provide sourcing for investors and support the various stages of the start-up/corporate relationship (discussions, collaborations, investments, etc.). To foster dialogue between these two worlds, we organize start-up pitch sessions, thematic webinars, roundtables and are present at major trade shows. It’s exciting to be able to support the best start-ups in our sectors, and to see their impact on our cities and industries!
What is the concrete impact of our missions?
Our activities stimulate innovation by supporting start-ups, large groups and territories. This innovation is always intended to serve considerations of performance, resilience, new uses, security, energy sobriety, or social inclusion.
Our support allows :
- start-ups to maintain their activity, thus contributing to the creation of jobs,
- local authorities to promote the attractiveness, economic development, and ecological transition of their territories,
- large corporations to support the transformation of their business model, but also of their corporate culture.
The economic impact of our actions has been demonstrated and recognized by all our partners, as well as by government services (for example, we manage revitalization programs to stimulate job creation through innovation).
To create a more significant impact, the Caisse des Dépôts, “the bank of general interest”, acquired a stake in our capital in 2021 to support our development.
Our Working Methods
Where do we work?
Our headquarters is located on the top floor of the Boucicaut eco-district – with a panoramic view of the 15th arrondissement of Paris. We also have an office at Station F where we host start-ups on the theme of Smart City. We operate the Catalyseur de l’innovation et de l’entrepreneuriat (at la Défense), as well as at the Hub des Territoires (13th arrondissement), which is a facility of the Banque des Territoires that we are partners with.
We regularly visit our clients (meetings, events, workshops, etc.) but work from our locations most of the time.
Trust is a core value at Impulse, so we also allow our teams to work from wherever they want (remote working).
What is the work culture at Impulse?
Impulse values its employees by allowing them to quickly take on responsibilities, regardless of their seniority, and to embody its values: commitment, autonomy, entrepreneurial spirit, team spirit, critical thinking, and self-confidence. The level of responsibility varies according to the position of each person, and our management is vigilant in training and supporting the evolution of the consultants.
Impulse recruits and supports the development of talented individuals with varied backgrounds (business, engineering, architecture and urban planning schools, IEP, university, etc.) and experience (humanitarian, corporate, consulting, entrepreneurship, associations, international, etc.).
Career paths are defined on an individual basis, to adapt them to the expectations of each person: managerial development, development of new offers, development of sector expertise, etc. Every six months, evaluation interviews allow us to monitor these individual paths.
Is there an opportunity to get involved in the development of Impulse?
We are a young company in full growth mode, with a strong entrepreneurial DNA. Taking an initiative is highly valued, and is expected of our teams.
Involvement can be based on current topics, and on each person’s skills and availability: thematic summaries, organization of internal events, business development, creation of new offers, organization of training, improvement of processes and tools, contribution to recruitment, etc.
The Typical Workday at Impulse
What moments mark the week ?
The Monday morning Team Meeting allows us to start the week together, analyze the events of the past week, carry out a commercial follow-up and project ourselves collectively for the week to come.
The team also meets every Friday at noon during an internal seminar – which is an informal meeting in which a different consultant leads a conversation about a particular topic (the development of a new offer, a personal project, or to share feedback on our missions).
What about team unity?
Many events are organized within the team for team building purposes: cooking on a barge, Koh Lanta in a castle, climbing sessions, “five” sessions, afterwork get-togethers, bowling, karaoke, dinners, or even Secret Santa. We like to invite our former employees, partners and start-ups that we are close to! The Covid-19 pandemic has not prevented us from establishing a cohesive team unit.
Furthermore, at Impulse there is a climate of benevolence, tolerance and mutual aid so that everyone feels free to express themselves and to be a true part of the team.
How is the integration into the team?
Impulse is growing, which means that there are many people joining us for an empowering professional experience.
We have designed an integration process that allows each team member to meet one another, but it is also within the framework of our missions that integration takes place. Our missions allow each consultant to develop fields of expertise that they are encouraged to embody within the team.
All our employees are encouraged to participate in the training of newcomers and to remain available to guide them.