In 2018, join a unique innovation program and become a Public Interest Entrepreneur

Developers, data scientists, designers: come transform French public administration.  Join the second cohort of the EIG program!

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The Entrepreneur·e d’Intérêt Général program (or EIG for short) was initiated by the French Presidency in autumn 2016 and launched in January 2017. The key principle: recruiting innovators from outside government to tackle 10-month-long challenges linked to the use of public data and the digital transformation of government.

A call for applications was launched on September 27th 2017. In January 2018, 27 Public Interest Entrepreneurs will form the Season 2 of the Program.

The call for applications is open until October 27th, 2017: EIG – Season #2 (in French)

The program is run by Etalab (a mission of SGMAP, the Secretariat-General for Government Modernisation), in conjunction with the Commissariat général à l’investissement and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

Diversity, teamwork, commitment

The EIG will have 13 challenges to solve. These challenges, proposed by government agencies, were selected by a jury of experts during a call for projects organized from May-July 2017. The agencies will host the Public Interest Entrepreneurs for 10 months to work on the following challenges:

The main features of this season 2:

Diversity –  The challenges encompass a wide range of areas requiring high-level skills: data science projects, development of digital platforms and interfaces, service design, project management, etc.

TeamworkEach challenge will be solved by 2 to 3 Entrepreneurs with complementary skills. The 27-person team will be made up of: 9 developers, 5 designers, 1 expert in digital project management, 2 geomaticians and 10 data scientists (including 1 datavisualisation expert and 1 data manager).

CommitmentTo carry out these ambitious challenges, each government agency will assemble a project team around the Public Interest Entrepreneurs, bringing together specific skills needed to solve the challenge. These teams will be fully involved in every step of the challenges: design, development, and implementation. They will also complement the mentoring system set up during Season #1. Each Entrepreneur is accompanied by an operational mentor and benefits from the overview of a strategic mentor whose senior position in the hierarchy facilitates the smooth implementation of the EIG’s work. The cohort will meet every two weeks for group sessions to share their experiences and discuss their progress.

Find out more about the challenges and the types of missions in the call for applications (in French)

An open call for applications

The call for applications is open from September 27th to October 27th, 2017. Anyone outside the government who has completed their studies can apply (conditions herein French) by detailing their skills and experiences through a form available on the call for applications webpage. It is possible to apply for several challenges.

To access the application webpage (in French) >>

Once the call for applications is closed, the Etalab team will draw up a shortlist of applicants. On November 14th and 15th 2017, a jury comprised of the operational mentors of the challenges and digital experts will interview the shortlisted applicants.

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria :

    • Energy, motivations, initiative, positive attitude
    • Understanding of the challenge and ability to suggest strategic orientations for its development
    • Will to act for the public good (ex: free software contributions, involvement in the non-profit sector, etc.)
    • Ability to integrate into the environment of a government agency and to interact with its professions (IT, HR, general management, etc.)
    • “Technical” skills: tech (programming languages and frameworks, fullstack development), UX design, data science.

Next: a meeting with the agencies on October 10th 

In the spirit of openness and collaboration, the government agencies will meet potential applicants and pitch them the challenges to solve. The event will take place at the Secretary of State for Digital Affairs.

SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 10TH from 4.30 – 7PM to discuss further!


The EIG program is funded by the “Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir”, a governmental investment program to encourage research and innovation.

The funds received are used to finance the recruitment of EIGs as well as the mentoring and support means set up by Etalab.

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