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AAC 2021 : Level 256 is looking for tomorrow's esport entrepreneurs


Event of the year on the Level 256 side, the platform's annual call for applications is a high point for innovation and economic development in esportS. 2021 will be no exception and it is perfectly natural that we announce the opening of the 2021 call for applications in order to integrate the 4th cohort of Level 256 from March 1st 2021 to April 16th 2021.

The platform is looking into the future of this sector and wishes to be as close as possible to the actors of innovation but also to the leaders of innovative projects whether they are in early or rather developed phases. Level 256 acts as a catalyst for innovation in the esports ecosystem, bringing together a diversity of professions, skills and experience to help and support the transformation of the sector. Each of our partners (Caisse des Dépôts, Groupe FDJ, AUDITOIRE and the City of Paris) contributes its know-how and vision in a spirit of co-construction.


What is the call for applications?

From March 1st to April 16th 2021, the platform is launching a call for applications for the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the esports sector. During this period, innovative projects apply to join Level 256: the 1st global innovation platform dedicated to the esports sector. At the end of the period, the applications are studied by Level 256 and all its partners to select the candidates who will pass the oral exams which consist in pitching the project in front of a jury composed of the Level 256 team, all the partners and experts of the esports and innovation sector (business angels, VC, financers). Finally, those selected at the end of these oral presentations will be able to join Level 256 according to the support formula chosen (seed for young projects or take-off for already structured projects).


How to apply?

It couldn't be easier! To apply, simply go to the website of the call for applications and click on "Apply" in order to initiate your file in the process. Please note that in order to be selected, you need to complete your application and "submit" it in order to be included in the projects submitted for the 2021 application. The number of projects selected each year is not fixed, so don't worry, there will be a place for all the laureates who will have passed the various selection stages.

Are you hesitating or do you need more information to make up your mind? We have thought of you! During the period of the call for applications, we are organising an online information meeting to introduce you to the platform, the Maison de l'Esport (operated by Level 256) and the application process. This year, it will take place on March 25th 2021 from 5PM to 7PM (CET time), so if you are interested, we invite you to register here!


Are there specific innovation themes?

As every year and after discussions with the platform's partners, we draw up a list of themes of interest to stakeholders in the sector in order to include them in the annual call for applications. This year, here are the selected themes:

  • Anti-cheating and cybersecurity
  • Data management
  • Player and spectator experiences
  • CSR, health & accessibility
  • Bettings and forecasts
  • Legal Tech
  • Monetization
  • Performance analysis
  • Broadcasting and new media


Jury members will pay particular attention to these themes, but they are not compulsory criteria, so if your project or company does not fall within these thematic choices, do not hesitate to apply!


Key dates

Now you have everything you need to make up your mind and apply to Level 256, the world's leading platform for innovation and economic development dedicated to esports. So don't wait any longer and apply before April 16th midnight:

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