InSpek and, the two start-up winners of the X-Grant Silicon Valley 2022 award

Created in 2013 and awarded a total value of $ 100,000, the X-Grant Silicon Valley award rewards project leaders or entrepreneurs from the entrepreneurial ecosystem of École Polytechnique each year. Jérôme Michon (X 2011), co-founder of InSpek, and Feng Yang (X 2001), co-founder of, are winners of the X-Grant Silicon Valley 2022 prize funded by the École Polytechnique Foundation and Friends of Ecole Polytechnique, its sister structure in the United States. Each of them will benefit from a $ 50,000 investment as well as a high level of mentoring, offered by California entrepreneurs and investors.

Silicon Valley X-Grant: Recognizing Talented Entrepreneurs and Promoting Innovative Ideas

The X-Grant Silicon Valley award rewards talent from X’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and aims to support the School’s action in terms of entrepreneurship and innovation. He speaks in:

  • Students and Alumni under 5 years at École Polytechnique (all courses) with a business creation project
  • To start-ups (current and Alumni) who have gone through the X-Up incubator of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in l’X
  • In the (current) start-ups of l’X’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center X-Tech incubator

To qualify, candidates must present an innovative project with a Silicon Valley -related component. Each year, two winners each receive a total of $ 50,000 and also benefit from the high level of mentoring offered by entrepreneurs, Valley -based Alumni de l’X, as well as access to a network of former winners.

This prize is 50% funded by the École Polytechnique Foundation and 50% by the Friends of Ecole Polytechnique, thanks to the generosity of former California-based student donors. InSpek and have joined a community of start-ups with strong influence: PriceMatch (2013), Dreem (2014), Cardiologs (2015), Plato, Tempow and Meteo*Swift (2016), Decidata and SpotAngels (2017), Astraveus and Totem (2018), Lalilo and Tarmac Technologies (2019), Omini and Monk (2020), Escape and Flyinstinct (2021).

InSpek: a new generation of chemical sensors to monitor reactions in real time and better identify them

Start-up created by Juejun Hu, Jérôme Michon (X 2011) and Laurent Vivien.

Graduated from École Polytechnique (class X 2011) and MIT where he completed his PhD
in integrated optics, Jérôme Michon was co-founder of start-up InSpek in September 2021
developing a new generation of chemical analysis systems based on it
patented on-chip optical sensors. While deviations in processes cause very high costs in the pharmaceutical industry and in the biotech sector, these sensors make it possible to monitor chemical reactions in real time to better identify them, and therefore will reduce lead time and associated costs. in chemical manufacture.

Currently housed at the Drahi-X Novation Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation center of Ecole Polytechnique, the start-up has developed several prototypes and is beginning a testing phase with its first customers. Next step: validate the technology by the end of 2022 before marketing the solution on a large scale.

Jerome Michon says:

“We are extremely honored to be the recipients of the X-Grant Silicon Valley award. This prize, awarded by a jury of experts, represents a great recognition of the validity of
our project. He gives us. He gives us visibility and credibility, which are huge assets in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry market. » Improving Industrial Operations using AI-Assisted Remote Sensing

Photo: Ecole Polytechnique Foundation – Alice Li, Feng Yang and Didier Jehanno

Start-up by Lionel Lhommet, Alice Li, Shangran Xie and Feng Yang (X2001)

After working for more than 8 years in the geophysical industry, Feng
Yang founded with the goal of providing players in the industry
oil, gas and metals with high -precision remote sensing solutions. Since it was created in 2019, the start-up has used artificial intelligence to build a
tool capable of controlling flows, but also monitoring the state of infrastructures
such as oil or gas pipelines. Based on a distributed measurement system with
optical fiber, this tool allows remote detection of vibrations, events
acoustics, temperature, and near flow pressure. already exists
has already developed a measuring device that must be deployed in the field to carry out
tests in real conditions. The start-up should also finish developing its application software in the summer.

Fend Yang said:

“We would like to thank the Fondation de l’X, the Friends of Ecole Polytechnique and
all donors who fund this prize. Receiving it is a real encouragement and
gives us confidence for our next exchanges with investors. Very concretely, the financial endowment allowed us to rent a second office
Drahi-X Novation Center where we host, to expand our team, and good
we will definitely continue developing our solution. »

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