Valeo is offering young students worldwide the opportunity to make the car of 2030 and the way it’s used more intelligent, intuitive, green and fun. Comprising teams of two to five people, students from any discipline can take part by presenting a relevant, innovative project in English. The aim is to stimulate the students’ creativity, enabling them to form multidisciplinary teams. The Valeo Innovation Challenge is part of Valeo’s innovation strategy, supported by the company’s annual Research and Development budget of over €1 billion


The aim of the contest is to reward an innovative automobile-related project (technological innovation or idea for new ways of using the car) that is the product of the imagination of students worldwide.

Valeo launched the 3rd edition of its contest, the “Valeo Innovation Challenge 2016”, which offers students from around the world the opportunity to become players in automotive innovation. They are required to come up with an innovation which would, between now and 2030, make the car and the way it is used more intelligent, intuitive, green and fun. These students are being asked to develop bold solutions for the society of tomorrow.

Through this contest, Valeo is showing that innovation lies at the core of its DNA and that Research and Development is a priority for the Group. It is the guiding force behind the 11,000 engineers who innovate each day while inventing the car of tomorrow.

The Group is seeking to raise student awareness of the challenges that careers in the automotive industry can offer them.

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • Bold, innovative and original idea of the project (“Best Innovation” category / “Best Idea for a new way to use cars” category);
  • Challenges and relevance of the problem dealt with and factoring in of society’s expectations;
  • Knowledge of technical / related matters;
  • Feasibility and construction of proof of concept;
  • Quality of presentation.

Cost for a participant: None

Fully Funded

The 24 projects selected for the model phase will receive financial assistance in accordance with the content of Article 12 below.

A first prize of €100,000 will be awarded on completion of the contest in each of the following categories:

  • The innovation prize for the best technological innovation
  • The idea prize for new ways of using the car

The second prize for each in these two categories is €10,000. The deadline for submitting entries is 15 January 2016 at 12 noon, French time.
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