One of the most challenging issues of the Cosmetic Valley is to detect and support the young innovative companies, as well as to promote the research and the cosmetic sciences. This led to the creation of The Cosmetic Victories competition in 2015, sponsored by the Cosmetic Valley-ESSEC endowment fund.
The competition, recognized by the profession, aims to reward and promote students, researchers, start-ups and SMEs in charge of innovative projects, related to the perfume and cosmetics industry.
Objectives of the competition
- To support and promote projects run by researchers, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the perfume and cosmetics sector.
- To facilitate the prize-winners’ access to the market.
The Cosmetic Victories awards 2 prizes:
- The Academic Prize, for the most relevant research project that meets the new technical challenges of the cosmetic industry.
- The Industry Prize, for the best cosmetic innovation of the year .
Who can take part in the competition?
The Cosmetic Victories is open to French and international contestants:
- The Academic Prize: for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and researchers.
- The Industry Prize: for managers of business-creation projects, innovative start-ups and SMEs.
Which types of innovation?
All kind of innovation may be presented as a project submission, in any fields of application of the perfume and cosmetics industry: raw materials, formulation, packaging, tests, finished goods, …
Note: The innovations can come from the perfume and cosmetics industry or can be the result of technology transfer from other sectors to the cosmetic field: new technologies, new products, new processes, new services, new concepts or new organisations.
Recognition by the profession
The international jury’s excellence adds value and considerable scope to each prize-winner’s project.
Following the competition, there will be major national and international press coverage.
Cosmetic Valley is able to support the prize winners in their efforts to develop their business in France, through the Cosmet’Up tool: a national platform for working alongside and supporting French start-ups and SMEs.
The prize winners will also be able to benefit from project engineering facilities at Cosmetic Valley, in order to help them obtain government funding.
To support the competition’s prize-winning projects, and based on the COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund, winners of The Cosmetic Victories award will receive a cash prize of €10,000.
To take part all you need to do is register by filling in the following form in English.
The Cosmetic Victories relies on an international prestigious jury, composed of scientific and innovation cosmetic experts and members of the major companies and top names in the perfume and cosmetics sector.
In 2019, the panel of judges brought together major public institutions, representatives from the profession and prestigious French brands:
Marc-Antoine JAMET, COSMETIC VALLEY - President
Jean-Luc ANSEL, COSMETIC VALLEY - Founding Executive Vice President
Bruno BAVOUZET, LVMH Research - President
Estelle BOUVET, YVES ROCHER - Director of Innovation and Development of natural formulas
Jacques Challes, L’ORÉAL, Chief Innovation Officer
Jean-Christophe Choulot, Caudalie – R&D Director
Nathalie CLÉMENT, Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances - DGE - chargée de mission Cuir, Parfums et Cosmétiques
Laurence DORLHAC, journalist and President of the jury
Simon DUFEIGNEUX, SISLEY - Director of Public Affairs and New Projects
Christophe MASSON, COSMETIC VALLEY- Chief Executive
Julien Morel, ESSEC – Director
Xavier Ormancey, Pierre Fabre – R&D Director
Nicolas Pasquier, Skinjay – President
Members of the Selection Committee 2020
The COSMETIC VALLEY-ESSEC endowment fund was set up in 2013 to promote French research and to take part in developing employment in the perfume and cosmetics field, with the aim of showcasing the reputation of French cosmetics and the “Made in France” label.
That is why the Endowment Fund authorised the establishment of an annual international competition for young researchers, academics, university students and those from France’s prestigious higher education institutes, as well as people in charge of innovative projects (from start-ups and SMEs) in the perfume and cosmetics field.
The first edition of the competition was launched in 2015 with the name “The Cosmetic Victories”.
The Academic Prize
Michel Grisel - University of Le Havre, Normandy, FRANCE
“Non-biological skin mode”
The presented non-biological surface was developed with the aim of faithfully reproducing the topological and physico-chemical characteristics of the surface of human skin This synthetic skin model was analysed and validated by comparison with in vivo and ex vivo skin measurements. It proved to be a perfect model for studying the interactions and properties of raw materials and cosmetic products on human skin. With it, we can easily assess moistness, adherence, spreading, residual film properties, etc. with a high degree of precision and at low cost.”
The Industry Prize
John LaHood - President of ColorForge, USA
“ColorForge Additive Manufacturing for Custom Cosmetics”
“ColorForge Custom Cosmetics is a sustainable additive manufacturing process. It is the first patented 3D printing process that manufactures custom color cosmetics and product casing simultaneously, sustainably and with scale. No minimums or waste. This technology also makes it possible to manufacture powder-based beauty products in a variety of product categories and in various shapes and sizes. The ColorForge manufacturing process delivers a virtually limitless range of vibrant colours, as well as the option of customising the product and creating unique patterns and gradients.”