in the 10the Arrondissement, behind the walls of the former Manoir de Paris, the art deco mosaics in the brand new amphitheaters stand out. The Albert School opened less than three months ago and the premises still smell of fresh paint. “In a world transformed by technology, you need people who understand both the business world and its technical problems. The genesis of the project is to break the line between trade and data.”sums up Grégoire Genest, 28, founder of the school, at the bend of the grand staircase under construction.
Grégoire Genest, former student of the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand, graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, then trader in New York, is one of the winners of the 2019 edition of the “30 Under 30” magazine. forbes. In 2021, with two comrades, Mathieu Schimpl and Matthieu Heurtel, they founded the Albert School, whose tuition fees vary between 12,000 euros per year for a bachelor’s degree and 14,000 euros for a master’s degree.
The Albert School, invested in by businessman Xavier Niel, boss of Free and creator of the 42 School (Individual shareholder of World), is one of those newer business schools that is betting on teaching a new generation Web3. This internet of the future includes the Metaverse – the virtual world in which Meta (formerly Facebook) is investing heavily – cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Technologywhich allows information to be stored and shared in a secure manner without intermediaries.
Polytechnic and HEC
If mere mortals don’t have a dematerialized wallet to invest in virtual works (NFTs) or don’t spend their free time in the metaverse, corporations have already begun the transition to Web3. Carrefour, Adidas, LVMH… So many big names who believe in the possibility of the economic model of this virtual universe. Business schools are logically adapting: HEC has launched its Web3 hackathon, Essec is organizing conferences on the subject, and more and more schools are offering masterclasses or specialized courses on decentralized finance. Even Polytechnique saw interest: the Palaiseau campus (Essonne) has been offering a diploma dedicated to blockchain technology since November. Of course, for these schools responsible for educating tomorrow’s business elite, Web3 is a sector to explore.
Laury Jacot is one of those who introduced HEC to these topics: The trained engineer created the first hackathon (a kind of innovation competition) around Web3 within the large business school, as well as a student club, MBA Blockchain Club. The event pleased HEC, who asked him to expand his activities. “We felt that interest was growing: we organized conferences, a dozen talks, a few hackathons. The school has pushed a lot so that it can continue.indicates who has been interested in these technologies since 2020. The aim of the club is not only to make young people aware of Web3, but also “Contact Company”, he adds. The partners of the HEC Club include the Swiss from the Crypto Valley or the Paris Blockchain Week, a major event supported by the Ministry of Economics and Finance.
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