(the “Competition”)

This Competition is organised by INVIVO GROUP 83, avenue de la Grande Armée 75 782 Paris Cedex 16 FRANCE (the “Promoter” or “We”).

Please read these terms and conditions (“Rules”) carefully.


This Competition begins on 6 April 2020 at 3PM CET+1 and ends on 26 February 2021 at 8PM [CET+1]. The Competition will be accessible 24 hours a day on the dedicated Competition website operated by the Promoter’s partner NOVADOXE at https://invivoquesteurotour2020-2021.com (the “Competition website”), subject to possible IT maintenance operations and malfunctions. Dates and times in these Rules refer to Central European Time (CET).

The Competition will be open to Entrants incorporated or with offices in the countries listed below (the “Competition area”) and will be divided in 7 regional competitions (the “Regional Competition area”) :

  • Eastern Europe: i.e. Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine

Location of the final round as defined below: Bucharest (Romania)

  • UK-Ireland: i.e. Ireland, United Kingdom

Location of the final round as defined below: London (United Kingdom)

  • North West Europe: i.e. Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands

Location of the final round as defined below: Wageningen (The Netherlands)

  • South West Europe: i.e. Andorra, France, Italy, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino and Spain

Location of the final round as defined below: Paris (France)

  • Southern Europe: i.e. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia

Location of the final round as defined below: Athens (Greece)

  • Northern Europe: i.e. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden

Location of the final round as defined below: Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Central Europe: i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland

Location of the final round as defined below: Vienna (Austria)


Any eligible company, which is registered on the Competition website and enrols to participate in the Competition (“Entrant” or “You”), is required to review and accept these Rules. By accessing and accepting these Rules, You:

  • enter into a valid and enforceable contractual relationship with Promoter regarding participation in the Competition. The registration and enrolment in the Competition do not set up any subordination relationship between the Promoter and the Entrant, and
  • fully and unconditionally agree to comply with these Rules. Entrants express their agreement by checking an online box upon registering for the Competition.

In case of non-compliance with these Rules, the Entrant will be immediately disqualified from the Competition and no prize will be awarded.


To take part in the Competition, We must have received your completed registration at the latest on the following date, subject to Your region of incorporation (as defined below) :

  • Zone Eastern Europe : at the latest on 14 October 2020
  • Zone UK-Ireland: at the latest on 4 November 2020
  • North West Europe: at the latest on 15 November 2020
  • South West Europe: at the latest on 11 January 2021
  • Southern Europe: at the latest on 8 February 2021
  • Northern Europe: at the latest on 15 August 2020
  • Central Europe: at the latest on 30 September 2020

To register, the Entrant must have truthfully and accurately completed required information, such as full name, email address, etc.

Any registration based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information will result in the Entrant’s disqualification. Refusing collection, recording and use of data that is strictly necessary to performing the Competition will result in the Entrant’s disqualification. Entrant is solely responsible for the information it provides during the Competition. Any intentional or non-intentional mistake, anomaly or inconsistency, regarding this information, may result in the Entrant’s disqualification. Promoter reserves the right to proceed all necessary verifications regarding the Entrant’s identity, postal and/or email address or any other information.

You must also have accepted the Rules as well as the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy, during the creation of your user account and your registration to the Competition.

Registration for and participation in the Competition is free, with no purchase or payment obligation.


This Competition is open solely to (the below criteria are cumulative):

  • Private business entities, regardless of their business area, which are considered as start-ups as defined below.

Eligible start-ups are defined as innovative companies which already have a commercialized product or service

Start-ups may be required, to the Promoter’s sole discretion, to provide proof of (i) company registration by submitting a registration certificate issued within the last three (3) months, or ongoing company registration, or any trade registry and proof ensuring the registration of the entity in the relevant country, and (ii) a valid professional insurance policy.

All the documents that may confirm the Entrant’s eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, registration certificate etc.).

  • Companies incorporated in the relevant Regional Competition area. Companies may only participate in the Regional Competition of their headquarters.

This Competition is not open to:

  • Self-employed, free-lancers, teaching entities (universities, etc), liberal professions ,
  • Employees and representatives of the Promoter and its partner NOVADOXE.

Only one entry per Entrant and per topic will be accepted.

This Competition is void in countries where it is prohibited or restricted by law.


During the registration process, Entrants must designate one individual who is part of the company for contact purposes with the Promoter. This person will be responsible for registering the Startup at the Competition and participating in the Competition on behalf of the Startup. As a Startup participating in this Competition, You represent and warrant to Promoter that such person (i) is an authorized representative of Startup and is participating in the Competition on behalf of such company, and (ii) has obtained all necessary approvals to enter the Competition, including all persons qualified to grant any intellectual property rights to Promoter.

The goal of the Competition is for Entrants to submit contributions (or projects) meeting the requirements determined by the Promoter on the Competition website, and that are submitted in the following forms :

– Answers to the online form available on the Competition website ;
– Answers to follow-up questions which may be sent by the Promoter by email, regarding your project, your turnover, your main competitors, etc ;

Deliverables, as defined below.


During the Competition, Entrants may upload any documents or other materials (such as texts, presentations, videos, etc.) relating to their project on the Competition website in response and as a solution to the Promoter’s Competition (the “Deliverable(s)”) and as defined in Article 7.

To be eligible, Deliverables must (i) address the specific issue set out in the Brief, (ii) be in a common digital format, such as, DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, KEY, ODT, MP3, MPEG, MOV, MP4, and should not exceed 10MB and (iii) be in English and in general must to comply with these Rules.

If a Deliverable cannot be downloaded, is not in the right format or is incompatible, illegible, or unintelligible, the Deliverable and Entrant will be disqualified.

By submitting a Deliverable, Entrants represent and warrant that:

  • The Deliverable includes exclusively contributions from the Entrant itself;
  • Otherwise, if content from a third party has been used in the development of the Deliverable, all rights, authorizations and agreements necessary to submit the Deliverable and grant the rights mentioned herein have been obtained. The existence of not credited third-party contributions in the Deliverable will result in the disqualification of the Deliverable and the related Entrant(s);
  • No other individual and/or entity is entitled to claim any rights from the use of the Deliverable; and
  • The content of the Deliverable does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, privacy, competition law, confidentiality, or any contractual or extracontractual right. All deliverables suspected of any law(s) and/or any third party’s right will be ineligible.

Entrants are responsible for and shall bear any costs or expenses associated with preparing and submitting Deliverables. Entrants assume all risk of damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect or misdirected Deliverables.


Competition Rounds. The Competition consists of two rounds:

7.1 Round One. 

Deliverables will be accepted during the periods listed in Article 3 above : 

At the end of Round One, up to 8 winning Entrants per region will be selected to proceed to Round Two.

Deliverable. If an Entrant does not upload a Deliverable on the Competition website before the deadline, this will be considered as a withdrawal from the Competition. The Entrant may not obtain any compensation from the Promoter.

Selection Criteria. Entries will be judged according to the Selection Criteria, described below. You agree and acknowledge that the Competition relies on your creativity, capacity, ability, and ingenuity to solve difficult problems. The Competition does not depend, even partially, on chance or luck, and therefore should not be considered as a lottery. Under no circumstances are factors such as appearance, religion, membership of a trade union, political opinions or sexual orientation considered.

All Round One Deliverables must be received by Promoter on or before the above-mentioned deadlines. Deliverables must meet the specifications set out in Section 6, above, and include at least :

  • A 10 slides presentation of their Project produced, in PPT or PDF format.
  • An executive summary slide, using the template provided by InVivo Quest.

Other Deliverables may be uploaded on the Competition website.

The jury (the “Jury”) will be selected among members of the Promoter and of its partners (as detailed on the Competition website), at Promoter’s sole discretion.

Jury will evaluate and select the Deliverables based on their content and notably on the following criteria (the “Selection Criteria”):


Scale of environmental and social impacts of the solution (1).

  • The solution have positive environmental impacts (augmentation of biodiversity, management of resources, carbon sequestration, fight against food waste) or social impacts (better revenue for farmers, decrease of the arduousness in the performance of the task).


Innovation & Differentiation

  • The product/service holds a key innovation compared to the products/services already on the market.
  • This original technology or know-how is protected by patents.
  • The product/solution must be producible/deliverable in sufficient quantity to meet InVivo’s needs.


Business Model & Market Validation

  • The value proposition of the company meets market requirements and the product/service answers to a real need and can be proposed at a fair price.
  • A first commercial traction validated that customers are ready to pay for the product/service. If no commercial traction yet, the company is backed by future commercial or industrial partners.


  • The vision expressed by management to develop the business in the next 6, 12, 18 months is ambitious but realistic. (new geographical markets, new products launches and new market segments)

Management & Team

  • Track record and experience of the managing team. Capacity to successfully implement the development strategy.
  • Collaborators ready to develop skills and step up as the company scales its operations.


Fundraising & Equity capital

    • Funds raised by the company are in ad equation with its development plan.
    • The company has a financial stability that helps it to ensure its further developments.

The Impact item must be compliant with the goals of the CSR InVivo policy :

Cooperating for sustainable growth

1. The environment :

  • Optimize the impact our activities have on the environment (circular economy, energy efficiency, etc.)
  • Make sur our offerings contribute positively to the environment, including to diversity and soil capital (“third way” of agriculture, responsible gardening, etc.)

2. The economy :

  • Contribute to local economies (cooperative model, helping farmers make a better living)
  • Innovate for sustainable growth (digital transformation, diversification of three-fold performance growth driven)
  • Contribute to a responsible healthy and sustainable diet (traceability, anti-waste, responsible brands, short supply circuits, etc. )

3. Our People :

  • Increase value to society via collective intelligence
  • Build alongside our stakeholders and especially with cooperatives.
  • Make our employees our best vehicle for progress (health and safety, quality of work life, corporate culture)
  • Promote new skills (leadership, managerial culture, talent management, etc.)
  • Deploy our code of ethics.

Except as otherwise provided below, up to the 9 Entrants per Regional Competition with the highest score at the end of this vote will proceed to the next round.

Notification to Entrants. Once selection has been completed, Entrants will be notified by email, phone, or by other means, at Promoter’s discretion, of the results of each Round. The Promoter will be free to alter the dates on which results are released should this become necessary due to the number of projects to be assessed.  The ranking decided by the Jury will be announced within one week of the vote and will identify the Entrants that are finalists.

7.2. Final Round 

Entrants which have been selected to participate in the Final Round will be directly notified by the Promoter. In the event an Entrant does not answer after the Promoter has tried to contact its representative by email and by phone, the Promoter reserves its right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify this Entrant. This disqualification shall not entitle the Entrant to claim any kind of compensation from the Promoter.

The Final Round, will take place at the following dates:

  • Zone Eastern Europe: October 20th to 22nd 2020
  • Zone UK-Ireland: November 17th to 19th 2020
  • North West Europe: December 1st to 3rd 2020
  • South West Europe: January 19th to 21st 2021
  • Southern Europe: February 15th to 17th 2021
  • Northern Europe: September 14th – 16th 2020
  • Central Europe: October 6th to 8th 2020

The Final Round consists of an oral presentation of the selected projects by the Entrants at the location mentioned in Article 1. The costs relating to the transportation and accommodation of the Entrants will be borne by the Entrants.

The project will be presented to three separate juries during 20 minutes each time. The juries will be focusing on separate aspects : one on the technical aspects, one on the business model and one on the financial aspects. The Selection Criteria used for the vote in the Final Round will be the same as the one mentioned in Article 7.1.

Entrants are not required to upload a Deliverable on the Competition website before the Final Round. However, Entrants must prepare a Deliverable which meets the specifications set out in Section 6 and which may be the one submitted in view of Round 1 or any other document. In addition, Entrants must prepare and bring all the material required for their presentation (including hardware) for the presentation.

This document will be used as a presentation document during the oral presentation given by the Entrants involved in the Project.

At the end of the Final Round, the Jury will choose the winning projects (1 per region) and will rank the top 3 finalists of each Regional Competition. Within 7 days of the Final Round, the Jury will send an email to all Entrants with feedback on their presentations.


The prizes to be awarded to Competition winners are subject to all of the following conditions. They are awarded to the winners of the Competition and are subject to compliance with the following cumulative conditions:

  • The Deliverables comply with Section 6 (“Deliverables”);
  • Each Entrant of a winning project, complies notably with Sections 9 and 11;
  • It can be proven that the winning Entrants fulfil the conditions of eligibility of Section 4.

Subject to these Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by Promoter, each winner will receive the following:

  • Two-day stay in Paris with lunch with InVivo Executive Committee and visit of key sites of the group, to be held on 18 and 19 March 2021 (the dates may be modified unilaterally).
  • Invitation to the Closing Ceremony to be held in Paris at a date to be specified in presence of InVivo Group’s members and of its partners.
  • a “business connexions” pack including consulting from Business France on the French Agricultural landscape and how to market and sell in this context, tests of the solution via Fermes Leader*, introduction within the InVivo network.

*Subject to a preliminary check with Fermes Leader and cooperatives

Reasonable costs relating to the transportation, accommodation and food incurred to attend the Closing Ceremony and come to Paris will be borne by the Promoter, for one person per winning Entrant.

No assignment or transfer of prizes is allowed by a winner. If a potential winner cannot be reached, is unable to accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason, Promoter shall have no further obligation to such potential winner. Promoter will not replace any lost or stolen prizes after being awarded to winners. Winners will accept the prize “as is”. Promoter disclaims any warranty regarding the Prizes.

In the event a Entrant (a winner) cannot be reached, by email or by phone, for more than 48 hours after the first attempt to reach them was made, he/she will be deemed as having waived their right to claim the prize and will not be entitled to any prize or any kind of compensation.

If the prize as initially planned is unavailable, Promoter will be free to substitute another prize of similar value. Any such decision is at Promoter’s sole discretion.

Any Entrant which does not fulfil the conditions of Participation as provided in the Rules during their registration and/or at any time during the Competition will be summarily disqualified from the Competition without prior notice and will not be entitled to any prize. In the event that a prize is awarded to an Entrant which does not meet the conditions of Participation when registering or throughout the duration of the Competition, Promoter reserves the right to require the Entrant to return the awarded prize.


The Entrant acknowledges and consents that Promoter may, in the Competition area and in each country where the Promoter has an office,  and for the duration of the Competition and for a period of one (1) year following the Final Round, use the Competition for publicity, including for Promoter’s advertising or other marketing purposes, (by any means and through any format (website, advertising banners, social networks, newsletter, press release) now known or unknown to date, free of charge or for a consideration.

In particular, You consent, on your behalf or on behalf of the members of your organization, to the use, by Promoter, of their name and surname, city and region of residence, name of the institution in which they studied or obtained diplomas and other biographical information, their image , information regarding the Prize (if you are a winner), the name of your company and its distinctive signs (if you are an Entrant) and any other personal data that you submit with your Deliverables as well as the content of your Deliverables relating to the Competition.

As an example, each Entrant authorizes the Promoter to use the photographs of its members taken during the Final Round the stay in Paris and the Closing Ceremony to disseminate them via any communication medium.

Such use does not entitle the winner or its members to any other compensation than the Prize received. The Promoter agrees to cease using of the aforementioned elements in connection with the Entrant at the end of the aforementioned period.

If required, You agree to execute any document confirming the above-mentioned authorization as may be required by law or otherwise.


Promoter will make its best efforts to keep the confidential information contained in the Deliverables confidential. In general terms, when submitting any Deliverables, the Entrants understand, agree and accept that any information contained therein may be disclosed by the Promoter to partners and Jury.

It is agreed that will not be considered as confidential any information or data that is or will become available and known by the general public, provided that the receiving party is not the source of the disclosure.

The Entrants recognize that other Entrants, individuals or entities may have provided Promoter or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, content that is the same or similar to any piece of information contained in any of the projects. Hence, the Entrants acknowledge, agree and accept that Promoter shall have the right to use such same or similar materials, and that the Entrants will not be entitled to any compensation arising from Promoter’s use of such materials.


Definitions. For the purposes of this section,

  • « Intellectual Property Rights » refers to any copyright or other rights over a trademark, a design or a model, a patent and, more generally, any element, (including trade secrets and know how), that may be protected by national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property (“Intellectual Property Rights”)
  • “Creations” refer to any software (including source and object code software), database, technical specifications, text, design, model, information, knowledge, method, process or product, as well as any resulting elements and/or processes likely or otherwise to be protected according to national and/or international laws or conventions on intellectual property developed by any Entrant as a part of any submitted deliverable throughout the Competition (“Creations”).

Warranty of non-infringement. When submitting any Deliverable, at any stage of the Competition, each Entrant guarantees to Promoter that it is the owner and/or holder of the Intellectual Property Rights regarding all or part of the Creations contained in the Deliverables submitted at any stage of the Competition, and/or that it has obtained all rights and permissions regarding all pre-existing Creations and any elements of the Deliverables for which it does not hold the relevant rights.

Each Entrant guarantees (i) that its contribution is original; (ii) that it does not infringe upon the copyright or any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party; (iii) that all the elements of which its submissions are formed, as well as any elements and information communicated in the submission presentation documents are accurate, reliable and complete; and (iv) that the submission of the relevant Deliverables does not constitute an act of unfair competition of any kind or the breach of any other obligation.

It is compulsory for Entrants to indicate the source of any pre-existing Creations of whichever nature and on whichever support that are included in any submitted deliverable.

Liability. Promoter cannot be held liable for any infringement of the above provisions by Entrants. Each Entrant shall indemnify Promoter against any damage, disturbance, action, claim, opposition and demand or eviction attempt from any third party in connection with any Creation in the Deliverables (Intellectual Property Rights included).

Entrant owner of Intellectual Property rights

By submitting a Deliverable and participating in this Competition, you are not granting Promoter any rights to any intellectual property supporting all of part of the Deliverable and Promoter makes no claim to ownership of your Deliverable or any intellectual property that it may contain.


Update of the Rules. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these Rules at any time, including the Competition duration in case of operational imperatives, without prior notice to Entrants regarding the enforcement or the validity of these amendments.  Entrants are encouraged to consult these Rules regularly. Entrants expressly waive all claims or disputes related to any amendment to these Rules by the Promoter.

Should any paragraph of these Rules be declared or judged illegal, unenforceable or void by a court decision, the paragraph in question will be considered null and void, but all other unaffected paragraphs will be enforced within the limits of the law.

Competition Cancellation or Suspension. The Promoter reserves the right in its discretion, to (i) cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition and these Rules, for any reason, at any time and without any liability, and (ii) to limit or restrict participation in the Competition. The Promoter will not be held liable for the modification, cancellation or suspension of the Competition and no compensation or remuneration will be owed to the Entrants.


The Promoter and its partner NOVADOXE will not in any event be held liable in the event of breakdown or failure, regardless of the cause, of any telecommunications network used that causes Entrants difficulty in or prevents Entrants from identifying themselves on or gaining access to the Competition website.

Entrants agree that company, its affiliates and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, contractors, representatives, partners and agents (“released parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be released and held harmless by participants for any claims, liabilities, or causes of action of any kind or nature for any injury, loss or damages of any kind including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages to persons, including without limitation disability or death.  Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the competition website and in connection with the competition is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.  Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties, in which case such limitation or exclusion shall apply only to the extent permitted by the law in the relevant jurisdiction.

Participation in the Competition implies acknowledgement and acceptance of the characteristics, limits and risks of the internet and related technologies, particularly with regards to performance, response time, security of software and computer equipment against various potential attacks, such as viruses, logic bombs or Trojans, and loss or misuse of data. As a result, the Promoter will not be held liable in any way for any damage incurred by Entrants arising from these characteristics, limits and risks, which Entrants accept by registering and taking part in the Competition.

The Promoter will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from default or delays in the submission of deliverables by Entrants, including refusal to accept these deliverables as a consequence of their submission outside the deadlines set out in the Rules, from default or delays to the sending of any emails by the Entrant sent as part of the Competition, or from any alterations made to the Deliverables independently from the Promoter.

The Promoter will not in any case be held liable for damages resulting from services provided by a third-party relating to the prizes.

The Promoter will not be held liable for the consequences of a Entrant’s disqualification from the Competition as a result of their violation of these Rules.


Participation in the Competition requires the communication of Entrant’s representatives personal data (« Personal Data »).

Entrant’s representatives personal data is subject to processing within the meaning of the regulations on the protection of personal data (The EU 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation and the Council of 27 April 2016, known as GDPR) for which the Promoter defines the purposes and means and is, as such, “Data controller” within the meaning of the GDPR.

The purposes of the processing are:

  • To meet the organization of the competition needs
  • To organize the intermediation between the Entrant and the Promoter, to ensure identification, communication and preservation of the exchanges with the Entrant

Personal data will be kept until the competition is fully administered but may be kept longer if it is necessary for the Promoter to exercise its rights or to comply with its legal obligations.

Personal data may be shared with the Promoter’s partners and in particular with NOVADOXE which is administering the Competition’s website and with prize providers.

In accordance with the provisions of the GDPR, the Promoter undertakes to implement organizational and technical security measures in order to protect all Entrant’s Personal Data.

The Promoter undertakes to allow the exercise of their rights from GDPR and in particular to request that it be updated, deleted and/or restricted; and may object to its processing upon legitimate grounds by writing to INVIVO GROUP, 83, avenue de la Grande Armée, 75782 Paris Cedex 16, France or invivoquest@invivo-group.com. You also have a right to lodge a complaint with your local data protection authority.


Any Entrant’s claims relating to the Competition, should be communicated no later than thirty (30) days following the Competition end date to invivoquest@invivo-group.com.

All claims must include: (i) the Entrant’s complete contact details (name, address, email address and phone); (ii) the name of the Competition; and (iii) a clear and detailed explanation for the claim.


To the fullest extent possible, the Competition is governed by the laws of France.

In case of persistent litigation beyond a period of fifteen (15) days after the Entrant has filed a claim, the Promoter and the Entrant undertake to submit their dispute to an amicable conciliation prior to any legal proceedings. The party wishing to initiate conciliation shall inform the other party by means of a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt in which it will inform of its intentions and will explain the cause. If no agreement is reached between the parties within thirty (30) days after receipt of the registered letter, the parties regain their freedom of action.

In case of persistent disagreement on the application or interpretation of the Rules, and in the absence of an amicable settlement, you hereby consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of France for any action however so arising out of these Rules or relating to the Competition.


If you have any queries about the manner in which the Competition is administered or in order to request a copy of the Rules, please contact : INVIVO GROUP, 83, avenue de la Grande Armée, 75782 Paris Cedex 16, France or invivoquest@invivo-group.com.