About us

Learning institute, social enterprise for Sustainable Cities
recognized by the French government for its contribution to the economy

Our Story

We must create the right training and skills building environment in order for young talents to participate actively in the design of the city of tomorrow.
Starting point

The will to remove silos between functions and teams.

  • The problem : lack of cooperation between the different universities while training students
  • The solution : federate pluri-disciplinary teams with a challenge
  • The process : build a culture of sustainable cities development
First steps

Creation of Ergapolis.

  • Pragmatic implementation of the sustainable cities
  • Emergence of new pedagogy based on project work
  • Mobilization of the different stakeholders
Turning point

Creation of Ergapolis, the Learning institute, social enterprise for Sustainable Cities recognized by the French government for its contribution to the economy.

  • Strengthen our innovative pedagogy
  • Facilitate the employability of new graduate
  • Develop strategic partnerships
Our ambition

Become a global competencies center, and innovation leader for sustainable cities.

  • Build an inter-nation academic ecosystem and international partnerships
  • Animate the network of Ergapolis alumni
  • Become the uncontested leader and a recognized competencies center


At Ergapolis, we have a shared vision based on 3 pillars


  • Transmission
  • Sharing
  • Empathy



  • Develop the intuition capacity
  • Merge creative and analytical skills
  • Reveal hidden talents



  • Contribute to the modernization of the learning process
  • Be an active player in the creation of collective intelligence
  • Become a world reference


ADN Ergapolis


Michel Fanni

Pedagogic Director
Architect urban planner and consultant in urban strategies, Michel Fanni spent more than ten years in Public Facilities Establishment of the New City of Marne-la-Vallée to the positions of Director of Urban Planning and Architecture then the Foresight and Innovation.   With more than thirty-five years of experience in project management and urban work, he decided to transmit his knowledge within the Ergapolis Institute.

Estelle Forget

Founder, Presidente
She is an entrepreneur who promotes a positive work ethic : involving a transparent and multi-cultural approach and dialogue to achieve tangible results. She is the founder of Ergapolis Institut, a laboratory of pluri-disciplinary innovation. She also founded Staff Planète which specializes in sustainable development business support. In 2015, she helped to organize the Climate Change conference (cop 21) of the United Nations for the French Government (French Climate Team). She mobilized both private companies and public institutions to work together and create a good outcome for The Global Climate Agreement.

Thierry Vincent

Business developper
With a dual background in economics and environment, Thierry Vincent spent ten years at the Regional Agency for the Environment and New Energies as head of innovation and circular economy.   His 20 years of professional experience in setting up and managing innovative projects in the territories will enable the Ergapolis Institute to choose the most relevant study subjects for students.