The Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency
L’innovation au cœur de la construction du nouveau Marseille
The MED’INNOVANT competition is organised by the urban and economic development agency Euroméditerranée (EPAEM), the largest city-centre urban renewal and economic development operation in Southern Europe.
For 25 years, Euroméditerranée has been designing, developing and building a comprehensive model for the Mediterranean sustainable city. Spread over 480 hectares in the centre of Marseille, France’s second city, the development programme brings together public services, retail, office space, housing, transport and parking infrastructures, public parks and more to create a new way of ‘living together’. Home to over 5,300 businesses and 45,200 jobs, Euroméditerranée is now France’s third-biggest business district.
Awarded the ‘EcoCité’ label, the regeneration project is a test bed for urban planning where innovative services and technologies can be assessed, developed and deployed in order to simultaneously meet objectives such as connectivity, convenience, quality of life, cost efficiency and environmental performance. To supports its ambitious plans, Euroméditerranée decided to proactively seek out innovative companies and, over 10 years ago, created MED’INNOVANT: : an innovation competition designed to help start-ups accelerate their eco-innovation projects that offer solutions in line with the new development and sustainability objectives pursued by Mediterranean regions.
The actors of the Mediterranean sustainable city
EPAEM has developed a comprehensive approach to open innovation that encompasses the following areas:
- Multi-energy smart grids
- Urban digital services
- The natural city and public spaces
- Demonstrator buildings
- Optimisation of the water cycle
- Waste management
- Soil and materials management
- Soft, low-carbon transport
MED’INNOVANT is part of an operational strategy to launch, in the short- to medium-term, pilot and demonstration projects within the Euroméditerranée Eco-City, (a test bed spread over 480 ha in the heart of Marseille, France’s second-biggest city) and more broadly the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis. The competition also has the backing of industrial partners that support Euroméditerranée in its pursuit of an open innovation approach and are looking to team up with innovative and creative enterprises!
Innovators: invent solutions for our rapidly changing world!
New in 2020: Tackle one of six challenges to win a year’s sponsorship by one of the competition partners!
- Challenge #1: EPA Euroméditerranée
Come up with innovative uses for street lighting to enhance the urban environment and create new applications ready for tomorrow’s city!
- Challenge #2: Saint Gobain Bâtiment Distribution France
Invent future-proof resilient buildings that promote community living and strengthen the family unit!
- Challenge #3: ENGIE
Develop a smart and low-carbon multi-energy system (electric and thermal) for the dense Mediterranean city of the future!
- Challenge #4: Redman – EIFFAGE
Design resilient solutions to meet the social and low-carbon goals of buildings and their immediate ecosystem!
- Challenge #5: EIFFAGE
Encourage new ways of living and working that offer new services!
Challenge #6: ICI Marseille
Rethink short circuits for a more resilient, productive and inclusive city!
What are the benefits for the winners?
|High-value packages offering a year of assistance combining a CASH INJECTION and BUSINESS SUPPORT to build concrete foundations for your business, make targeted connections and DRIVE YOUR PROMOTION!|
FINANCIAL BOOST : €40,000 split between the winners of the 6 Challenges 6 "JURY AWARDS’"
REGIONAL ACCESS PASS:
- A laboratory for testing and demonstrating the innovative solution: the Euroméditerranée Eco-City*
- A personal tour of the Euroméditerranée catchment area with a representative of the urban development agency to access the potential scope of application for the award-winning innovation;
- A two-hour work session with the Business Development Director and the Innovation Manager of Euroméditerranée to define the ways in which the award-winning solution will be implemented in the Euroméditerranée Eco-City
- A two-hour meeting with the key sponsor of the challenge accepted (monitoring of the award-winning solution at an ad hoc steering committee, etc.)
- Free soft landing for three months at the accelerator P.Factory
- Legal support from FIDAL law firm: a two-hour training session covering intellectual property and information technology law, contract law, company law and property law
- A dedicated plot in Connectwave’s showroom*** at La Coque for projects integrating contactless (excluding payment) technology and business connected devices
- Three months’ access to the ICI Marseille collaboration factory and its “Helping Hand” support programme for the winner of Challenge #6 (one month for the winners of the five other challenges)
- Targeted introductions with the competition partners and associated organisations (incubators, accelerators, competitiveness clusters, etc.)
- Integration with EMUL (Euroméditerranée Metropolitan Urban Lab), a network of industrial partners working to develop innovative solutions on the themes linked to the resilient and sustainable Mediterranean city
- Free one-year membership to La Cité des Entrepreneurs d’Euroméditerranée (association co-financed by Euroméditerranée and the CCIMP, which organises and networks over 250 business entrepreneurs who wish to be associated with the economic dynamic driven by Euroméditerranée.)
* 480 hectares within the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 14th and 15th arrondissements of Marseille.
**for a total of 6 hours, usable within a period of 6 months from the date of the award ceremony.
- 5-minute pitch delivered to an audience during the 2020 Challenges - Jury Awards ceremony (26 November at La Coque - Marseille)
- Communications: press and social media, website, trade fairs, etc.
- A video interview with the winner presenting their innovative solution broadcast on the Euroméditerranée YouTube channel
For the past 20 years, the Euroméditerranée Urban Development Agency has been designing, developing and building the sustainable Mediterranean city of the future, right in the heart of the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis. This “operation of national interest”, State-run in partnership with local authorities, has created over 37,000 private-sector jobs and 6,500 public-sector jobs and led to the establishment of more than 5,300 businesses. The impact of Euroméditerranée extends beyond the international business district and its 650,000m² of offices. Piece by piece, the puzzle is being put together, involving public and private facilities, shops, residential buildings, transport and parking infrastructure, parks and public spaces. The scheme is therefore not yet complete. It is now being continued over 170 hectares to the north of the original 310 hectares, and has entered a new phase. Labelled “EcoCité”, this new area is intended as a testing ground for urban planning, in which innovative services and technologies for smart, sustainable cities are tested, deployed and developed.
Winners and finalists
An annual event, the MED'INNOVANT competition organised by the Euroméditerranée Urban & Economic Development Agency (EPAEM) rewards start-ups inventing the sustainable, smart and resilient city of tomorrow. During the awards ceremony taking place virtually on Thursday 26 November, six companies will be singled out for their innovative solutions: Nauvelis & GEOGRAM, Panga, ENTENT, BACKACIA, Urbasense and Marklix.
An innovation contest now in its ninth year
The call for applications for the MED’INNOVANT competition, now in its ninth year, was launched in September. In less than a month, 86 French start-ups sent in their application to Euroméditerranée. For the first time, this latest competition invited tomorrow’s talents to take up six themed challenges. After the finalists presented their solutions to the jury, composed of financial and funding partners (Saint-Gobain Bâtiment Distribution France, EIFFAGE Immobilier, Engie, Marignan, La Cité des Entrepreneurs d’Euroméditerranée, CIC, Redman, ICI Marseille, P. Factory, Fidal, CCI Aix Marseille Provence), six projects were singled out as winners.
Through MED’INNOVANT, Euroméditerranée offers innovators the chance to test their solutions on an experimental area in the heart of France's second largest city!
For Euroméditerranée, innovation has always been a “marker”, thanks to its experimentation work in thalasso-thermal loops, developing a platform for processing and recycling polluted soils and producing the functional mixed city of today by imagining the hybrid city of the future.
Since 2010, over 500 project leaders have been put to the test by a panel of experts, and 25 winners have been rewarded for their innovation.
“Our project is Etoile Euromed. The idea is to use a fleet of electric vehicles to store solar energy produced on site. We offer two services to visitors and residents. The first, is access to 100% solar vehicles. and the second is the possibility of becoming a participant in the Euromed energy community.”
“Graffiti is a vision assistant. When you’re out and about and you’re wondering about something, you can take out graffiti, scan the things you’re wondering about and you instantly have the answer.
We applied for Med’innovant for two reasons. The first is that it makes perfect sense to integrate Graffiti into smart city projects. The second is because we have close links with Marseille and we thought it would be a good idea to connect with local organisations.”
“Qarnot Computing’s business consists of providing heating by reusing waste heat from IT computations. We offer large companies the chance to decarbonate their IT processes. And then we also heat homes for free using green energy
As new building regulations aim for very comprehensive energy efficiency, Qarnot’s solution can definitely be adapted to the Euroméditerranée project.”
Discover all our winners:
Discover the Med Innovant 2017 finalists.
Discover the Med Innovant 2016 finalists.
Members of the selection committee
Hugues PARANT, CEO - EPA Euroméditerranée
Michel DANIEL, Director of Regional Strategy and CSR - Saint Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France
Hervé GATINEAU, Major Real Estate Project Director - Eiffage
Sandra CHALINET, President - La Cité des Entrepreneurs d'Euroméditerranée
Yann GOZLAN, Business and Innovation Manager - CIC Lyonnaise de Banque
Rémy LAGARRIGUE, Asset Developer Innovation / Training - Complex projects & Real estate - REDMAN
David BEN HAÏM, Co-founder - ICI Marseille
Philippe DE MATTEIS, Operations Director - ConnectWave
Patrick SIRI, Co-founder and President - P.Factory
Cyril CHAUVIN, Manager of the Intellectual property/Technologies & IT cluster / Mediterranean regional director - Fidal Société d’avocats
Nicolas FRACHON, Major Projects Manager Metropolitan France - CCIAMP
With Med’Innovant, theinnovative solutions competition, Euroméditerranée is keen to assert its leadership and specialist expertise in the sphere of sustainable urban planning in the Mediterranean.
Euroméditerranée has many strengths to promote, above all as “a unique testing ground for urban innovation in France and experimenting with market approaches that represent business opportunities for your organisation”.
Why support the competition?
- Stand out as a local actor in contact with tomorrow’s innovation leaders
- Develop your business network and share your expertise in the sphere of the sustainable Mediterranean city!
- Sit on the jury to choose the winners
Premium media exposure
- Euroméditerranée is present at industry trade fairs and business events: Viva Technology Paris, Forum des entrepreneurs de l’UPE13, Emerging Valley, Grand Opening evening of French Tech Weeks, and more
- Media advertising in the economic and specialist press
- Press relations
- Communication plan rolled out on social media
- Awards ceremony at 6.30 pm on 26 November at La Coque
Join us and get involved at grass roots level with the innovators of tomorrow!
Saint-Gobain Distribution Bâtiment France, part of Saint-Gobain’s Building Distribution branch, is today the leading distributor of construction materials in France, supplying the construction and home improvement sectors.
Eiffage Immobilier est une filiale du groupe Eiffage, 3e acteur français de BTP et de concessions, qui compte 70400 collaborateurs dans le monde dont 700 dans le sud-est de la France.. Elle opère avec un modèle de constructeur-promoteur unique en France. Eiffage Immobilier fédère de multiples activités : logements résidentiels, résidences dédiées aux seniors, étudiants ou jeunes actifs, résidences de tourisme ou d’affaires, hôtels, immobilier d’entreprise, urbanisme commercial et aménagement urbain.
Engie puts sustainable growth at the heart of its business areas (electricity, natural gas and energy services), in order to rise to the key challenges of the energy transition towards a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and responsible resource use.
An agile and committed property developer with an ear to the ground and to its customers, Marignan brings dynamism to living spaces and reinvents the French urban landscape every day.
Créée il y a 20 ans, la Cité des Entrepreneurs d’Euroméditerranée fédère les entreprises autour du projet d’aménagement et de développement économique : Euroméditerranée.
Ce réseau économique incontournable apporte à ses 250 adhérents une opportunité unique de participer à la mutation de ce territoire à travers des actions de networking où l’innovation tient une place prépondérante.
“Let’s build in a changing world”
Local presence, responsiveness and competence make CIC the bank for professionals, businesses and their owners, with an ongoing desire to adapt its solutions in line with the priorities of its customers, a capacity for innovation, and expertise from its training centres.
Founded ten years ago, Redman is an economic actor specialising in complex property transactions. In practice, it is the combination of an independent organisation with multidisciplinary competences that enables it to innovate to resolve the complexities of a project.
ICI Marseille est une manufacture partagée implantée dans le nouvel écoquartier « Les Fabriques ». Sur 3500m2, elle permet à plus de 70 entrepreneurs de concevoir, prototyper, fabriquer... et s’entraider au quotidien. En échange d’un abonnement, les designers, artisans, ingénieurs, makers …peuvent prendre un atelier et accèder à un parc de plus de 50 machines professionnelles (bois, métal, fabrication numérique, maroquinerie, usinage…), des formations, de l’accompagnement au développement…grâce à la communauté du réseau Make ICI et le soutien de Linkcity & UrbanEra. »
Créé par 60 entrepreneurs expérimentés, P.FACTORY est une SAS qui fait grandir les startups à fort potentiel de croissance en leur apportant du chiffre d’affaires, en les aidant à obtenir des financements (subventions, prêts, capitaux) et des avantages (privilèges, accompagnement).
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The Fidal legal practice has put in place an offering of legal and tax services dedicated to the boldest, most talented start-ups, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of its expertise in the field of intellectual property strategy as well as comprehensive legal and tax expertise, particularly with regard to investment capital.
Convinced that innovation is the key to companies being competitive in an ever more competitive world, the Aix-Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce endeavours, on a daily basis, to help them booster their innovation potential and to seize business opportunities from innovative structural projects for the region.
Ils ont choisi de nous accompagner !
Contact, Gallery & Press
Euroméditerranée Urban & Economic Development Agency
Dominique Brunet Marketing, Economic Communication and Employment Project Manager
Tel: +33(0) 491 144 504,
Press packs and releases:
- Med'Innovant guide
- Med'Innovant 2017 press pack
- Med'Innovant 2017 press release
- Press release: call for applications 2017