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Winners and finalists
An annual event, the MED'INNOVANT competition organised by the Euroméditerranée Urban & Economic Development Agency rewards start-ups inventing the sustainable, smart and resilient city of tomorrow. In 2021, 5 companies will be singled out for their innovative solutions: Vooter, Néolithe, Kocliko, IMMOBLADE et Nielsen Concept Mobility.
The call for applications for this 11th edition of MED'INNOVANT was launched in September 2021. In less than a month, 70 French start-ups sent in their application to Euroméditerranée. For the first time, this latest competition invited tomorrow’s talents to take up five themed challenges. After the finalists presented their solutions to the jury, five 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!
Challenge #1: Design and build tomorrow’s urban developments alongside users
Sponsor: EPA Euroméditerranée
«Designing urban planing with residents is virtuous. We are excited to work with Euroméditerranée on these issues to facilitate everyone's involvement in the projects.»
Challenge #2: Develop mechanisms to promote a circular economy in city planning
Sponsor: Saint-Gobain Bâtiment Distribution France
« Neolithe develops the third way of waste treatment: fossilization. We transform non-recyclable waste into reusable aggregates for construction. After winning the « Coup de Cœur » award in 2018, which had allowed us to gain visibility with various market players, we were keen to participate in this year's edition. We are very proud to receive another award through this challenge. The implementation of a Neolithe Fossilizer in this Mediterranean territory would be for us a concrete opportunity to test our innovation on a large scale »
Challenge #3: Support residents in new ways to reduce the energy footprint of housing
« It was a pleasant surprise for KOCLIKO to win the MED'INNOVANT competition. I didn't think we would get this award, as the solution is not well established in the South of France. Being able to develop in the Mediterranean region is a real opportunity. We'll be able to help residents better manage and understand their collective heating systems while providing our expertise on the summer comfort issues encountered in Marseille. The density of collective housing is one of the highest in France, so it is necessary to give the inhabitants the means to rationalize their energy consumption and limit CO2 emissions. This is precisely the answer provided by the Kocliko solution. »
Challenge #4: Design comfortable, low-carbon buildings at an affordable price for buyers
Sponsor: Redman - EIFFAGE - Saint-Gobain Bâtiment Distribution France
« It is a great pride to be awarded by the trio of sponsors for this challenge. It makes sense for our solution because we have: glass with Saint-Gobain, promotion with REDMAN and construction with Eiffage. These are three players with whom we can probably achieve a lot. Marseille has a great need for construction and renovation and our solution of glazing with solar protection is applicable in both cases. This MED'INNOVANT competition promises great opportunities.»
Challenge #5: Use social innovation as a lever for a more resilient, productive, and inclusive city
Sponsor: ICI MARSEILLE
Laureate: Nielsen Concept Mobility
« ENTENT is developing a low-temperature electricity production solution. The PULSE will make it possible to use waste heat in a previously inaccessible temperature range, from 60 to 150°C. Tomorrow, industrial companies will be able to participate in a circular economy approach by producing an electrical resource from their thermal waste.
We applied to MED'INNOVANT for two reasons: firstly, because our solution has a place in the sustainable city of tomorrow, secondly, because we are attached to our region and are keen to start deploying our solution locally »
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