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How can you benefit from supporting the MED'INNOVANT AFRICA 2020 competition?
- Stand out as a local actor in contact with African tech leaders
- Grow your network and develop your expertise on the urban and sustainable planning and development goals for Mediterranean and African cities
- Contribute to the attractiveness of the region and its "innovation” ecosystem
- Join a community of operational partners who are working together to accelerate the development of resilience innovations in the Euroméditerranée catchment area and more broadly the Aix-Marseille Metropolis and the African continent
- Sit on the jury to pre-select 4-5 finalists and choose the 2 winners
- Premium media exposure
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Established in Aix-Marseille in 2017, EMERGING Valley, the new hub for emerging innovations between Europe and Africa, is the international summit which attracts African and emerging investors, start-ups and digital ecosystems to Provence looking to raise their profile internationally, develop business relations and boost their global impact.
EMERGING Valley is a fantastic event to explore emerging ecosystems and connect the world with the leaders of African tech.
|“Emerging Valley is an initiative set up following a four-year tour of Africa. Its aim is to connect the ecosystems of metropolitan France and other European countries with their African counterparts. The Mediterranean port of Marseille can be that bridge between Europe and Africa, promoting reverse innovation and creating a digital community with a human face that offers an alternative to Silicon Valley and its digital giants.”|
Visit the Emerging Valley website
A public financial institution geared towards sustainable development, AFD is the central agency overseeing France’s development policy. The agency is involved in projects which bring tangible support to populations every day in developing and emerging countries, and Overseas France. Working in multiple sectors (energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital, education), the AFD is leading the transition to a world that is more secure, fair and sustainable, a world shared by everybody. Its action fully dovetails with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Our teams are involved in over 4,000 projects with a strong social and environmental impact in Overseas France and 115 countries. In 2018, the AFD earmarked 11.4 billion euros for funding these projects.
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|“The ADF Group is firmly committed to supporting business leaders making a positive social impact in Africa. Primarily thanks to its Choose Africa initiative, the group will be investing 2.5 billion euros to support African entrepreneurs between now and 2022. In total, almost 10,000 small and medium enterprises will benefit from this initiative. In addition, the group organises programmes designed to structure and accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa, like the Social & Inclusive Business Camp happening in Marseille in early December, after four months of distance coaching, which the winners of Med’Innovant Africa 2019 will be attending.”|
AFRICAlink is a community of European and African entrepreneurs (120 members to date) set up by CCIMP with support from the Metropolis. Its purpose is to encourage the development of partnerships and business links in both directions between Europe and Africa. The idea is to "grow wealth together", economically, culturally and socially.
|“Yves Delafon has been doing business in Africa for over 20 years. A banker, he sits on the board of directors of Mauritania-based banking group BCI (Banque pour le Commerce et l’Industrie), which has branches throughout Francophone Africa. In December 2017, Yves was appointed chairman of Africalink, driving its development on both sides of the Mediterranean. He, too, is convinced it is time we switched to ‘business mode’ in our approach to the continent.”|
Visit the AFRICAlink website.
Based at the CITAM (Innovation & Knowledge Centre of Aix-Marseille), Accélérateur M has two key missions: physically represent a Euroméditerranéenne Metropolis that is a leader in innovation, and be a public service to support start-ups from all over the world to facilitate their local and international development. The accelerator for start-ups and innovative enterprises has excellent access to the vital forces, talent and resources of the entire metropolitan ecosystem. Over 300-sq.m premises, the centre offers start-ups and larger organisations a full range of services to help them along their journey, all working closely with the academic and economic actors on their doorstep. Accélérateur.M provides accelerated start-ups with a tailored assistance programme through a combination of expertise, coaching, mentoring, testing, networking and other services. It also offers a fast-track à la carte service to help enterprises conquer new markets, fund growth or recruit talents. A forum for exchange and partnerships promoting collaboration with African and Mediterranean peers, Acccélérateur.M also provides start-ups with international ambitions hosting and sign-posting services within the metropolitan ecosystem.
|The oldest Chamber of Commerce in the world, established in 1599, is also the leading accelerator for 105,000 companies in the Aix-Marseille Provence region. Today’s economic, institutional and societal transformations are profound. Too often experienced passively, they should be seen as opportunities that CCIMP helps businesses embrace by providing support, from creation to sale. Internationally, CCIMP is confident that the Aix-Marseille Provence territory can become an essential hub for economic relations with Africa.|
The oldest Chamber of Commerce in the world, established in 1599, is also the leading accelerator for 105,000 companies in the Aix-Marseille Provence region. Today’s economic, institutional and societal transformations are profound. Too often experienced passively, they should be seen as opportunities that CCIMP helps businesses embrace by providing support, from creation to sale. Internationally, CCIMP is confident that the Aix-Marseille Provence territory can become an essential hub for economic relations with Africa.
|“Frédéric Ronal is vice-chairman of the CCIMP, responsible for its outward-looking trade policy. Convinced that African-European business relations are crucial to the economic future of our region, he has allowed the CCIMP to take some bold steps, including setting up Africalink and launching plans for an ‘Africa House’ in Marseille. Frédéric is also a number-cruncher, being a banking executive (Arkéa Banque) as well as chairman of the Regional Banking Committee.”|
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.
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|“Fidal law firm offers stellar advice to the most daring and talented start-ups which gives them access to the breadth of Fidal Tech’s technical expertise in Marseille. This team offers an innovative approach and technical performance that you’d expect from one of the top legal practices in digital intellectual property and technology, investment capital, and global legal and tax strategy.”|