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With MED’INNOVANT AFRICA – the competition for innovative solutions – Euroméditerranée is keen to assert its leadership and specificity in the sphere of sustainable urban planning in the Mediterranean.
Indeed, Euroméditerranée has a great many assets, in particular “a unique testing ground for urban innovation in France, for testing out market approaches that represent a host of business opportunities for your organisation".
Why support the competition?
- To stand out by positioning yourself as a player involved at grassroots level with the leaders of the African tech industry
- To develop your business network and share your expertise in the sphere of the sustainable Mediterranean and African city
- To be part of the jury that will select the winners
Extensive media coverage
- Dedicated websitewww.euromediterranee.fr/medinnovantafrica
- Purchase of advertising space in economic and specialised media (including La Tribune Afrique)
- Organising of press relations
- Communication plan to be deployed on social media
- Presentation of the MED’INNOVANT AFRICA Awards during the EMERGING VALLEY international summit
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Established in Aix-Marseille in 2017, the new hub for emerging innovations between Europe and Africa EMERGING Valley 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, a unique event to explore emerging ecosystems and to connect with African tech leaders.
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|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.
AFD is a public financial support institution at the heart of France's development policy. It supports projects that tangibly improve the daily lives of populations in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories. Covering a wide range of sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, IT, and training – AFD supports the transition towards a safer, fairer, more sustainable and inclusive world. Its action is wholly consistent with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our teams are involved in over 4,000 projects having major social and environmental impacts in French overseas territories and 115 countries. In 2018, AFD committed €11.4 billion to fund these projects.
|AFD actively supports entrepreneurs who have positive social impacts in Africa. Through its "Choose Africa" initiative, AFD will devote €2.5 billion to support African entrepreneurs between now and 2022. A total of nearly 10,000 small and medium-sized businesses will benefit from this initiative. It is supplemented with programmes to accelerate and structure Africa's entrepreneurial ecosystem, such as the Social & Inclusive Business Camp that will take place in Marseille in early December, after 4 months of remote coaching, and will be attended by the winners of the MedInnovant Africa 2019 competition.
Africalink is a community of European and African entrepreneurs created 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 rich together”, economically, culturally and socially.
Visit AFRICAlink's website.
|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.
In the cité de l’innovation et des savoirs aix-marseille, accélérateur m asserts is dual role: that of the identity marker of a resolutely innovative euromediterranean metropolis, and that of a public service supporting start-ups from the world over to boost their local and international development. This association dedicated to start-ups and innovative businesses rests on the vital forces, talents and resources of the metropolis' entire ecosystem. In a space of over 300 m2, start-ups as well as larger businesses can take advantage of a full range of services throughout their development phases, in close connection with the academic world and the area's major economic players. Accélérateur M thus provides the selected start-ups with a customised support programme, combining appraisals, coaching, mentoring, testing, networking, etc. This tailor-made programme saves the business precious time when it comes to conquering new markets, financing their growth or recruiting talents. As a place of exchanges and partnerships targeting collaboration with African and Mediterranean counterparts, Accélérateur M also offers guidance to the future internationally-focused champions and helps them find their way through the metropolitan ecosystem.
|The approach of Accélérateur M is clearly in line with the philosophy of the Medinnovant Africa competition, since the African continent and the Mediterranean are priority geographical regions for the sourcing of start-ups for its M’PowerUp programme. This positioning is consistent with the roadmap of the Aix Marseille Provence Metropolis, which wants to become a European hub for the Mediterranean and Africa regions.
The first cohort only included one start-up from Tunisia. Through the Medinnovant Africa competition, 2 to 3 times more African businesses should join the power up programme.
The oldest Chamber of Commerce in the world, created 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 to take by providing support, from creation to sale. Internationally, CCIMP is convinced 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.
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.
|Fidal is a legal practice which offers augmented counselling to the boldest and most talented start-ups by enabling them to benefit from all of the technical expertise of the Marseille-based Fidal Tech team, which offers an innovative approach and technical quality worthy of the top legals firms specialised in intellectual property, digital technologies, private equity and global legal and tax strategies