Application Deadline: September 30th 2019
The MED’INNOVANT AFRICA competition is organised by the urban development agency Euroméditerranée, the largest city-centre urban renewal and economic development operation in Southern Europe.For over 20 years, Euroméditerranée has been designing, developing and building a comprehensive model for the sustainable Mediterranean city. Over an area of 480 hectares right in the centre of Marseille, France’s second city, the development programme brings together public services, retail, housing, transport and parking infrastructures, public parks and more to create a new way of ‘living together’.
To support its ambitious plans, Euroméditerranée looked to innovative companies outside its own borders and over seven years ago created MED’INNOVANT, an innovative solutions competition to meet urban sustainable development needs in the Mediterranean region.
In 2018, Euroméditerranée opened up the competition to international entrepreneurs, in particular looking to that side of the African continent which has historic links with the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis. From among more than 50 applications from African entrepreneurs received and appraised, a jury’s favourite award was presented to a start-up based in Chad.
Impressed by the African tech sector’s interest in the Smart City, this year Euroméditerranée is launching a MED’INNOVANT competition exclusively for African innovators. The purpose of this innovation contest is to identify, promote and accelerate to the next level project developers(start-ups, small and medium enterprises) looking to bring to market innovations (solutions and services) that are in line with the objectives of the Mediterranean and African sustainable city and can be implemented in Euroméditerranée’s catchment area.
The aims of this competition are to:
• Unearth exciting African innovators with the capacity to test out their innovative solutions in the Euroméditerranée Ecocity;
• Set up these start-ups in Euroméditerranée’s catchment area in view of increasing their market share in Europe;
• Attract contractors, SMEs and European groups looking to develop their business in Africa.
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