APPLY: Med’Innovant Africa 2019 Innovative Solutions Competition for African Entrepreneurs
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.
MED’INNOVANT AFRICA is a competition open to African project developers (start-ups, small and medium enterprises) showing strong growth which have developed an innovative solution for a need or issue facing the Mediterranean and African Smart City.
The competition is reserved for legal persons (start-ups, SMEs) with a head office in Africa and legal persons (start-ups, SMEs) incubated in France but with a head office in Africa.
1 July to 30 September:Applicants to send their applications to euromediterranée.fr/medinnovantafrica
• 1 to 18 October: Long-listing of 15-20 applications by the technical committee
• 22 to 24 October: Short-listing of 4-5 applications
• 4 – 5 December: Interviewing of short-listed applicants and presentation of awards to the two winners at the Emerging Valley 2019 Forum (**)
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Med’Innovant Africa 2019 Innovative Solutions Competition