Since July 1st, the second edition of the Med’Innovant Africa competition, initiated by Euroméditerranée, has been looking for the most innovative African startups that will make the cities of tomorrow more sustainable and resilient. Following the selections, the two future Med’Innovant Africa prize-winners will be granted access to the experimentation area set up by Euroméditerranée.
There were 180 startup candidates in 2019 at the first edition of the event Med’Innovant Africa, looking to the future with their inspiring projects. The event then assigned the companies Sen Or’Dur (plastic waste management solution in Senegal) and Promagric (Clinicplant application for the diagnosis of crop diseases and their treatment).
Given the success of the first edition, the Euroméditerranée Public Development Establishment will continue its policy of opening up to innovative nuggets from Africa in 2020 and thus reinforce its mission as a laboratory for experimentation.
For this year’s competition, the themes of energy, health, housing, mobility, the environment of course, or the world of connected objects or digital technology are targeted. These activities must contribute to social innovation, solidarity, urban management, cost control, and also focus on everything that contributes to the adaptable city, exchange and communication.
The innovative strength of companies on the African continent is export-oriented. The European market, for example, is particularly in need of solutions for the reasoned development of territories, be it social or environmental.
Following the selections, the two future Med’Innovant Africa prize-winners will be granted access to the experimentation area set up by Euroméditerranée. They will test their technological intelligence live and deploy it in the heart of the Aix-Marseille metropolis. However, they could also go beyond this perimeter depending on opportunities and meetings with investors and industrial partners within the Euroméditerranée fabric.