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Marseille has become a facilitator of economic development
between the continents
EMERGING Valley is the Marseille hub that brings together
all the good business and innovation initiatives between Africa and Europe


Aix-Marseille Provence is an obvious choice for EMERGING Valley due to the outstanding links between Africa and Provence. With its geographical and historical proximity, strong diaspora and the support of over 5000 African talents every year, Aix-Marseille-Provence has shown itself to be a hub of networking, partnerships and endless connections with Africa. The number 1 French port to Africa, the number 1 regional air hub to Africa and the number 1 European digital hub to Africa are all in the same place. The leading French-speaking university, Aix-Marseille-Université, and the headquarters of the Institute for Research for Development are naturally focussed on the Mediterranean and Africa to conduct research and develop partnerships, innovation and training.


French port to Africa


Regional air hub to Africa


Digital hub to Africa in Europe


French-speaking university

More than ever before, Marseille is a place that anyone involved in African innovation can identify with. More than 250 African startups and SMEs apply to calls for projects in the region each year. These can come from the Social and Inclusive Business Camp (organised by two regional stakeholders - EMERGING Valley and the FDA's Campus in Marseille), the Phare de l'Entrepreneuriat Africain and the Med'Innovant Africa Competition launched by Euroméditerranée.

Many regional incubators naturally focus on the Mediterranean and Africa, such as Accélérateur M at the Cité de l’Innovation in Marseille which focusses on the blue economy. Another one is the Zebox accelerator – founded by the Marseille multinational CMA-CGM – that specialises in logistics, mobility and industry 4.0. There is also the Marseille Innovation incubator and the Arbois-Méditerranée technopole which work on cleantech. These two structures develop and forge long-lasting links with African and Mediterranean companies in synergy with EMERGING Valley each year. By choosing Marseille, the number 1 event for African startups in France has made Provence THE essential strategic hub at the heart of the new relationship between Europe and Africa.