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med'innovant africa

The Med’innovant Africa prize aims at rewarding startups and small businesses that are developing innovative solutions for African and Mediterranean cities. It is organized by Euroméditerranée, a French urban development agency, with the support of Emerging Valley. Several corporate mentors driven by an open innovation mindset and eager to find the next groundbreaking entrepreneurs will be teaming up with the institution.

Euroméditerranée is continuing its policy of openness towards Africa with the second edition of the Med’innovant Africa prize. Within the framework of Emerging Valley, its goal is to accelerate eco-innovative startups that intend to build long-term solutions to economic and environmental challenges faced by European and African territories.

the winners

Jury’s Favourite Award

Agropad is an agronomy company that allows farmers to irrigate their farms thanks to an automaton that can be activated by sending an SMS.

Erik Gyslain DZEMBOUONG TIAM, Chief Executive Officer Agropad, Med’Innovant 2020-2021 Laureate.

the winners

Jury Award

Green N Kool leads an awareness campaign based on recycling and reuse in the disadvantaged areas of madagascar

Marie Christina KOLO, Founder and Coordinator of Green N Kool, Med’Innovant 2020-2021 Laureate.

See you next year for the 3rd edition of the MED’INNOVANT AFRICA competition

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Euroméditerranée, an experimenting field for young African startupers developing innovative solutions for smart cities.

Whether it has been through the development of a platform for processing and recycling polluted soils, the invention of thalasso-thermal loops, or its mission to invent the city of tomorrow, the Public Urban Development Agency Euroméditerranée has always had innovation close to its heart.

Africa is now a major emergent market where Tech innovation and creative start-ups simulate each other constantly.

This is why EPAEM created in 2018 a prize rewarding international entrepreneurs. In 2019 Euroméditerranée decided to develop an African edition because of the very special historical ties between Africa and Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis. The success and quality of the competition has not dried up over the course of the years as Med’Innovant has been pleased to receive more than 180 applications coming from all across Africa.

This is why EPAEM created in 2018 a prize rewarding international entrepreneurs. In 2019 Euroméditerranée decided to develop an African edition because of the very special historical ties between Africa and Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis. The success and quality of the competition has not dried up over the course of the years as Med’Innovant has been pleased to receive more than 180 applications coming from all across Africa.

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med'innovation africa

Selection Criteria

  • Application: The application must be comprehensive, coherent, and easy to understand by a person external to the project.
  • Development status of solution: The solution (product, service) has evolved from the simple idea, and has been developed in a significant way or has been prototyped.
  • Business model: There is an existing and realistic business model that has generated revenues or presented initial signs of results
  • Team: Relevant talents have been associated and have presented the ability to develop a project.
    Territory-wise: the solution must have genuine deployment potential in the Euroméditerranée EcoCité area and more widely within Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis*.
  • Resilient and social innovation: The solution must be innovative, have a social and/or environmental impact, and contribute to regional resilience.
  • Innovation sociale et résiliente :caractère innovant de la solution, impact social et/ou environnemental et contribution à la résilience du territoire.
(*) Projects with high potential may also receive support outside the scope of intervention stated by the partners associated with the competition (France, African continent, etc).