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THEMES OF THE 4TH EDITION

EMERGING Valley will take place on April 7 and 8, 2021, in the prestigious setting of the Palais du Pharo in Marseille. Similarly to the previous editions and in line with our historical commitment, the summit will maintain its free entrance fees to the general public, to keep the event inclusive, pan-African and open to all.

EMERGING Valley is the international summit dedicated to the leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. It attracts in Provence investors and start-ups coming from Africa and emerging digital ecosystems who want to strengthen their international attractiveness, develop their business relationships and accelerate their impact on a global scale.

For its 4th edition “Special Resilience” to be held exceptionally on April 7 and 8, 2021, at the Palais du Pharo, EMERGING Valley stands as THE Tech & Business meeting place for African, Mediterranean, and European stakeholders. With the challenges that have arisen from the global crisis, our entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the debates with a “resilient” edition that chooses to highlight impactful themes:

The E-HEALTH theme, supported by the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis, will foster experience’ sharing and inspiration between Europe and Africa. Standing as a prestigious international health hub with the Marseille University-Hospital and Eurobiomed, Aix-Marseille is eager to exchange knowledge with African counterparts and innovative Healthtech, as well as to discuss solutions belonging to the epidemiological chain of Covid-19 (prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring).

BIODIVERSITY 2.0 will shed light on sustainable and societal innovations developed in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa in partnership with the Department of Bouches-du-Rhône. The international health crisis has accelerated a worldwide environmental reflection, since our planet had never appeared so fragile and with natural ecosystems having a direct impact on human lives. Hence the need to question the notion of territory, as much as that of movement, in order to rethink solidarity and relationship between the two continents.

The incredible resistance of Tech ecosystems to Covid will be celebrated, with a vertical on, RESILIENT TERRITORIES. The debate on this topic shall be led by the EPA Euroméditerranée and the territory of Aix-Marseille-Provence -whose DNA is naturally driven to the Mediterranean and Africa- launching the debate on the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and how to create territories flexible enough to integrate preventive measures when necessary. Mutual assistance and solidarity-based innovations will be at the center of the discussions. Once again this year, EuroMéditerranée lent its support to innovation-makers and more than 180 applications have been received for the 2020 edition of the MED’INNOVANT Africa competition. Discover the 2 winners during the Summit in Marseille, where they will pitch their solutions!

In April, let’s also discover the CULTURAL AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES of the continent, in partnership with the French Institute -since EMERGING Valley has received the “Saison Africa2020” label. This theme will take you on a futuristic dive into the heart of African audiovisual, digital and creative industries, with the special participation of South African and Nigerian ecosystems.

FINANCING THE STARTUPS : a historic pillar of EMERGING Valley, made all the more crucial to the tech ecosystems this year. The Social & Inclusive Business Camp, an acceleration program with high social and human added value designed by AFD, and co-produced by EMERGING Valley, will bring knowledge and experience to the roundtables. Discover the 65 impact-focused startups of the 2020 cohort during the Summit, and don’t miss the SIBC prize, to be awarded by the Aix-Marseille Metropolis to the best innovation.

THE MEDITERRANEAN TECH FOR GOOD embodied by the EMERGING Mediterranean program, piloted by EMERGING Valley with the financial support of the AFD and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This 100% Mediterranean project is labeled Summit of the Two Shores, and is dedicated to the identification, support and advocacy of the Tech For Good startups of our Mare Nostrum! Meet the 5 EMERGING Mediterranean Laureates and discover their social and sustainable innovations during the Summit.

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MARSEILLE-AFRICA CONECTIONS, with the Provence-Africa-Connect Contest organized by the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis. It will reward an entrepreneur from Marseille who has distinguished himself through his actions and activities on the continent.

URBAN SPORTS, video games and e-sports will be highlighted through the actions of major local innovators and pioneering startups in this field from Provence and Africa.