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Emerging Mediterranean honours five start-ups from the Southern Mediterranean

Written by The editorial staff on Wednesday, September 8th 2021 à 17:30 | Read 756 times

Four out of five winning projects are led by women (photo: Emerging Mediterranean)
Four out of five winning projects are led by women (photo: Emerging Mediterranean)
MEDITERRANEAN. Meeting on Monday 6 September 2021 in Casablanca as part of the Tech for Good event in the Mediterranean, a jury* selected five start-ups, one per participating country, from the ten finalists (out of 305 applications) of the Two Shores Bootcamp designated in July 2021.

These winners will be able to pursue the second cycle of the Emerging Mediterranean acceleration programme (a spin-off of Emerging Valley, a hub for emerging innovations between Europe and Africa created in 2017 by Samir Abdelkrim), supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The five finalists - including four projects led by women - will now join the companies of the Social & Inclusive Business Camp, a high value-added acceleration programme designed by AFD and co-produced, since 2020, by Startupbric (founder of Emerging Valley).


​Present at the Emerging Valley Summit

The winners will receive a €5,000 grant, visibility at the next 2 Shores Dialogue, a demo play in front of a panel of investors and a communication push to the pan-African media and their national media.

These start-ups will also be present at the fifth edition of the Emerging Valley Summit which will take place on 13 and 14 December 2021 in Marseille. They will be able to meet with African Tech leaders and international investors.


* The final jury was composed of Rym Jarou (CEO of Smart Tunisia), Mariem Kane (Secretary General of ANRSI and co-founder of Hadina RIMTIC), Souheil Guessoum (Vice President of the CAPC in charge of digital and CEO of Alpha Computer), Mounia Attiga, founder and CEO of Gemstones and Lamiae Benmakhlouf, General Manager of Morrocan Information Technopark Company (MITC).

The five winners of Emerging Mediterranean 2021

Mariem Faghraoui - NEOLLI (Morocco): An online sales site specialising in Moroccan handicrafts that assists traditional craftsmen in registering their patents and ensures that their products are put online, repackaged and shipped.
Neolli brings together some sixty craftsmen and cooperatives and, after setting up in Casablanca, is going to open two other hubs in Fez and Agadir and then tackle the sub-Saharan African market.

Saoussen Ayari - AL DIAGNOSIS VISION (Tunisia): Web platform using artificial intelligence to analyse X-rays for dentists and provide them with a precise diagnosis and treatment plan.

Amira Irmal - MEHAN HOURA (Algeria): A service that connects craftsmen with repair service seekers via a mobile application. Individuals have access to qualified technicians and can leave comments on their profile.

Mama Diagana - NEOTIC (Mauritania): Web & mobile communication agency that targets start-ups, NGOs and SMEs in Mauritania. It has created a solution offering a complete range of services in e-commerce and data analysis with a marketplace, a turnkey online shop and support in digital and predictive marketing. 

Aladdin Elsgier -DAWRRAT (Libya): Online course platform (e-learning by Libyan and foreign professors) aiming to compensate for the lack of qualified professors in Libyan public universities, their concentration in the city of Tripoli alone and the prohibitive cost of studies for modest students.


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