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Marseille will host Tech Emerging Mediterranean while waiting for the Emerging Valley summit to be held in April 2021

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Tuesday, October 20th 2020 à 16:15 | Read 491 times

Samir Abdelkrim, founder of Emerging Valley, prefers to postpone his event (photo: F.Dubessy)
Samir Abdelkrim, founder of Emerging Valley, prefers to postpone his event (photo: F.Dubessy)
MEDITERRANEAN. Originally scheduled for 7 to 8 December 2020, the fourth edition of Emerging Valley has been postponed to 7 and 8 April 2021 and will take place at the Palais du Pharo in Marseille.

"Emerging Valley" reinforces its line of action by supporting and building the resilience of entrepreneurial ecosystems and continues to bring impactful leaders to the forefront while promoting sustainable and resilient solutions to the emergencies and challenges of our time. The summit will showcase investors, African start-ups and the emerging digital ecosystems of the Mediterranean and Africa in order to develop their international attractiveness, their business relationships and to accelerate their impact on a global scale", says a press release. Published on Tuesday 20 October 2020 by the organisers of this international summit bringing together the technical and innovative ecosystems of Africa and Europe, it sets out the four key points of this event: territorial resilience; e-health innovations between Europe and Africa in the context of Covid-19; biodiversity and agritech; cultural and creative industries.

Delegations from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and South Africa have already confirmed their participation.

Positive innovation in the spotlight as of 7 December 2020

Emerging Valley 2019 avait réuni plus de 1 300 participants à Aix-en-Provence (photo : F.Dubessy)
Emerging Valley 2019 avait réuni plus de 1 300 participants à Aix-en-Provence (photo : F.Dubessy)
Emerging Valley 2019 brought together more than 1,300 participants in Aix-en-Provence (photo: F.Dubessy)

In partnership with the SIBC (Social & Inclusive Business Camp), Emerging Valley will offer a programme to support innovators on the African continent for its fourth edition. Out of more than 800 applications received, the selection committee selected fifty-five from twenty-one countries, including Maïa Africa (Burkina Faso - anti-mosquito ointment that protects against malaria for eight hours), Brighter Investment (Ghana - financing higher education for students in exchange for a percentage of their future income), Natal Cares (Nigeria - mobile technology to combat maternal and infant mortality), Greentiska (Madagascar - home waste collection service with zero-emission means of transport), Sciencia (Tunisia - provision of scientific leisure activities) and Kooka Niger (Niger - traditional Italian ice cream with ingredients and flavours from Niger).

This press release on the postponement of the event also unveils "the creation of a high point around the Tech For Good in the Mediterranean" which will take place on 7 December 2020, the date previously set for the summit. Dedicated to positive innovation, Tech For Good in the Mediterranean is launched in the dynamics of the Summit on both shores and becomes the Emerging Valley acceleration programme in the Mediterranean countries. This event will await its fourth edition.

In early December 2019, Emerging Valley and its founder in 2017 Samir Abdelkrim welcomed 1,350 participants from forty-five countries, 130 speakers and 140 start-ups at The Camp in Aix-en-Provence.


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