Tech. 6th edition of Emerging Valley on November 29: ‘An important bridge of innovation between Europe and Africa’


An inspiring program that addresses global geopolitical, social and environmental issues.

Founded in Marseilles by Samir Abdelkrim, author of the book ” Startup Lions, at the heart of African Tech » and placed in 2018 and 2021 under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, the Emerging Valley has established itself for several years as the International Summit where the most influential technology decision makers and business meets every year. innovative entrepreneurship from Africa and Europe.

This year again, we are keen to address key topics such as co-innovation, food sovereignty, agritech, energy sovereignty, sustainable development or even Ehealth and civil tech. Through our event, we also want to show how the territory of Aix-Marseille-Provence, land of diversity and possibilities, in the running as a finalist to be the European capital of innovation 2022 – candidacy that is the Emerging Valley, as a partner of Metropolis , is proud to support- has been an important bridge of innovation between Europe and Africa “, describes Samir Abdelkrim.

About 40 conferences, round tables…

This 6th edition will revolve around three courses (or trays). Samir Abdelkrim explained: “ In total, at least 40 conferences, round tables, fireside chats, pitch sessions, award ceremonies and workshops will be organized throughout the day on the Main Stage, as well as on the second “Impacts” stage. And new this year, we have created a third Internship with a new collective intelligence format, the “Co-Innovation Lab”, in partnership with the African innovation agency Fanaka “.

The Main Stage

The Main Stage brings together the decision-makers who make Africa-Europe tech news in 2021, with influential digital champions from the four corners of the continent and local players who create a link between the two coasts of the Mediterranean. . This set will begin with the opening plenary led by Samir Abdelkrim. The following will participate in this official opening: Laure-Agnès Caradec, President of the Board of Directors of EPA Euroméditerranée, Michèle Rubirola, First Deputy Mayor of Marseille and Martine Vassal, President of the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône and President of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis.

Following this opening, several other thematic plenaries will be presented on the “Main Stage” including:

Plenary African startups and financing during the global crisis: projections and strategies of major investors in Africa.

International financial crisis, collapse of social plans and crash of stock market valuations of the biggest references in the global tech scene: what is the impact on African VC? As the volume of charges on the continent continues to rise, highlighting once again the uniqueness of its ecosystems, the shock may seize Africa delayed. Discover the advice of the best investors in the sector exclusively this Tuesday November 29, November 29 with I&P, 500 Global, Kepple Ventures, IFC, Teranga Capital, BPIFrance, Digital Africa or GSMA. The largest Investor in Africa will be present at the Emerging Valley and will speak at the Palais du Pharo.

This conference includes its speakers: Sébastien Boyé, Co-General Manager of Investisseurs & Partenaires – Satoshi Shinada Partner Kepple Africa Ventures – Mareme Dieng Lead Africa 500 Global – Isabelle Beabar, Director of International & European Affairs of Bpifrance – Olivier Furdelle co – founder of Teranga Capital, Stéphan Eloïse Gras, Executive Director of Digital Africa and Max Cuvellier Head of Mobile for Development GSMA.

Europe-Africa Co-Innovation: the new paradigm? Moving from cooperation to shared destiny through the prism of change.

In collaboration with the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, this conference will include Daniel Schaer, Ambassador-at-large for Economic Cooperation in Africa, Estonia, Slim Khalbous, Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and Marième Diop among its speakers . , Director Francophone Africa IFC – World Bank Group.

Food sovereignty 2.0: inventing a new agricultural alliance between two continents, thanks to the digital, in a time of new geopolitical disruptions.

This conference, in collaboration with the Bouches-du-Rhône department, is dedicated to food sovereignty and will have as participants: Arnaud Mercier, Delegate of the Departmental Advisor for Management Control, Information Systems and Digital Services, President of Valérie Verdier and Chief Executive of the Research Institute for Development (IRD), and many African startups specializing in food sovereignty through digital.

Energy sovereignty: Technological innovation at the heart of implementing sustainable, sovereign and resilient energy policies in Africa, plenary session followed by Digital Energy Challenge Awards presentation

Decarbonization and Climate Neutral Cities: what innovations are shared between Europe and Africa?

In collaboration with the city of Marseille, this conference will involve discussions between Laurent Lhardit, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, Yaya Koné, Founder of Coliba, Anicia Jaegler, Associate Dean of Inclusivity and Senior Professor Kedge Business School or Lamiae Benmakhlouf, General Manager Moroccan Information Technopark Company MITC.

Informal city: the emergence of Africa’s informal city 2.0: how did the continent become a laboratory of new urban governance through digital?

This plenary session will be held in collaboration with the Public Establishment for Euro-Mediterranean Development (EPAEM). Participants: Marie-Luce Bousseton, Acting Director General of EPAEM, Maria Christina Kolo, founder of GreenNKool and winner of the Med’Innovant Africa 2021 prize, Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, President of the National Agency for Information Systems of Niger but also a representative of French Development Agency or HE the Ambassador of India to France.

Various sequences will also be arranged, on the Main Stage

▪ Time allocated to the REA Bridge Africa program, network of entrepreneurs, supported by Anima Investment Network.

▪ The presentation of the Digital Energy Challenge Awards to a dozen African energy sovereignty startups.

▪ the presentation of the Med’innovant Africa Prize followed by the presentation of the Provence Africa Connect 2021 Prize by Marie-Luce Bousseton and Didier Parakian, vice-president of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis.

▪ The presentation of the 2022 cohort of the Social & Inclusive Business Camp program of the French Development Agency. 5 startups will pitch to the audience.

Stage 2 “Impacts”: Space for field actors and 100% impact-oriented programs

This platform will offer short and dynamic sessions with concrete and result-oriented thematic angles but also testimonials and feedback from people who work every day for innovation with impacts on social issues, e-health, agritech, energy resilience, e-sport or even video games. .

These sessions include:

▪ Rea Bridge Africa: Strengthening networks of entrepreneurs in Africa – in collaboration with Anima rea​​​​​​bridge Africa.

▪ Innovate in Provence – in collaboration with the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis.

▪ E-Health: new innovations cross between Europe and Africa – in collaboration with Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.

▪ E-sport, a new major market of the future between Europe and Africa – in collaboration with the Department of Bouches du Rhône.

▪ Feedback from the Social Inclusive Business Camp: impactful startups have their say! – in collaboration with the French Development Agency.

▪ Presentation of African Energy Sovereignty Startups

▪ And some other partner sessions such as GIZ SAIS.

The “Co-Innovation LAB”: A third internship promoting collective intelligence

Unprecedented, this long-form platform, collaborative and focused on important topics, will offer a participatory format. This internship will be carried out in collaboration with Fanaka, an African agency specializing in collaborative innovation.

These sessions include:

▪ “They are leading! Panorama of female entrepreneurship in Tunisia” – in collaboration with FAST.

▪ From biodiversity conservation to inclusion of the most vulnerable populations:

how the Mediterranean Techs fix the “Mare Nostrum”.

▪ Collective Intelligence in the service of Energy Sovereignty.

▪ EdTech, Civic Tech, Legal Tech: empowering African citizens through digital tools.

▪ As well as three other thematic sessions on collective intelligence in partnership, for each of them, including Scale Changer, Expertise France and Digital Africa.

The event is open to all, free of charge, with simple registration (mandatory) on the Emerging Valley website. It can be followed online or in person (following the metrics established to promote quality networking and business exchanges)

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