Since 2017, THE NEXT SOCIETY has been supporting the emergence of talents and innovative leaders who will drive the next trends and usages in 7 Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

The movement, initiated by ANIMA Investment Network and 56 partners from the Euro-Mediterranean region with the financial support of the European Union, aims at mobilising, promoting and reinforcing innovation ecosystems and economic development in the MENA region by targeting start-ups, clusters and technology transfer offices to accompany their development.


Through a series of video-portraits, we will introduce you to the innovators shaping the future…

THE NEXT SOCIETY relaunches its mentoring programme between 26 cluster practitioners from both shores of the Mediterranean

After a successful first edition led by France Clusters, the Cluster Mentoring Reloaded programme is managed by ACCIÓ (Catalonia Trade & Investment) as part of THE NEXT SOCIETY action plan initiated by ANIMA Investment Network and co-funded by the European Union. It will support the development of cluster management practices and provide inspiration to foster cooperation between Mediterranean and European countries.

On January 20, 2021, the kick-off event of the Cluster Mentoring Reloaded programme was held online with the 13 pairs matching cluster…

BigBooster 2019

BigBooster, the international acceleration programme partner of THE NEXT SOCIETY initiative, has unveiled the names of the 51 start-ups selected to participate in Lyon’s Booster Camp from 30 November to 3 December 2020, the first stage of this 5th edition which will also pass through Frankfurt and Barcelona.

Selected for their impact solutions in the fields of environment and energy, health, industry and social issues, the 51 start-ups come from 18 different nationalities.

Ask An Angel Academy screenshot — 28 October 2020

One size does not fit all: especially in times of crisis, businesses need customized services to navigate uncertainty and adjust to new market demands.

Ask an Angel offers a series of 1:1 meetings between founders and business angels, along with a set of Academies (group meetings) on key business topics.

The first Ask an Angel Academy marks the launch of the mentoring program: on October 28–29 2020, 19 entrepreneurs from the MENA region were invited to the European Angel Investment Summit, hosted annually by EBAN and gathering +250 investors, innovators, policymakers and ecosystem partners. …

Berytech, through THE NEXT SOCIETY Advocacy Panel, has been leading on setting a national innovation strategy for Lebanon since 2017, as part of THE NEXT SOCIETY action plan initiated by ANIMA Investment Network and implemented in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia with the financial support of the European Union.

Experts hired by Berytech have written a report which proposes a roadmap of 29 actionable recommendations for universities and other key ecosystem players to boost the technology transfer dynamics in Lebanon. They defined a financing mechanism and a reward system for applied research adapted to the Lebanese academic…

While taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of the existing innovation indicators, FEMISE has created for THE NEXT SOCIETY, a Scoreboard of innovation that takes into account some of the particularities of the region while shedding light on the progress (or lack) achieved so far.

The 78 selected indicators provide therefore accurate information on the level of performance of the Mediterranean countries regarding the regional context. Built on this scoreboard’s basis, a digital and interactive tool has been developed by ANIMA to make the data simpler to read, THE NEXT SOCIETY i-data.

Innovation plays a crucial role in economic…

For the 3rd consecutive year, the ANIMA network was partner of the Startup AFRICA SUMMIT, organised by StartUp Morocco, a flagship event of the international programmes DiafrikInvest and THE NEXT SOCIETY, co-financed by the European Union.

Following the success of the 1st edition organised in Casablanca, the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII) and the Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (CONECT) organised, in partnership with ANIMA Investment Network and France Clusters, the second edition of #TechDays, that took place in Tunis, at the Laico Hotel (Tunis), on January 29. This event has been organised as part of THE NEXT SOCIETY initiative, co-funded by the European Union.

The objective of the #TechDays is to encourage collaboration between the Mediterranean and European innovation actors : clusters, researchers, SMEs, industry experts and policy makers, through sectoral…

The third Benchmarking Visit & Training organised by THE NEXT SOCIETY took place in Wallonia, Belgium, from October 28 to November 1, 2019. After Catalonia (Spain) and Piedmont (Italy), this Walloon Benchmarking Visit and Training gathered a delegation of 13 cluster managers and representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia to take part to this third inspiring edition.

The BigBooster Acceleration Program organised, from 14 to 17 October 2019 in Lyon, the fourth season of the Booster Camp, an international event open to start-ups to allow them to internationalise their activities by giving them the keys to “think global”.


Innovators shaping the future in the Mediterranean

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