Innovators and partners gathered in Cairo for a great round of events
On June 19 to 20, 2019, Cairo hosted two major events initiated by ANIMA Investment Network, in the framework of THE NEXT SOCIETY, to support and spread the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Egypt and in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Organised by ANIMA, TIEC and ITIDA on 19 June 2019, the Matchmaking Forum for Investment and Innovation promoted Egyptian stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem to an international delegation of business and innovation support organisations, thus strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean community with creative and inspiring exchanges. The day after, THE NEXT SOCIETY partners gathered in TIEC premises to discuss the steps forward of the initiative during its 3rd Annual Conference.
This open forum brought together Egyptian entrepreneurs to present their solutions and opportunities to an international audience eager to discover the assets of the Egyptian ecosystem.
Several strategic speakers had the opportunity to intervene: they discussed the transformation of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the MENA region from traditional business and investment ecosystem to start-up and innovative business development.
An interesting panel discussion took place and allowed the speakers to exchange around the following topic: Towrds MENA’S Next Unicorn : Innovative Mechanisms to scale startups.
70 tailor-made BtoB meetings were scheduled prior to the event through a matchmaking platform and were organised during the day along with networking sessions and roundable discussions aiming at connecting participants interested in developing business in Egypt and the MENA region.
Challenges in mobilising foreign investment for developing innovation ecosystems; innovative mechanisms to scale start-ups; public policies to be implemented to boost access to finance in the MENA countries; and novel strategies for financing innovators in the MENA region were some of the topics that animated the day’s discussions.
The next day, on June 20, 2019 the 3rd Annual Meeting of the initiative was organised by TIEC on its premises. The event brought together all partner organisations of THE NEXT SOCIETY who presented the key achievements, challenges and successes of the consortia after two years of activities implemented in Egypt and in the MENA region through several presentations and parallel workshops.
The event brought together all partner organisations of THE NEXT SOCIETY who presented the key achievements, challenges and successes of the consortia after two years of activities implemented in Egypt and in the MENA region through several presentations and parallel workshops.
This meeting was the perfect time to celebrate the growth of THE NEXT SOCIETY community. Indeed, after two years of activities, several organisations have joined THE NEXT SOCIETY as ecosystem partners or members of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club.
The Coordination Team of THE NEXT SOCIETY presented to the partners THE NEXT SOCIETY video which has been released on the occasion of the Egypt round of events to highlight the actions developed by the consortium so far.
This meeting was also the perfect time to celebrate the growth of THE NEXT SOCIETY community. Indeed, after two years of activities, several organisations have joined THE NEXT SOCIETY as ecosystem partners or members of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club
These events have been the occasion to gather both public and private organisations committed to create value in the region to take part in the innovation dynamics and trends between Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa!
LET’S KEEP ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!