Focus on Reverse Innovation for the launch of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club at Station F!

THE NEXT SOCIETY Club was officially launched in Paris, on 15 February 2018 by ANIMA Investment Network, its initiator, Bpifrance and GreenFlex who are among the first members. Driven by an open community of socio-economic actors (public agencies, companies, start-ups, NGOs…) in Europe and Mediterranean countries, THE NEXT SOCIETY started in 2017 with a pilot action plan co-financed by the European Union and aiming to mobilise, promote and reinforce innovation ecosystems in 7 Mediterranean countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.

The lauch of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club gathered 80 representatives of large companies, start-ups, institutions and investors at French Tech Central, Station F for a networking breakfast dedicated to “Reverse Innovation”, which refers to the capacity of innovators from emerging countries to come up with solutions to contemporary challenges that can inspire the rest of the world. THE NEXT SOCIETY wishes to accelerate this reverse innovation movement by supporting South Mediterranean innovators who develop local solutions with a global reach or which allow to skip a generation in terms of use or technology.

By 2020, it is expected to support 300 start-ups, 190 incubators, accelerators and clusters, and 60 laboratories. Members of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club are collaborating within this movement to reinforce the action plan’s impact and scope. For instance, they will be launching “challenge calls” for innovators connected to THE NEXT SOCIETY in targeted sectors and will collaborate with the laureates.

THE NEXT SOCIETY wishes to accelerate this reverse innovation movement by supporting South Mediterranean innovators who develop local solutions with a global reach or which allow to skip a generation in terms of use or technology.

Isabelle Bébéar, International and University Director at Bpifrance.

“THE NEXT SOCIETY is an innovative initiative for the development of concrete cooperation with Mediterranean innovation ecosystems. We are pleased to support this action encouraging the development of innovative companies on the Mediterranean rim, while strengthening cooperation with French companies and investors”

The Club gathers companies and investors wishing to develop collaborations between innovation ecosystems in Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa. Club members affiliate themselves with THE NEXT SOCIETY, a movement aiming to reinforce innovation ecosystems, to develop value creation, as well as concrete solutions for a shared prosperity in the Mediterranean and in Africa.

The lauch of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club gathered 80 representatives of large companies, start-ups, institutions and investors at French Tech Central, Station F for a networking breakfast dedicated to “Reverse Innovation”, which refers to the capacity of innovators from emerging countries to come up with solutions to contemporary challenges that can inspire the rest of the world.

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Innovators shaping the future in the Mediterranean

Innovators shaping the future in the Mediterranean