THE NEXT SOCIETY innovators and partners gather in Cairo for a great round of events

19 June 2019

Cairo (Egypt), 19 June 2019 - From June 19 to 20, 2019, Cairo hosts a major set of events initiated by THE NEXT SOCIETY and ANIMA to support and spread the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Egypt and in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Organised by ANIMA, TIEC and ITIDA, this 2-day round of activities will promote 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 NEXT SOCIETY gathers in Cairo, Egypt, its Euro-Mediterranean community of innovation and investment for a 2-day round of events to promote business opportunities in the region and support Egyptian innovation ecosystem. It will start on June 19, 2019, with the launch of THE NEXT SOCIETY Matchmaking Forum for Investment and Innovation, supported by ANIMA Investment Network and ITIDA. This open forum will bring together all stakeholders of Egypt innovation and investment ecosystem to present business and innovation opportunities to an international audience.
Several international high-level speakers will share their vision on the state of the art of MENA innovation and investment: MAGNiTT's founder and CEO, Philip Bahoshy; Paul Wessendorp, chief of the Investment Promotion Section Division on Investment and Enterprise of UNCTAD; Rachid Maaninou, Deputy secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Ingrid Schwaiger, Deputy Head of Unit for Regional Programmes Neighbourhood South, DG NEAR, European Commission; and representatives of THE NEXT SOCIETY community Flow (Palestine), Flat6Labs (Egypt), Brenco (Algeria), StartUp Maroc (Morocco), Berytech Fund (Lebanon), Alexandria Angels (Egypt), Bpifrance (France) and Yomken (Egypt).
During the day, the participants will have the opportunity to share and exchange their practices, expertise and technologies, encouraging cooperation, potential partnerships and peer learning during the event. BtoB meetings and networking sessions will be at the core of the agenda!
THE NEXT SOCIETY round of events in Cairo will end on June 20, 2019 with 3rd Annual Meeting of the initiative. Organised by TIEC on its premises, the event will bring together all partner organisations of THE NEXT SOCIETY where they present the key achievements, challenges and successes of the consortia after two years of activities in Egypt and in the MENA region.
THE NEXT SOCIETY community grows!
The Egyptian gathering is 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 (click here to know more about them). (Egypt), Aix-Marseille University (France), Emerging Valley (France), Marseille Innovation (France), and Flow (Palestine), Factory 619 (Tunisia), Factory 319 (France), Zebox (France), P.Factory (France), Brenco (Algeria), Seedstars, Welcoming Diaspora (France) have recently integrated the ecosystem partners, making the community grow and spreading innovation culture all around the Mediterranean!
In addition, thecamp and GM Consultant have joined forces with Bpifrance, the Region Sud – Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur and GreenFlex, founder members of THE NEXT SOCIETY Club which associate 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!

THE NEXT SOCIETY is an open community of change makers engaged in innovation and economic development. It gathers entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.
THE NEXT SOCIETY gathers already a large network of over 300 business & innovation, research and investment organisations, 2,500 international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 30 countries.
THE NEXT SOCIETY is launching a four-year action plan (2017-2020), co-funded by the EU up to 90% for a global amount of EUR 7.8 million budget.

A propos d'ANIMA Investment Network
ANIMA Investment Network is an international economic development network that aims to work to the promotion and development of the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network brings together 80 members from 18 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area, including national and regional investment promotion and economic development agencies, business federations, innovation centres, international investors and research institutes. ANIMA's objective is to contribute to the continued improvement of the business and investment climate, as well as encourage shared and sustainable economic development in the Mediterranean.
The network provides expertise in economic development, organises training and sharing of experience, does valuable work on economic promotion, acts as a cooperation agency for its members and partners and supports companies in their development and impact on the region’s markets.

Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) was founded in 2004 in a public-private partnership between the government and the private sector. ITIDA is the executive IT arm of the MCIT and plays a fundamental role as a one-stop-shop for foreign direct investors seeking to enhance their global offering, where it also extends a helping hand to business and provides the Egyptian IT industry with the right tools to increase IT/ ITES exports.
ITIDA is aware of the importance of innovation and talent that is why ITIDA leaves no stone unturned to ensure sustainable talent supply and great innovations.
Through its affiliate body; The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), the agency aims to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in ICT for the benefit of national economy. The center has been launched in 2010 to with a mission to stimulate an innovation-based economy through strategizing, facilitating, and promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and the creation of intellectual property in ICT and its applications.

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