INNOVATION - THE NEXT SOCIETY unveils its action plan to support innovation in the Mediterranean

12/05/2017
Country: Algeria, Egypt, Europe, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia

A successful launch, in Greece, for THE NEXT SOCIETY, a movement gathering entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, public and private innovation stakeholders in Europe and the Mediterranean.


This community took the opportunity to unveil its action plan implemented over 4 years, with the support of the European Commission. Its activities aim to accompany change in the region by placing the private sector at the core of the dialogue as well as the innovation and competitiveness  measures. THE NEXT SOCIETY echoes an inclusive philosophy based on corporate social responsibility and supports the emergence of talents and new leaders by targeting start-ups, clusters and technology transfer offices.

 

On the occasion of the event, co-organised by ANIMA Investment Network and Enterprise Greece on May 16th in Athens, almost a hundred Euro-Mediterranean professionals and experts exchanged views on the activities implemented by the initiative, in the presence of Greek Ministers Mr. Dimitris Papadimitriou, Minister of Economy and Development and Mr. Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation.

 

According to Candace Johnson, president of EBAN (The European Trade Association for Early Stage Investors) “... the entrepreneurs of Maghreb, Middle-East and Africa are the solutions to the world’s problem”. Vladimir Rojanski, from the DG NEAR at the European Commission, underlined the importance of job creation and the development of SMEs and start-ups, as well as the European Union's strong desire to support innovation through new financing mechanisms in the region.

 

 

A shared ambition for the Mediterranean 

 

Opened by Christos Staikos, president of Enterprise Greece and Emmanuel Noutary, general delegate of ANIMA Investment Network, the public conference discussions highlighted key issues for the region: how to spread a culture of entrepreneurship and leadership among young people? What are the initiatives that take a fresh look at their potential and stimulate THE NEXT SOCIETY movement? How collaboration and networking approaches remove the obstacles to innovation? How to strengthen technological transfer without replicating models from elsewhere? Representatives of public institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and innovation support networks exchanged on these various exciting topics in Athens.

 

Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice-President of the European Parliament and head of the SYRIZA delegation, noted that "the current vision of the Mediterranean lacks of innovation, there is a real need for initiatives like this one today to change the future of the region".

 

Photo de groupe - THE NEXT SOCIETY

 

THE NEXT SOCIETY activates change at every level

 

On May 16th in Athens, THE NEXT SOCIETY presented a comprehensive action plan supported by the European Commission, which impacts several  levels of the innovation ecosystem:

  • Improve policy frameworks: THE NEXT SOCIETY establishes a public-private dialogue and benchmarks the performance of Mediterranean innovation ecosystems in order to define and implement country strategic roadmaps and improve innovation support strategies.
  • Foster start-up success: THE NEXT SOCIETY offers tailor-made support to Mediterranean start-ups to help them go international and raise funds thanks to workshops and training sessions, immersion into foreign markets and incubation in European innovation hubs, meetings with investors and long-term coaching by committed mentors.
  • Promote and internationalise clusters: THE NEXT SOCIETY develops peer-learning services for business and industrial clusters as well as foreign partnership and guide them towards a Cluster Excellence management approach.
  • Support technology transfer offices (TTO): THE NEXT SOCIETY trains TTO managers like entrepreneurs and help them improve their services, market their innovation portfolio  and meet potential clients.

 

 

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The partners' community

 

AGENCE DE PROMOTION DE L'INDUSTRIE ET DE L'INNOVATION (TUNISIA) | AGENCE RÉGIONALE D'INNOVATION ET D'INTERNATIONALISATION (FRANCE) | AGENCE WALLONNE À L'EXPORTATION ET AUX INVESTISSEMENTS ÉTRANGERS (BELGIUM) | AGENCIA PER A LA COMPETITIVITAT DE L'EMPRESA - ACCIÓ (SPAIN) | ANIMA INVESTMENT NETWORK (FRANCE) | ARABRENEUR (PALESTINE) | ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (BELGIUM) | BEDAYA CENTER - GENERAL AUTHORITY FOR INVESTMENT AND FREE ZONES (EGYPT) | BERYTECH (LEBANON) | BIG BOOSTER (FRANCE) | CENTRO ESTERO PER L'INTERNAZIONALIZZAZIONE (ITALY) | CONFÉDÉRATION DES ENTREPRISES CITOYENNES DE TUNISIE CONECT (TUNISIA) | ECONOMIC RESEARCH FORUM (EGYPT) | EUROPEAN BUSINESS AND INNOVATION CENTRE NETWORK - EBN (BELGIUM) | FORUM DES CHEFS D'ENTREPRISES (ALGERIA) | FORUM EURO-MÉDITERRANÉEN DES INSTITUTS DE SCIENCES ECONOMIQUES (FRANCE)  | FRANCE CLUSTERS (FRANCE) | HIGHER COUNCIL FOR INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE (PALESTINE) | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (EGYPT) | INSTITUT DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE (FRANCE) | INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES (ITALY)  | KEDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL (FRANCE) | MOWGLI FOUNDATION (UNITED KINGDOM) | PICTI.STARTUPS (PALESTINE) | R&D MAROC (MOROCCO) | ROYAL SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY (JORDAN) | STARTUP MAROC (MOROCCO) | THE EUROPEAN TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR EARLY STAGE INVESTORS (BELGIUM) | THE MENA BUSINESS ANGELS NETWORK (BELGIUM)

 

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