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French President, Emmanuel Macron, to chair EMERGING Valley Forum on Stimulating digital investments between Europe and Africa

Founded by entrepreneur and author of “Startup Lions, at the heart of African Tech,” Samir ABDELKRIM, EMERGING Valley has become a must-attend platform for creative entrepreneurship between Africa and Europe. EMERGING Valley Forum encourages reconsideration of the future of technology and commercial ties between the two continents in a world where geopolitical connections are undergoing fundamental reinventions. The site of the camp, a futuristic innovation campus situated in the heart of the Aix-Marseille-Provence territory, has been chosen by the 2023 edition of EMERGING Valley, under the high patronage of President Emmanuel Macron, as the ideal place to stimulate collaborations and synergies between African and European digital ecosystems in an increasingly interconnected world.

As part of the celebrations marking the metropolitan territory of Aix-Marseille-Provence as the new “European Capital of Innovation,” an award granted by iCapital and the European Commission, EMERGING Valley is expected to draw a significant number of delegations of African companies along with European decision-makers in the innovation space.

“There has never been a stronger need for constructive innovations and cooperative solutions between Europe and Africa in the face of significant global issues. For greater impact, the EMERGING Valley 2023 will serve as the testing ground for these significant reflections between Euro-African ecosystems. This conference has critical significance in a geopolitical environment that is continuously shifting and where global technology is undergoing a significant evolutionary stage.

Moreover, the city of Aix-Marseille-Provence, which was named the European Capital of Innovation for 2023, further confirms its standing as a digital hub between Europe and Africa. This prestige is enhanced by EMERGING Valley, which takes use of the city’s unique geostrategic position as a Hub of Innovations between the two continents,” stresses EMERGING Valley founder Samir ABDELKRIM.

An editorial focusing on global issues and co-innovation:

It is anticipated that over 3000 attendees, 280 presenters and experts, 250 companies, and 50 investors from 70 countries will delve into novel topics and significant obstacles like:

The exploration of artificial intelligence’s potential and uses in the technological and human development of Africa is central to the concept of AI at the heart of African tech.

Startup financing: an analysis of the latest worldwide venture capital deal, along with the benefits and problems it presents to Africa’s companies. This theme will include funding methods to help impact businesses and link them to an international investor network.

Innovation for Biodiversity 2.0: in collaboration with the Departmental Council of the Bouches du Rhône, how can contemporary technology support the conservation and enhancement of the continents of Africa and Europe’s biodiversity in the face of natural hazards?

Energy and digital sovereignty 2.0: this theme will cover strategies for utilizing African digital advances to provide sustainable energy security while adjusting to the geopolitical upheavals of today.

Agri-Tech and Food Sovereignty: in light of the current geopolitical and climatic concerns, how can agritech help us address the issues of nutrition and food and create a future where food is sustainable?

Sustainable and climate-neutral cities: following the success of the Med’Innovant Africa initiative, this theme, carried by the Euroméditerranée Public Establishment, will explore African and European technological innovations and solutions for the decarbonization of cities. It is inspired by Marseille’s ambition and other Mediterranean cities aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

In collaboration with the French Development Agency and the Social Inclusive Business Camp, this article highlights female entrepreneurs from Africa and the Mediterranean who are reshaping the tech landscape via their inventiveness and inventiveness.

The African e-health revolution will center on the digital solidarity and interdependence between Africa and Europe in the face of contemporary medical and health issues, in collaboration with the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.

“EMERGING Valley 2023 will tackle sociological, economic, and environmental issues while showcasing the tangible solutions that digital enterprises in Europe and Africa can offer in response to the increasing number of problems. EMERGING Valley is an immersive event where African and European creativity and innovation come together for the common good, not merely a business forum. A rare chance to discuss, collaborate on, and advance technologies that could influence how Europe and Africa use technology in the future,” Samir ABDELKRIM continues.

Among the edition’s numerous highlights are:

The Euroméditerranée public development institution will present two prizes as part of the MED’INNOVANT AFRICA 2023 Awards, which honor African businesses working toward sustainable cities in the Mediterranean and Africa on November 28.

The goal of the Provence Africa Connect 2023 award is to recognize a businessperson from the Aix-Marseille-Provence region who has undertaken an initiative that will benefit Africa. In 2023, entrepreneurs from Europe will be the only participants in the competition for the first time.

Innovation Trophies by IRD: The Innovation Trophies are a competition that the Research Institute for Development is launching for the first time in 2023 to honor young African academics and PhD students who are working on new ideas. On November 28, during EMERGING Valley, the trophies will be given out. The victors will get top-notch technical help, a promotion kit, and a 10,000 euro award.

Aix-Marseille-Provence, the 2023 European Capital of Innovation, emphasizes its position as a digital intersection point connecting Europe and Africa. Thanks to its advantageous location at the intersection of two continents, Aix-Marseille-Provence is now more than ever the meeting place for African and European innovation, fostering collaborative creation. By meeting high-potential entrepreneurs, investors prepared to spark change, significant institutional decision-makers, and thought leaders in innovation, attendees of this edition will be able to broaden their network,” says Samir Abdelkrim.

The EMERGING Valley summit was founded in 2017 and has since attracted over 25,000 entrepreneurs, arranged 7,500 business-to-business meetings, connected over 500 innovation hubs and investors, and featured over 1,200 eminent speakers. In October, the official launch of EMERGING Valley 2023 will take place. Visit for registration and further details on EMERGING Valley.

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