Matchmaking Forum

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!