Innovators shaping the future in the Mediterranean
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THE NEXT SOCIETY hopes that 2021 will bring plenty of new opportunities for business, networking and meeting including physically!

Our wish is to continue growing THE NEXT SOCIETY community which now counts 60 organisations and 3000 innovation stakeholders in Europe and the Mediterranean. 

Despite the difficulties met in 2020, we are very proud to have supported and connected so many promising innovators through all our programmes! We have conducted a total of 60 activities, developing new knowledge tools to serve the community, advocating for renewed innovation strategies and policies, and implementing them through technical assistance missions. 

The project enters now in its final year and we are ready to address new challenges for 2021 starting by disseminating our outcomes for better impact and preparing the future of our community.

Indeed, 2021 will see the end of the project and we must prepare from now new ways to keep supporting Mediterranean innovation ecosystems and connecting innovators with the right mentors, experts, investors, or partners, this is what THE NEXT SOCIETY is aiming for this year and beyond! 

Meeting Point
FabricAid, a new start for your old clothes in Lebanon!
Meet FabricAid, a Lebanese social enterprise that enables underprivileged communities to get decent clothes at extremely affordable prices while reducing fabric waste. 
Watch this video and discover how THE NEXT SOCIETY supported this initiative!
Innovators online
The new mentoring programme gathers 26 cluster practitioners from both shores of the Mediterranean
After a successful first edition led by France Clusters, the Cluster Mentoring Reloaded programme managed by ACCIÓ (Catalonia Trade & Investment) will support the development of cluster management practices and provide inspiration to foster cooperation between Mediterranean and European countries.
What next
17 | 02 | 2021
Following the recently granted 1-year extension for THE NEXT SOCIETY, the annual conference will be organised on Wednesday 17 February 2021 to discuss the main objectives for this last year of implementation with all the stakeholders involved in the initiative.
01 | 02 | 2021 - 30 | 04 | 2021
Twenty teams from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia joined a 3-day entrepreneurship bootcamp, after which 7 winners were selected by a jury to receive 4-month incubation support worth 10,000 euros within THE NEXT SOCIETY.
15 | 02 | 2021
Following the Tech Transfer Bootcamp organised in February 2020, 3 science-based projects qualified for incubation support and will have the opportunity to attend market-oriented matchmaking meetings with targeted industry leaders, investors and experts.
Ecosystem Partner
Digital Africa
Last year, THE NEXT SOCIETY led the 2nd masterclass of the Digital Africa Campus’ Resilient Summer School programme. The training session focused on "How to communicate and re-evaluate your fundraising strategy in times of crisis" and benefited from the experienced advice of Samir Idrissi Kassimy, President of the Moroccan Business Angels Network - MOBAN.
Flying on social networks
Word of mouth
Amal Aboulhassan - Photo by Nicholas Demille
Photo by Assaf Jad F.
This training was very impactful and exceeded my expectations. I learnt to consider the financial feasibility and market applicability of my ideas and not only their scientific merit. I recommend every scientist to attend this bootcamp to sharpen his entrepreneurial skills and maximize his impact.
Assaf Jad F., COO of OCT Analysis, Lebanon. 
Following his participation in the Regional Innovation Factory Bootcamp & Jury Day, online, December 2020.
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