The Mediterranean region has tremendous potential as a business environment and faces various challenges relating to resource management (energy, rapid urban development), food independence and value creation (industrial, social and territorial). By empowering innovators, enhancing the private-public dialogue and coordinating innovation strategies among Mediterranean countries, these challenges can be overcome. In this framework THE NEXT SOCIETY movement has been launched with the support of the European Commission. Its ultimate goal is to mobilise entrepreneurs, innovators and corporate ecosystems to tackle the innovation and sustainable development challenges faced in the Mediterranean, in the North as well as in the South. To achieve this objective, the initiative gathers a large network of over 300 business & innovation, research and investment organisations, 2.500 international SMEs and entrepreneurs from 30 countries and will implement activities on several levels of the innovation ecosystem from January 2017 until December 2020 targeting Europe and 6 Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan) as well as the Palestinian National Authority. INSME contributes as an affiliated entity to the four-year action plan.
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