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Tunisia: “The Next Society” a chance for brilliant minds

THE NEXT SOCIETY is a program that brings together actors of change committed to innovation and economic development.

It brings together entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs, public and private innovation centers, research and economic development centers in Europe and the Mediterranean countries.

An advocacy panel was organized on February 26, 2019 at the Hotel Lac Léman to build a common agenda for innovation.

This technical meeting was organized by CONECT (Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises) and APII (Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation), with the support of ANIMA Investment Network, as part of THE NEXT SOCIETY, an initiative funded by the European Union, which aims to support innovation in the Mediterranean.

Following the first meeting of the panel in 2018 and the work of identification of the needs of the ecosystem, this second panel intends to establish a common action agenda of the actors of innovation in Tunisia.

A first session made it possible – thanks to the work of the partners of the initiative (FEMISE, Kedge Business School / OPEE and APII) – to highlight an analysis of the performance of the Tunisian innovation ecosystem as well as an overview of the industry’s opportunities, supplemented by a study report on the needs and practices of Tunisian companies to adjust the existing support package.

A second session made it possible to debate with the ecosystem (investors, incubators, the world of research, public actors of the financing of the innovation …) the 3 subjects which embody the challenges to meet at the regulatory and financial level and on which efforts should focus i) implementation of the start-up Act, ii) financing tools adapted to start-ups and the appearance of the ecosystem, and iii) strengthening of technology transfer.

Finally, other actors of the cooperation operating in support of the ecosystem (European Union, AFD, Expertise France, GIZ, ENDA inter-Arab …) were invited to present their initiatives related to innovation in order to give an overview of their objectives, means and expertise available to identify the main gaps remaining to be filled and the synergies to be operated.

This second panel, THE NEXT SOCIETY, shows the need to develop a legal framework conducive to bringing research and the private sector closer together, by working in particular on raising awareness among stakeholders, new legal provisions and financial instruments adapted to technology transfer.

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