For its third edition, EDF Pulse Africa gives itself the means to fulfil its ambitions, bringing two main changes in its organization. In order to mobilize the whole African innovation ecosystem and to offer new opportunities to local entrepreneurs, EDF chose to include African SMB to the challenge. But the main evolution is the creation of “EDF Pulse Africa Tour”: seven countries will be welcoming the 60 selected start-ups and SMB to elect 7 finalists. These events will allow them to gain local visibility while benefiting from a full support in Paris to allow their project to mature.
EDF cares about targeting the whole African innovation ecosystem, and that why it is has renewed its position for the 2019 edition. If start-ups were previously the contest’s core target, it now widens to SMB with less than 50 employees. In this same idea of strengthening the support of projects having a real impact on the local environment, the “EDF Pulse Africa Tour” has been created. Actually, seven African countries have been chosen as steps for the first edition of the Tour. Each country will then organize a big event to ensure the coherence between the nature of the projects, the local economic needs and the regional activities lead by EDF.
Candidates from South Africa, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Togo will be invited to defend their project in front of a jury composed by local experts. The jury members will either be innovation specialists, entrepreneurs from the energy sector, or even local EDF members. Gathered for an evening, their job will be to elect a unique finalist in every country. The seven lucky selected candidates will travel to Paris on the next 21st of November in order to defend their project.
"Energy : a key sector for innovation and entrepreneurship". This will be the main thesis of the EDF Pulse Africa Tour. A Tour that will be the perfect opportunity to create an emulation spirit in gathering central players of both the entrepreneurship and innovation sectors. Actually, these events will be sponsored by African incubators and institutional EDF partners in order to boost the projects’ development and therefore the local energetic landscapes. Each and every candidates, winners or not, would then benefit from this dynamic environment.
Let’s take a look at the Tour schedule :
- September – October : candidates preselection via the platform and the local jury for the following countries :
- Morocco : Wednesday 4th of September, Casablanca
- Senegal : Thursday 12th of September, Dakar
- Ghana : Tuesday 17th of September, Accra,
- South Africa : Thursday 19th of September, Johannesburg
- Ivory Coast : Monday 30th of September, Abidjan
- Togo : Tuesday 1st of October, Lomé
- Cameroun : Thursday 3rd of October, Yaoundé
- 21st of November : Great Final in Paris