WATER, ENERGY, FOOD NEXUS INNOVATION WEEK

"Paving the way towards Entrepreneurship"
17-20 January 2022
Online Regional Event

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About the Event

Bringing together Euro-Mediterranean researchers, policy makers, investors, Industry players, Academia, Technology Transfer Offices, SMEs, startups and Entrepreneurs.   

Four days to know more about WEF NEXUS status and realities in Tunisia & the Euro-Mediterranean Region & forge strategic partnerships across Europe & the MENA region.

Over four days, WEF NEXUS innovation week will stream a regional conference, workshops, discussion panels and expert roundtables, followed by B2B matchmaking sessions to help you connect with relevant peers and stakeholders in Europe and the MENA region.

Over four days, SMEs, Startups and Innovators have an open space to exhibit their innovative products, services & ideas.

The event is open for SMEs, Startups, Academics, Researchers, Experts, techtransfer offices, policy makers and R&D institutions linked to the field of Water, Energy & Food.

Free access, join us online on 17 till 20th January and get connected.

Join attendees from the region’s most active business clusters, industry players, leading academics, international experts, technology transfer offices, policy makers and R&D institutions to exchange around the latest innovations and findings in the Water, Energy and Food sectors following a nexus approach;

Forge new partnerships & business opportunities and open up new collaboration and growth opportunities across the Euro- Mediterranean region.

Agenda Overview

DAY 1

Connecting with PHEMAC Euro-Mediterranean and Tunisian innovators, researchers, policy makers, international companies, investors and industrialsin WEF sectors.

  • Join us on the first day to connect with key stakeholders in the EU & MENA region. 
  • Exchange around the latest innovations and findings in the Water, Energy, Food sectors following a NEXUS approach
  • Explore partnerships and business opportunities
  • Gather information and generate recommendations about which KPIs should target IT platforms addressing WEF NEXUS solutions, how to better employ such platforms, how to guarantee their sustainability or how to replicate their use

DAY 2 

 Connecting PHEMAC Project Coordinators, Researchers & Innovators in WEF sectors

  • Join us on the second day to connect with PIPA experts, project coordinators, startups & innovators.
  • Know more how by achieving PHEMAC vision, the selected projects can contribute to longer term impacts 
  • Validate the functionality of the PHEMAC econometric model and identify the turning points that led to the failure of bottom projects or guide to the success to the top projects.
  • Presentation of preselected European co-funded projects  during the brokerage event

 

DAY 3 

 Connecting with Crowdfunding specialists, Founders of crowdfunding platforms, Euro-Mediterranean and Tunisian innovators,  investors & Startups .

  • Join us on the third day to connect with key stakeholders in the EU & MENA region. 
  • Bridge  the knowledge gap between crowdfunding platforms and intermediaries (project owners)
  • Learn  more about rules on crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people

DAY 4 

Connecting Researchers, innovators, TTO managers, investors, industrials, startups, SMEs, Entrepreneurs.


  • Join us on the fourth day to connect with SMEs, startups, researchers, TTOs and industry leaders from the EU & MENA region. 
  • Learn, collaborate, and create around the requirements for an effective WEF NEXUS technologies/solutions assessment Replicate to favor the effective commercialization of WEF-Nexus technologies around the Euro Mediterranean region

Explore the Event's Activities

Opening Ceremony

To communicate to the audience the purpose of the innovation week, the background story and including the welcome address from the local officials, institutions, funding agencies, and corresponding relevant public authorities.

Focus Group Meeting

A Focus group session that involves gathering people from similar backgrounds or experiences together to discuss about the NEXUS iHUB and the gathered experience of various funded projects and platforms while addressing existing WEF NEXUS challenges and opportunities.

Regional Conference

A Keynote presentation where the invited speaker energizes and sets the tone for the remainder of the conference or at least for the day.

A WEF NEXUS panel session that starts defining which are the typical problems for the successful implementation, acceptance of technological solutions and provide the floor to identify and discuss which problems prevent the replication of acceptance within the different WEF NEXUS interphases.

Entrepreneur’s corner space

An entrepreneur’s corner space to demonstrate the benefits of a dynamic approach of collaboration between actors of the innovation ecosystem at the regional level, and how it contributes to the materialization and valorisation of innovation.

Brokerage Event

Virtually B2B Sessions via video-call of 10 minutes between various actors operating in the fields of Water, Energy, Agri-Food and ICT: Companies, researchers, start-ups, idea promoters, Financing Institutions, Business Centers, ect…

Meet potential cooperation partners and make new contacts, where they can explore potential business and technological co-operation opportunities within WEF NEXUS.

Workshops & Round Tables

A PIPA workshop to guide the discussion through an Impact Logic Model to describe how by achieving PHEMAC vision, the selected WEF NEXUS projects can contribute to longer term impacts.
A Technology Transfer Offices workshop bringing together a group of people and allowing them to learn, collaborate, and create together around the requirements for an effective WEF NEXUS technologies/solutions assessment replication to favour their effective commercialization around the Euro Mediterranean region.
Crowdfunding round table discussion focused on revealing the rationale behind the crowd funding guideline and rules, why such guidelines were implemented, and a general advisory on how to employ crowd funding to support the replication of WEF NEXUS technologies or solutions.

WEF NEXUS INNOVATION FAIR

More than 30 innovators, startups show most innovative ideas, products, and services in WEF + ICT Nexus related fields.  Each best innovative idea will be presented to the Crowdfunding workshop.

WEF NEXUS EXHIBITION

More than 30 SMEs will be exposing and demonstrating their achievements in WEF-NEXUS fields. They will get to know each other’s activities, exchange new ideas and facilitate the not-so-easy process of holding an exhibition, which may not be affordable for a single company.

About CCIC

Created since 1892, under governance of Ministry in charge of trade, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of the Center is a public organization of economic interest. The members of CCIC are operators in Industry, Trade, Services and Handicrafts. It assists its members at national & International levels and supports them through all the stages of their development by providing them with the  Economic & regulations information, tailored training, the support to promote their exports and the organization of events, exhibitions and matchmaking days.

About NEX-LABS Project

NEX-LABS targeted territories, characterized by water scarcity and both an irregular rainfall and population distribution, reflect agriculture as largest user of water (70-90%) while future global warming projections (≈2oC) involve summer precipitation (-10/-30%) threatening water availability (-2/-15%) and agricultural productivity (-12/-40%). The latent conflict between energy efficiency (≈60%) and water production is also increasing energy footprint/m3 of water used to produce food. The predicted future shortfalls in Water/Energy/Food (WEF) requires a NEXUS approach. In this context, NEX-LABS aims to support the implementation of clean technologies for sustainable and resilient increase of agri-food sector production based on a more efficient use of energy (renewable/solar solutions) and water(wastewater treatment, water harvestingor reuse solutions) in MPC region thanks to the contributions of ICT such as blockchain technology, Internet or the Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI),Machine Learning and Big Data.

NEX-LABS project includes a partnership of 11 institutions from 7 different countries across the Mediterranean to tackle the challenges of a competitive and inclusive growth thanks to a nexus driven approach. This project is funded by the EU under the ENI CBC Med Programme. With a total budget of €3.450.984,97 , the project has received a contribution of € 3.105.866,47 (90%).

NEX-Labs

About PHEMAC Project

The PHEMAC project is co-funded under the PRIMA programme. An Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. This project consists of creating an interactive IHUB platform which aims to capitalize on the results and best practices of the innovative projects carried out and those in progress linked to NEXUS and more particularly in the fields of water and agriculture in the Euro-Mediterranean region. PHEMAC will focus on best practices and projects related to farming system, water and food. PHEMAC has been designed considering already defined strategic priorities to develop the framework for cooperation in the MPC region and face future Water Ecosystem, Food and their NEXUS challenges through an open innovation approach supported by an enhanced public-private sector cooperation. 

The PHEMAC project is implemented by 12 partners, distributed among several countries in the Mediterranean: Spain, Egypt, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, France and Tunisia. 

Need more information?

Feel free to get in touch with Mr. THEBTI Jilani, Communication Manager by sending an email to thebti.jilani@ccicentre.org.tn