Call to all African women and men innovators!

4-5 December 2013, Paris

Africa’s dynamism and sustainable development are driven in particular by innovators. Confidence in the future of that part of the world is being built by promoting the innovative projects that are developing there and contribute to the wealth and well-being of all, women and men alike. Supporting the creativity, investment, expansion and success of African innovators will be a key contribution to the future of Africa.

The “African Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development” is designed to meet this objective. It is organized as part of the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa to be held on 6 December 2013 in Paris. 100 innovators will gather in Paris on 4 and 5 December 2013 to attend an event for the promotion of African women and men who create innovations in the technological, economic, social and environmental areas for contributing to new sustainable development models and poverty reduction. The Forum is placed under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic François Hollande and organized by the Minister Delegate for Development Pascal Canfin.

Call to all African women and men innovators!

The “African Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development” will bring together during the Elysée Summit innovation developers who contribute to sustainable development, African entrepreneurship and inclusive growth, and help satisfy the basic needs of populations while offering solutions to social and environmental crises.

The “African Forum – 100 innovations for sustainable development” will bring together the most striking financial, technical and technological, social, cultural and ecological innovations in Africa: those which serve businesses, society and individuals, those which increase neighbourliness and lessen exclusion, particularly the exclusion of women and the most fragile, those which benefit disadvantaged populations and areas and make use of leverage for rapid dissemination.

Your are an African citizen: a business representative, an NGO, a locally elected representative or an innovation developer. This call concerns you! Come to present your innovation in Paris, in the context of an international summit for peace and development in Africa. Come to convince, come to disseminate your solutions!

Innovations and their developers will be selected by a French-African jury and invited to Paris. The developers of those innovations will present their work to the Minister Delegate Pascal Canfin, international donors and investors, foundations, researchers and African Heads of State participating in the Elysée Summit. A forum for exchange, a conference and round table of international experts on the conditions for the dissemination of innovation are scheduled. A delegation of innovators will meet the President of the French Republic and African Heads of State. The event will be widely covered by the media.

For further information, please complete the application form before 1 November 2013, together with any useful additional information (illustrations, brochures, assessments).