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Our commitments
Remove the barriers to innovation
Unleash the creative potential
Reinforce innovation ecosystems
Foster value creation
Push forward concrete solutions

THE NEXT SOCIETY is an open community of changemakers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, NGOs, public and private innovation, research and economic development hubs from Europe and 7 Mediterranean countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia..

THE NEXT SOCIETY aims at mobilising, promoting and reinforcing innovation ecosystems and economic development in the MENA region.

THE NEXT SOCIETY believes in Reverse Innovation, the capacity of innovators from emerging countries to come up with solutions to contemporary challenges that can inspire the rest of the world, by supporting South Mediterranean innovators who develop local solutions with a global reach or which allow to skip a generation in terms of use or technology.

THE NEXT SOCIETY supports the emergence of talents and innovative leaders who will drive the next trends and usages by targeting start-ups, clusters and technology transfer offices to accompany their development and by doing so, places he private sector in the driving seat of innovation strategies.

THE NEXT SOCIETY echoes an inclusive philosophy based on corporate social responsibility, because value creation is also about being inclusive and impact-driven.

Launched by ANIMA Investment Network, THE NEXT SOCIETY initiated a four-year action plan (2017-2020), co-funded by the European Union up to 90% for a global amount of EUR 7.8 million, which impacts 4 levels of the innovation ecosystem:

  • Improve policy frameworks
  • Foster start-up successes
  • Promote and internationalise clusters
  • Accelerate technology transfer towards the enterprise


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The Club

The Club

We invite businesses and investors committed to create value in the region to join THE NEXT SOCIETY Club and take part in the reverse innovation cross dynamics between Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa!

As a member of the Club, you are invited to participate in THE NEXT SOCIETY events and connect with entrepreneurs and innovators of THE NEXT SOCIETY community in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia: start-ups, clusters and researchers.

You can also join as expert member of the Club to contribute to the definition of national innovation roadmaps and pro-innovation advocacy towards public decision makers and promote your expertise for the implementation of selected priorities for innovation and competitiveness in Mediterranean countries.

You also have many more exciting options (tailor-made meetings, challenge calls, entrepreneurs incubation, etc.) that you can discover here.

Zoé Luçon, Key Partnership Director, +33 4 96 11 18 17 - zoe.lucon@anima.coop






The traveler

Coming from the associative sector and always on the lookout for strong social-impact projects around the world, Mathias is the traveler of the band. Passionate about developing territories and setting up collective actions, he works - between two improbable trips to Niger or Tajikistan – on the policy component of the initiative and coordinates THE NEXT SOCIETY.


The Culture Guru

Moroccan and Algerian by her father, Spanish by her mother but French by birth, Raphaële considers herself a Mediterranean citizen. A sociology major interested in cultural differences, she turned to art in Africa and the Middle East - the most powerful tool in opening up a dialogue - to begin her professional journey. Joining THE NEXT SOCIETY is the best opportunity for her to continue spreading the word about the beauty, wealth and the spirit of innovation and change of her fellow citizens.


The matchmaker

Zoé finds it difficult to choose between environmental sciences and international affairs, sustainable development and sun bathing, historic centres and innovation hubs, frugality and pastries, so she joined ANIMA and THE NEXT SOCIETY to have it all! She manages the technology transfer booster track and THE NEXT SOCIETY Club and loves to spend her day working with all the great people involved in the movement under the Mediterranean sky she never gets tired of.


The explorer

Passionate about languages and eager to discover new things, places and people, her inquisitive nature led her to expand horizons and travel around the world besides working as a journalist and communication manager for years. She has no difficulties in deepening the Mediterranean ecosystem (whatever it might be!), quite the contrary, she takes great pleasure in diving its deepest waters regularly and exploring its remotest corners no matter how cold it gets!


The Storyteller

Lauriane has been working for many years in communication, eager to connecting people and finding artistic inspiration ! Passionate about books and words, she travels around the Mediterranean to satisfy her curious mind and hear new inspiring and enthralling stories to tell, and to turn into words, illustrations or videos !


The magician

Involved in innovation for a long time, more specificly in ICT field, Lydie transfoms into digital ones the Mediterranean succes stories and beautiful pictures. Thanks to some magical tricks, she manages new technologies wonderfully in order to harmonize ANIMA information systems and to administer THE NEXT SOCIETY web site.


The Frozen’s Queen

Thanks to her long blond hair, blue eyes and her origins – she comes from a country situated far north from the Mediterranean coasts – she’s admiringly known as Elsa (the Frozen’s Queen) within ANIMA Team. When it comes to the EU headache admin and finance rules, she’s fearless as the Disney princess and uses her icy powers to remove all obstacles on the way towards THE NEXT SOCIETY.


The Founder

Emmanuel participated in the creation of the association ANIMA Investment Network and became its manager in 2010. He is convinced that the Mediterranean and Africa have today an appointment with History to bring out answers to the great challenges of the planet and to the research for new models of development. He launches THE NEXT SOCIETY in 2017 to mobilise the Mediterranean innovators on this challenge.


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