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Challenge calls


“We must co-learn. As for innovation, the South inspires the North”.

Rémy Rioux, CEO of the French development agency AFD

Challenge calls are an innovative and cost-effective process allowing companies and local authorities to address their industrial or social issues by sourcing solutions from the community of innovators.

You are a corporate or a local government willing to source innovation or to support entrepreneurship? Join THE NEXT SOCIETY Club to challenge THE NEXT SOCIETY innovators and solve your technological, social and environmental issues!

  • You define your challenge and associated reward: financial or moral/non-financial (training, job offer, partnership, etc.)
  • We post a call for applications on THE NEXT SOCIETY platform and disseminate it to THE NEXT SOCIETY community; and we process applications received from start-ups, entrepreneurs and researchers
  • You assess pre-selected solutions to decide if your challenge is solved indeed!

You are a start-up, an entrepreneur, a researcher or a TTO manager and you have developed technologies that may be of interest to a business? Keep an eye on our challenge calls: they may bring you the perfect opportunity to test your solution, boost your track record and transfer your innovation towards industry!
THE NEXT SOCIETY challenges are managed in team with our great partner Yomken : have a look at their CrowdSolving Platform here.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region in France launched our first challenge! Over 60 participants representing 15 countries applied to submit solutions aiming at achieving “Zero plastic waste in the Mediterranean in 2030”.  

15 pre-selected projects participated in a bootcamp and the final on 23 and 24 April 2019 in Marseille and at TheCamp. The 3 winners were announced during VivaTech Fair on 16-18 May 2019 in Paris, including Live Love Recycle, a great App allowing to boost recycling while creating jobs for vulnerable populations in Mediterranean cities, who was awarded the jury special prize.

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Last stopsBootcamp of the Zero plastic waste in the Mediterranean 2030 Challenge in Marseille in April 2019Final of the Zero plastic waste in the Mediterranean 2030 Challenge in Marseille in April 2019.