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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.

Our first challenge is open: Zero plastic waste in the Mediterranean in 2030!

Who is launching the challenge?
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region in France

For whom?
Everyone: companies, students, researchers, associations... Any solution reducing the quantity of plastic pollutants in the Mediterranean and carried out at least partially in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region in France is eligible, whatever its level of maturity.

What is the reward?
2 winners will receive 5,000 / 2,000 Euros, an invitation and a great visibility thanks to in the Region’s booth at Vivatech and a tailor-made support to accelerate their project worth 15,000 Euros!.

How to participate?
The call for application is now closed and applications are being reviewed.

15 pre-selected projects will participate in a bootcamp on 23 April 2019, resulting in the selection of the 5 finalist projects and the final will take place at TheCamp on April 24, 2019. The 2 winners will be invited at  the awards ceremony in VivaTech on 16-18 May 2019 in Paris.


Contact us @ challengeplanclimat@maregionsud.fr !