Our thematics

Our thematics
Welcome to the thematic section of EMERGING Valley 2023, where we spotlight cutting-edge topics that will shape the future of Africa-Europe collaboration. Discover how technological innovations and investment strategies are transforming the economic landscape, how the e-health sector is revolutionizing access to healthcare, and the ways in which the internationalization of African enterprises is being accelerated by welcoming territories like Aix-Marseille-Provence. Each theme is an invitation to explore opportunities, confront challenges, and engage with key players working towards a shared and prosperous future.


AI for Africa delves into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence as a catalyst for Africa's economic growth. This theme will discuss how AI can optimize key sectors, influence development policies, and spur innovation. Experts and policymakers will share practical use cases and strategies for embedding AI in African solutions, aiming to accelerate sustainable and inclusive development across the continent.

Creative and Cultural Industries

Marseille is emerging as a dynamic catalyst for the creative and cultural industries, bridging Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. This session will explore Marseille’s role in fostering cultural innovation and its impact on regional economic development. Speakers will discuss cross-border collaborations and how Marseille can stimulate the growth of creative industries while strengthening intercultural ties.

Sport & Innovation

"Innovation and the Olympics" scrutinizes the impact of technological advancements on elite sports, especially within the collaboration between Bouches-du-Rhône and Africa. This focus sheds light on the preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympics, highlighting the synergies between sports development and technological innovations, and how this can inspire and energize talents across both continents.

Women Entrepreneurship

The Aix-Marseille-Provence region is emerging as a new catalyst for female entrepreneurship across Europe and Africa. This theme will emphasize the importance of supporting women entrepreneurs and building bridges between continents to promote economic empowerment and innovation. Inspiring initiatives and success stories will be shared, showcasing the rising power of female entrepreneurship within this transcontinental dynamic

Climate change

This session addresses the critical challenge of climate change for African and European cities, questioning their resilience and adaptability in the face of escalating environmental urgency. Discussions will focus on innovative strategies and concrete actions cities are taking to mitigate climate impacts and pave the way toward a sustainable future.

Financing European-African Startups

"From Seed to Unicorn" unravels how investors are shaping Africa's technological landscape. This session will highlight the investment dynamics that transform startups into global successes. It will examine how capital drives innovation and identify promising sectors, with a vision toward 2030.

Co-Innovation in E-Health

The "E-health" theme dives into the rise of biotech and telemedicine, envisioning the construction of a digital health system on an Africa-Europe scale. It focuses on innovative collaborations in the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, envisaging solutions for improved accessibility and optimized healthcare management through digital technologies.

Water Management 2.0

Discuss the next wave of innovation in water management, crucial for addressing the global water crisis. This theme will highlight smart technologies and sustainable practices that are transforming how we conserve, manage, and distribute water resources in both Europe and Africa.

Innovating in Provence

The internationalization of Innovative African Companies highlights the role of Aix-Marseille-Provence as an ideal 'soft-landing' zone for African startups expanding internationally. The session will discuss strategies, tools, and partnerships that ease the transition from local markets to a global presence, strengthening the economic bridge between Africa and Europe.