Deep Tech: UM6P hosts the 2024 edition of Global Immersion Week

Deep Tech: UM6P hosts the 2024 edition of Global Immersion Week
Deep Tech: UM6P hosts the 2024 edition of Global Immersion Week

The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Open Startup International (OSTI) have sealed a partnership agreement relating to the holding of the 2024 edition of the Global immersion week (GIW) 2024. It will bring together not only 15 to 20 pan-African startups and 36 entrepreneurs, but also more than 15 venture capital funds and 10 to 15 incubators, accelerators, venture studios as well as international experts.

It was on the sidelines of the 1st edition of the Deep Tech Summit, which was held from May 9 to 10, 2024, in Benguerir, that the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Open Startup International (OSTI) sealed a partnership agreement.

This convention essentially concerns the holding of the 2024 edition of Global Immersion Week (GIW) 2024. A flagship OSTI event which was designed to promote the African innovation ecosystem at the international level with a focus on the host country. The 2024 edition of GIW will be held from May 13 to 15, 2024 at Startgate, the UM6P startup campus in Benguerir.

“UM6P and OSTI signed this collaborative partnership on the sidelines of the Deep Tech Summit. It fits perfectly with the objectives of the summit, which is to create a connection platform that makes it possible to bridge all the stakeholders capable of propelling Deep Tech in Africa,” explains Yassine Laghzioui, director of entrepreneurship & venturing of the UM6P.

The two entities intend to launch acceleration and support programs for startups and support programs also intended for investors who believe in Deep Tech Made in Africa.

Powering disruptive innovation
“Next week, we will host the Global immersion week, at least part of it, at Startgate, the UM6P startup campus in Benguerir, and it is a first step which will be followed by several other actions whose objective, precisely, is to propel disruptive innovation.

Today, the ecosystem of startups and innovation at the national level is experiencing a period of growth and evolution, hence the initiation of this event especially with the holding of the Deep Tech Summit.

“We are delighted to work together in the development and support of entrepreneurs in Africa with a specific focus on Deep Tech,” underlines Houda Ghozzi, president of Open startup international (OSTI).

According to the same Source, “the goal is to move up a gear by promoting the Morocco and Africa destination. In this sense, we have chosen 15 pan-African startups to visit Morocco, with around twenty investors and more than 20 international structures. This action is the start of a long partnership to help the continent face these challenges, in particular by supporting and helping Deep Tech entrepreneurs,” adds Houda Ghozzi.

A delegation of 70 to 80 participants
In addition, GIW will bring together, in total, a delegation of 70 to 80 participants and offers immersion in the host country, community building activities, market access and networking opportunities, meetings of investors, as well as strong promotion of African countries and South/South, South/North collaboration.

During this event, 15 to 20 pan-African startups, 36 entrepreneurs, 15 venture capital (venture capital funds), 10 to 15 SSOs (incubators, accelerators, venture studios), as well as international experts will take part in this event and to this training.

Yassine Saber / ECO Inspirations

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