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Moroccan woman among Next Einstein Forum finalists

Salma Bouggarani of Morocco is one of the 25 finalists of the competition Invention for Innovation (Ci2i) at the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), which will take place during the Innovation Fair scheduled for March 10-11 in Nairobi.

Salma Bouggarani was selected for her “Green Watech” project, which consists of setting up an eco-innovative system called “nested filter” to collect domestic wastewater from small communities and villages in rural areas, according to a NEF press release.

The group of 25 potential winners, which has just been announced, includes innovators who have set up a database analyzing overweight and obesity, created solar-based solutions reducing milk loss after a harvest, ophthalmic devices considered the first definitive treatment for glaucoma in the world, a digital blood bank connected to hospitals, and two innovations aimed at facilitating business in the fields of cryptocurrency and industrial solutions linked to the IoT (Internet of Things).

Selected from more than 260 applications, this third cohort of Ci2i finalists represents ambitious African innovators who develop scalable solutions adapted to local challenges in the fields of agriculture, integration and logistics, precision healthcare and personalized as well as energy, specifies the NEF.

The finalists will pitch for a prize with a reward of $ 25,000 for the five categories and will be put in touch with investors in a new program entitled “Meeting between scientific entrepreneurs and investors,” said the executive director of the Next Einstein Forum, Nathalie Munyampenda, cited in the press release.

“For the past 6 years, we have been working with young African innovators whose innovative and transformative innovations in health, agriculture and fintech have a wide impact for African citizens. We are honored to give the opportunity to these 25 brilliant scientific entrepreneurs by providing them with the NEF platform to propel them and put them in touch with the investors they need to further increase their impact,” added Munyampenda.

According to the NEF, sessions will allow these young scientific entrepreneurs to know how to present their project in concrete terms, highlight them and highlight the usefulness and added value of their solutions, while possessing the necessary skills related to evaluation and funding possibilities.

The finalists were selected based on the impact and commercialization potential as well as the technological development of their ideas. The winners will be announced on March 13, 2020.

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