#CoCreateMyCity is funded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Côte d’Ivoire and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The event will be organised by the Dutch Innovation Agency called The Next Lab in collaboration with their local partner Entrepreneurial Solutions Partner (ESP), based in Abidjan.
Students represent the following Ivorian universities
International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB)
Institute National Polytechnic (INPHB)
Université Alassane Ouattara
All the social challenges are part of a broad ecosystem of stakeholders, including local communities, public sector and national and international organisations from the private sector and universities abroad.
See a detailed overview of the stakeholders on the Challenge page.
Dutch Enterprise Agency
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutes and organisations. We aim to facilitate entrepreneurship, improve collaborations, strengthen positions and help realise national and international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.
We are a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various Dutch ministries and the European Union.
The Next Lab
HANDS-ON INNOVATION ACCELERATION
The Next Lab helps organizations accelerate innovation; moving from challenge to relevant solution at lightning speed with a process that leaves nothing to chance.
We help fast-forwarding impactful innovations around the globe using a hybrid approach of online Design Sprints hosted on a state of the art online collaboration tool and our mobile “The Next Lab Pop-up Labs”, enabling us to set up a design sprint anywhere.
Our Facilitators empower organisations and teams to innovate. We act as their navigator and drive teams through the design thinking process, starting from a business or societal challenge to a relevant solution.
We are seasoned Facilitators, Change Makers, Innovators, Challengers, Specialists and Goal Getters. Together with our partners we have run 100+ successful innovation projects.
“Entrepreneurs investing in Entrepreneurs.” We believe that sustainable transformation requires an entrepreneurial approach to deploy scalable and innovation solutions to foster prosperity.
ESP provides Intelligent Capital—the right combination of insights and capital—to address critical societal issues. ESP is organized into distinct practice areas to realize the varied aspects of the mission namely insights, incubation and investments.
ESP is driven by 4 pillars: Humanity, Innovation, Leadership and Impact.