MIT REAP Team Morocco’s regional focus is on Greater Casablanca and Rabat. OCP Innovation Fund for Agriculture is the backbone organization in MIT REAP Team Morocco as well as uniquely positioned as the Team Champion. The team is also represented by strong entrepreneurial and corporate stakeholders, as well as the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies, and the Polytechnic University.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Outmane El Hassani
Champion
Head of Regional Coordination / provides for Director, OCP Entrepreneurship Network / OCP Foundation
Ghita Chraibi
Champion
Head of Strategy and Partnerships, OCP Entrepreneurship
Redouane Agoudal
CEO, GreenEngineering
Nada Benmajdoub
Head of Indutrial Development , OCP
Hasna Boutzil
OCP Group Procurement, OCP Group
Youssef Chaqor
CEO, Kilimanjaro Environment
Fatiha Charradi
CEO, OCP Innovation Fund
Youssef El Bari
Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies
Saad Mikou
OCP Ecosystems, OCP Group
Janah Saadi
Academic Director, Mohamed 6 Polytechnic University

Team Strategy

  • Challenge & Opportunity
  • Strategy & Action
  • Ongoing Progress

 

  • Key challenges in Morocco’s key natural resource phosphate, industry and related industrial processes: industrial performance, mining technology, downstream uses of phosphates and diversity in education
  • Create a dynamic of innovation and disruptive entrepreneurship in regions where OCP operates
  • Combat a lack of a diversity in skill sets that leads to innovation-driven enterprises

 

  • The team focused on innovation surrounding the region’s core industry: phosphate mining. After analyzing the startup and local research community, the team found that there weren’t enough linkages between the two to support innovation-driven enterprises.
  • As a result, they created the first-ever hackathon focused on phosphates mining and related processes to build an integrated innovation and entrepreneurial community.
    • The hackathon united entrepreneurship and research students with subcontractors and investment fund employees from OCP, along with technologists and mining experts. The group studied water usage, renewable energy, mining site rehabilitation and sludge, industrial maintenance, and nonconventional uses of phosphates.
    • The hackathon resulted in three solutions, now supported by the OCP Entrepreneurship Network.
  • Plan to continue to host a series of hackathons and develop the OCP Entrepreneurship Network, which will connect local entrepreneurs and disruptive ideas with OCP
  • Metrics of Success:
    • Number of diverse participants (researchers, entrepreneurs, students, gender etc.)
    • Origin of the participants (region, nationality)
    • Number of pitched ideas
    • Number of projects implemented post-hackathon

Phosphate Hackathon

 

Coming soon!

Core Regional Metrics

Economic & Social Progress

Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.

Innovation Capacity

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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Funding

-Funding for research
-Government programs

Policy

-Competition policy
-Intellectual property policy

GCI

Performance

People

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Demand

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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Entrepreneurial Capacity

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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Demand

-Government, corporate and consumer demand for new products and services

Policy

-New business creation policy
-Business law and business policy

Funding

-Accessibility of entrepreneurial capital (government, private, equity, debt, grants)

People

Coming soon!

Performance

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Culture & Community

Coming soon!

Infrastructure

Coming soon!

Team News

March 15, 2017
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Hacking Phosphates to Promote Innovative Entrepreneurship

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April 12, 2017

Africa is the next frontier for VCs

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