Ten Moroccan startups awarded for their water conservation projects | Atalayar

The participants in the 1st edition of the Hackathon Water Show appreciated this flagship event dedicated to putting innovation at the service of the preservation and improvement of water resources, the coaching phase and the Workshops. During this Hackathon spread over three days, around twenty entrepreneurs and startups competed for the first 10 places to participate in the Boot Camp, and thus benefit from a 3-month incubation program provided by Emerging Business Factory (EBF).

The Marrakech-Safi Regional Investment Center, Emerging Business Factory and Near East Foundation announced the results of the first edition of the Water Show Hackathon on innovation in the water sector in response to water stress in Morocco. The 10 winning startups received a grant of 500,000 Moroccan dirhams, or approximately 46,500 euros, benefited from coaching assistance and participated in several workshops organized on this occasion and commented by an audience of experts who accompanied them for 36 hours, in the development of their proposals and the valuation of the technical aspects in particular, the business plan, the economic offers, etc.

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PHOTO/EFIAQUA/RAMÓN SABATER – Hackathon organized by Efiaqua in search of solutions to improve efficient water management, promoting sustainability and emphasizing digitization, decarbonization of service and carbon neutrality, as part of the Digitalization and Decarbonization of Water, Efiaqua 2022

The winners of the 2022 Hackathon Water Show were announced on October 14, 2022. According to Emerging Business Factory, one of the founders of the annual competition, the current water deficit in this region of the Kingdom is about 564 million cubic meters per year, which causes an oscillation between supply and demand. Emerging Business Factory supports this initiative with the Marrakech-Safi Regional Investment Center and the Near East Foundation.

Speaking to M24, MAP’s all-news television channel, Mr. Toufiq Aboudia, co-founder of the Emerging Business Factory (EBF) incubator, said that this initiative aroused great enthusiasm among various partners, underlining the inclusive approach of this hackathon, which called on all actors and stakeholders of entrepreneurshipunderlined the enthusiasm and the will of the participants, as well as the coaches and partners, for the realization of projects and innovative solutions related to water.

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At the microphone of M24, Samia El Ouali, candidate and winner of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Marrakech, expressed her joy at participating in this Hackathon and to be able to exchange with the other participants among the carriers of innovative projects and solutions related to the problem of the scarcity of water resourcesmaking it known that his project is based on an industrial spin-off with a strong water filtration capacity.

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PHOTO/ABENGOA – Stock image. desalination plant

In response to water scarcity, Watchech has developed an eco-biofilter for the treatment of domestic wastewater and gray water. At the same time, the start-up Phycotech offers a technique called “Phycoremediation” based on the use of microalgae as a means of water purification to improve the quality of pretreated water for irrigation.

In the Marrakech-Safi region, the agricultural sector consumes more than 80% of available water resources. SGW’s solution is “Shrimp Green Water”, an industrial product used for water filtration. In the Cherifian kingdom, the government is also counting on the desalination of seawater to mitigate the effects of water stress, thanks to industrial complexes such as the one built in the Dakhla region.


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