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French Environmental Services Giant Veolia Launches Accelerator for MENA Startups and SMEs

The programme is looking for startups and SMEs tackling issues such as recycling, waste management and sustainability in the MENA region.

France-based multinational environmental services firm, Veolia, has set its crosshairs on the Middle East with a new acceleration and mentorship programme that seeks the region’s most innovative startups and SMEs tackling sustainability and climate change.

Focusing specifically on startups that can develop a more efficient recycling culture and disrupting waste collection, the programme will offer selected startups mentorship through Veolia network of experts, as well as access to the company’s labs and tools, with a monthly allowance of $1,000 given to startups that reach the acceleration stage. Startups will then be invited to pitch their ideas to Veolia management, before being whittled down even further for the cooperation phase of the programme in early 2021.

“Through this programme, we aim to pave the way toward a more circular economy and inspire and support the bright new minds within the industry who are trying to promote a sustainable lifestyle,” said Sébastien Chauvin, CEO of Veolia Middle East. “There is a huge need to look at alternate ways to make a difference and boost our endeavors for ecological transformation. “The Middle East is taking great strides towards fast-tracking sustainable initiatives and we are proud to be able to support these strategic goals and help build a green-economy.”

To apply, click here and register on the Veolia crowdsourcing platform.

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