Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the launch of the first eHealth Meetup in Tunis, in collaboration with MDI (Mediterranean Development Initiative).

This first edition, which is open to professionals, students and young entrepreneurs, will take place on the 23rd of May 2017 from 9 am to 7 pm at Pavilion Soukra Valley Tunis.

The eHealth Meetup was initiated by Merck Accelerator Africa in April 2016 in Nairobi. After its successful launch in Johannesburg in November, Merck NWA is now bringing the eHealth Meetup to Tunis.

While exploring the dialogue between technology and education, the Meetup will include talks from prominent entrepreneurs about their contribution to the discussion, both hopes and fears for a changing continent.

The main objective of the event is to set up a forum for business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, scholars and aspiring entrepreneurs to gather and exchange ideas around entrepreneurship. The conference strives to provide meaningful coverage on current trends in the dynamic economies of Africa as well as leveraging experience from around the globe to create a thriving African Start-up community.

Dr. Karim Bendhaou, General Manager of Merck NWA, explains: “We are very proud to host the first eHealth initiative in Tunisia that will provide a platform for African start-ups to learn about eHealth opportunities and grow internationally. Merck is dedicated to support young talents in the digital field and we are working towards building a strong ecosystem by merging efforts with regional players. Building an incubator will be a first step for us to achieve these goals.”

The event will be attended by various panellists and speakers as well as foreign investors. Participants will explore the unique challenges, advantages and lessons gained from business experience.

Several contestants will take the stage to pitch an original business idea to a panel of judges from the business community and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, students, business and community leaders, and professionals.

This event will also see the announcement of an Incubator headed by Merck NWA in order to:

* Train young professionals and students on entrepreneurship and build mixed teams to attack their mother markets as a first step
* Help successful teams to raise money and build their go to market strategy
* Build a network of supporting partners: VC funds, start-up incubators, mentors…

With its work with digital start-ups on the African continent, Merck is empowering young entrepreneurs and continuously identifying new innovative solutions.