OCP Group innovates in collaboration with high- potential startups.

Let’s explore the mine of the future!


OCP Group, as part of its digital transformation, is launching an open innovation program focused on mining 4.0: “Mining Challenge by OCP”..

In an open innovation approach, the Group is partnering with innovative ecosystems to rapidly find tomorrow’s solutions. To this end, local African start-ups will be selected to co-develop innovative digital solutions in response to both strategic and operational mining challenges. OCP Group reinforces its position as an open innovation actor, supporting the development and promotion of the African entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Are you a startup ready to take on new challenges? We are interested in your know-how and innovative solutions! An opportunity to benefit from the support of OCP Group, and their experts, to develop your project.


Take on OCP Group Challenges in the following 4 areas:

How to optimize rock extraction operations during phosphate recovery?

Phosphate layers come in different qualities and thicknesses. The objective of the extraction process is to take each layer separately with the greatest possible precision.


  • Reducing intuition-based decisions or operators’ visual observations.
  • Improving the phosphate recovery rate.
  • Optimizing operating costs.

How to maintain secure operations within the mine in cases of low visibility?

Mining operations, including transportation, can be significantly reduced by fog or dust. These shutdowns or slowdowns have a direct impact on operating costs.


  • Facilitating operator orientation regardless of climate conditions.
  • Mitigating all risk of equipment collision.
  • Averting extraction operation shutdowns.

How can we improve dragline performance and operations within the mine?

Dragline operations today, while efficient, are not optimal due to the lack of information available (position, filling rate of the shovel, working angle, etc.). This challenge is focused on accessing information, in real time, for each machine and providing advice on the optimal operating modes.


  • Collecting and conveying information about dragline operations and performance in real time.
  • Provide performance analysis and decision-making tools to dragline operators.
  • Support operators in the deployment phase to improve individual and global outputsl

How to improve the quality of maintenance diagnostics on key equipment ?

The quality of the diagnosis depends on the maintenance agent’s experience and the mavhines’ data available to them in real time. This challenge is focused on optimizing the historical data of the machines to facilitate diagnoses in cases of breakdowns or preventative maintenance.


  • Reducing shutdown periods of key equipment.
  • Increasing performance of new maintenance agents.
  • Reducing maintenance costs of key equipment.

Why participate ??


Test your solution in the experimental mine of Gantour*


Benefit from a paid experiment of your Proof of Concept


Access a network of industry experts and partners of OCP Group


Participate in a three month development program (operational coaching and training)


In case of a successful POC, potentially deploy your solution in the site of Gantour*


Possibility to access Impulse, UM6P’s entrepreneurial accelerator program

*Site of Gantour : site of Benguerir and site of Youssoufia

Key Stages :



March 27 2019
Submit your participation form


May 18 2019
End of the submission period


From June 18 2019
June 21 2019
Demo Day – Pitch in front of a panel experts and OCP Group’s Top Management


June 21 – September 21 2019
The finalists will be able to participate in a development program


About OCP Group

With almost a century of expertise, OCP Group is a world leader in the phosphate market and the leading producer of phosphate fertilizers. The Group offers a wide range of fertilizers adapted to enrich soil, increase agricultural yields and feed the planet in an affordable and sustainable way.

Thanks to its large-scale integrated industrial development strategy, OCP is present across the entire phosphate value chain and operates on all of its business lines, offering to its 23,000 employees a development path focused on excellence.

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