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Egypt entrepreneurs foster innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

GEW

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt:

With over 150 countries participating and celebrating the Global entrepreneurship week in all its form; GEWEgypt with the great support of MCSBE team the GEW Egypt kicked off  from 16 to 23 November with over 120 activities.

GEW Egypt at the Greek Campus
GEW Egypt at the Greek Campus

The opening ceremony started on Sunday 16th November 2014 at The GrEEK Campus, Down Town, Cairo with lots of interesting activities taking place during the week by MCSBE and as well by strategic partners ILO and EJB. the event is sponsored by Vodafone, Organizing Partners include Nahdet El Mahroosa, MC Egypt, Ice Cairo, VC4Africa, Cairo University, Nile University, AUC, BUE, Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport, AWTAD, Injaz, Innoventures, US Embassy, Phai, Maan,  and many others. – Read more here

One of the Remarkable events that took place on November 19th & 20 is Cairo Innovates organized by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in cooperation with Nahdet El Mahroussa: a 2 day event transforming The GrEEK Campus in Tahrir Square into a science hub!

The Opening Ceremony was attended by Minister of Scientific Research Sherif Hamad, former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and the former Minister of Higher Education Amr Ezzat Salama and director of Nahdel El Mahroussa Loay El Shawarby, As well as heads of research centers and institutes and universities and a number of business owners and representatives of civil society organizations

Cairo Innovates Opening

Cairo Innovates Opening

A Sciene Hub at the Greek Campus by Cairo Innovates

Cairo Innovates A Science Hub at the Greek Campus

Cairo Innovates is an event gathering that brings together all regional R&D stakeholders in one place — the pipeline of innovators and scientists who are Egyptianising technology and building the Egyptian economy and the mentors, accelerators, incubators, investors and crowd-funding platforms that can empower and drive their innovation.

Cairo Innovates at The Greek Campus

The Greek Campus fully packed with Innovators

 The aim is to create a buzz for science and encourage its local growth. For the first time, Egyptian scientists and innovators will take over the GrEEK Campus — we want their excitement to become contagious! says Cairo Innovates

Also an Employment fair for Startups by Injaz Egypt giving the opportunity to youth and startups to explore all Employment opportunities available in the market.

 Injaz Egypt Employment FairInjaz Egypt Employment Fair

Bottom Line

Egypt Has great potential  for entrepreneurship to serve as a dynamic force in a New Egypt as well improving the state of the national economy in Egypt and start-ups have good growth potential

Proudly there’s great organizations in Egypt supporting and empowering the new generations, the Entrepreneurs and Startups through different options  incubation, extensive mentorship and funds such as Startup Mena, Masrdotbokra, Injaz Egypt, Endeavor Egypt, Flat 6 Labs, Nahdet El Mahrousa , AUC School of Business, Startup weekend, and lots More

We as InsideOut Today always proud to  be part of the community and supporting the Startups we also participated  last month at RiseUp Egypt Summit (Riseup summit is Egypt’s largest entrepreneurship summit to be held for the 2nd year) and we provided lots of interesting activities at the Summit check it here

We also hold a public chat over twitter Every other Thursday at 1 PM (Cairo – Egypt – Local Time) for one hour using the hashtag #IOTTT to discuss latest topics & trends related to business & technology, this month we are talking about Online Video Marketing!

And gladly we will host a special Twitter chat on the Occasion of the GEW on Sunday 23 November at 12 Noon to Discuss Egypt entrepreneurs foster innovation during GEW!

SUNDAY TWITTER CHAT

Get Involved and Join #IOTTT twitter chat we value your opinion!

Here’s how:

  • Follow @insideout_today
  • Click here to view and follow the feed directly on Twitter.
  • Add the hashtag #IOTTT to each of your tweets and begin each response by noting which question you’re answering (“A1:” to answer question 1, for example) So everybody can follow along

And here is snap from #IOTTT past twitter chats

The revolution of creating Egypt’s online content just took place!

Proudly last week we gathered Egypt’s successful online content creators in one place!

And for The first time in Egypt the event was Live streamed with HD!

Part of the attendees at the OCCEgypt meetup

Part of the attendees at the OCCEgypt meetup

Insideout.Today, previously called Interact Egypt, proudly organized on June 15th Egypt’s First Online content creators meetup at the prestigious AUC new Cairo Campus in partnership with our educational Partner Entrepreneurship and innovations at AUC and gladly we had also RiseUp Egypt supporting us during this event.

The audience were around 80 with interesting diversity from bloggers, graphic designers, photographers, online Journalists, video creators, community managers, social media specialists, and more!

 Event Highlights:

  • Welcome speech by our country Manager Fady Ramzy who announced our new brand identity InsideOut.Today
Interact Egypt New Identity is InsideOut.Today

Interact Egypt New Identity is InsideOut.Today

  • Welcome speech by Dr. Ahmed Hassanein from AUC EIP stressing on the importance of online content creations
Dr. Ahmed Hassanein - AUC EIP Welcome Speech

Dr. Ahmed Hassanein – AUC EIP Welcome Speech

  •  Welcome speech by Abd El Hameed Sharara from RiseUp Egypt and he announced that RiseUp summit will take place this year next October 2014
Abd El Hameed Sharara Welcome speech

Abd El Hameed Sharara Welcome speech

  • Following the welcome speeches Fady Ramzy presented the latest about content supported by technology and giving hints about the types of online content and the latest trends in content creation such as the infographics and how to create valuable online content. And he also discussed the linked open data and the semantic web (“CONTEXT” IS NOW THE KING) and he advised the attendees to tryout wordlift to semantically enrich their blogs & websites over wordpress platform.
Fady Ramzy Presentation at the OCCEgypt Meetup at the AUC

Fady Ramzy Presentation at the OCCEgypt Meetup at the AUC

And also Fady Ramzy announced in this event that gladly Insideout.Today will be hosting a Twitter chat each 2 weeks for one hour on #IOTTT to answer people questions about the latest technology and to share experiences and latest digital media trends.

 

 

Finally the coolest part of the event was the panel discussion featuring entrepreneurs, online content creators & media anchors who have online content success stories to be shared with the audience as follows:

The Panelists at the OCCEgypt Meetup

The Panelists at the OCCEgypt Meetup

  1. Sherry Kilany and Sabrina Khalil from scoopempire showcasing the story behind #Kashmagy video (the Egyptian Version of happy) and how it hit more than 1 million online views with the great cooperation with disalata!
  2. Amir Shoushaa the Man behind (Asa7be sarcasm society) talked about the comics business in Egypt and how (Asa7be sarcasm society) Started , how they produce the online content and how they built Asa7be out of comics.
  3. Abdel Rahman Wahba The founder of Iqraaly presented the Iqraaly unique platform and how they aim to deliver rich audible content through the audiobooks
  4. Amr Shahin From Akhbar El Yom presented a demo of augmented reality for enriching the news experience and as well the ads, done by Akhbar El Yom, and the impact of this AR technology to switch the offline newspaper Akhbar el yom to a digital newspaper.
  5. And the final speech was given by Enas Tharwat the popular radio anchor from Negoum FM & Radio 90 90 talking about how social media impacts the media business.

The meetup was also an excellent opportunity for attendees to network in a professional environment and interact with others who share the passion for great content creation, brainstorm and to have their questions answered by the panelists and the event organizers.

Attendees asking the panelists

Attendees asking the panelists

It was a very successful event and the hashtag #OCCEgypt went trending during the event and we have collected a beautiful set of pictures from the event and here is all the recorded sessions

 

Stay tuned with @insideout_Today and our coming twitter chats #IOTTT!

Attendees Networking

Attendees Networking

7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition in Cairo!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region held It’s annual Arab Startup Competition at the AUC New Cairo Campus for the first time!

“The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region has been holding its competition for several years, and this year it is their biggest ever,” said Ayman Ismail, assistant professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at AUC’s School of Business. “We are celebrating a large number of Arab startups, and Egypt has the highest number of startups represented as finalists.”

MIT

Event highlights: 

The event took place at the collaborating American University in Cairo’s School of Business New Cairo Campus for 3 days from May 20th to May 21st 2014 with a condensed program as follows:

Workshop: May 20th-21st, 2014

Following 4 months of preparations and working toward achieving common deliverables, the 50 semi-finalists of the Ideas & Startups tracks sat for a 3-day training covering topics such as business planning, sales, finance, marketing, elevator pitching, presentation skills, etc.

diveristy

Selection of the Finalist Teams: May 21st, 2014

At the workshop, Round 2 judges chose out the finalists teams from the Ideas & Startups Tracks to qualify them for the final round of oral presentations

finalists announcement

Final Round Oral Presentations: May 22nd 2014

On day 3 of the workshop, the participants from the ideas and startups tracks had to pitch in front of a judging panel.
round 2 judging

Final Award Ceremony: May 22nd , 2014

In a big ceremony at the American University of Cairo attended by over 800 people, including Hala Fadel, Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region, Fady Jameel, President of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives International, Dr. Karim Seghir, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration, at AUC’s School of Business, and Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA.

The ceremony started with a great musical performance by Adrian Anantawan followed by welcome address and opening remarks by Hala Fadel and Dr. Karim Seghir

Then an inspiring key note by Bill Aulet

Followed by great fire side chat and panel discussions, and a short movie for the 3 days workshop and judging panel.

social impact rising in the arab region

The winners were announced at the end of the ceremony and they got great rewards such as trip to Silicon Valley or cheques for funding their ideas

Winners of the cash prizes of over $100,000 in the idea, start-up and social entrepreneurship tracks were from Sudan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.

In addition to the Start-ups and Ideas Track, three women-led start-ups were rewarded a trip to Silicon Valley, sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Also awarded were three start-ups who proved to have the best social impact receiving $10,000 each from ALJCI, Mercy Corps and Skoll Foundation.

all winners

Congratulations to all the winners well deserved and keep up the good work!

Interact participation 

We have proudly provided the live streaming service for the 7th MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition! Broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 700 online viewers! with top countries including Egypt with 270 views, USA with 32 views, Morocco with 30 views, Lebanon with 29 views, Palestine with 23 views and many other countries

mit livestreaming viewership

Interact Egypt provided a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers. The service provided included many interesting features including

Top quality multiple bitrate streaming , Social networks integration, Embedding, Reporting and analytics and many more!

The Hashtag #mitefarab generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures on our flicker account

Rise Up Summit a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Community

Rise Up summit is Egypt’s largest entrepreneurship summit, it took place on November 24 and 25 at the heart of Cairo “American University Greek Campus in Tahrir Square” gathering entrepreneurs, business owners and young ideas along with whole Egypt startup ecosystem in one place, to provide opportunities for startups and linking entrepreneurs with investors.

Opening ceremony on November 24 started by introducing the key organizers behind #riseup13

Abdel hameed sharara

Abdel hameed sharara

Abdel Hameed Sharara, the founder of Rise Up Egypt said that the most important thing sought by the summit is to look for the best ways to reach a better society, and to improve the standard of living in Egypt, through the adoption of major companies for young entrepreneurs and help them start to apply their ideas. After the summit, he is planning to tour Egypt’s governorates and expand the event to become RiseUp MiddleEast or even RiseUp Africa.

Ahmed El Alfi

Ahmed El Alfi

 Ahmed El Alfi Flat6 Labs Founder and Sawari Ventures Chairman he is funding the new GrEEK Campus where the event took place he said: he is planning to change the Campus in the coming years, by turning the facility into Egypt’s very own Silicon Valley. “In 2 – 3 years, this will be the Arab World’s and Africa’s entrepreneurship headquarter; and since RiseUp Summit is aiming at the same goals as we are, we are proud to host it here,” El Alfi also explained that the location of the venue is very convenient, since half of Egypt’s population (40 million people) are able to reach it in about an hour and a half.    

Event highlights: 

This event is highlighting that Egypt has the capacity to go through the necessary alteration to develop the entrepreneurial community, regardless of the present political, economic and social barriers.

Engineer Atef Helmy - MIT-Enterprise-Forum-Discussion-Panel

Engineer Atef Helmy – MIT-Enterprise-Forum-Discussion-Panel

Engineer Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology participated in an opening discussion panel where he talked about the National Strategy for Communications and Information culture of entrepreneurship in Egypt, and the four programs  applied in universities for the development of this concept for the rehabilitation of its graduates for working life and creativity in their field.  

The MIT Enterprise Forum was a great input at the summit, through the one-hour panel discussions about challenges facing entrepreneurs in Egypt. Hala Fadel, the Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum in the Pan-Arab Region, believes that Egypt has courage, energy and great ideas – a combination that the RiseUp Summit has embodied and used efficiently to connect entrepreneurs on a wide scale.

Pointing the importance of education, the American University in Cairo’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program was also a key organizer of the summit. “Egypt’s future lies in its education and private sector,” Dr. Sherif Kamel, the dean of AUC’s School of Business stated at the press conference of the preopening of Rise Up Summit

The Greek campus is packed with some great entrepreneurs - Injaz Trade Fair

The Greek campus is packed with some great entrepreneurs – Injaz Trade Fair

More than 2,000 entrepreneurs attended the summit and showcased their projects, aiming to catch the attention of investors and professionals to attain the funding needed to bring their ideas to life. They had the opportunity to network, discuss and listen to Keynote speakers sharing their success stories also participants had the opportunity to join professional workshops. 

The event featured a mixture of keynotes: 

  • Cairo Angels Pitch 8 to 10 startup teams at Rise Up Summit were given the chance to pitch behind closed-doors to gain invaluable feedback, and possibly investment.
  • MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Region Panel Discussions Panel moderated by an individual with relevant experience with diverse experts to answer audience about the many challenges that face entrepreneurs and organizations working in entrepreneurship in Egypt
  • Wamda’s “Pitch N’ Mentor” Entrepreneurs joined breakout groups with experts to learn how to perfect their 1-minute elevator pitch for both investors and the media.
  • Pitch and Ride PitchNRide is one of the highlights of RiseUp. This unique event puts an entrepreneur in the back seat of a cab with an investor. The entrepreneur does not know who the investor is until they get in the cab. They have exactly the time it takes for the cab to circle Tahrir Square to make their pitch. No presentations, just their skills to convey the idea and engage the investor.
  • Rise a Thon Where the real action happens during the Rise Up Summit! In this unique hands-on workshop, teams to build new products in less than 2 days to solve a number of challenges
  • Trade Fair by Injaz Egypt Injaz- Egypt in collaboration with RiseUp Egypt provided 50 booths for already established start-ups to showcase their products and services
  • Mini Workshops by FLAT6LABS The mini-workshops is a series aiming at solving startups challenges through the case study method.
  • Enspire by Endeavour Egypt The Enspire series are a series aimed at igniting inspiration and motivation through revealing successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

Interact participation 

Fady Ramzy CM of Interact Egypt at Enspire Talk Stage

Fady Ramzy CM of Interact Egypt at Enspire Talk Stage

Our CM Fady Ramzy was one of the speakers at #enspiretalk he presented sharp advises to digital entrepreneurs through also the inspiring success story of Interact Egypt and how it all started over linkedin. And he highlighted the massive social media tools we have today and the best way to use it. In the closeting ceremony he also announced the digital media academy opening next January 2013.

Live Streaming Views

Live Streaming Views

Interact Egypt proudly provided the live streaming service for the Rise Up Summit broadcasting the event to the world over the web to different devices and smart phones. It attracted more than 2,000 viewers to the live stream embedded on different websites. Interact Egypt provided Riseup with a turn-key solution that included the capturing devices, encoders and cloud streaming servers.

Interact Egypt team provided all the required professional services to run smoothly the streaming where we also streamed different activities from the event to the whole world and therefore we streamed the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Region Panel Discussions, an Enspire talk by Endeavour and a debate about funding held by Ra2ed A3mal. You can check the video archive.

The closing ceremony in the evening of 25 November began with a Google Hangout connecting 20 Arab entrepreneurs located in different countries around the world to share their experience with the attendees of the summit in Egypt. The Hangout was managed from London by Hala Fadel, the Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum in the Pan-Arab Region.

Talaat Harb 5 D Reincarnation

Talaat Harb 5 D Reincarnation

And the biggest surprise at the closing ceremony was a 5 D Reincarnation of Talaat Harb Egypt’s pioneer economist and entrepreneur giving a beautiful speech urging youth to rise up.

The Hashtag #riseup13 generated a great engagement as people were posting pictures and feedback during and after the event and we collected some lovely pictures from #riseup13 on our flicker account

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