TechInAfrica – The Sixth annual event of RiseUp Summit has just started in Egypt today and will end on December 9. The three-day event will be attended by stakeholders, executives, and hundreds of startups from the Middle East and North Africa, including Minister of Tourism, Minister of Social Solidarity, the representatives from Facebook, IBM, Microsoft, Uber, Pepsico Vodafone, and many other more.
The event will be focusing on the real-world challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the region and finding solutions through panel discussions. Meanwhile, this year’s keynote speakers will feature regional and global figures from entrepreneurship ecosystem, such as Jack Ma, Alibaba; Jason Pau, Chief of Staff; Bart van Der Vel, Facebook’s Head of Luxury; Ryno Rijnsburger, Microsoft 4Africa.
Abdelhameed Sharara, the CEO and Co-Founder of RiseUp said, “Last year we focused on innovation for the human experience. This year’s summit will tackle the very real challenges, tangible goals, and look at stories of how powerful entrepreneurs, business professionals, creatives and technology gurus came to be.”
“Grounded Experiences means we are looking at local needs, local gaps and developing solutions for them with the resources available, and bringing the local ecosystem together, with all the realities of entrepreneurship – the successes, the failures, the obstacles and the opportunities.”
Speaking about Facebook’s sponsorship for the event, the Facebook’s Head of Public Policy for MENA, Nashwa Aly remarked: “We’re very happy to be one of the main sponsors of RiseUp Summit for the first time, an event now recognized as a key start-up forum in the region. Our partnership with RiseUp demonstrates our growing commitment to Egypt’s vibrant tech and start-up ecosystem, and our intent to continue working closely with both the youth and Egyptian policymakers to catalyze the tremendous social and economic opportunities inherent in digital platforms.”
The three-day event’s agenda will include:
- Pitch Competition
- Algebra Ventures Investor Office Hours
- Talent Match-making Event
- Uber Pitch n Ride
- HIPOs powered by Algebra Ventures
The 2018 RiseUp Summit event is supported by several partners, including Facebook, Uber, IBM, Vodafone, Pepsico, Halan, Wuzzuf, Startup Bahrain, and the Egyptian Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, the content is curated in a collaboration with Algebra Ventures, A15, Edventures, Endure Capital, Ebkeyz, Averroes Ventures and Orient Productions.