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Kareem El-Shaffei


Kareem El-Shaffei is an ex-investment banker turned entrepreneur; he founded CIRQY, an online marketplace for discovering locally crafted products. Currently, working for the largest e-commerce company in the Middle East, Souq.com. Out of the office, Kareem is an aspiring artist, creating worlds in digital collages.

How Our ‘Etsy for the Middle East’ Failed

How Our ‘Etsy for the Middle East’ Failed

There comes a time in a man’s life when he decides to quit the corporate machine and pursue his dream. This time for me was in the year 2012 at the age of 26. With a background in finance and investment banking, coupled with my partner Mostafa Talaat’s marketing and advertising background, we felt we […]

Flat6Labs Graduates Its 6th Cycle Of Startups

Flat6Labs Graduates Its 6th Cycle Of Startups

The 6th cycle of companies graduating from Egyptian startup accelerator Flat6Labs showcased their work last Wednesday at Flat6’s highly-anticipated Demo Day. Flat6Labs also celebrated it’s 2nd anniversary that day with a cake covered with the logos of all 36 of their graduated companies. Flat6Labs is one of, if not the strongest startup accelerator/incubator in the […]

The CIRQY Hangman game!

We’ve been working long and hard here at the CIRQY office the past month. In an effort to get everyone to discover freshly-made designs, we have been discovering quite a few ourselves; helping some of Cairo’s most brilliant creators set-up their CIRQY stores and start selling awesome-ness! In a post on our facebook page yesterday, […]

CIRQY Cubs Internship Competition

CIRQY! THE PLAYGROUND FOR THE HIPPEST ARTISTS, DESIGNERS AND JUST ABOUT ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS FRESH, FUNKY STUFF! Over the next month, CIRQY wanted to give back to the community and to empower today’s lively youth.  With a twist, that is. They’re also into bears (if you’ve seen their website www.cirqy.com), so they decided to […]

The Virus is Spreading

Parked outside, I stayed a couple of extra minutes in the car just gazing at the gallery through my window; taking in the feel and energy of everyone gathered outside with their colorful outfits blended in with the colors from the artwork inside protruding through the gallery windows. At first glance the street vendor selling […]

Future Shorts Egypt is back with the Summer Season!

Are you an explorer, adventurer and a dreamer? Well, put your shorts on because the Future Shorts Summer Season Film Festival is finally here! If you are a big fan of the arts, this is an event worth checking out. The Future Shorts Film Festival brings art, film and live music together in order to […]

Q&A with Kareerak founder

We got together with Kareerak founder and CEO for some insights on entrepreneurship and to see what he has been up to with Kareerak.com   1.  Hello, can you please introduce yourself to Scoop Empire readers?  I am Hashem Aly, Founder and CEO of Kareerak.com. I graduated from The American University in Cairo in the summer […]

StartUp Cup Launches in Cairo

  Over the next few months we’ll be witnessing yet another startup competition in Cairo. The StartUp Cup is designed with a powerful business model coaching approach at its heart. This approach supports entrepreneurs to accelerate building and testing their business models with real customers.   If you think you have the next best idea […]

Future Shorts Festival – The Magic of Film

“Short films are one of the last real places for artistic freedom – they’re important to celebrate just for that.” – Juan Solanas “In a world that often feels as though dreams are for sale, Future Shorts and their network of filmmakers and enthusiasts prove that dreams, if pursued, are not as unattainable as they […]