Q&A: What’s Missing from Egypt’s Startup Scene? Top Investors Answer

Q&A: What’s Missing from Egypt’s Startup Scene? Top Investors Answer

As AUC’s downtown Cairo campus bore witness last month, Egypt’s entrepreneurial spirit is measured in the droves. The RiseUp Egypt Summit held there over two days was a veritable celebration of the country’s eager entrepreneurs. Even Talaat Harb, the godfather of Egyptian entrepreneurship, made an eleventh hour appearance in hologram form. While the atmosphere was […]

Q&A: Is Egypt’s Startup Scene Just a Bubble? Top Investors Answer

Q&A: Is Egypt’s Startup Scene Just a Bubble? Top Investors Answer

These days in Egypt, it seems like everybody and their mama is an entrepreneur and starting a business is a trend. Over the last couple of years, the country has witnessed an explosion of new startups, from apps that aim to tackle literacy to services that aim to curb Cairo’s notorious traffic problem. And along […]

Q&A: Nayrouz Abouzid, Publisher & Editor in Chief of Alter Ego Magazine

Q&A: Nayrouz Abouzid, Publisher & Editor in Chief of Alter Ego Magazine

If you don’t know Nayrouz Abouzid than you have been hiding under a rock for the past ten years. When it comes to women entrepreneurs Nayrouz has blazed a trail for young ladies to follow. From starting her own magazine to closing it down to reopening, then to managing artists and being one of the […]

Q&A: Khalil, Karim and Walid, Founders of Tabibi 24/7

Q&A: Khalil, Karim and Walid, Founders of Tabibi 24/7

The ailing state of Egypt’s health care system is no secret and even private treatment options seem to be limited to either “malpractice” or “sketchy”. Meanwhile, there’s the hassle of Cairo traffic, which becomes doubly worse for pregnant women and new mothers whose schedules are filled with doctor’s appointments and health checkups. Enter Tabibi 24/7, […]

Q&A: Nadia Wassef, Co-founder of Diwan Bookstores

Q&A: Nadia Wassef, Co-founder of Diwan Bookstores

The last two years have been exhausting for Nadia Wassef, co-founder of Egypt’s Diwan Bookstores. Running Diwan was no longer about books, writers, and shops. It was nothing but crisis management, stress and financial pressure. Almost burnt out from having managed to overcome the financial crisis and two Egyptian revolutions, Wassef has relocated temporarily to […]

RiseUp Trade Fair Standouts and Lowlights

RiseUp Trade Fair Standouts and Lowlights

The first time I stumbled through RiseUp Egypt’s trade fair – a collection of fifty booths featuring various startup companies – I had no interest in hearing pitches. The only thing I could think about was the lack of caffeine in my body, as a result of the total, utter, shameless lack of coffee at […]

Q&A: Omar Samra, Founder of Wild Guanabana

We caught up with Omar Samra at this week’s RiseUp Egypt Summit. The inspiring founder of Wild Guanabana and potentially Egypt’s first man in space talks to us about adventure travel, inspiration and near-death experiences.   How many countries have you traveled to? I lost count, but over 80.   What’s your favorite? My favorite […]

Not Just a Pretty Face at the RiseUp Summit 2013

Not Just a Pretty Face at the RiseUp Summit 2013

It’s refreshing being around well versed entrepreneurs and fresh faced business men and women. In a region and especially a country like Egypt where everyone is gripping onto any hope they have to get the economy moving again, RiseUp Summit has done just that. It’s even more of a perk when smart people are HOT […]

Q&A: Ali Faramawy, Microsoft Vice President

Four weeks ago, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Ali Faramawy was contacted by Sawari Ventures’ Ahmed El-Alfy telling him about his plan to turn the AUC Greek Campus into a hub for technology startups, and that the launch would be on the birthday (Nov. 25th) of Talaat Harb, the godfather of Egyptian entrepreneurs – an offer Faramawy […]

How Con O’Donnell Went from Beach Bum to Digital Media Pioneer

How Con O’Donnell Went from Beach Bum to Digital Media Pioneer

“There were many times when I wanted to leave Egypt,” Con O’Donnell tells me. An ironic confession, since, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Egypt, his story is one that every startup in the country wants to replicate. “There were many times when I was out of money, out of – you know, I had […]