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Head-to-head competition among participants in Egypt's pitch for AIM Startup
Source: Pan Asian Media for AIM Startup , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue March 13, 2018 12:43 pm

UAE. As many as 14 Egyptian start-ups made it to the top 100 selected by World Economic Forum and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.

This reflects the strength and the quality of the start-up movement in Egypt that has a large pool of tech-savvy young entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs chosen will be among the attendees at WEF’s annual regional conference, which will gather over 1,000 leading policymakers from over 50 countries near the Dead Sea in Jordan from May 19th to 21st.
The start-up scene has spread in the Arab world's most populous country Egypt, the third largest Arab economy, to digitally disrupt and reshape its economic landscape, powered by the country’s growing young population.

According to Forbes Middle East, total funding for the top 20 start-ups of Egypt have raised a total of $24.2 million last year. The most active investors are 500 Startups, an American early-stage venture fund and Cairo Angels.

Of the 20 start-ups, 9 raised more than $1 million. There are 38 angel investors, 17 venture capitalists, and most of the venture capitalists are not Egyptian.
Egyptian start-ups have been stealing the show at every start-up competition around the world for past few years and gave a spectacular performance in AIM Startup Pitch Competition that took place on February 19 and 20, 2018, at Creative Hub Egypt, Omar Afandy.

A pre-selected 23 group of start-ups (out of 60, that applied) from Egypt, entered into the pitch competition for the AIM Startup – the largest gatherings of start-ups, venture capital funds and other stakeholders – that will be held in Dubai from April 9 to 11, 2018.
Five Start-ups, Agrona, Tomatiki, Argineering, Net Care and ReNile – have won the Egypt Roadshow and Pitch Competition. The winners will now compete in the final round at the AIM Startup 2018 Annual Event for selection among the best start-ups in the Middle East.

Mohamed el Araby, R&D Manager of El-Araby group, Sara Abdel Azim, community manager of flat 6 labs, Nourhan EL- Sakkout, Senior Associate & Impact Officer, limevest partners, Hend Faroh National Project manager Egypt PV, UNDP, and Yasser Abdel Bari Program manager of Electronics industry was among the Judging Panel for pitch competition in Egypt – inspecting the pitches by 23 groups of pre-selected start-ups trying to outscore each other.
All winners’ projects are aligned with the AIM Startup 2018 theme – “Technology for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth” – covering the issues such as environmental friendliness, clean energy, renewable energy, modern agriculture, healthcare etc.

The winners of the pitch competition will compete in the final round at the AIM Startup and will pitch their projects to a panel of international expert and a massive number of investors with a goal to attract capital investment and to get among the best start-ups in the Middle East.

Before the pitch competition started, the competitors were given entrée for an outstanding workshop titled “How to Pitch”, at Creative Hub with Sara Abdelazim, Flat6Labs Community Manager as the presenter. The content of the event was – “The do's and don'ts” of preparing your pitch deck to showcase your start-up and call for investments.
Dawood Al Shezawi, the CEO of AIM Startup said, “The start-up ecosystem in Egypt is improving exponentially as Egyptian youngsters are leaning more toward tech-based entrepreneurship to build a smart future for themselves and others.

“Most of the start-ups are focusing on digitalizing all services to benefit present and next generations, future innovators, creator, and developers to accelerate country’s economy forward.”

Egypt’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is getting strong due to the unlimited aid of existing big corporations, funds, government’s subsidies, angel investors, marketers, legal counsel and service providers. Newcomers in Egypt are supported with massive backing.

With a purpose to connect the Startup Ecosystem of the Arab world to the global platform, AIM Startup will host a Country Pavilion Arena exclusively for the Arab nations comprising of their exclusive Top start-ups, Incubators and Accelerators and top associations from Arab countries.

The Country Pavilions will showcase key players from their Country’s Start-up Ecosystem at the AIM Startup 2018 Annual Event.

Photo Captions:
1. (above)  AIM Startup Egypt
2. (inset)    Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO of AIM Startup (File photo)
About AIM Startup
AIM Startup was launched in 2017 as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising start-ups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world — set in the heart of the UAE’s Annual Investment Meeting, the world’s leading FDI platform for emerging markets and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

AIM Startup is an ideal platform for start-up companies looking to raise capital, expand into new markets and forge meaningful business relationships with major investors, business leaders, representatives of international institutions and government entities. April 9-11, AIM Startup will host the second edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition in Dubai, UAE, in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting, Future Cities Show and DIGAE.
This year, 200 promising start-ups will convene under one roof to meet with investors, corporates, government representatives and industry experts and will be given the opportunity to demo their ground-breaking solutions to a global audience of more than 19,000.



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