The Egyptian Entrepreneurship Scene has been shaping up quite awesomely in the past few years. The “ecosystem” has been maturing with Funders, Mentors, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Successful businessmen.
We have personally met with most of those on the list and can vouch for them as being a true inspiration in the region for those interested in becoming a success story themselves. Here are the Men behind the Egyptian Entrepreneurship Scene.
Ahmed El Alfi
After moving back from California where he directed his company Alfigen. El Alfi Founded The GrEEK Campus. The GrEEK CAMPUS is Cairo’s first technology and innovation park in the heart of Cairo, offering state-of-the-art office spaces for both startups as well as established multinational technology and media companies.
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He is the Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business; and the Founder and Director of AUC Venture Lab. Ayman is an example of proving that there is a “science” behind entrepreneurship and startups. The AUC Venture Lab just won the top performing incubator in the Middle East.
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Ayman is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master degree in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
Ayman is the co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management and strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company, based in New York, for several years. He has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations and technology issues. He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank, IFC and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies. Ayman has a broad multidisciplinary experience in entrepreneurship, business strategy, economic development, city planning and technology, based on professional practice and academic research.
In 2012, Ayman was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a co-founder and member the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, working with social entrepreneurs and community leaders to address social challenges; and an active Endeavor mentor, advising entrepreneurs and their high-growth startup ventures in Egypt. He also sits on the Boards of Directors/Advisors of five fast-growing startups in mobile payments, bio-technology, mobile apps, healthcare insurance, and book retailing.
Abdel Hamid Sharara