Innovation Ecosystem

Egypt, MENA’s Powerhouse of Innovation:

Owing to its young, dynamic and tech-savvy population, Egypt is brimming with new opportunities and tech-driven businesses. Many Egyptian tech/tech-enabled startups continue to play a key role in transforming the country into a digital economy. As a locomotive for growth, startups are offering world-class solutions to today’s complex and unprecedented challenges.

Egypt’s distinctive competency is skilled young talents, equipped with emerging technologies like AI, IOT, Big Data and Robotics. They are always looking to advocate new business models that can drive innovation and excellence in both the local and international markets.

Egypt Startups: A Fast-Growing Ecosystem:

Egypt has experienced an extraordinary 2021 so far, with the $404M raised by startups from the country as of end of September, representing a 158% increase on 2020 figures. 60% of the funding came from foreign investors supporting Egyptian startups in 2020.

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Cairo was ranked the 1st in the MENA for regional ecosystem affordable talent and among the top 15 for global ecosystem affordable talent, which is measured by the ability to hire tech talent (Startup Genome’s report).

Egypt was recognized to have the largest number of registered startups in the MENA, with 33% share of the total number of startups in the region. (Wamda’s report) .

In 2016, the Government of Egypt (GoE) embarked on a plan to establish new 6 science and technology parks across tier 2 cities. Tech parks encompass a collaborative ecosystem of government entities, ICT companies, research and academia, and entrepreneurs. Four parks are currently in operation.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, MCIT, established CREATIVA Innovation Hubs together with public universities. Hubs reside inside the universities campuses with external access to support students as well as start-ups to meetup, innovate, access resources, and develop digital transformation solutions.

ITIDA’s Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center:

ITIDA’s Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) acts as a catalyst to the entrepreneurial ecosystems. TIEC provides end-to-end support, starting from raising awareness in universities and ideation camps through pre-incubation/incubation programs (providing office spaces, seed funding, mentoring, networking, etc.) to market penetration and linkages with international/regional VCs.

TIEC unique programs include:

Egypt Innovate platform, a think-tank and information hub with Egypt’s Innovation Map (startups, VCs, co-working spaces, etc.).
Innovation Clusters, bringing together startups, academia, private businesses, and support entities.
International Events program, supporting startups participation within Egypt’s pavilion in events such as CES, Web Summit, GSMA’s 4YFN, and Gitex.
She” program supports early-stage women entrepreneurs operating in the ICT industry.

In 2017, the UNDP selected Egypt to accomodate its regional UN Technology Innovation Lab for Africa (UNTIL). The lab, hosted in TIEC, aims at developing innovative technology solutions to challenges in Africa for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

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