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Egypt is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Founder Institute now open in Egypt, we're excited to release the Egypt Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Egypt Founder Institute and local leaders: Mohamed Tohami (CEO, Passion Point), Rafeh Saleh (Founder, ConsultingPad.com), Mohamed Abd El Aziz (Founder, AzizApp), Mohamed Belal, Nagla Akl, Riham Adel, and Walid Eid (Chairman, Integrated Training Solutions of Egypt).

This is just a draft and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Egypt? Then apply to the Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

B. Educate

C. Validate

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

B. Develop

C. Launch

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

B. Funding

C. Growth

4. Egypt Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Aqarmap (Cairo)

  2. Bashar Soft (Cairo)

  3. Bosta (Cairo)

  4. Dsquares (Cairo)

  5. Edfa3ly (Cairo)

  6. elmenus.com (Cairo)

  7. Elves (Cairo)

  8. Fawry (Cairo)

  9. Forasna (Cairo)

  10. GoodsMart (Cairo) 

  11. Hawaya (Formerly Harmonica) (Cairo) 

  12. Mumm (Cairo)

  13. Halan (Cairo)

  14. homzmart (Cairo)

  15. Instabug (Cairo)

  16. Lynks (Alexandria)

  17. Robusta (Cairo)

  18. Swvl (Cairo)

  19. Synapse Analytics (Cairo)

  20. Vezeeta (Cairo)

  21. WUZZUF (Cairo)

  22. Yaoota (Cairo)


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Egypt Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. Abdelhameed Sharara (Cairo)

  2. Ahmed Bastawy (Alexandria)

  3. Ahmed Bolica (Cairo)

  4. Ahmed Ramadan (Alexandria)

  5. Ahmed Sabbah (Cairo)

  6. Ameer Sherif (Cairo)

  7. Amira Swilam (Cairo)

  8. Con O'Donnell (Cairo)

  9. Dina El-Mofty (Cairo)

  10. Dina el-Shenoufy (Cairo)

  11. Gamal ElDin Sadek (Cairo)

  12. Hani W. Naguib (Cairo)

  13. Inji Amr Borai (Cairo)

  14. Mahmoud Noaman (Alexandria)

  15. Moataz Kotb (Cairo)

  16. Moe Hafez (Cairo)

  17. Mohamed Abd El Aziz (Alexandria)

  18. Mohamed Bakry (Cairo)

  19. Mohamed Belal (Alexandria)

  20. Mohamed Rady (Alexandria)

  21. Mohamed Tohami (Cairo)

  22. Mostafa Farahat (Cairo)

  23. Mostafa Kandil (Cairo)

  24. Nabil Shalaby (Mansoura)

  25. Nagla Akl (Alexandria)

  26. Norhan El Sakkout (Cairo)

  27. Rafeh Saleh (Cairo)

  28. Ramez Mohamed El-Serafy (Cairo)

  29. Rania Ayman (Cairo)

  30. Rawan El-Sayed (Alexandria)

  31. Riham Adel (Alexandria)

  32. Sami Al-Ahmad (Cairo)

  33. Tamer Azer (Cairo)

  34. Valentina Primo (Cairo)

  35. Waleed El-Ramly (Cairo)

  36. Walid M. Eid (Alexandria)

  37. Yasmine Nagaty (Cairo)

  38. Yousef ElSammaa (Cairo)

2. Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. Alexandria Business Association (Alexandria)

  2. Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (Alexandria)

  3. AmCham Egypt (Cairo)

  4. Cairo Chamber of Commerce (Cairo)

  5. Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

  6. EgyptInnovate

  7. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

  8. GAFI (Cairo)

  9. Information Technology Industry Development Agency (Giza)

  10. Information Technology Institute

  11. Invest in Egypt

  12. Micro, Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA)

  13. Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (Giza)

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.


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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Egypt Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

Are you looking to build a startup in Egypt? Then apply to the Founder Institute today

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