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Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transportation

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Sep 22
  • Registration and signup begins.
  • Kickoff & Speech.
  • Pitches Begin – (60 seconds per pitch).
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas.
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas.
  • Dinner.
  • End of day - Teams can go home to get some rest or even sleep over at the venue and work a little to catch some progress.


Sep 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.
  • Teams continue working. Mentors begin arriving throughout the day and begin working with, and helping teams.
  • Juma’a prayer.
  • 3 fast speeches.
  • Launch
  • Back to work.
  • Dinner
  • End of day - Teams can go home to get some rest or even sleep over at the venue and work a little to catch some progress.


Sep 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Habib Haddad

Tech entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Habib is a serial tech entrepreneur, recently founder and CEO of a startup focused on empowering the Arabic language on the web. His also the founder and CEO of YallaStartup an NGO focused on early stage entrepreneurship in the MENA region. Currently he holds the title of CEO of WAMDA community, an initiative by Abraj Capital. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and the Arabian Business named him one of the most influential Arabs under 30. He currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on innovation. During the July of 2006 war he started Relief Lebanon to support relief operations in Lebanon an effort that raised more than $2 Million in individual donations. The grass root effort was featured by the "101 Stories to Tell" initiative by the UNDP in February 2009. Habib also co-founded INLET to leverage the North American expat community to give back to entrepreneurship in the Arab world. Habib is an advisor to several startups and non-profits and often speaks about early stage development and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Mike Ducker

Entrepreneur in residence Egypt - GEP   |   LinkedIn

Mike Ducker is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Egyptian Global Entrepreneurship Program which is part of a USAID funded program called the Egyptian Competiveness Project in Egypt. He has been supporting and working for entrepreneurs for 17 years with a focus on market development, new product development, investment strategies and institutional development to support entrepreneurs and innovation. Mike’s previous work includes designing a business plan for a Center of Entrepreneurship Excellence in Pakistan, managing an investment project in Egypt that helped facilitated $6 million dollars’ worth of financing to entrepreneurs and developed a concept papers for innovation centers in Bosnia. Mike has created training courses that showed entrepreneurs how to reach local and export markets in Armenia and Kosovo. He has presented his research work on entrepreneurship and ICT development to USAID, the UN, and the greater development community. Mike was an ICT advisor in Kenya for 2 years.
In 1998 mike helped set and invested into e-learning business in China. Before his work in development Mike worked in the private sector for 9 years including, working as a marketing director for a small entrepreneurial high tech firms in which he was able to land new sales to fortune 500 companies. Mike started his career in accounting/financial management and was part of a management staff that turned around a distribution company from losing hundreds of thousands of dollars to profiting a million dollars. He has created several training courses on entrepreneurship and ICT that he has taught internationally or in the US. He earned his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a former Certified Management Accountant. Mike reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and finished 7 marathons, including the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya which is ranked by Running World Magazine as one of the top endurance marathons.

Nagi Salloum

Head of Marketing at N2V   |   LinkedIn

Nagi Salloum is the head of Marketing at N2V. Before that, he worked at Google as the regional marketing manager for Arabia and at P&

Rami Al-Karmi

Investment Director of N2V Labs   |   LinkedIn

Rami, is a serial entrepreneur who founded his 1st startup at the age of 19. He was one of 13 Jordanians selected to attend the Presidential summit on Entrepreneurship in washington dc on April 2010 , which President Obama announced hosting during his “A New Beginning” speech on June 4, 2009, at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt to identify how to deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

Rahim Fazal

Entrepreneur and Public Speaker   |   LinkedIn

Rahim was named one of America's "Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30" by Inc. Magazine in 2008. He was also named one of America's "Top 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators" by iMedia in 2009. While still in high school, Rahim co-founded a web-hosting company and negotiated its sale for $1.5 million while taking his Senior Year final exams. He then started a web services platform business and eventually took it public, becoming one of the youngest directors of a publicly traded company in the United States. Rahim completed his MBA at Canada's top management school, the Richard Ivey School of Business. Because of his achievements, he was the youngest student in the school's 80 year history accepted without a prerequisite university degree. A frequent and popular speaker, Rahim's life planning program, “Gettin’ It”, provides alternately hilarious and sobering education to youths on how to truly get what they want out of life.

Saad Khan

Partner at CMEA Capital   |   LinkedIn

Saad Khan is a Partner at CMEA Capital where he invests exclusively in bad-asses. That includes all seed and early stage investments in the people behind Blekko, Pixazza, Jobvite, and Evolution Robotics (and some awesome others you’ll hear about). Prior to CMEA, he was a Venture Partner at where he helped build Silicon Valley’s first startup incubator (working with companies like Pandora). In addition to his day job, he co-founded the Film Angels (working with actors and producers like Carlos Santana and Barrie Osborne, producer of Lord of The Rings)

Gold Sponsors

Ahmad Hamzawi

Head of Engineering, Middle East/North Africa at Google   |  

Ahmad Hamzawi is the head of engineering at Google for the Middle East and North Africa region. He is currently leading engineering teams focused on building and adapting products for the Arab world. Ahmad joined Google in 2006 from KNOVA Software in Silicon Valley where he was Senior Director of Engineering. At KNOVA, he led the onshore and offshore engineering development and operations of an award-winning enterprise search and knowledge management product. Previously, he managed engineering teams of early stage startup companies as well as large enterprise companies such as Autodesk and Gateway. He has also taught courses in the Department of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science.

Hanan Abdel Meguid

CEO of OTVentures   |  

Hanan is the CEO of OTVentures

Hany El Sonbaty

Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sawari Ventures   |  

Hany is one of the most experienced VC in the MENA region with over 12 years of experience. Prior to co-founding Sawari Ventures, he was a Partner at EFG-Hermes Private Equity heading their TMT and Venture Capital business. Whilst at EFG Hermes, he managed over USD 200 million of TMT related investments and was involved with many of the region’s pioneering technology companies including, LinkdotNet, ITWorx, Raya and NextMedia Holdings. Hany was also instrumental in the creation of IdeaVelopers - EFG-Hermes’ venture capital arm – and the formation of its Technology Development Funds, which aim to nurture and grow the next generation of TMT companies. Prior to joining EFG-Hermes, Hany was a Development Engineer at Motorola’s distributor in Egypt. Hany holds a B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Electrical &

Mohamad Khawaja

Investment Director for the Seed Startups Program at N2V   |  

Mohamad Khawaja is the Investment Director for the Seed Startups Program at N2V. Before joining N2V, Khawaja worked for several years at the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship as the Executive Director. He is one of the co-creators of "Business Model Generation", selected as of one of the top 10 business books on Amazon in 2010. Mohamad holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan

Walid Bakr

Principal with Riyada Enterprise Development   |  

Walid Bakr is a principal with Riyada Enterprise Development, the small and medium enterprise investment platform of Abraaj Capital (The Middle East and North Africa's leading PE firm). Now based in Cairo, Mr. Bakr started his career asan information-technology professional and entrepreneur before becoming an investment professional for the last nine years. Given his operational and entrepreneurial background, as well as plenty of exposure to the international business community, Mr. Bakr brings a wealth of experience to his investment activities. Before Abraaj, he was a director of Riyada Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Amman, Jordan - that was before Riyada Ventures was purchased and became part of the Abraaj Group. Whilst at Riyada Ventures, Mr. Bakr advised on numerous investment funds and participated in structuring many early- stage investment transactions in the Middle East and North Africa. Before that, he CEO of IDEAVELOPERS, an EFG- Hermes subsidiary responsible for setting up and advising the Technology Development Fund, Egypt's first seed and early-stage information and communications technology venture capital fund. During his career, Mr. Bakr has held management positions in the Egyptian ministry of CIT, the Arab Stock Exchange, and Sunbelt Software in Paris, France, amongst others. He holds a B.Sc. in Communications Engineering, with the highest honours, from Alexandria University.

Silver Sponsors

Abdel Hamid Abdella

AppVenture   |  

Born and raised in Alexandria, moved to Cairo to study Computer science in AUC. After graduating in 2004, Joined eKnowledge , a leading eLearning platforms and services company as a junior then senior software developer. In early 2011, co founded AppVenture , a mobile application development company to meet the growing need of clients to develop their own mobile products. Finally in August 2011, joined Connect Ads , the leading digital media owner / agency in MENA as regional business development manager and currently enjoying every bit of it.

Abdullah Wreikat

N2V   |  

Digital Marketing Manager at National Net Ventures (N2V)

Ahmed Medhat

Connecto Networks   |  

Ahmed Medhat is the founder of Connecto Networks. After graduating from the German university in Cairo with a bachelor degree in Communication Engineering, Ahmed decided to follow his passion for technology and entrepreneurship. In late 2010, Ahmed founded Connecto Networks

Amad Almsaodi

Aqarmap   |  

Amad is the founder of, an innovative Real Estate Search Engine that is based in Alexandria, and he also teaches eBusiness at Tacoma College. Before starting Amad was the eBusiness Project Manager at Boeing Aerospace Company, and he had launched several Internet Startups including and Amad holds an MBA in Technology and Innovation Management, and he has an arabic blog that is dedicated to Entrepreneurship

Baher Al Hakim

CloudAppers   |  

Baher has always been passionate about building simple and clean apps across all platforms (web, mobile, facebook, twitter, etc.) and for that he founded a company to help build his own apps and help others build theirs and realize their ideas.

Islam El-Muezzin

Vimov   |  

Islam is a 2006 graduate from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and co-founded Vimov in the year of 2008.

Karim Elsahy

CEO of E Group Corp.   |  

With a Masters in Architecture Karim initially started his career as an architect and designer for a firm in Boston that specialized in Iraqi Reconstruction. Always a serial entrepreneur at heart with several involvements since his teen years like founding an architectural outsourcing company at nineteen, Karim has since founded and developed four tech companies. In his early twenties Karim left architecture and founded E Group Corp ( which reached more than $1 million in revenue with an approximate 25% EBITDA margin from an initial investment of $10,000 in its first year of operation. E Group went on to employee more than 350 people with offices in Boston, Manchester, England, Namur, Belgium and Cairo, Egypt. E Group went on to complete a non-exercised right to acquire a prestigious 15 year old marketing company in Manchester, England founded and led by a current English Member of Parliament. The company was generating $3 million in revenue and $500,000 in net profit annually and was to be acquired for a 21% stake in E Group Corp. allowing the company to push higher-end KPO, two-tier, and near shore solutions. The option was not exercised due to the economic climate of the time in Q4 2008. In 2010 together with two Belgian partners, and ex-MDs at Teleperformance, E Group established E Group Belgium SPRL in Namur. E Group Belgium specializes in delivering specialized leads to its French, Belgian, and Dutch clients.

Khaled Imam   |  

Khaled's vision is to position as the leading online Arabic bookstore globally with a large focus on the 50 million+ Arabic readers all over the world in non-Arab countries. was also one of the first companies that got incubated at PlugandPlay Egypt. Khaled also believes in the power of the young generation to transform Egypt as well as giving back to the community, that is why he is a mentor in Injaz Egypt, Startup Summer Camp &

Maged Ghoneima

Nile University   |  

Maged Ghoneima graduated with honors from the Faculty of Engineering – Ain Shams University in 1997. He obtained his PhD from Northwestern University in Chicago in 2001. After that Maged worked in the Electronics design sector in leading companies like Intel Corporation and Nvidia Corporation. He has more than 10 issued and pending patents, as well as more than 40 conference and journal publications. In 2010 he returned back to his country to contribute to scientific research and entrepreneurship efforts. He has co-founded three companies in the fields of electronics, IT and LBS. He strongly believes that the strength of Egypt is in each of its citizens and accordingly is trying to boost entrepreneurship and human development efforts in all fields through volunteering and sponsorship.

Minoush Abdel-Meguid

Managing Director of Union Capital   |  

Minoush is the founding president of the Egyptian Young Bankers Association, an Egyptian non-governmental organization that caters for the progression of young bankers and has served as Chairperson of the board and Editor in Chief of the Egyptian Banker publication until her resignation in 2008. She was the sole Egyptian participant at the State Department’s International Visitors’ Leadership Program in 2005 with focus on “Women in Economic Development”. She was selected by Business Today Magazine as the 2nd ranked Young Executive under 40 in Egypt in 2003. She was Class Speaker at her graduation commencement at the American University in Cairo from which she holds a B.A in Economics with a minor in International
Relations. She received an Executive Diploma in Mergers and Acquisition from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, Wharton School, University
of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Mohammed Al-Ayouti

Mobile Internet Marketing Sr. Manager at Vodafone   |  

An entrepreneur at heart, Mohammed launched Vodafone’s mobile internet, and is its caretaker. He is passionate about the advancement of the internet on the phone, and devotes his waking hours to bringing the right propositions and smartphones to millions, and enriching their experiences with innovative apps, social media products, and content services. His crown jewel is the upcoming Mobile Apps Academy, an environment created to boost the local mobile apps industry, and to support and nurture young entrepreneurs into realizing their dreams. On paper, Mohammed is a computer engineer, and has acquired 10 years of local Internet industry knowhow from a previous life.

Mostafa Aboulnasr

Founder & CEO of   |  

Mostafa started in late 2009 as an Egyptian based online shopping site

Muhammad A. Ali

Founder & CEO of NEZAL Entertainment   |  

Muhammad A. Ali, an IT veteran and a serial entrepreneur. I have over 11 years of professional experience and a string of companies that I helped establish including Spectrum Technologies, eSpace Technologies and Nezal Entertainment. Being a geek through and through, I have a soft spot for all technical novelties. That's a reason my role was mostly technical in my career. I actively develop and contribute to open source projects as well.

Muhammad M. Mansour

Senior Marketing Manager   |   LinkedIn

Muhammad has been partially involved in a separate effort in activities, projects, and initiatives related to Philanthropy &

Noha Mahmoud

Research assistant - Nile University   |  

Noha is a computer science graduate from Helwan University, she spent 3 years developing .NET applications, mostly for backend systems. In May 2009 Noha decided this is not the path she wanted for her life and she have to pursue her dream in establishing her own company. She joined the masters program in management of technology (MOT) in Nile University as it would give her the skills and knowledge needed to setup her own company. Noha will graduate in Summer 2011 and right now she is working on her startup with an amazing team mates she met in NU.

Omar Christidis

Founder - Arabnet   |  

With a background in management consulting at Booz &

Osama Abdel-Karim

Technical Director of VIMOV, LLC.   |  

Osama Abdel-Karim is the Technical Director and a co-founder of vimov. Osama holds a B.Sc. degree in computers and systems engineering from the Alexandria University of Egypt.

Ramez Mohamed

CEO of Flat6Labs   |  

Ramez is very passionate about everything digital, he has more than 7 years of experience in building high quality mobile and web products. Ramez is currently CEO of Flat6Labs, a startup accelerator based in Cairo, launched by Sawari Ventures in conjunction with AUC, which provides seed funding, support and mentorship for early-stage startups. Before managing Flat6Labs, Ramez was responsible for building and managing the mobile apps unit at Sarmady - a Vodafone Company. Prior to that, he initiated and led the product design team at eSpace of Alexandria. Ramez holds a B.Sc degree in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University.

Rania Hammad

Operations Manager - Onecard   |  

Rania Hammad is the operations manager at OneCard, the leading online mall and payment system in the Middle East. Rania studied business administration and has solid experience in the e-commerce business field.

Rasha Tantawy

teaching assistant and PHD candidate at Nile University   |  

Being a serial entrepreneur she enjoys mentoring and guiding young entrepreneurs with their business plan writing, pitching and overall tweeking of their startup. sh's currently the marketing advisor and cofounder of AGTA Egypt, a company offering packaging solutions. she's currently cofounding another startup that should be launching in February 2012.

Sarah Hamdi

Business Development Executive at Vigor Enterprise   |  

Sarah is graduated in 2005 from Faculty of Foreign Languages and Translation, Misr University. Sarah has started her professional career at the early age of 21 during her summer vacation as an Executive Secretary in the Orascom Construction Company. Upon graduation she joined the ABC Bank for 6 months, in 2006 she joined LinkdotNet as a web-Editor at for 2 years, From there she switched her career into business as it was down her ally, She studied her IAA (International Advertising) Diploma at the AUC - 2007, in parallel she was working as the Traffic Analysis Department for Link on Line products (MSN Arabia, YallaKora, Yallabina, Arab Finance and other 6 websites), in 2008 she founded the digital media unit in Asset Technology Group

Soliman Maher

founder of Vigor-Enterprise   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Soliman Arab is the founder of Vigor-Enterprise that is managed by a group of young Egyptian entrepreneurs who decided to accumulate the professional experience they own in one place, Soliman has a recognized experience in many compatible areas

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