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Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria

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!

In Partnership with:

U.S. Agency for International Development



Sep 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Keynote Speaker
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Announcing top voted teams
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 28
  • Arrive, Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Joma'a Prayer
  • Main Event Speech Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Launch
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup, Judging & awards
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Ahmed Ossama

Managing Director at TE Data   |   LinkedIn

Ahmed Ossama was appointed Managing Director at TE Data in August 2008. Ahmed has been with the TE group since 2003 as TE Data’s Product Marketing and Government Affairs Director. Before that, Ahmed co-founded Site Information Consultancy, an Internet application development company in 1998 that was later on acquired by Pyramid Technology in 2000, where Ahmed worked as the ISP Operation Manager until 2003. Before that Ahmed joined InTouch Communications Services in 1996 as a Systems Engineer, where he participated in building the infrastructure of the first ISP in Egypt and later on became the Operations Manager. Before that, Ahmed worked in IBM Egypt as a software engineer. Ahmed holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a Minor in Electronics from the American University in Cairo.

Nezar Kadhem

Co-Founder at Enter The Club   |   LinkedIn

Nezar Kadhem, originally from Bahrain and a Babson College graduate, has spent the last 6 years globe-trotting: Starting in Bahrain, then to San Francisco, Lyon, Hangzhou, Boston, and now in Paris, he continuously educates himself on the transforming world of international business and entrepreneurship. Nezar is the co-founder of two Startups: Enter The Club - A B2B software solution for event organizers, and Pig Lander, an iOS game. Nezar has facilitated a Startup Weekend in China. Mentored, judged, and spoke at Startup Weekend Paris, Bahrain, and Hangzhou. And formed his very own startup "Enter The Club" at Startup Weekend Brussels. Most recently, Nezar was invited to mentor at Eric Ries's Lean Startup Machine event in Paris.

Redg Snodgrass

CEO of The Taploid   |   LinkedIn

Redg Snodgrass, serial "funtrepreneur", invents new ways to enjoy everything. He served on the founding team at Skout, helping them to hit their first 2 million users and profitability. He left to head Innovation for Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs creating the first ever Open API Service across multiple global carriers. He eventually went to head their Open Innovation Unit helping startups connect with carriers in order to create a 1 + 1 = 1000 scenarios. Currently he is the CEO of The Taploid a new form of media that creates funny insights in a tabloid format from your social graph.

Gold Sponsors

Hassan Mansi

Executive Director at Integral   |   LinkedIn

Experienced in Management & Quality Training and Consultancy specially Breakthrough and Continuous Improvement Methodologies. Professional in up- leveling the quality levels in our customers ' firms to improve their relative position in their specified markets and to solve today’s global challenge of cost and efficiency carried out through the introduction, training and implementing of the managements and Quality Systems and techniques.

Hossam Allam

Founder and Chairman at TheCairoAngels   |   LinkedIn

Hossam Allam founded and chairs TheCairoAngels, Egypt's only formal network of business angels. Previously he spent 10 years at Shell International where he worked in a number of engineering and commercial roles across the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He established and today manages the 'Property Management' arm of Hassan Allam Construction. Hossam holds a MBA from London Business School in entrepreneurship.

Mohammed Al-Ayouti

Business Development Senior Manager at Vodafone Egypt   |   LinkedIn

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.

Silver Sponsors

Abdelaziz Kamel

IT Director at TE Data   |   LinkedIn

With over 19+ years of experience with significant exposure in Enterprise Business and applications Consulting, Project Management, ICT Operations, R&D, Human Resources Management, Sales, Presales and Financial Management, Abdelaziz has joined TE Data Sep, 2008 as IT director, he contributed in keeping TE Data leading the broadband market in Egypt, transforming enterprise business unit into ICT provider and certifying TE Data for ISO 9001 certificate
He has a regional exposure through working around five years with RAYA Information technology as one of the leaders’ systems integrators in Egypt, being a General Manager of Oratech (subsidiary of Raya), he managed to deliver ERP, CRM and enterprise solutions to many clients over multiple industries in MEA region while managing the regional offices in Saudi and Qatar in addition to Cairo office.
In 2002 and for two years, he was one of the key team members delivering a complete IT solution to the first BOT private port “Sokhna Port” in Egypt meeting the opening deadline stated by the national authorities, through his employment with Coca-Cola Egypt, he witnessed the opening of Oracle presence in Egypt in 1997, during the four years employment and using his business & financial background, he was one the key team members that implemented a complete ERP solution over Coca-Cola presence all over the country ended by being one of few OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) certificated people at an early stage.
Through his wide years of experience and since his graduation from Ain-Shams University in 1992, He had a lot of financial, technology and management training courses local and abroad that supported him working in multiple functions in his early employments covering costing control and financial management in two different industries.

Ahmed Galal

Founder/CEO at Ideables   |   LinkedIn

Ahmed Galal is a founder/CEO at Ideables which is a software company that makes mobile apps that empower the relation between operators and users and make them get the best of there smartphones, and currently working with the top operators in the ME, he is also working as ideator/UX at Startappz (investment arm of N2V that focus on Mobile).

Ahmed Sabbour

Technical and Developer Relations Manager at Nokia   |   LinkedIn

Ahmed Sabbour is Technical and Developer Relations Manager at Nokia, part of the Developer Experience team, with a masters in Computer Science and Engineering from the German University. With over He is responsible for helping developers in getting their applications on the Nokia and Windows Phone store through trainings, mentorship and guidance.

Amr Essam

Product Development Manager at TE Data   |   LinkedIn

Amr Essam is a Product development marketing manager, with expertise in the Telecommunication field. In the past 12 Years he has worked with TE Data within the Telecom industry exploring the technical and business fields.
Pursuing creativity and innovation is the passion of Amr's, and it’s the common thread that runs through the rich woven path of his career. Amr is an Idea Architect, skilled at creating innovative and successful ideas, to be translated into a business. His energy is rivaled only by his work.
Devoted to developing ideas as well as technology, Amr's passion toward self-help and development gives him the power in seeing things differently, Although focused in the information technology industry, Amr has the insane passion towards the marketing field in all of its directions, with an eye that follows world trends, new inventions and techniques, worked in sales and marketing and speaks professionally on a variety of technology topics.
Amr has a degree in Computer Science, with a multiple diplomas in the business areas and the telecom field, a savvy reader, insane passion towards what’s new in all fields.

Hassan Mansi

Executive Director at Integral   |   LinkedIn

Experienced in Management & Quality Training and Consultancy specially Breakthrough and Continuous Improvement Methodologies. Professional in up- leveling the quality levels in our customers ' firms to improve their relative position in their specified markets and to solve today’s global challenge of cost and efficiency carried out through the introduction, training and implementing of the managements and Quality Systems and techniques.

Maged Ghoneima

Founder of VLSI Academy   |   LinkedIn

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.

Mahmoud Hazem

Co-Founder Wejha   |   LinkedIn

Mahmoud Hazem is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of building and selling web start-ups. Currently, he’s the co-founder of Wejha, a web startup in the seed stage that utilises social networks to deliver trusted travel reviews. While he was still a student in 2008, Hazem co-founded Mrrha, a web start-up that streamlined the process of uploading files to the internet for sharing purposes. One year later the firm was acquired by UAE company Creative Solutions. Hazem is also a mentor for INJAZ Egypt Universities’ students and co-organised the first Startup Weekend Cairo event. Recently he had been featured on Gulf Business 30 Under 30 List for MENA Top Young Achievers.

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.

Mohamed Abdeljalil

Business Development Manager at Nokia   |   LinkedIn

Mohamed Abdeljalil is responsible for Nokia's Ecosystem Business Development division for North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt. He worked for Nokia since the summer of 2006 holding various positions in the Services, Solutions Sales and Markets team.
He is a key contributor to the Nokia Ecosystem engagement program in North Africa and in Egypt in particular. Recent initiatives are launch of a series of Nokia services to the developers’ community and the hosting of several entrepreneurship events. During his current assignment he led many local initiatives in the market like the Nokia launched Mobile Lab for Egypt.
Mohamed has a diverse technical background, business and strong network in the Arabic developer community. He has a BSC degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams University. Finally, he is devout tech geek and loves to be called by his nickname Galilu.

Mohamed Afifi

Regional Director of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories   |   LinkedIn

Mohamed Afifi is Regional Director of Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories in Middle East, which is a division of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise since January 1, 2010. Prior to his current role Mohamed served in a variety of roles and locations within Enterprise group of Alcatel-Lucent since 2005, including Professional Services Director for Africa , Middle East & India. Prior to this, Mohamed held several positions with leading Multinational Companies in the domain of Unified Communication, with main Expertise in Call Cetner where he had server roles in IT for more than a Decade.
Mohamed Afifi holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication & Electronics Engineering - from the University of Alexandria & MSC in Computer Networking –from Nottingham University. He has also completed several post-graduate programs at institutions such as Cambridge University.

Mohamed Hantirah

CoFounder Telecom Arabia/Vumad   |   LinkedIn

Mohamed Hantirah is the CoFounder of Telecom Arabia and Vumad, both working in the field of mobile apps and services development and mobile related business consultancy.
Mohamed is a Telecom Engineer, started at Knowledgeview UK developing Web apps late at 1996. Later he joined Procter &Gamble as Product Supply Manager handling Plant Purchasing and then Maintenance. He was one of the TQM rollout team in 1999. Mohamed worked in the MCIT for 4 years afterwards as Project Manager in community development related projects.
In 2005, Mohamed started Telecom Arabia focusing in providing affordable and Ad funded mobile apps and services across the region. In 2012, Vumad was founded to provide the next generation mobile apps to the end users worldwide.

Mohamed Khedr

Founder and CEO of Fatakat and Internet Plus   |   LinkedIn

An engineer who has been chasing his dream of putting his mark on the Web and managing a company that grows to be famous in the Arab world since he was an undergraduate! Until now, he created, owned and managed, Games, and A programming enthusiast and a specialist in user behavior and market research.

Mohammad Badrah

Co-Founder and Project Manager of Sweety Heaven   |   LinkedIn

Badrah is the Co-Founder and Project Manager of Sweety Heaven (Winner of SWAlex 2011). Along with his partner, Sara Galal, they are the living example of the purpose of Startup Weekend Organization. He has gone through it all, starting from an idea to an established company and running business with enough funds to take it to the next level. Badrah started his career in the IT department of Uniliver Mashraq from which he started his business awareness. Then he joined eSpace to lead a technical team working with great enterprises like Nestle and Vodafone, in addition to amazing startups like, and He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from faculty of Engineering at Alexandria University. He combines both technical expertise and business understanding, which qualified him to play an integral part in his entrepreneurial surrounding.

Osama Shoeib

Mobile Lab Manager at Nokia   |   LinkedIn

Osama Shoeib enjoying 12+ years experience in Consumer Electronics and Mobile industries with various backgrounds in Product Management, Personal/Business Development. He has a BSC degree in Business Administration and finalizing his MBA in Globalization from MsM.
Currently, Osama is a part of Developer Experience team in Nokia managing the new platform offered by Nokia to developers community called “Nokia Mobile Lab” and leading a lot of developer activities in Nokia.

Ossama Suleiman

Head of Enterprise Marketing at TE Data   |   LinkedIn

A professional with 10+ years’ experience in marketing, in addition to a strong technical and project management background
Ossama is driving the innovation of TE Data, by providing new cutting edge technologies to the market, helping in positioning TE Data not only as a connectivity provider, but as a true partner to success for all enterprises in Egypt, hence helping TE Data maintaining its leading position in the market
Before that Ossama was heading the content and e-marketing unit of TE Data, which he established back in 2009, there he started the first e-marketing unit among all Telco’s

Before that, Ossama was working at marketing as product development engineer, where he helped in launching several initiatives, such as family internet, child safe internet, world cup 2006 over IP, among other initiatives
Before that he worked as system engineer at TE Data, GEGA.NET and EDS
He holds a B.E. from Ain Shams University and a MBA from Maastricht University.

Ramy Mamdouh

Assistant Professor at AASTMT   |   LinkedIn

A researcher in computer systems and networking whose experience is focused on building scalable internet platforms. Co-founded, one of the earliest internet startup in MENA region and a key player in building a number of tech startups.

Sara Galal

CO-Founder and CEO at Sweety Heaven   |   LinkedIn

Sara Galal is the CO-Founder and CEO at Sweety Heaven, a website that aims to improve communication between parent and child. Sara was awarded first place in the “Start-Up Weekend Alexandria” competition. The second in ArabNet Cairo and was among the semifinalist of MIT business plan competition . For about four years, Sara was also responsible for recruiting the best talents for eSpace. Experienced in HR, Product Development and Management.

Tarek Nasr

Founder / Managing Director of planet360   |   LinkedIn

A border-line insane Creative Digital Agency on a planet far, far away (in Dokki) specializing in developing awesome products and creating happening content for top brands including Nokia, Google, Fatafeat & Azza Fahmy among others as well as for our own enjoyment. We also do Strategy Development for Online Communication and most importantly هلس

Wael Nafee

Senior Mobile Mentor at StartAppz   |   LinkedIn

A Computer Engineer worked in the Silicon Valley for many years with experience at great companies including AMD, Micron and Aptina Imaging. Has been programming for Mobile devices since 2005. Co-founded various startups in the mobile space. Passionate about mobile technologies and ideas.

Yasmine El-Mehairy

Co-Founder & CEO of SuperMama   |   LinkedIn

Yasmine El-Mehairy is the co-founder and CEO of, the online parenting community of MENA. Yasmine and her co-founder Zeinab Samir, lead SuperMama to multiple global awards and features in local and global news. Yasmine has an Masters degree in Interactive Multimedia and long years of experience in managing web and media projects. Yasmine believes in being pro-active in making a better tomorrow.

Zeinab Samir

Co-Founder & Product Director of SuperMama   |   LinkedIn

Zeinab Samir is the co-founder and Product Director of, the first online space for moms to hangout and learn about parenting. Zeinab built her experience in Web Design and User Experience. She is a blogger, open source believer and member of The Arab Techies community.

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