Hosted at AUC New Cairo for the first time, the summit will highlight the journey of growth.
Riseup Summit, the flagship conference for connecting startups in the MENA region with the most relevant resources worldwide, announced the launch of its 7th edition, taking place at The American University in Cairo, in the New Cairo campus, from December 5th - 7th, coinciding with its centennial celebration.
Since its establishment in 2013, RiseUp Summit hosted over 25,000 attendees, over 1,250 speakers, and 800 investors, along with 762 exhibiting and pitching startups. Aiming to attract around 10,000 attendees over three days, this year’s venue will provide space for more startups to join the summit, accommodate a sizeable number of attendees, as well as introduce a number of new features to this year’s RiseUp Summit for the first time.The new location will also allow RiseUp to lead a digital transformation that will empower each summit attendee with a uniquely curated experience.
This year’s theme was designed to build on past years’ summit content, focusing on the ‘Journey of Growth’, while combining elements of innovation, grounded experiences, and growth, as well as drawing the line between the past, present and the future. Through the summit, startups will be able to determine their current situation, and explore how they can progress steadily but confidently from their core to their vision, through effective strategy and successful execution.
“Having organized the summit for the past 7 years, we were able to identify the challenges faced by startups in the region which allowed us to develop a complete model that they can follow when venturing through the entrepreneurship ecosystem” explained AbdelHameed Sharara, CEO and Co-Founder of RiseUp.
On its 7th edition, the speaker line-up will also feature many international professional figures, including Brian Collins, Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, Gerardo Mazzeo, Global Innovation Director at Nestlé, Karen Cheng, Head of Social at 9GAG and Marcel Muenster, Founder, and Director of the Gritti Fund. RiseUp summit will also feature Arabic content for the first time, where a variety of speakers from the region will present their own journey of growth on stage in the Arabic language.
“After dissecting growth, we found that there is no fixed manual on how to grow, it is a personal and unique journey for each entrepreneur. So what we can offer people is diverse and unlimited resources and opportunities, along with a roadmap that guides them through this journey. And being committed to our own growth strategy, we decided to move to the AUC New Cairo campus, allowing us to grow further in all aspects,” says Sharara.
Additionally, RiseUp summit is hosting 4 startups exhibitions for the different startup levels and industries including: Startups Station for early stage startups, HIPOs Station for post-seed startups, F&B Station and Creative Marketplace. Startups can also enjoy a wide variety of growth fueled offerings such as: Investors Office Hours, Talent matchmaking, Legal Clinic, Career Mentorship for students and UX/UI Clinics.
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