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8 Opportunities To Look Out For This October

While the UAE gears up for this year's Fintech Summit, Cairo will be bustling with exhibitions, festivals, and workshops.

The weather's getting cooler in the Middle East. It's not like summer season ever means break season in the startup ecosystem, but school season is in and that always hypes up events and workshops a bit, leading up to Rise Up and other mega expos in the Middle East as we inch closer to 2019. 

This month is coincidentally dedicated to the financial science behind startups; from payment options to the methodology of monetisation. Here are eight events, workshops and festivals to mark your calendars with. 

1. Science and Economy - October 11th

Renowned Egyptian economist and general director of Multiples Group, Omar El-Shenety is giving a seminar on how startups can use every science and knowledge they encounter to enhance the economical state as a community.

At New Cairo's American University in Cairo, Marry Cross Hall at 6 PM, El-Shenety will provoke thoughts and tickle reservations. The event is also preparing a fair full of different startups talking about their experiences.

Find out more.

2. Supernova - October 15th

Supernova is an annual, day-long festival taking place in Cairo, celebrating the journey of innovators, from ideation to development and up until market launch and growth. Supernova aims to create a platform for innovators across different stages of their paths to connect with industry experts, local and international investors, potential partners and media.

"We started this festival with the vision of gathering our collective experiences and networks to celebrate the ecosystem that we’ve built over the years," their website states. Supernova wants to represent the changing point where innovative ideas are transformed into impactful projects. At Hilton Cairo Heliopolis (which was formerly Fairmont), the event will feature product demos, exhibitions, inspirational talks and an exclusive pitch competition. 

Find out more.

3. Flat6Labs Cairo's Business Networking Event - October 16th and 17th

The following day, Flat6Labs Cairo is gathering over 25 startups at Acacia, Four Seasons First Residence Cairo. "The day will be made up of three different sessions, with each session lasting 1.5 hours," Flat6Labs' Community Manager Sara Abdel Azim tells Startup Scene. A company can choose to reserve a table for one, or two, complete sessions to meet startups from both our Cairo and Beirut offices. "We have around 30 corporates confirmed so far, and 28 of our own startups including one flying in from Beirut," Abdel Azim adds.
This event is invite only. 

4. Understanding your payment options - October 18th

Next day, a workshop - also in Cairo - will break payment options to startups at Geek Squad in Dokki. In cooperation with PayMe, the workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who have their own startups or still working on them to help them build the best payment system through choosing the most convenient payment method to their startup.

The workshop splits into five chapters: What is the payment? Why payment tools are important for any business? Different payment options. Details of every payment option. Comparison summary. Smart solutions appear every day promising to make things easier with more opportunities using less effort. While in fact, the smarter the solutions, the more challenges it causes to businesses. Those who make it are the ones who benefit from any challenges. The success and expansion of any startup starts to depend on how easily their payment options are to the customers to get their product/service anytime anywhere.

Find out more.

5. AltShift Festival - October 19th to 21st 

Ouishare Egypt is joining hands with The Good Summit to organise the pilot edition of AltShift Festival - a three-day cross-disciplinary event between October 19th and 21st, taking place at the urban tech hub, KMT House. Themed at “Platformisation...Global Trend ⇆Local Applications,​” the event aims to create a "safe place free of egos" for change-makers to connect, ask new questions, learn, experiment, and work together on the complex challenges of our time. 

Find out more.

6. Engineerex 2018 - October 20th 

Egypt's Largest Engineering and Tech Hub is back. Engineers and tech professionals will explore thousands of career opportunities from over 40 engineering and tech employers at the event's Career Zone. There will be over 30 talks from the industries' leaders at the Conference Zone.

Engineerex 2018 breaks down to three summits, each offering opportunities and talks: Tech Leaders Summit; where attendees will be able to connect to the biggest names and latest updates in the tech world; Industry Summit; this summit features opportunities from different industrial giants operating in power, automotive, FMCG, manufacturing, energy, and more; Build and Design Summit; designed for Architecture, Construction, and Civil engineers who like to construct, assemble, plan, draw, and create.

Find out more.

7. Climathon - October 26th and 27th

As its name suggests, this hackathon wants startups and entrepreneurs to compete with their solid waste idea and win an entry straight into Falak Startups Bootcamp. At the downtown Cairo's monumental Greek Campus, they are aiming to discover talents to come up with an ingenious idea to conquer Cairo’s waste problem. This two-day climate hackathon is also taking place simultaneously in hundreds of cities around the world.

Find out more.

8. Fintech Summit UAE - October 30th

The Fintech Summit UAE brings together Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI) decision makers that want to win in their industry by digitising processes, securing critical assets, analysing data and making tactical decisions.

The summit is a culmination of Naseba's experience in the BFSI industry and will deliver actionable solutions to business, strategic, and technological needs of BFSI enterprises. While the MENA region remains a technologically sophisticated BFSI market, many financial organisations are still missing the digital innovations that are radically changing business models and redefining customer experiences.

Located at Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE@), Port Rashid, Dubai, the summit will facilitate networking and pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings between BFSI leaders and top-tier solution providers who are ready to transform the digital future of BFSI enterprises in the region.

Find out more. 

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