About Us

What is RiseUp?

RiseUp is a platform that connects entrepreneurs and innovators with resources.

RiseUp is the glue in the ecosystem, sticking it together to make it collaborative and inclusive, active and impactful, locally and globally. RiseUp is only relevant because it has the support of the whole ecosystem. It is a crowd-sourced platform whose goal is to enable the ecosystem to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

What do we do?

  • RiseUp Summit (www.riseupsummit.com) is the region’s top annual event for connecting entrepreneurs to local and international investors, media, support organizations, knowledge, customers, mentors, and partners. A 2-Day event packed with workshops, inspirational stories, highly relevant panel discussions, interviews, pitch events, and a Trade Fair for entrepreneurs to show their products and services to potential customers.
  • RiseUp Roadshow is a new event that links entrepreneurs, and potential ecosystem enablers, in Egyptian cities to Cairo’s robust ecosystem (and global partners). RiseUp Roadshow promises to deliver the best of what Cairo has to offer entrepreneurs in key cities in Egypt. It is a one-day networking and knowledge-sharing event that creates value for city economies through entrepreneurship. This will enable new businesses, new partnerships, new investments in local entrepreneurs, and support for entrepreneurs from organizations that can accelerate their growth (and increase their chances of success). Ultimately, the goal is to boost the city’s economy, reverse the local brain-drain, and catalyze the growth of the local ecosystem.
  • RiseUp Connect (www.riseupconnect.com) is an online platform linking entrepreneurs to Business Development Services, support organizations, mentors, and investors (launching April 28th 2015).
  • RiseUp Export is the gateway for Arab entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations to global Ecosystems.

Why do we do it?

Entrepreneurship and innovation are cornerstones for economic growth and the rejuvenation of metropolitan economies. We believe that technology is an enabler for every sector and industry, and that we can enable an accelerated growth of businesses, and the local economy, by creating and fostering connections locally, regionally, and globally.

How are we funded?

Currently, we are self-funded: We rely on ticket sales to our events and generous sponsorships from the private sector. In order for us to achieve scale (and impact) we will seek additional funding from national & local government, and from international/local organizations wishing to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship and make Egypt the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and the wider MENA region.


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