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Riseup summit is a three-day one-stop shop, entrepreneurship marathon! They get the biggest crowd of the most diverse people in ecosystems worldwide. Creating a fusion of global networks and talents. Whoever you are in the ecosystem you will find a place that is of relevance and fits your interest in the summit! From workshops, inspiring talks, panel discussions, startup stations, pitch competitions, and networking platforms with industry experts.

Below is a list of the companies/organization/startups that I have met among the booths/talks/workshops, and more. Check it out as you may find your next big idea or your next parter or your next employer!

  1. AUC Venture Lab: the first university-based accelerator which provides acceleration services to innovative startups leveraging the AUC's intellectual capital, facilities, and research capabilities.

  2. PEPSICO: its products are enjoyed by customers in more than 200 countries around the world, generated approximately $63 billion net revenue in 2017. Believing in operating responsibly to protect the planet and empower people is what enables them to run a successful global company.

  3. IBM: with its transformation and innovation strategies; IBM is committed to startups, developers, and entrepreneurs to help them in solving Egypt's challenging problems in smarter and faster ways.

  4. MO4 Network: a leading creative and media agency that is setting the standard for digital content creation in Middle East since 2012. Growing from 4 siblings to over 120 individuals across Egypt and Dubai handling more than 140 clients.

  5. Vodafone: it is a total communications provider covering a wide array of voice, data exchange, and business solutions. Aiming to connect and empower people and communities to accelerate the development of Egypt.

  6. NOOR: it is a full-scale internet solutions and network infrastructure provider based in Cairo. It has been associated with premium quality service, professional customer support, and out of the box solutions.

  7. Facebook: that helps you connect and share everything with the people in your life.

  8. Uber: its mission is to bring reliable transportation to everywhere for everyone. Started in 2010 to get a ride at the touch of a button, seven years and more than 2 billion trips. Later they have started tackling the congestion and pollution by getting more people into fewer cars with Uber Bus.

  9. Algebra Ventures: is a $50 million Cairo-based venture capital fund that invests in early-stage tech companies.

  10. Enpact: Swedish institute and Swedish embassy in Egypt partner to bring speakers, experts, and entrepreneurs to Cairo.

  11. The Egyptian Exchange: one of the oldest and most open stock markets in the world.

  12. Halan: introducing smart transportation to the mass , and catering to businesses by introducing smart technology to last mile delivery.

  13. CrowdAnalyzer: the first Arabic-focused online monitoring tool, specialized in analyzing Arabic content and providing insights about sentiment, gender, location, and much more.

  14. Oxfam: an international confederation of 19 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries worldwide. They are working to find practical and innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

  15. Falak: an accelerator program designed to support and empower entrepreneurs in Egypt's thriving startup ecosystem.

  16. Danish-Arab Partnership Programme: is Denmark's collaboration program with the MENA region. Helping to strengthen good governance and ensure economic opportunities, especially for young people and women in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

  17. Rowad 2030: enabling young people to establish private projects and supports business entrepreneurship.

  18. StartEgypt: is an Egyptian startup initiative funded by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, supported by International Finance Corporation. A member of the World Bank Group and powered by Flat6Labs to inspire and support hundreds of Egyptian entrepreneurs and social impact enterprises.

  19. Wuzzuf: is Egypt's leading career destination platform that helps employers to find top professionals effortlessly through its smart solutions and empowers professionals to grow their careers with a vast array of recruitment, career services and programs.

  20. Startup Bahrain: mandate encompasses attracting startups, entrepreneurs, accelerators, and funding networks both locally and internationally. Supporting startups and their ecosystem to create a regulatory climate conducive to growth.

  21. Wamda: accelerates entrepreneurship ecosystems throughout the MENA region by joining the multi-stage, sector agnostic venture capital fund investing in high growth technology or technology-enabled startups across the MENA.

  22. Vezeeta: is the leading digital healthcare platform in MENA that connects patients with healthcare providers and health services. Patients are able to search, compare, and book the best doctors in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Lebanon.

  23. Averroes Ventures: is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund. We invest in entrepreneurial teams seeking to transform big ideas into game-changing companies. We invest in tech-enabled early stage startups primarily in the MENA region.

  24. SWVL: is providing reliable, convenient, affordable, and quality everyday bus rides.

  25. Droses Foundation: is committed to enabling disadvantaged people to live a life of dignity. Together with partner organizations, it develops and supports projects that have a direct bearing on the effective and sustainable improvement of living conditions and seeks a long-term impact.

  26. A15: an entrepreneurial company that creates and invests in digital products and technology brands. As a leading tech investor, it is generating 30% year-on-year growth through its 17 portfolio companies in 20 markets with 17 offices and 1,000 employees.

  27. Endure Capital: is a global boutique early-stage venture capital firm.

  28. Flat 6 Labs: is a regional startup accelerator program and seed investment company that fosters and invests in bright and passionate entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas. It provides seed funding, strategic mentorship, a creative workspace, a multitude of business trainings, investors, mentors, and partners.

  29. Orient Productions: is a Cairo-based private production company that offers a variety of services and hosts a number of diverse projects in the field of entertainment, arts, and culture.

  30. EBKEYZ: is a product and UX design firm with a human-centric approach which is around for 8 years crafting design strategies. They aim to create digital experiences that fit seamlessly into people's lives.

  31. P&G: its brands everyday enters 9/10 Egyptian homes with its aim to improve people's lives. Through a passionate commitment to provide superior products of value and excellent workforce guided by the company's global values.

  32. EdVentures: is the first corporate venture capital specialized in education, culture, and innovative learning solutions. Aims to graduate successful high-impact firms that are financially viable and freestanding.

  33. ConenSys: is a venture production studio and custom software development consultancy building decentralized applications, enterprise solutions, and developer tools for blockchain.

  34. Cairo Angels: is Egypt's first formal angel investment network, investing in early-stage startups across MENA.

  35. CyberTalents: is a platform that ranks cyber security talents according to their real hands on skills in different categories by running "capture the flag" competitions.

  36. IDP Education: is a world leader in international student placement services.

  37. MELA: a non-profit leadership development network established in 2010. Aims to accelerate personal and professional growth across MENA.

  38. Mentor Arabia: established in 2006 to empower children and youth.

  39. Microsoft: is empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

  40. Nawah: is outsourcing scientific experiments through an online platform in less time and at lower cost.

  41. Peace Cake: is an advertising and content creation agency focusing on creating highly consumable content.

  42. Womena: is accelerating gender equality through creative content and entrepreneurial experiences in the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  43. Tayarah: is a fast-growing creative digital production hub to entertain, educate, and inspire the community through viral digital video content.

  44. AlMakinah: is raising the tech education standards in Egypt and the region to tap into the talent pool of Arab coders. They use a mix of both online and offline techniques.

  45. Botme: is a platform that goes beyond the traditional easy chatbot building process to enable you to build, manage your e-commerce business.

  46. Cognitev: is an AI company that is making the internet a better place by automating the online marketing industry.

  47. ConsenSys: is a venture production studio and custom software development consultancy building decentralized applications, enterprise solutions, and developer tools.

  48. Excuse My Content: is a video content agency founded by a group of creatives and filmmakers who bring the craft of film into the advertising world.

  49. GamUp: is a gamification services, training, and consultancy based in Egypt serving the MENA region.

  50. Ahead of the Curve: is a social business dedicated to the promotion of sustainable management practice, inclusive market growth, and social innovation.

  51. HarassMap: is a volunteer-based organization founded in 2010 that works to create a safe environment that doesn't tolerate sexual harassment and change behavior by urging people to stand up to sexual harassment.

  52. Orient Production: is a Cairo-based private production company that offers a variety of services and hosts a number of diverse projects in the field of entertainment, arts, and culture.

  53. Udacity: is where lifelong learners come to learn the skills they need to land the jobs they want and build the lives they deserve.

  54. Levari: is an international law firm with presence in Cairo, Dubai, and London. Having the expert knowledge to help drive local and international businesses.

  55. UNICEF: is working in Egypt focusing on promoting sustainable development with multidimensional equity for children, embodying the fair chance for every child principle.

  56. RISE Egypt: is a think and do tank leveraging its network of top experts, investors, and researchers to accelerate entrepreneurship for development in Egypt.

  57. UN Women: is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and women empowerment.

  58. WideBot: is the first Arabic-focused bot builder platform.

  59. Tafra: is a platform that empowers MENA region techies to disrupt tech industries worldwide.

  60. Publicist inc.: is a leading PR consultancy that helps organizations develop and execute strategies to win the hearts and minds of their target audience.

  61. 925 Egypt: is a philosophy that they want to inject through their publications.

  62. Africa: is a leading African digital media company providing business, political, cultural, lifestyle, travel, news, and more.

  63. Masrawy: is an Arabic Egyptian news web portal since 1999. It presents news, commentary, and lifestyle articles.

  64. Startup MGZN: is Bahrain's first award-winning independent digital publication and platform for startups in the region.

  65. Entrepreneur Middle East: is a regional business magazine based out of Dubai, it is the guide for the region's entrepreneurs and business-minded readership.

  66. Startup Scene: is the story of the Middle East's fiercest entrepreneurs.

  67. Egyptian Streets: is taking pride in stories for the community and on the Egyptian streets. Content that is inspiring calling for change through people-based stories.

  68. Cairo Scene: is throwing a spotlight onto the people, places, and ideas shaping Egypt today.

  69. Mubasher: is one of the largest financial portals in the MENA covering 12 countries with their exchanges.

  70. MENAbytes: is a media platform that covers technology, startups, and entrepreneurs from MENA.

  71. EgyptInnovate: is an online innovation hub for Egypt, where innovators and entrepreneurs get inspired, educated, and connected.

  72. Brainy Squad: is out-of-this planet one-stop-shop for your digital and creative needs.

  73. Speakol: is an Ad Tech company, content recommendation, and native advertising network that aimed to improve and enhance the advertising technology.

  74. Trendster: is a data driven platform that connects brands with influencers for ultimate social media impact.

  75. Cairopolitan: is a products design store and art gallery located in the heart of Cairo. Our products are a range of everyday products inspired by Cairo's urban life; streets, local food, cafes, and markets.

  76. The Doodle Factory: is an Egyptian brand that collaborates with different stakeholders and organizations to inclusively empower vulnerable children. Using their drawings, the brand creates designs that are then placed on everyday lifestyle products.

  77. Bait El Sura: is a photography school, gallery, and studio. Giving photography and filmmaking workshops from basics to advanced levels. Contributing to the society by impacting our clients to see all the beauty that's around them and becoming enhanced versions of themselves.

  78. MusiQ: is a Cairo-based independent music provider offering products and services for the music community and enterprises designed in the most revolutionary and technologically advanced manner.

  79. Uber Eats: is an app to deliver meals to you.

  80. El Maqar: is a co-working space.

  81. Startupbootcamp: is bringing Fintech accelerator program from Cairo to MENA region.

  82. The Startup Manifesto: is a document and website launching event along with few exciting panel talks about the ecosystem and shaping policy.

  83. Eventtus: is a community of students, academics, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives.

  84. ArabiaWeather: is the leading provider of weather products, services, and solutions to consumers, businesses, and governments in the Middle East.

  85. POSRocket: is a cloud point-of-sale platform that empowers SMEs to run a smarter business.

  86. Accept: is a payments acceptance service that empowers businesses to seamlessly accept multiple payment methods wherever their clients want to pay.

  87. Noon Academy: is a EdTech scaleup with 1.5M+ students disrupting the tutoring industry by providing online, on-demand, tutoring along with engaging personalized content.

  88. Aqeed: is the first insurtech in the Middle East with a vision to make insurance simple, transparent, and accessible.

  89. Mendel: is bringing life-saving treatments to the market faster than ever before.

  90. Paymob: is a Fintech company that provides digital solutions to financial institutions to give their clients access to financial services.

  91. Dsquares: is the region's fastest-growing loyalty solutions provider that is supporting local and international well-established entities.

  92. Yallacompare: is the Middle East's leading comparison site where consumers can compare and buy insurance policies online as well as credit cars and loans.

  93. Bosta: is an on-demand shopping provider in Egypt that is leveraging technology to empower eCommerce businesses with reliable logistics.


  1. RiseUp Event Booklet.


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