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RiseUp is bringing the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the Egyptian startups

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RiseUp, the platform that connects the MENA’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to the world is giving the Egyptians entrepreneurships the opportunity to participate in Challenge 22 – the innovation award launched by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Qatar to compete on developing creative  ideas for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The participants will get the chance to turn their ideas into real projects that can be used in 2022 FIFA World Cup covering four key fields: sustainability, health and safety, the internet of things, and fan experience.

Participants will submit their ideas from 27 September 2016 to the final deadline for submission on 12 December 2016.

RiseUp held an information session in partnership with Challenge 22 at the Greek Campus to raise awareness of Challenge 22 to the Egyptian innovators. The session explained the process that the potential candidates and innovators should follow if they want to participate in the challenge. Abdel Hameed Sharara CEO of RiseUp gave the information session to the attendees along with Mohammed Al Hammadi, representative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and C22 Ambassador Abdullah Amer spoke at the session.

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Challenge 22 is an innovation award launched in 2015 by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), to promote a culture of innovation in the region and attract entrepreneurs, scientists and pioneers from across the Arab world. It showcases ideas that can contribute towards the hosting and organization of major events like the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, while building a sustainable, economically diverse future for the region.

Challenge 22 aims to attract talents from ten Arab countries that include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates to propose innovative solutions to the challenges facing major events across the Arab world. This year it will focus on developing creative ideas for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and the participants will get the chance to turn their ideas into real projects that can be used in 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

“We believe it is a great opportunity for Egyptian startups to work on such an impressive challenge where the winner will not only develop their ideas further in workshops but also, they will receive mentoring from leading scientists and researchers in the region and will gain the global visibility” commented Abdel Hameed Sharara, Founder of Riseup “Our role is always working on enriching the area’s entrepreneurial community and enlarging the ecosystem and by partnering with Challenge 22 will enable us to cultivate the talents and support innovators to create a game changing ideas that will benefit the whole region”  Added Sharara,

“We’ve been looking for innovative thinkers that will not only make the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar an unforgettable event with ideas that will reshape the way we see the future, and this is exactly what we found in Egypt. The enthusiasm of the attendees was an encouraging sign that only further supports the potential our region has to offer and it is this potential we want to tap into,” said Mohammed Al Hammadi, representative of the Supreme Committee for Delivery &  Legacy, “In collaboration Rise up and TIEC, who have added tremendous value to our efforts, we want to promote a culture of innovation and attract, guide, nurture and enable the development of ideas and innovations that will create a legacy for generations to come.”

Participation in this year’s cycle of Challenge 22 is open to all citizens and residents of the ten Arab countries involved in the challenge. Individuals or teams of up to four people may submit their ideas from 27 September 2016 to the final deadline for submission on 12 December 2016. The initial proposals will then go through a two rounds of review, after which finalists will be invited to Doha to develop their ideas further in workshops, along with a group of specialized mentors. The detailed presentations of their ideas will then be submitted to a live final judging panel to determine the winning ideas.

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