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Startups Without Borders Launches Its Hybrid Edition From Rome and Cairo

If you’re an entrepreneur or you’re about to start your own business, then this article is definitely for you. There is very exciting news for all entrepreneurs in Egypt, the Startups Without Borders Summit will be launching its hybrid edition this month.

This edition will be different, as it will host many big names in the field along with many panels, talks, and activities. There will be a lot to experience at the event and we have all the details to provide.

Here is what you need to know to attend the summit.



About Startups Without Borders

Startups Without Borders is a global platform that was launched in 2018 in Cairo; the aim of the platform is to provide migrants and refugees entrepreneurs with opportunities and resources to build their businesses.

The platform also aims to build the startup ecosystem for entrepreneurs on the move and not only change the perception of refugees and migrants but also crystallize a growing entrepreneurial trend among them.


What To Know About The Summit

The event will take place on the 11th and 12th of December at the American University In Cairo (AUC) and at LVenture Hub in Rome.

Since the summit will be held in Rome and Cairo, it will be in a hybrid online-offline format as it will be streamed live from Rome. The summit will gather many key players in the tech space, valiant founders, and international investors under one theme, which is “Reconnect The Dots” to discuss what ‘Back to Normal’ really means.


The Summit’s Partners And Speakers

Startups Without Borders has partnered with Meta, UNDP Egypt, ZOHO, and AUC V-Lab, which will enable it to provide many opportunities to the attending entrepreneurs.

The attendees will get a chance to connect, learn, and get insights directly from the global giants including Microsoft, Meta, SAP, Nokia, and IBM. As for the speakers, Startups Without Borders will host high-profile speakers like Roberto Croci, Managing Director for Microsoft for Startups MEA, Stephen Ibaraki, Founder of AI for good, Amal Dokhan, Partner at 500 Global MENA, Sheraz Ahmed, Head of Business at Crypto Valley and Riad Hartani, author of Tech Nomads of the Universe.

So, this is a great chance for any entrepreneurs to add to their experience and benefit from the summit.


What The Summit Will Provide

There will be 5 main tracks that will include topics from the future of crypto, to the road to 2030.

The event will also feature panels, workshops, and masterclasses from key players in Europe, the USA, and the Middle East. There will also be activities including a masterclass for Creative Economy Entrepreneurs in diaspora; this masterclass will be in partnership with Meta, and the EdTech Demo Day, where startups will pitch to international VC, in partnership with EdVentures.

The summit will serve Startups Without Borders Chapters as it will offer young changemakers around the world opportunities to write their own chapter and build a diverse startup ecosystem in their community.

Valentina Primo, Founder and CEO of Startups Without Borders has stated the following,

Steve Jobs once taught us to trust that the dots in our life will somehow connect. This year, as we move away from a pandemic that signaled the end of the world as we knew it, we want to invite the entrepreneurs, the misfits, and the changemakers to reconnect the dots and think differently. We will talk about cryptocurrencies breaking borders, the rise of NFTs, how teens in AI challenge education, and how diaspora artists are rising in the metaverse. That’s why we decided to host it in Rome and Cairo, two cities that represent the birth of civilization and for us, the hope for a new, more diverse startup generation.


The Investor Room

Entrepreneurs can have a chance to meet with investors from leading Angel Investment Networks.

Startups can apply to the investor room to get an opportunity to have a 101 meeting with investors from leading Angel Investment Networks in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Each entrepreneur will be matched with an investor according to their industry, geography, and ticket size.

The summit will also feature a Startup World Cup Europe-MENA connect, which is a global competition that will take place across over 60 countries; entrepreneurs will pitch for a chance to win 1 million dollars in Silicon Valley.


The summit will be a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to learn and develop their businesses.

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