The 4th edition of Startups Without Borders summit will take place on the 10th and 11th of February at Cairo Business Park, East Cairo’s Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship hub. Since 2018, Startups Without Borders has been building world-class events where diversity takes center stage, gathering over 12,000 entrepreneurs from the MENA and Europe across different cultures and nationalities.
The summit is themed: “Go Borderless,” and will explore borderless opportunities across 4 main tracks: Future Tech, Impact, and Investment, and for the first time SWB debuts the Talent Track, sponsored by The Room, ALX.
The event will feature high-profile speakers in the startup and corporate landscape, such as Hashim Syed, Product Lead at Google EMEA, Ahmad Sufian Bayram, Regional Manager of Techstars MENA, and Tey El-Rjula, blockchain entrepreneur and author of “The Invisible Son.”
SWB will include all-star speakers from the tech and startup space in Europe, the US, and the Middle East, including Google, Meta, and Techstars, as well as global startup competitions with up to $1 million in prizes, international startup delegations, as well as the Investors Room, where entrepreneurs can get matched with investors for one-on-one meetings.
Valentina Primo, founder and CEO of Startups Without Borders says “For the past 5 years, we have gone from city to city in the MENA and Europe on a mission to build a transnational ecosystem for entrepreneurs, no matter where they come from. We continued to do so virtually during the pandemic, and now we couldn’t be more excited to gather in person again in Cairo, bringing startup delegations from unexpected places such as the Gaza strip and Baghdad and investors from all corners of the world, from Italy to Bangladesh.
“We are guided by the strong belief that talent doesn’t have a passport, and the summit is our biggest and loudest testament to that” she added.
After 2 years of running hybrid editions which connected Cairo to Amsterdam, Rome, and San Francisco, the summit is back in Cairo for a feature in-person format, including 88 talks, panels, and workshops with 170 powerhouse speakers, and their feature Investors Room, in partnership with high-profile VC and Investment networks including Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP). Arzan VC, Plus VC, Acasia Ventures, Raya Holding, and Silicon Badia.
Having worked with prominent refugee founders for 5 years, the summit is this year featuring a special participation of Olympic coach Sven Spannekrebs, who was the former swimming coach of celebrated Syrian champion Yusra Mardini and the Refugee Olympic Team during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The lineup also includes some of the most active investors, VCs, and accelerators, who will discuss and unveil the new investment landscape, as well as power-packed workshops, offering entrepreneurs the tools to scale, from building a sales funnel to the legal aspects of fundraising.
Startups can also apply to the Investor Room, where entrepreneurs can get selected to have a 101 meeting with investors from leading Angel Investment Networks in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Entrepreneurs will be matched with an investor according to industry, geography, and ticket size and gear up to pitch one-on-one in a private room at the summit.