RiseUp is launching a region-wide pitch competition, Pitch by the Pyramids, and Wamda will be hosting the local qualifiers on October 31 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Wamda X space, where startups will be shortlisted to pitch at the final event in Egypt.
Startups from across the Middle East and Africa are invited to join by participating in their local country qualifiers hosted by the program's regional partners in Cairo, Dubai, Tunis, Beirut, Riyadh, Amman, Baghdad and Ramallah.
Jury for UAE Qualifier on Oct 31:
- Ned Jaroudi, Board member - Young Arab Leaders
- Cinar Kurra, CEO Catalyst - A Masdar and BP Initiative
- Noor Shawwa, Managing Director - Endeavor
- Sarah Abu Risheh, Investment Principal - Wamda Capital
Finalists will Pitch by the Pyramids at the grand final event at the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. Among the hundreds that will be in attendance are local and international media heavyweights, renowned investors, and industry leaders waiting to hear what MENA’s got to offer this year.
This is not just a competition for startups to showcase their ideas, but also a program that provides the startups with tailored webinars on business modeling, market intelligence, and growth planning as well as exclusive mentors to support them in their entrepreneurial development as individuals and as an entities (for Finalist Startups). Travel and accommodation costs to fly out to the final event in Cairo will be covered by RiseUp and Pitch By The Pyramids regional partners for finalists in the local qualifiers.