Under the High Patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Cairo ICT - Innovation Arena

4 Days Ecosystem built for

This is an invitation for you to be part of the Innovation Ecosystem in the Middle East and Africa, created within “The Innovation Arena” in its 3rd round in Cairo Egypt, as part of a massive technology week titled Cairo ICT 2018.


What is the Innovation Ecosystem?

Similar to the biological ecosystem that includes all living organisms in an area functioning together as a unit, the Innovation Ecosystem is a set of relationships between entities whose goal is to materialize technology development and innovation into real successful business models, including resources (funds, incubators, VCs), human capital (ideas and innovators), supporters (academia, research centres and centres of Excellence). Most people stop short at those elements, believing this is the ecosystem, but they are far from being right. Without regulators, government and industry leaders being part and parcel of the ecosystem, it fails, as the case is most of the time. The Innovation Arena did not make that mistake and completed the cycle to include all of the above and added another important element: banks and financial institutions to close the circle. And this is our innovation ecosystem.

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How to Integrate All Elements of the Ecosystem?

Given today’s economic downturn, with its high unemployment rates and low tax revenues, governments are seeking new ways to grow their economies by creating jobs. The higher growth rate for high-tech-based industries, offers a strong incentive for governments to support innovation ecosystems, be them geographically localized or not. Noting that Fintech has offered the entire innovation ecosystem an opportunity to be taken seriously, this domain is paving the way for others to be follow suit.

The Cairo ICT 2018 slogan “Driving Transformation” is not empty words, but a well-meant and executed process. A 45,000+ square meter fair and forum display and discuss transformation in government, transport, intelligent cities, finance, telecommunications, Information, education and others will show 100,000+ visitors how the innovation ecosystem is the engine of the entire operation that will change the way we live, work, move and play using disruptive innovation to create something amazing; riskier, but with bigger rewards.

“Innovation Arena 2018” will capitalize on success in the past 2 years, with multi-tracks that include

  • Pitch Battles

    Startups pitch their ideas and disruptive technologies before the jury and audience in few minutes
    followed by Q&As for each, receiving real-time feedback from potential customers/investors. The jury will select the best-pitched ideas to announce winners.

  • Match-Making

    Startups will send and receive invitations to participants for one-on-one meetings in “Meet the Businesses” and “Meet the government”.

  • Training

    Multinationals and professionals will provide onsite training in future technologies that can form
    the base for startups to build their businesses

  • Coaching

    Experts will offer guidance and coaching to participants and registered visitors in a dedicated area.

  • Networking and Marketing Exposure

    100+ startups from the region will spend 4 days on stands within the arena and will be present
    in different events at Cairo ICT 2018, which offers them all magnificent opportunity to meet and talk to the gurus of different industries, not necessarily technology.

  • Cross-Cultural Exchange

    Startups from across the region will spend time together, not only at the event, but also along
    almost a week all over Cairo which enjoys best weather in November.

  • Entertainment

    Underground talents will perform along the 4 days during breaks and on the periphery of the event to create the youthful joyous ambient.

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Action Fields

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Products / services using AR or VR technologies or other visualization technologies including applications. These applications may be used in gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.

Products/ services transforming, disrupting or optimizing the transportation industry for consumers or enterprises.

Products/ services related to consumer or business financial solutions including new payment methods, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions provided by banks.

Products/ services that effects us or the community such as-BUT not limited to social media, digital marketing, fashion, networking, travel & hospitality,  dining and fashion

Products/ services revolutionizing the athletic sector. Targeting novices or elite professionals Examples of such fields include (but are not limited to) outdoor/ indoor recreation, sports experience, sports performance, performance measurement or any other analytical forms

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Products/ services related to human-centric health

Products/ services transforming, disrupting or optimizing the education sector for individuals or enterprises.

Products/ services related to smart communities or IOT.

Products/ services transforming, disrupting or optimizing the education sector for individuals or enterprises.

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Visitor Profile

  • Venture Capitalists and Investors
  • Incubators
  • Ministers and Government Representatives
  • Universities and Research Institutes
  • Multinational Companies
  • Digital Professionals
  • System Integrators
  • Institutions & Corporations