Cairo, Egypt. 19th December, 2021 –
Flat6Labs, in partnership with ESLSCA University, has launched a new innovation and entrepreneurship incubation program to empower undergrad students to develop viable and sustainable businesses upon graduation.
The partnership was signed in October this year, marking the commencement of the program for the current semester’s business students. The program is set to provide capacity building for the business undergrads and equipping them with primary knowledge and tools, enabling them to develop competitive products and companies.
Ramez El Serafy, CEO at Flat6Labs, added, “In addition to enhancing entrepreneurship education, this reinvented university acceleration program will be a significant resource not only to the ESLSCA institution, but also to the community at large in innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and regional technological and economic development.”
The incubation program spans over two phases in an 8-month period. In the first phase, 100 selected students grouped in 25 to 30 startup teams, will be given general entrepreneurship awareness and the basics of design thinking all the way to marketing and customer discovery, and offered multiple services and perks including expert-led training and coaching sessions, workshops, and mentorship by market experts.
This will be followed by dividing the startup teams into two main tracks. The TopX track will consist of 10 startups that will receive intensive entrepreneurial training in order to accelerate their growth within the subsequent 3 months, and the Frontier track, which will allow the remaining 15 to 20 startup teams to further develop their entrepreneurial learning sets and skills. The program will culminate with a showcase event, where startups will pitch their ideas and startups to a panel consisting of ESLSCA and Flat6Labs personnel.
ESLSCA took its first year of undergrad students in Egypt in 2019 and since then they have been offering accelerated, rigorous and innovative programs that allow students to move forward in a successful career. Commenting on the program, Dr. Mohamed El Essawy, BBA Program Director at ESLSCA University said, “We’re very excited to be launching this program with a partner that has such an extensive experience and track record in the entrepreneurial sector, both locally and regionally, such as Flat6Labs. At ESLSCA University, we take pride in readying our students for the modern business world in an unparalleled innovative manner, and with this program we believe we’re set to be the launchpad for the next generations of successful entrepreneurs.”
Cairo, 30 November 2021 – The DICE Program Demo Day launched in Cairo where 24 startups unveiled their remarkable products and services to investors, prospective clients and guests who were looking forward to providing additional support. This day is a culmination of all the effort and work done by the participating startups on their products and services in the past few months.
Funded by the British Council and in partnership with Flat6Labs and Hatch Ideas, the DICE program focuses on building and developing creative and innovative youth and entrepreneurs’ capabilities, encouraging them to establish innovative and social startups. The program also enables craftspeople and established startups, which provide innovative products and solutions in various sectors, such as visual arts, design, performing arts, handicrafts, movies, media, educational toys and architecture.
Hassan Mansi, the Executive Director of the DICE Program, shares “entrepreneurs of Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) form a significant part in the structure of entrepreneurship in Egypt. They positively contribute to promoting the national economy and creating employment opportunities for the youth, especially female entrepreneurs outside Cairo. Currently, the entrepreneurs in the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies use technology to develop and market their products and keep up with the times while maintaining their heritage at the same time. Flat6Labs is proud to be in a partnership with Hatch Ideas, our partner in the UK and the British Council, which always supports entrepreneurs in the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies field and through other different programs. The British Council and Hatch Ideas have enriched the program with their ideas and suggestions and their distinguished speakers gave the Egyptian entrepreneurs valuable insights and feedback.
“The range, quality, and professionalism of the creative entrepreneurs on this program have been inspiring and demonstrate why we should be so excited about the massive growth and economic potential of Egypt’s Creative Economy. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Flat6Labs and British Council to deliver a program that strengthens and realizes the potential of this creative powerhouse”. Yemisi Mokuolu, Founder & CEO Hatch Ideas Worldwide
The Demo Day paved the way for a great opportunity to meet our guests who were invited from various creative industries as well as investors, notable entrepreneurs, companies, governmental entities and the media. It also created a space for sharing experiences, advice and networking opportunities through the diverse discussion sessions that addressed some of the most significant challenges that the creative and handicrafts industries face in Egypt.
“The British Council’s Inclusive and Creative Economies program has been proud to work with the unwavering support of our partners – who created the space for the co-design of policy and community-led initiatives. Together we have been able to connect 25 emerging companies from artists and entrepreneurs with policymakers, intermediaries, investors, and funders. We congratulate all and have every confidence in their success and their contribution to an inclusive and sustainable economy”, shares Elizabeth White, Director of the British Council in Egypt.
Out of 91 startups, 24 companies have qualified, and the day ended with an exciting competition for them to present their businesses to a jury where EGP 225,000 was distributed to the top 3 startups.
First Place: “Adaptive Appeal” won a monetary prize of EGP 100,000.
Second Place: “Banana Art” won a monetary prize of EGP 75,000.
Third Place: “Mavericks” won a monetary prize of EGP 50,000.
– Cairo, 2nd of December, 2021
Flat6Labs introduced nine of their most innovative startups publicly at the Fall 2021 Demo Day in Cairo, their first in-person demo day since the COVID-19 outbreak, that took place on November 24th at the Nile Ritz-Carlton hotel. The graduate startups from the 17th cycle of the Cairo Seed Program took the stage to present their new products and services to a range of potential stakeholders: customers, investors, corporates, and more, who will be willing to further support the scalability of the business.
“Flat6Labs Cairo seed program is highly tailored to offer our cohort the maximum value in order for them to grow and create impact. We offer training and coaching sessions, multiple networking opportunities, perks and services, and legal support,” says Albert Malaty, Managing Director of Flat6Labs’ Cairo Seed Program.
Flat6Labs seed investment in Cairo is a ticket up to EGP 1.5 million in cash funding in exchange for up to 10% equity. “Our current Fund size allows us to provide a more suitable investment to our startups at current times, helping them attract the right talent and survive longer. Flat6Labs Egypt now offers seed tickets up to EGP 1.5 million and follow-on funding tickets to select startups can reach 3 million Egyptian pounds,” says Marie Therese Fam, Managing Partner of Flat6Labs Egypt.
The Fall 2021 cycle of the Cairo Seed Program took off on August 24th, 2021, where the outstanding cohort of graduating startups has worked on further developing their solutions across multiple sectors including Health Tech, E-commerce, Food & Beverage, IOT devices, SaaS and Education Technology.
Edupay’s fintech aims to simplify transactions and interactions in education, by empowering education seekers and assisting them throughout their journey.
Edupay’s website: https://www.edupayegypt.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Edupay
Elmawkaa’s B2B e-commerce web/mobile app helps contractors connect seamlessly with suppliers, get accurate quotations, and order their building materials from their vetted suppliers all in one platform.
Elmawkaa’s website: https://www.elmawkaa.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Elmawkaa
KoKens is a KaaS (Kitchen As A Service) platform that transforms online food recipes into a menu available to everyone, enabling food bloggers & entrepreneurs to instantly launch their virtual food brands.
Kokens’ website: https://www.kokens.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Kokens
PacknSave is a web/mobile e-commerce store that provides online bulk grocery buying for families with up to a 15% discount delivered directly to their doorsteps. Users can simply add items to their cart to get an instant price drop when increasing product quantities.
PacknSave website: http://www.packnsave.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-PacknSave
Qubx is an on-demand 3D radiological service provider that helps surgeons to easily plan out their surgeries, by providing on-demand 3D radiological services for diagnosis and surgical planning, miles beyond normal 2D radiological data.
Qubx website: https://www.qubxview.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Qubx
Venu’s platform provides a modern tech solution to enhance users’ experience with restaurants, all while increasing the restaurant’s productivity, profitability, and customer engagement.
Zatona Eats is an all-in-one meal planning and ordering app which offers an end-to-end solution for personalized meal plans, cooked meals, scheduled delivery, nutrition therapy, and medical supervision.
Zatona Eat’s website: https://www.zatonaeats.com/en
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-ZatonaEats
Zr3i’s Web/Mobile app provides crop monitoring, management, and Farm-to-fork product traceability services to the Egyptian Market and the Arab world.
Zr3i’s website: http://www.zr3i.com
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Zr3i
Waseya is an online will maker that allows users to write a legally binding will, calculate one’s Net Asset Worth, and compute the Islamic shares of each inheritor, all while complying with local laws and the Islamic jurisprudence.
Waseya’s website: http://www.waseya.me
Contact founder form: https://f6l.co/Contact-Waseya
The Flat6Labs team was honored by the presence of his excellency Dr. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Ahmed El Alfi, Flat6Labs’ Founder, who commended the creative solutions that the startups provided to tackle some of Egypt and the region’s most pressing issues.
The next cycle in our Cairo Seed Program will commence in February – prospective startups can apply through this link.