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Annual Report 2017

Message from Our Board Chairman

2017 was an exciting year at TechWadi! Our team grew and evolved all while continuously moving forward in our mission of creating meaningful links between the people and companies driving the trends of tomorrow. Without your ongoing support, belief in our mission, and drive to help build bridges between Silicon Valley and the Middle East and North Africa region, our team would not be able to connect with and support innovation across the world. Hundreds of entrepreneurs would be lacking the encouragement, connectivity, mentorship and programs your support enables.

In 2017, the world changed in ways that seemed to, in many respects, reverse the progress we have been striving for as an global entrepreneurial ecosystem. In the US, we felt this acutely right around our Annual Forum in January 2017, when the travel ban struck at the heart of our community. That weekend, more than ever before, I was struck by the transcendent importance of the TechWadi mission, and understood the impact of our role as an agent of change not just in emerging economies, but also right here at home in the US.

Last year, we organized several high-impact delegations of speakers, mentors and investors throughout countries in the Middle East and North Africa, touching the lives of hundreds of entrepreneurs. We continue to partner with organizations on the ground in every part of the region, and work with the private and public sectors on furthering entrepreneurship and developing the ecosystem at all levels. The Arab world is undoubtedly transforming in tandem with technology, and entrepreneurship and innovation are at the core of this change.

We are dedicated to empowering hundreds of entrepreneurs, by providing mentorship, training, connections, accelerated coaching programs, and facilitating investments in startups. Much of our work at TechWadi is on a voluntary basis, sowe are extremely grateful for the generous support of our members, donors and volunteers. I want to personally thank all  the members of our community who have offered their time and resources to help make the TechWadi mission a reality. As we move forward in 2018, we want to engage with each of you and collaborate as we expand our impact even further and serve the needs of the burgeoning entrepreneurial movement expanding across the Arab world.

With your partnership and support, I am excited to see what we are capable of accomplishing together this year.

Yours truly,
Sharif El-Badawi
Chairman, TechWadi

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Our Mission

TechWadi is the leading non-profit organization building bridges between the Silicon Valley and the Middle East and North Africa region, to support the growth and rapid expansion of high-tech entrepreneurship. We are uniquely positioned to provide Silicon Valley innovation and expertise to our partners who hold the knowledge and reach of MENA’s leading entrepreneurs.

TechWadi is scaling the appetite, ability, and readiness of the region’s top high-tech entrepreneurs to establish a world-class, globally recognized startup ecosystem.

TechWadi brings together technology movers and shakers through conferences, networking events, workshops, mentorship, and acceleration programs. We work with leading regional and international organizations to empower high impact entrepreneurs and help build a sustainable infrastructure that facilitates the growth and success of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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2017 Accomplishments

TechWadi is the leading non-profit organization building bridges between the Silicon Valley and the Middle East and North Africa region, to support the growth and rapid expansion of high-tech entrepreneurship. We are uniquely positioned to provide Silicon Valley innovation and expertise to our partners who hold the knowledge and reach of MENA’s leading entrepreneurs.

TechWadi is scaling the appetite, ability, and readiness of the region’s top high-tech entrepreneurs to establish a world-class, globally recognized startup ecosystem.

TechWadi brings together technology movers and shakers through conferences, networking events, workshops, mentorship, and acceleration programs. We work with leading regional and international organizations to empower high impact entrepreneurs and help build a sustainable infrastructure that facilitates the growth and success of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Testimonials

"I came with many demanding questions of our newly founded AI department. In MENA region, we have very few success AI-based business model stories to learn from comparing to what we can find in Silicon Valley. After meeting with a few TechWadi mentors, many of these questions were resolved. I came back with more clear ideas and a better AI strategy. I received  great advice from serial entrepreneur mentors who were or currently working in an AI-based company. I also got very useful ideas from investor mentors who also linked me with their network of investors and related companies. They all offered me an open communication channel for further help and collaboration. TechWadi also provided us with access to one of the top conferences in AI, O'Reilly AI conference. Attending this conference during the one week AI mentorship program was a great opportunity to learn about the latest advances of the field. It also helped us to establish connections with many AI professionals and companies that we wouldn't reach otherwise. So, if you are a growing MENA-based company looking for help and support of well-connected experts from the valley, I would highly recommend TechWadi as a key partner for you."

“The Tech Wadi silicon Valley trip was an eye opener for me. I have been to San Francisco a year earlier, but it certainly wasn’t as eventful. Tech Wadi is well connected with all the major tech hubs out there, allowing you to meet and talk to so many amazing mentors that can help you with your startup. There’s always someone out there who has had a similar experience that can guide you, which is the other amazing part about the experience. There’s one part which is tailored for each and every startup, where you meet the best people/mentors that can give you advice specific to your startup in a one on one setting.
One of the things I loved was seeing Egyptians strive abroad. It’s so inspiring and really does encourage you to work harder, seeing people coming from the same background and culture get to where they are now. I still have so many contacts from that trip that have been quite helpful to far, and I can’t wait to go back and meet up with them again and tell them about how AlMakinah is doing!”

“The Techwadi Silicon Valley Acceleration program helped me successfully  scale my startup, Bosta. The program was filled with beneficial workshops, but in particular I benefited from “Go to market Strategies” with Sharif El Badawi. I was inspired in Silicon Valley by how small startups became unicorns and that we have the same opportunity if we do it right!”

Our Events

RiseUp Explore Startups Take Off with TechWadi’s Sprint Acceleration Program in April

This month, TechWadi ran a Sprint Acceleration program for the winning teams of RiseUp Explore. The startups that participated included:

The startups participated in workshops and trainings, covering topics such as:

  • Fundraising 101
  • Go to MarketStrategies
  • Product Design
  • Customer Growth and Acquisition
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GITEX 2017 Technology Week

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TechWadi has partnered with the Dubai World Trade Center once again this year in order to promote collaborative entrepreneurship in MENA. GITEX Technology Week is happening on October 8-12, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center. This is one of the largest startup events organized in the region. The event gathers hundreds of global startups and investors, offering entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their businesses and attract investors.

GITEX startups will be able to attend inspirational talks and workshops and receive mentorship from investors as well as participating tech giants, such as Microsoft and Oracle. Interested startups can submit an application to join the conference here.

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