TechWadi Annual Report
Access to Mentorships
Access to Networks
Access to Capital
TechWadi is the leading non-profit (501c3) organization building meaningful connections and partnerships for entrepreneurs and investors across Silicon Valley and the MENA region through:
TechWadi played a major role in my career by opening many doors for opportunities in Silicon Valley. After I was enrolled in the Injaz Program and meeting many key people through the visits, I was fortunate enough to be selected as part of the Plug and Play Mobility program, a three-month accelerator which was held at the end of last year and helped propel dryve onto the global stage, widening my network even further in the Valley. I owe a lot of my success to this program and TechWadi.
CEO & Co-Founder, dryve
TechWadi is a great partner for both entrepreneurs and mentors alike. I always look forward to TechWadi's acceleration programs, as they are a great way to meet and engage with some of the most exciting startups in the Middle East - and are a great opportunity for mentors like myself to stay in touch with our homes. The bridges that TechWadi builds are unique, as the learning happens in both directions - we share our experiences with the entrepreneurs and we listen and learn from them about the incredibly challenging environments they operate in - and together, we build solutions that blend our experience with their determination to succeed.
Senior Associate, Business Operations & Strategy, Google
I have been fortunate to be a TechWadi mentor for several years. TechWadi brings promising entrepreneurs from the MENA region to the Silicon Valley for coaching, mentorship, and networking. The entrepreneurs get exposed to Bay Area companies, attend workshops on topics including design thinking, funding, marketing, growth, and leadership, and have the opportunity to meet with investors.
I have met with entrepreneurs from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Bahrain, and Jordan, and I leave each mentoring session inspired. It has been exciting to see companies such as Mumm, a home-based food preparation and delivery company based in Egypt; Hello World, a coding curriculum for students based in Jordan; and Inggez, an on-demand fitness platform based in Palestine continue to grow and thrive.
TechWadi entrepreneurs are ambitious, bright, and successful in their country, but TechWadi makes a difference by providing additional connections and support. If the entrepreneurs can receive one valuable contact, a funding possibility, or even just the realization of how challenging it can be for a startup to succeed even in the Silicon Valley, it can position them better to overcome challenges and grow their business. These entrepreneurs make a difference. They provide jobs and income in the region, and there is no doubt that the next ""big thing"" could come from anywhere in the world. TechWadi, a non-profit which takes no equity or payments for their program, is helping make their dreams a reality and supporting economic development in MENA. I look forward to mentoring many more TechWadi fellows.
Erin Mary Keeley
Global Director of Engineering, Hitachi GST
“AmCham-Jordan is proud of its partnership with TechWadi. We have found our engagement with TechWadi to be incredibly beneficial as we share the same goals of supporting Jordanian tech entrepreneurs to access Silicon Valley with all the experience and opportunity it provides. TechWadi experience has helped us connect over 25 Jordanian startups with mentors and VCs from within their valuable network. The knowledge and dedication of the TechWadi team has been instrumental to the success of the matchmaking efforts and the results we have achieved so far. Undeniably, the support we have received from the Jordanian Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, the WBG, USAID and others is a testament to the importance of our joint work geared towards expanding opportunities for Jordanian entrepreneurs and to strengthen business ties between Jordan and the U.S. We see TechWadi as a key partner in AmCham-Jordan’s efforts to build strong networks for the long term and look forward to continue collaboration.”
MIT EF Pan Arab
of startups connected to mentors
events in Silicon Valley
people reached through events
U.S. VCs connected to MENA
Mentored MENA entrepreneur
Accelerated MENA companies
Mentored resident companies
Accelerated resident companies
Provided silicon valley speakers
Provided access to the MENA
Connected global partners to
Co-developed programs to
support the MENA tech
Hosted networking and
Mentored MENA entrepreneurs
in Silicon Valley
Provided mentee opportunities
MENA TECH DIASPORA
Fourteen years ago, a small group of top Arab American technology professionals undertook their own journey to build a platform to promote economic development between MENA and Silicon Valley by facilitating access to mentorship, capital, and acceleration for high-impact entrepreneurs. A small idea grew and grew and the Techwadi community is now several hundred strong with all corners of Technology represented including founders, employees at both startups and big tech, investors, and government. With your support, today we continue the journey by doubling down on empowering founders across MENA and Silicon Valley via access to mentorship, networks, talent, capital, and markets.
Technology’s impact on society continues to loom large and 2019 was no exception, particularly in the Middle East. From Uber’s acquisition of Careem to witnessing the largest series B fundraise for an Egyptian Startup ($42M-Svwl) to the countless startups springing up in the region the dynamic energy is readily apparent. Founders are tackling local and regional problems across the entire region and more and more people are interested in entrepreneurship. Similar sentiments continue to hold closer to home here in Silicon Valley. By building the bridges between MENA and Silicon Valley we support these trends and are proud to support these entrepreneur journeys and be a change agent for good.
In 2019 we continued to do exactly that as TechWadi put together multiple high impact events to connect founders with speakers, mentors, and investors in Silicon Valley and throughout the Middle East and North Africa including INJAZ Egypt, AmCham Jordan, Digital Mashreq Forum, in partnership with the World Bank and AmCham Jordan, and the MIT EF Pan Arab. We hosted delegations from Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine as well as organized a number of more local fireside chats, panels, and dinners. Across MENA and Silicon Valley we continue to partner with key organizations on the ground and - in MENA in particular - work with the private and public sectors to further entrepreneurship and develop the ecosystem at all levels. The digital Arab world is moving forward and we are excited to see it continuing to scale.
Also, in 2019, TechWadi launched its first Fellowship Program. Five promising fellows were selected amongst MENA’s most promising startups. The goal of the program is to spend two weeks in Silicon Valley and learn from mentors and advisors the best practices for startups. With these learnings of best practices, the fellows can then apply to their own startups and form long lasting connections to a Silicon Valley network.
As we enter the new decade the world faces multiple challenges and we are honored to support the journey of entrepreneurs to find solutions to these problems. TechWadi is your organization- all this work is done as a non-profit and we rely on the generous support of yourself and other members, donors and volunteers across the Techwadi community to carry out our mission. A special thank you to each of you who have offered their time and resources to make this possible.
We look forward to the next decade’s journey alongside you.
On behalf of the entire TechWadi Board
2019 Annual Forum
Over 300 attendees
TechWadi Injaz Demo Night
Benefit Dinner 2019
TechWadi Panel on Inclusive Investing
QSTP Event: QSTP Research to Startups
TechWadi Iftar 2019
Think Like a VC Panel
DIFC Event: Fintech Opportunities in MEASA
Product Journeys Panel
the Middle East & North Africa
Digital Mashreq Forum
Take your Product to Market Workshop
Board of Directors
Chief of Staff
Amr Shady (Chairman)
Co-founder & CEO
Chief of Staff
General Partner Global Ventures
Product Marketing Executive,
Vice President, Global Sales and Product Operations
Board of Advisors
CEO & Chairman
Chief Business Officer
Entrepreneur & Investor
Senior Program Manager
Nadine Al Qadi
TechWadi is first and foremost a community by and for you, the TechWadi members. The work we do to support entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and to build the tech ecosystem in the Middle East and North Africa is only possible with your engagement and support.
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