4 Talks You Can’t Miss on Day 1 of RiseUp ‘23

RiseUp’s summit of the decade kicks off tonight at the Grand Egyptian Museum with a series of talks, panels, and fireside chats across its three stages. The Tech Stage, The Capital Stage, and The Creative Stage will host over 260 renowned speakers giving over 50 talks throughout the weekend. As you plan your summit agenda, make sure you don’t miss these opening day talks happening shortly after the opening ceremony.

The Capital Stage

Why and How to Join an International Accelerator

What are the benefits of joining an international accelerator program and how does it differ from local accelerators? While accelerator programs provide startups with mentorship, resources, and networking opportunities to help them grow and scale, international accelerators also offer their startups access to global talent and expertise, exposure to new markets, and potential partnerships with international investors and corporations. In this talk, Shady El Tohfa (Co-Founder & CEO of Amenli) and Youcef Oudjidane (Co-Founder of Bloom) discuss the benefits of international acceleration and its implications for long-term growth and success.

Speakers: Youcef Oudjidane and Shady El Tohfa
Time: 21:15-21:50

The Creative Stage

Innovative Storytelling

Storytellers are innovators, too. How else do you tell the stories that have been told time and time again while still capturing people’s attention, exploring new mediums, and reaching new audiences? This panel gathers four representatives from across the creative industry – storytellers of the past, present, and future – to explore how they overcame ecosystem challenges, explored the new mediums, and used technology to tell stories of heritage or contemporaneity. The discussion will provide valuable insights for anyone interested in the creative industries, storytelling, and how technology can help in very non-traditional ways.

Speakers: Saida El Harakany, Mahmoud Rashad, Yasmine El Dorghamy, Malak Fouad, and Karima Mansour
Time: 18:10-18:55

The Tech Stage

How to Build an Empire

Ronaldo Mouchawar founded Souq.com, scaled it into the Middle East’s leading e-commerce platform, and is now the VP Middle East for Amazon. How did he do it? Dina El Mofty chats with Ronaldo Mouchawar to discuss his insights on the challenges and opportunities of building an empire in the region, as well as his perspective on the evolving e-commerce industry and the new trends that are reshaping the landscape.

Speakers: Ronaldo Mouchawar and Dina El Mofty
Time: 18:10-18:45

Paving the Fintech Future

Curious about the current state of Egypt’s fintech ecosystem and how to shape an even better future for fintech in Egypt? This panel of regional experts is sharing insights on the latest fintech trends and innovations, as well as their takes on how to overcome the industry’s barriers to success – from experience, of course. Entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders looking to shape the future of fintech in Egypt would benefit from this discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing fintech startups in Egypt, the regulatory landscape, and the role of corporates and investors in supporting the growth of the ecosystem.

Speakers: Prakriti Singh, Tarek Ali Taha, Ayman Essawy, Sherif Aziz, Alain El Hajj, Yasmine Mohamed Henna, and Mohamed El Sabban
Time: 20:20-21:05

You can find the full schedule of talks for RiseUp ’23 through their website.

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