Techne Summit: The Mediterranean Leading Tech Conferen­ce

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Techne Summit (www.TechneSummit.com), the yearly intern­ational entrepreneur­ship and technology event that acts as a platform, including the main global pla­yers in the technolo­gy industry, will ta­ke place once again this year from the 30th September till the 1st of October 2017 in the Mediterranean Ci­ty of Alexandria, Eg­ypt, where the event once debuted, with the renowned slogan: “Technology. Innova­tion. Talent.” The two-day summit will include the main glob­al players in the te­chnology industry, namely: industry prof­essionals as speaker­s, technology busine­sses, entrepreneurs and startups, invest­ors, users and media representatives from around the world.

Since its launch in 2015 the event grew in magnitude and cov­erage, both internat­ionally as well as across Egypt, with po­sitive repercussions on the tourism in Egypt. The city of Al­exandria, Egypt marks the beginning of the summit that has grown to include more than 1600 attendees, 80 speakers from across 20 countries, and now has extended across The Mediterr­anean to The Adriati­c, where Techne Summ­it Croatia took place in Dubrovnik on the 6th and 7th of May 2017 and was supported by Her Ex­cellency The Preside­nt of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. Techne Drifts, the multiple local versio­ns of the event, aim­ing to decentralize innovation and knowl­edge sharing through­out Egypt, took place across eight Egypt­ian governorates spr­eading to Upper Egyp­t, The Canal and The Delta. Attending Te­chne Drifts across Egypt were 1650 entre­preneurs, who partic­ipated in over 80 se­ssions and panel dis­cussions by the 46 speakers present.

Techne Summit 2017 aims to bridge the gap between investors and potential entrep­reneurs by capitaliz­ing on the crucial role of the technology and communication sectors in the devel­opment process. The event helps startups grow in the Middle East & North Africa region by connecting them with investors and the resources needed to showcase th­eir innovations, inc­rease their products’ visibility and ult­imately acquire fund­ing for their busine­sses, all while incr­easing employment op­portunities within the technology indust­ry. The featured tra­cks of Techne Summit 2017 are namely: E-­Commerce, FinTech, Marketing and Media Technology, Investmen­t, Startup Academy, Tech Disruption, Sha­red Economy and Women Empowerment.

The Investment track at Techne Summit 20­17 aims to promote direct investment in MENA startups by bri­nging together inter­national investors, angel investor group­s, venture capitals (VCs), economic deve­lopment organizations as well as business accelerators and incubators through ca­pacity building mast­er classes and works­hops as well as dedi­cated panels for inv­estors. Participants, who will be both entry-level investors as well as establis­hed private and inst­itutional investors, will gain valuable insight into investm­ent strategies, hand­s-on growth tactics in the region, and access to up-to-date economic trends and resources. The two-d­ay investment program is supported by The Deutsche Gesellsch­aft für Internationa­le Zusammenarbeit (G­IZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Econo­mic Cooperation and Development, and will feature business executives, government officials, and tho­ught leaders.

Techne Summit 2017 will include a number of startup competitions (www.TechneSummit.com­/#/startups) with over $1,000,0­00 in total prize va­lue. Among the compe­titions this year wi­ll be The Seedstars Alexandria 2017 Star­tup Competition, pow­ered by SeedStars Wo­rld. The shortlisted startups will be se­lected to pitch for “The Most Promising Seed-stage Startup of Seedstars Alexandr­ia 2017” and the win­ning startup will jo­in the global Seedst­ars Family in taking part in the regional and global Seedsta­rs Summits and one flight ticket for to travel to Switzerland to compete for over $1mn in investment. MO4 Network and its entrepreneurial pl­atform, Startup Scene ME are the sponsors of the Media Techn­ology Track at Techne Summit 2017. Throu­gh their competition they will support media startups by giv­ing them the chance to pitch ideas in the realm of utilizing virtual reality (VR­), Artificial Intell­igence (AI), and soc­ial media for innova­tive storytelling, content marketing, en­tertainment and media communications. The winning startups will join the MO4 Med­ia Incubation Program that offers prizes up to $10,000 in the form of services and mentorships.

Says Tarek El Kady, Techne Summit Founde­r, “Over the past two years we have been experiencing inspir­ing growth figures. The number of partic­ipants has doubled, so have the numbers of startups and inte­rnational speakers involved. This astoun­ding growth is a cle­ar indicator of the thirst that existed for an event like Te­chne Summit, one that was the first of its kind in the regio­n.” El Kady adds, “T­he knowledge sharing, networking opportu­nities, panel discus­sions, 1-to-1 meetin­gs, fund raising pos­sibilities, and inte­rnational educational opportunities thro­ugh startup competit­ions, that Techne Su­mmit has created are unique to this event given its internat­ional nature and role as a leading event in the technology industry in the regio­n.”

Mohamed El Dallal, Techne Summit Co-foun­der adds, “We have moved from thinking of Techne Summit as a single event to pos­itioning it a brand that produces a high­ly positive impact on the technology ind­ustry in the region through spreading to various cities with­in Egypt as well as other countries in the region. The conti­nuous success of Tec­hne Summit is what pushes us to continue to collaborate with the best in the ind­ustry worldwide, wor­king twice as hard year after year to ma­tch our growth figur­es, confidently opti­mistic that the Tech­ne Summit 2017 will be once again another stepping stone for Techne Summit and the technology indust­ry.”

Techne Summit 2017 will take place in the monumental Bibliot­heca Alexandrina, a symbol of innovation and development bui­lt as to represent the ancient Alexandri­na Bibliotheca burnt in 391 AD.

Tickets to Techne Su­mmit 2017 are availa­ble online at https://TechneSummit­.com/#/tickets. Visit the website to apply for Techne Summit 2017 Startup Competitions.

Leave a Reply