What we’re tracking this week and beyond
Sir Suma is back in town: EBRD boss Sir Suma Chakrabarti launch the institution’s “Economic Inclusion Policy Dialogue in Egypt” on Thursday, 6 December. Sir Suma and EU ambassador Ivan Surkos are expected to sign MoU with Trade Minister Amr Nassar and Education Minister Tarek Shawki at the event.
Startup-fest RiseUp kicks off on Friday and will run until Sunday at the Greek Campus in downtown Cairo. Click here for the full speaker lineup or click here for the conference agenda. But before RiseUp gets the ball rolling on its summit, they’ll be launching today the Egypt Startup Manifesto. The protocol highlights solutions to obstacles Egyptian entrepreneurs might face, including what it says are “arbitrary government policies” and a deficiency of tech talent and internet access, project head Alia Abdel Aziz told Ventureburn.
African business leaders will meet in Egypt at the Africa 2018 Forum from 8-9 December in Sharm El Sheikh. You can check out the event’s website here.
Food Africa Expo takes place as Egypt looks forward to a record citrus season. The gathering takes place 8-11 December at the Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Pitch for a spot in Fintech Cairo: Global seed program organizer Startup Bootcamp and Pride Capital have launched Fintech Cairo. The six-month accelerator program will select 10 companies from a pool of applicants. Our friends at Pharos Holding, along with Bank of Alexandria and the German development agency GiZ are proud supporters and sponsors of the program. You can submit applications here. The deadline for submissions is 31 December.