The African Pre-seed Podcast

In this special edition #APSVibecheck episode, the African Pre-seed podcast travels to Cairo, where we speak to five players in the Egyptian tech ecosystem about what is happening on the ground in Cairo and the broader tech environment. These players are Karima El Hakim, Country Director Egypt, Plug and Play Tech Centre; Diego Garcia, Investor Africa Ventures at Plug and Play Tech Centre; Mahmoud Sabbour, Founder at Baggr; Nour Ahmadein, Founder of Bluworks, and Mohanad Elhartany, Senior Investment Associate at Arzan Venture Capital.

They share their views and insights on what's happening in the ecosystem and what is most relevant for founders in the land of the Nile. 

Top 5 insights to unpack in the episode:

1.  Lessons from Karima El Hakim, Country Director Egypt, Plug and Play Tech Centre
  • Insights from working with governments as a VC [1:11]
2. Lessons from Diego Garcia, Africa Ventures, Plug, and Play Tech Centre
  • What is the meta environment that founders are dealing with in Egypt? [6:29]
3. Lessons from Mahmoud Abbour, Founder at Baggr
  • The factors influencing the provision of logistics infrastructure for e-commerce businesses in Egypt [14:01]
4. Lessons from Nour Ahmadein, Founder of Bluworks
  • Addressing endemic and systemic challenges for the blue-collar workforce in North Africa [16:57]
5. Lessons from Mohanad Elhartany, Senior Investment Associate, Arzan Venture Capital
  •  The most significant challenges that founders have faced within the Egyptian tech ecosystem [23:40]

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What is The African Pre-seed Podcast?

An insight-rich immersion in African tech ecosystem affairs for the discerning Africa-focused founder.