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Imagine Cup: Microsoft Announces the National Winners

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Imagine cup is a global competition organized by Microsoft, aiming to give young developers the opportunity to acquire new and critical technical, business and team-building skills while having fun.

The 16th edition took place at Ain Shams University in Cairo, 21 teams competed against each other on the first round. The six finalists were assessed by experts at Microsoft Egypt. The finalists went head-to-head, with Team “Beach Safer” emerging victorious, while the teams “Gather” and “Pharos” were adjudged second and third runners-up, respectively. The winning team received a cash prize of 30,000EGP, which was handed over by Dr. Essam Khamis, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Azza El Shinawy, Public Sector Lead at Microsoft Egypt and Noha Labib, Education Lead at Microsoft Egypt.

The winner team will get a chance to compete regionally with other teams and eventually move forward to World finals vying for a grand prize of $100,000, as well as the coveted Imagine Cup.

During the first round, 21 competing teams were whittled down to just six finalists following an internal assessment by experts at Microsoft Egypt. The finalists went head-to-head, with Team “Beach Safer” emerging victorious, while the teams “Gather” and “Pharos” were adjudged second and third runners-up, respectively. The winning team received a cash prize of 30,000EGP, which was handed over by Dr. Essam Khamis, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Azza El Shinawy, Public Sector Lead at Microsoft Egypt and Noha Labib, Education Lead at Microsoft Egypt.

“The quality of entries this year was remarkable, which is a clear indicator that technology students in Egypt are not only keeping pace with their international counterparts, but they are in a variety of ways spearheading technological innovation in the country. At Microsoft, we are proud to provide these young tech entrepreneurs the tools and the platform they need to succeed, and more importantly, make a positive difference in the world,” commented Khaled Abd El Kader, General Manager Microsoft Egypt.

He added: “Today’s students are the makers and doers that will build and change the world as we know it. At Microsoft, we believe this new generation of innovators has potential to face many of challenges facing the society.”

Imagine Cup gives an opportunity for young aspiring developers and entrepreneurs to collaborate, create and build technology applications; as well as creating business plans and gaining and understanding of the industry.

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Falak Startups Hosts Inaugural Demo Day from Thirteen Egyptian Governorates

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Falak Startups, in partnership with EFG-EV Fintech, announced its official launch to the regional entrepreneurial and investor community through an inaugural Demo Day sponsored by the SANAD Fund for MSME. Fifteen high-growth startups from thirteen governorates presented their refined business models, in an effort to secure funding from Egyptian and regional investors.

Falak (largest startup accelerator in the Middle East and Africa) organized  4-month acceleration program provides entrepreneurs with funding, mentorship, training, and comprehensive all-round support, in order for Egyptian youth  to thrive and compete in the global economy.

“Entrepreneurial success, especially within our young demographic, creates positive spillover effects throughout the entire economy, supports our goal to achieve wider financial inclusion and boosts job creation on the macroeconomic level. It is an essential component in creating a sustainable engine for long-term economic growth.” Said Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of
Investment and International Cooperation.

Dr. Shehab Marzban, Chairman of Egypt Ventures and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation also added: “We’re very proud to see our youth develop strong business cases out of mere ideas they came to us with only months ago. Falak Startups will serve as a platform from which we aim to launch numerous acceleration programs, spanning across multiple sector industries. The feedback received today was tremendously positive, and is a strong reflection of the private sector’s support of our mission, as they are key partners in this journey to establish a dynamic, globally-competitive ecosystem”

The event took place at the Golden Room Hall in Prince Mohamed Ali (Manial) Palace, and was attended by y Dr Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and international Cooperation, Dr Ali ELMoselhy, Minister of Supply, Dr Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism, Khaled Badawi, Minister of Public Enterprise, Dr Shehab Marzban, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Investment and International cooperation and Chairman of Egypt Ventures, Mohamed Fareed, Executive Chairman at the Egyptian Stock Exchange, General Mohamed Amin, Treasurer of the ‘Tahya Masr’ Fund, MP Amr Ghalab, Chairman of the Economic Committee of the House of Representatives, as well as numerous foreign dignitaries, prominent businessmen and investors, and entrepreneurs.

Some of the startups that participated in the event were Pay Nas, Auto Parts, Masry Market, 3elagi and Olli.

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Madiha Yousri Dies At 97

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It has been announced early this morning that the Egyptian actress, Madiha Yosri died this morning at the age of 97.

The actress has been suffering with a chronic illness for the past two years; she has been admitted to the Maadi Military Hospital few days ago as her health was getting worse

Madiha started her rich career back in 1940, she was discovered by director Mohamed Korayem. She is best known for classical romance roles. The last movie she acted in was “Al-Irhaby” or “The terrorist” in 1994.

 

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The New 500500 ad will leave you in tears

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The 500500 beautiful tribute to the legendary Ahmed Zaki has left us all in tears..
Shout out to all the celebrities who participated in that work of art

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