Flat6Labs Cairo Local Perks: Supporting our Entrepreneurs One More Way

As part of our commitment to supporting our entrepreneurs by all means possible, we have launched a local perks program for all current and graduate Flat6Labs entrepreneurs in Egypt!  The program provides our members with discounts and exclusive offers on products and services from a variety of partners across the region. Understanding the needs of our entrepreneurs, an array of relevant industries are participating in our Local Perks program from website development companies, printing, errands and even food outlets.

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We have been already providing over $300K in perks and benefits, providing our entrepreneurs with some of the best resources available to build their companies. As a member of the Global Accelerator Network and various other partnerships, all of our startups get to take advantage of huge perks from sponsors like Microsoft, PayPal, Amazon Web Services. However a need arose for more localized sources to benefit from and we were more than happy to oblige and provide another lifeline of support to our entrepreneurs.

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“There are hundreds of web development houses competing in the local market here in Egypt, but there are few who have worked with startups and understand that they are not dealing with a corporate client or a department, and in fact are dealing with a hard working team or individual who dont have a large budget to play with” said Nour Ahmadein Flat6Labs Cairo Business Development Manager.

 “On the flip side, it has been incredibly rewarding and somewhat surprising to realize just how many companies out there are able and willing to offer their services to the startup community at an exclusive discounted rate. These companies really believe that SME development is an integral part of Egypt’s economy. They also understand that many startups have the potential to scale and so it is to their advantage to begin working with them from early on” Added Nour.

It’s safe to say that the program wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the awesome companies that are taking part in our program with their active vision to support local entrepreneurs, thank you! Please check them all out here.

Learn more about everything we offer our entrepreneurs here.

Taskty: Paving the Way with Premium Household Services Online

Taskty graduated Flat6Labs Cairo back in Spring 2012 and hit the market as an online marketplace for simple services where users can find individuals or services agencies to finish their daily tasks for their home or business. Recently, Taskty found their niche market by providing home services and moved away from the overly saturated business services with remarkable results!

“Things like Web Design, Translation or Graphic Design services were abundant in the market and dissipated our energy to strike a need in the market.” said CEO Ahmed Galal.

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CEO Ahmed Galal presenting at Flat6Labs Cairo’s Fall 2012 Demo Day

Focusing on providing household services, Taskty’s sales have recently reached EGP3,000 daily. It’s not only the sales numbers that have increased after Taskty altered their service delivery strategy, vital KPI’s such as customer acquisition and fan base growth started seeing a noticeable bump.

Earlier this year, Taskty has successfully secured two rounds of funding from two angels investors from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The investments have helped Taskty to reinforce their services all as well as introduce more services. The investments have also helped the company bring on more technicians/maintenance staff onboard as well as introduce medical services (nursing mainly) and even catering. Taskty is readying itself to offer their services very soon in Alexandria, kicking off their most popular services there first and gradually working their way up to include their full range of services.

Watch Ahmed Galal’s Demo Day pitch here:

and Skynews’ coverage on Taskty here:

Meet Flat6Labs Jeddah’s Managing Director

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Launched in 2013, Flat6Labs Jeddah is well underway to accelerate untapped Saudi talent. Having graduated 11 companies across two cycles with the third around the corner. Managing Flat6Labs Jeddah is Ahmad Helal and we’ve asked him a number of questions to get an insight of what it’s like managing Flat6Labs Jeddah.

  • How do you view the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Saudi Arabia at the moment?

 There has been significant progress in the last five years in Saudi entrepreneurial ecosystem. New active players have joined the scene as supporters of the ecosystem such as WAED by Aramco, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and Badir Incubators.

It is also noticed that the private sector has started to play a role as well such the establishment of Qotuf Al-Riyadah which founded Flat6Labs Jeddah with sponsorships from Saudi IKEA and Arabic Cement Company as part of their Corporate entrepreneurship initiatives. Other private supporters include Injaz, Shell Intlaqa, Bab RIzq Jamil, and Endeavor Saudi Arabia.

  • What kind of impact do you want Flat6Labs Jeddah to have on the entrepreneurial scene in Jeddah & Saudi Arabia?

As the first Business Accelerator in Saudi Arabia that supports & invests in startups, Flat6Labs Jeddah is playing a vital role  to drive innovation and support technology entrepreneurship in the whole country, and to position Jeddah, historically known as the business capital of KSA, as a leader in this area.

  • As Managing Director of Flat6Labs Jeddah, what’s one thing you would love to see be accomplished in the upcoming year?

People need to see role-models; one or two big success stories will inspire more technology entrepreneurs and encourage investors to invest into new means of investments, rather than the traditional investment channels (e.g. stock market, Real-estate). 

  • What’s the most rewarding aspect about your role in running an accelerator in Saudi Arabia?

Helping people full of energy to transform their ideas into successful startups and helping them along the way to overcome the challenges they face daily, as well as discussing to new creative ideas every day. 

  • What’s the future like for Flat6Labs Jeddah?

The future is absolutely bright for Flat6Labs Jeddah. At the first year of the program, 40% of the alumni got follow-on investments and few others are still negotiating with investors. We are working to increase this number to 60% by the 2nd year. Other entities are following the steps of Flat6Labs Jeddah and establishing other business accelerators after they witnessed that success and the buzz that was created by Flat6Labs Jeddah. Flat6Labs Jeddah will continue to be a major hub of innovation in the country and the go-to distention for anybody who wants to start his/her technology startups.

Meet Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi’s Managing Director

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May 20th Flat6Labs Cairo witnessed it’s biggest ever Demo Day graduating 10 start-ups following their 4-month acceleration period. Flat6Labs aimed to add value to the budding entrepreneurial ecosystem across the MENA region by announcing the expansion of their operations with the launch of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi in partnership with TwoFour54!

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Ahmed El-Alfi Announcing Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi at the seventh Flat6Labs Cairo Demo Day

We sat down with Nina Curley the newly appointed Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi Managing Director for a Q&A to highlight what her plans are as well as to to know more about the person running the latest accelerator in the region.

-When will Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi start operations?

Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will launch in November, at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which will be held at Al Maryah Island from November 18th-20th. We’ll then open for applications this fall, and launch our first cycle in February!

 -Will Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi be any different from Flat6Labs Cairo or Jeddah?

 Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will offer the same services and structure that comprise Flat6Labs Cairo and Jeddah—an initial bootcamp, followed by a four month training and mentorship program, a variety of services, and seed funding. In addition, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will have a special media focus. With the support of twofour54 and various partners in Abu Dhabi, we’ll support teams building products in online content, data and analytics, mobile applications, e-commerce, video and multimedia production, and social media and citizen journalism, although our definition will be broad. By focusing on media, we plan to help startups benefit from one of Abu Dhabi’s strengths, while increasing potential synergies among our teams.

 -How do you think Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi’s launch will affect the entrepreneurial scene in Abu Dhabi?

To date, Abu Dhabi’s entrepreneurship scene has been characterized by the presence of regional, growth-stage startups looking to gain traction in the UAE; two notable examples from a few years ago were Jawaker and Tahadi, both Jordanian companies that relocated to Abu Dhabi following investment by twofour54. Abu Dhabi has also seen a lot of energy at the student level, with competitions like Startup Weekend drawing several young innovators—many of them local women, by the way—to engage with building new startups.

I think that Flat6Labs stands to unify the community and reinvigorate the entrepreneurship scene in Abu Dhabi by supporting new generations of seed and early stage startups. By bringing in regional and global talent to connect with local pioneers and media heavyweights, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi can crucially put the city’s wealth of creativity and industry leadership to work helping startups to build upon innovate ideas. Filling this current gap in the ecosystem will boost innovation in the media space overall, while ensuring that aspiring entrepreneurs have the support they need to take their ideas and startups to the next level. 

-What will Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi offer entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi?

For those entrepreneurs who are based locally, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi will offer a unique opportunity to connect with peers from across the region and globe, in a collaborative setting, and a chance to connect in a meaningful way with local leaders in media, telecommunications, and technology. Even if local founders already have a startup, the Flat6Labs program is designed to speed the pace of their growth, offering access to global best practices in product development, marketing, and customer acquisition, and, crucially, a chance to get in front of the right mentors, investors, and corporate partners at the right time, with an added dose of confidence.

Also, with two other properties in the region, in Cairo and Jeddah, Flat6Labs uniquely offers local entrepreneurs a chance to take advantage of a regional network. Founders may want to partner with startups or services in Egypt to develop or design a product, while partnering with Flat6Labs teams in Jeddah to market a product beyond the UAE. The possible benefits of being a Flat6Labs alumnus or alumna will grow exponentially over time. 

 -As Managing Director of Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, what’s one thing you would love to see be accomplished in the upcoming year?

 I would love to see both local entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs from the region, and entrepreneurs from beyond the region—whether from South Asia, Europe, or the Americas—joining the program, to create a truly diverse class of pioneers. As the ecosystem in the Arab world continues to develop, one trend I’ve noticed over the past few years is an increase in entrepreneurs in India and Pakistan, looking to enter the Arab world, and an influx of entrepreneurs from various places in Europe, who are often looking to address a less saturated market. I think that trend will only continue as the world becomes more connected, especially in the entrepreneurship space.

Mapture off to Silicon Valley!

Exciting times ahead for Mapture as they ready themselves to attend PITME’s three-week acceleration program for Middle Eastern startups in Silicon Valley. Each day a minimum of three mentors will engage with participants to guide them through their entrepreneurial journey of increasing revenue, growing their companies, raising money and better managing long-term partnerships.

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CEO Zeyad Salloum Pitching on stage at the Seventh Flat6Labs Cairo Demo Day

Mapture is a mobile application that provides a fast, easy way for you to share geotagged content anonymously, on a map. Simply capture a photo, and watch it upload on the map, assured that your identity will remain anonymous.

Teams will receive expert training in different aspects of their business, including product development, UX/UI design, marketing, business modeling, customer acquisition strategies, funding, and much more.

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CEO Zeyad Salloum & CDO Bahaa Hashem at Flat6Labs Cairo’s Business Networking Event

As they are mainly targeting the US market, this is a massive opportunity for Mapture to solidify and build strategic relationships on the ground. CEO Zeyad Salloum is very excited about the trip has his eyes set on gaining the needed experience and exposure for Mapture.

Check Wamda’s coverage on Mapture here.

Mapture’s pitch at Flat6Labs Cairo’s Seventh Demo Day: