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During November, Alexandria host its third Startup Weekend, an event bringing together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups
“This is going to be a great weekend for the startup community in Alexandria,” said Israa Hanafi, one of the local volunteer organizers. “It’s great to see the experienced guys donate their time and money to help the community grow locally.”

On Thursday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas – typically web and mobile applications – with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Saturday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes valued over $10,000 each, including co-working space and memberships in mentorship programs, all of which are targeted to help teams build their startups after the weekend.

Our mission this weekend isn’t limited to just creating local startups. We want to support local business as well,” said event facilitator Hashem Zahran. “Part of the learning experience at Startup Weekend is demonstrating practices that encourage growth and innovation right here at home.

Alongside members from the local tech and entrepreneur communities, Startup Weekend Alexandria will welcome a new kind of participant to the local event: ten students from High Schools in Alexandria.

One particularly exciting part of this weekend’s event is that we are helping ten young students with an interest in entrepreneurship get a valuable learning experience first-hand,” said Hashem. “This is the second time we have welcomed high school students to Startup Weekend Alexandria and we’re very excited to have them at the event.

Around 200 participants are expected to partake over the weekend; additionally, there are limited tickets available to the public for viewing the presentations on Saturday night. Although the focus is local for the Alexandria attendees, Startup Weekend will also sanction events during November in AswanMansouraSohag, and 6 October City.

Startup Weekend Alexandria runs from Thursday, November 21st at 4:00 PM to Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00 PM at Fianque Hall Down Town.

About Startup Weekend Alexandria: Startup Weekend Alexandria is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend is a 501c(3)non-profit based in Seattle, Wash. Founded in 2007 in Boulder, Colo., by Andrew Hyde, the organization has been based out of Seattle since 2009 under the direction of Marc Nager. Supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Weekend has held over 1000 events around the globe, inspiring nearly 100,000 entrepreneurs to take an idea from concept to launch. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.


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