19 November 2020
ITIDA, AUC Venture Lab Launch ‘Startup Launchpad’ Program

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) Venture Lab have announced launching the “Startup Launchpad”, a capacity-building program that targets empowering entrepreneurs as they establish their startups, and support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt.

The joint eight-week program offers tech entrepreneurs, nationwide, extensive training, networking and skill development opportunities to help them develop their business ideas and increase their startups’ chances of success.

The program is delivered through AUC Venture Lab, a member of the Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship Education, a global institutional membership organization, founded by Babson College, a US-based global leading educational institute in the field of entrepreneurship.

Startup Launchpad targets those who are passionate about technology and have an interest in entrepreneurship. It is designed to help participants validate their innovative solutions, identify market gaps and overcome the most commonly-faced challenges. The program is scheduled to start in January and end with a pitch day in March.

The program will start with an introductory training on the basics of entrepreneurship, the different growth stages of startups and the principles of marketing and finance. During the second week, entrepreneurs will start developing their business ideas and prototyping them.

Over the few weeks that follow, participants will receive guidance and expert mentorship as they validate their solutions and perform market experiments with real-life customers to ensure that their ideas have the potential to become scalable successful ventures.

The final stage of the program will help entrepreneurs master the art of pitching their startups, elevating their presentation and communication skills, and allow them to present their ideas to potential investors on the pitch day in March.
 Entrepreneurs will be awarded certificates from ITIDA and AUC Venture Lab upon completion of the program.
 Registration for joining the program starts on November 15 and ends on January 3.

For more information about Startup Launchpad, kindly click here.

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