In early 2017, Starting Things Up ranked Cairo, Egypt, as one of the best locations in the world to establish a startup. The monumental rise of Cairo’s entrepreneurial scene is the result of several converging factors. Not only does the city mark a central point between the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe, but it also boasts a young population of nearly 28 million people who are looking to innovate. This community of youths has awoken a dramatic social shift by founding startups that are changing their local communities.
With each passing year, Cairo is seeing an influx of more and more startups in every sector from e-commerce to wellness. Read on to explore seven of Cairo’s most innovative startups:
In recent years, Egyptian consumers have experienced difficulties when attempting to purchase items from international sellers, due to shipping requirements and high customs prices. Looking to solve these challenges, Edfa3ly has created an online marketplace through which locals can order anything they need without needing to worry about shipping inconveniences. Through this outlet, consumers thus have the unprecedented opportunity to make purchases from the UAE, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
With Edfa3ly, Egyptian locals no longer need to possess a credit card and address from the US to buy the items they want. The startup also handles the customs process for its clients and insures each purchase, thereby providing peace of mind that items will arrive safely. As such, consumers are able to shop from popular international retailers such as Old Navy and Ralph Lauren and receive their purchases in the mail within a matter of a few weeks.
Ever since taking the second-place prize at the Mobile World Congress 2014 University Mobile Challenge, Engezni has connected Egyptian locals through its groundbreaking “social food network.” With services available through both an online and a mobile application, the startup makes it easy for local consumers to discover new eateries around the country. Engezni even features restaurants that do not have an online presence, enabling more consumers to try their food.
Engezni is more than just a social food ordering experience, however. It also provides a number of key order management capabilities to its affiliate restaurants. Using Engezni’s system, these eateries can view each customer order as it arrives, thereby eliminating the need for an intermediary to transfer the information between parties. This simplifies the ordering process for the restaurant and reduces the risk of human error.
In highly-populated cities such as Cairo, local businesses often lack the resources to fulfill deliveries efficiently. Bosta provides these companies with the capabilities to make on-demand deliveries to clients across town. Should a business need to make a delivery, administrators need only input pickup and drop-off addresses and they will receive a quote.
At 1.75 EGP per kilometer, Bosta makes city-wide deliveries more affordable for its clients. Once their deliveries are in the hands of the startup’s trusted couriers, businesses can alert customers and track delivery progress across the city. By taking advantages of these services, Cairo’s businesses can impress customers and encourage repeat patronage.
Tyro took the first-place spot at Alexandria’s Techne Summit thanks to its innovative online tutoring services. The startup acts as a type of matchmaker, pairing students with experienced tutors who can accommodate their educational needs. Learners can also search for instructors based on criteria such as level of experience and area of specialty. With the help of their tutors, students can build their skills in subjects ranging from graphic design to foreign languages.
Tyro has created an effective learning environment by offering a platform through which learners and instructors can collaborate live. During their online sessions, they can use audio, video, and whiteboard features to interact in real time.
Enjoying home cooking does not always need to be a hassle. Residents of Cairo can easily take care of this daily chore by turning to online food delivery services such as AklaBaity. A unique type of meal ordering platform, the startup works directly with local chefs to provide quality home-cooked dishes to its customers.
These cooks offer a wide array of individual, family, and healthy meals from which AklaBaity users can choose. The startup often features offers on its dishes, thereby making it more affordable for its customers to enjoy delicious meals at home.
Though based in Cairo, Wuzzuf helps individuals across Egypt find employment in their industries. Over the years, it has grown into the top job recruitment platform in the country with more than half a million monthly users.
Through Wuzzuf, users can browse through lists of available positions or search for the exact job they want. The site also connects Egyptian students to internships that will help them build their professional skills. Overall, Wuzzuf has helped over 10,000 local companies recruit 100,000 talented employees.
The Wellness Log
For those who are looking to pursue a healthier lifestyle, finding the right training program and eating plan can be a daunting task. To help make this process easier for Egyptians, The Wellness Log allows its users to customize a fitness agenda that perfectly suits their individual needs.
Users begin by completing an application that includes crucial information such as how long they work each day and what types of food they most enjoy. The Wellness Log sends the finished application to nutrition specialists and personal trainers, who design a unique program based on the answers. Once their agendas are finished, clients can easily access them at any time using their mobile devices as they work towards their fitness goals.