In Cairo, Minister Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Department of Investment and International Cooperation, broke ground on GEN@Bloomfields – a 90-acre entrepreneurship and innovation hub expected to be operational by 2021. The new hub, led by a partnership between GEN and Tatweer Misr, will host several technology labs, work stations, co-working spaces and event space while providing access to global and experienced entrepreneurs, mentors and funders under one roof.
In Durban, Microsoft launched Head Start, an accelerator program that boosts tech startups by giving them open access to skills development resources, coaches and a customer network. In Johannesburg, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, with the South African Department of Small Business Development launched the country’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration. The kick-off event took place at GEN’s first startup campus, 22 on Sloane, where more than 300 startups pitched throughout GEW with 100 selected for residency starting in January 2019.