Forbes Middle East is set to hold pts first Under 30 Summit In El Gouna

  • Mohamed Amer: “Orascom Development loves to support young entrepreneurs and provide them with the right environment and facilities they need to make their dreams come true.”

Cairo: Forbes Middle East is gearing up to host its first-ever Under 30 Summit, to be held November 24-26 in El Gouna at the Conference and Cultural Center El Gouna. The first-of-its-kind event celebrates the global Arab community from the annual Forbes Middle East 30 Under 30 list, featuring the region’s most inspiring young entrepreneurs, innovators, disruptors, creators and athletes.

Taking place in El Gouna, Egypt – one of Orascom Development Holding’s fully integrated Red Sea cities – the Summit will feature a program of debates, link building workshops and entertainment to support and encourage entrepreneurship. The three-day event will showcase the achievements and impact of the under-30 community, bringing them together with experts, established business leaders and celebrities to create a unique platform for knowledge sharing and support.

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Khuloud Al Omian, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Middle East, emphasized the importance of the event and location. “We chose Egypt because it is one of the most important markets in the region and has made so many strides in the field of entrepreneurship,” she explained.

Mohamed Amer, CEO of El Gouna said: “We are proud to partner with Forbes Middle East to host the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in El Gouna. It all started with the dream of building a vibrant, sustainable and integrated city. At Orascom Development we love to support young entrepreneurs and provide them with the appropriate environment and facilities they need to achieve their dreams and I believe that El Gouna is a real example of a sustainable hub for startups and youth in Egypt. “

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He added: “El Gouna is a multicultural city with an Egyptian identity, supported by a variety of resources, facilities and infrastructure, including various hotels, residential units, schools with different educational systems, an international hospital, entertainment and social activities and other events all year round, which are all components that make the city a premier, desirable destination in the Red Sea Governorate.”

Forbes Middle East annually publishes a 30 under 30 list to highlight the Arab world’s most influential young innovators in various sectors, all of whom are under 30 at the beginning of the year. The 2022 list included 12 Egyptians. To select the finalists, Forbes evaluated more than 400 nominations and worked with outside judges, all experts in their respective fields.

A number of major global companies that back and fund emerging businesses have confirmed their attendance at the summit, including Sequoia and 500 Global. This offers start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business models and receive support from global conglomerates. A delegate from the Middle East’s most influential CEOs and business leaders will provide training workshops and host roundtables to enrich the community and explore growth opportunities.

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The aim of the summit is to put Egypt on the global map for entrepreneurship. Confirmed events include a “speed pitch” competition for entrepreneurs to pitch project ideas and a music festival.

“We are very excited to partner with Orascom Development to hold this summit at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center, which is a beacon of science, arts and culture,” added Al Omian. “We thank the administration of El Gouna for providing all the skills that will enable us to hold this important summit to the high standard it deserves.”

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