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Gear up for a 3-day challenge where, the top #ConsciousTech startups in emerging markets will get the chance to pitch their business to global investors for a chance to win $100K as an investment.

why get excited to apply?


With this year vested summit happening online there is a huge opportunity to get exposed to a huge number of investors, startups and potential customers and learn a lot from different people from around the globe and their best practices in tech and business.

meet investors

 investors from around the globe are eager to meet highly skilled and open minded entrepreneurs like yourself who are building startups with high growth potential. These investors are looking forward to invest in great teams who are highly dedicated and full of passion.

win $100K

This year is coming with a great surprise and a huge prize, up to 100k USD investment in cash to the top 3 finalists who will pass the investors and crowd voting. So aim high you never know what could happen, you might get the chance to win!

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and recieve $1350 AWS credits

competition stages




selection criteria


a #conscioustech startup


serving emerging markets

uses frontier technology


Solving real world problems



The visionary behind S[k]aleUp Ventures & Vested Summit. She’s a serial entrepreneur, a young Egyptian investor, a Silicon Valley vettern globetrotter between San Francisco and Cairo who has a vision of building a more equitable, sustainable future for emerging world economies through exponential technologies by igniting the full power of its youth. She calls them “#conscioustechies” as she coined the term conscious tech. She founded Vested Summit - the world’s largest #conscioustech summit has now become a global sensation building bridges between worlds as it is hosted in Egypt and attended by tech influencers from over 25 countries and a community of over 50,000 #Conscioustechies globally. She’s also kick started the world’s largest #Conscioustech syndicate of $1B through her digital platform “Crowdwealth” harnessing the power of the crowd and their collective human consciousness in creating new wealth by doing good. Salma was previously the cofounder of PITME Labs accelerator focused on MENA based startups in Silicon Valley. She advised and supported more than 120 startups over the past 7 years who collectively raised $60M and are some of the leading MENA based startups today. Salma is a graduate of both the american university in cairo and hult international business school with degrees in Business & Computer Science and a lover of life and beauty <3



Executive Chairman & CEO - Gemini Africa for Investment & Entrepreneurship - a Sawiris Owned Company. • Worldwide Project Management Consultant for 85 countries – Schlumberger International - USA. • Vice chairman, treasurer & Board member – Alfa Electronics Group, Al Mawwan technology, Clakett, Vestoss & Hekaytee, Banati foundation, Peace & Prosperity foundation. . Holding 2 masters degree from George Washington university & Ain Shams • Initiator & founder of Gemini Upfit flagship program in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. • Initiator & founder of Gemini Uplift for Gouna Film Festival (Uplift4GFF), the first regional program of its kind to bridge between entrepreneurs and the entertainment industry. • International lecturer in project & risk management and entrepreneurship in Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the Far East. • Adjunct faculty - Dubai school of government in cooperation with Harvard Kennedy school. . Motivational Speaker & lecturer . Speaker, judge & jury at several African, Arabic & International competitions and events. • Awarded the Oman navy forces trophy from the Omani Royal Navy. • Awarded the Schlumberger Worldwide Bronze Medal. • Awarded the shining armour by the Economic development and entrepreneurship association. • Awarded by Rotary Sheikh Zayed club.

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Executive Chairman & CEO @ gemini africa

Hasan Haider has over 10 years of experience investing in MENA startups. Hasan is the Founder and Managing Partner of +VC, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the MENA region. Hasan was previously Managing Partner, MENA at 500 Startups and led the firms growth in the MENA Region over the last 5 years, turning 500 Startups into the most active VC fund in the MENA region, raising and deploying the 500 Falcons fund, building partnerships and running programs in the region to help build the regional ecosystem. Hasan has invested in more than 180 startups in the region over the course of the last 10 years.



Mohamed Okasha is the Managing partner of Disruptech Fintech-focused VC fund and Fawry’s co-Founder. With more than 25 years of experience in the corporate and retail sales, marketing and operations management of both IT and telecom Industries, Okasha co founded Fawry - the leading fintech company in Egypt - and took the company from inception till IPO and then to over 1B USD market cap.



Karim started his career working for large multinational companies where he realized that his passion lies in serving communities. He left and joined the Hult Prize as COO, where he helped design and run some of the largest accelerator programs in the world. He then set his sights on the Middle East, where he launched Changelabs, to help impact centered entrepreneurs succeed. Karim holds a BA in History from Boston College and an M.B.A from NYU’s Stern School of Business

karim samra

CEO @ change labs

As the Manager for Programs and Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Alicia develops strategy and programs that find, train and support entrepreneurs solving problems in the region.

Prior to joining Village Capital, Alicia worked with Ashoka in Istanbul, Turkey, where she resided for many years, as well as other non-profit organizations in Washington DC. She is especially passionate about the ability for businesses to foster positive social change, mitigate violence and protect the environment.

Alicia holds a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University and a BA in International Studies from Susquehanna University.

Alicia Sornson

Manager, Programs & Partnerships - MENA Village Capital

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