Can you imagine what life would be like in 2025? How would you live your life, and what would be the extent of the technological invasion? It would be hard for anyone to predict the transformation of his own business and life within the next few years, yet it was not so hard for some.
Last weekend, Cairo witnessed one of its latest initiatives in the world of entrepreneurs and start-ups, aiming to change the future by predicting what’s in it.
“The Pioneers” is a forum held by Egyprenuer, a company helping small start-ups. The forum shared the vision of Egyptian Entrepreneurs for their industries by 2025, whilst also providing a platform for start-ups, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and industry leaders to network, partner and grow.
The two day event aimed to raise the awareness of people about new start-ups and to build connections between the entrepreneurs.
“We want the entrepreneurs to know that we support them, help them and provide them with a network to deal with each other through,” said Egyprenuer CEO Abdel-Rahman Magdy.
People tend to see small start-ups as charity work or with no future, even though there are successful business stories that changed the history of the world that started as a small start-up, according to Magdy.
Yet, the road is not easily paved and it has lots of struggles in it. The only way of overcoming them, is by predicting them or gain advice from a person who has previously undergone a similar experience, which is what the forum is all about as Magdy described it.
Moreover, for those who want to start a new business soon, the information of knowing where to start and how was provided at the forum.
The two-day event had 18 start-ups from several various sectors, each talking not only about the future plans for his/her project, but also about the vision they share for the future of the sector they’re engaged in.
The future of tourism, technology, health care, transportation, unemployment, education, sports and entertainment, were all part of the discussed talks people shared.
Walaa Salem, the marketing manager of job recruitment website Jobzella, talked of how her company started as a small business out of a group of people, and the transformation process it went through to be an international website that connects thousands of people seeking jobs to the companies seeking employees.
“Jobzella is not just a website for people to find suitable jobs, it’s a network that connects the Human Resources manager of international companies with people,” said Salem. “That would be after providing them with the needed information they need to improve their skills and CVs with.”
Salem talked about the future of the recruitment field her company is working in, their plans of turning the jobs they – the staff – do into an easy mobile application that both partners would connect through.
Ehab Malek, the CEO of online travel agency E7gzonline.com, talked about his future plans for the tourism field.
“Only a few years separate us from having the technology for getting everything done for us, even the job of the tourist guide would be replaced by new technology provides each tourist with his own machine that tells him/her with the history of ever place they go to,” he said.
Egyprenuer plans to put all of the recorded discussions and workshops online for those who are interested to seek a way of improving it.
“It’s the way we grantee the information would reach as much people as possible,” Magdy said. The website would be launched within this week to allow visitors to know all discussed topics and provided information from the forum.