Techne Drifts Closes The First-Ever Online Startup Competition

RoboDesk, an AI-powered startup from Tanta, was crowned as the winner of the nation-wide competition that innovated its roadshow to host online pitches to investors in 14 cities across Egypt.

With 14,000 participants online, Techne Drifts concluded its 4th edition, wrapping up the first-ever roadshow startup competition to be held across 14 Egyptian governorates, online!

The roadshow, which usually stops across remote cities in the nation to offer training, mentorship, guidance and a pitching competition, this year took it one step further and took its entrepreneurs, trainers, and judges to the online sphere, in an effort to preserve people’s safety amidst Covid19 concerns.
Entrepreneurs from all corners of Egypt, from Mediterranean Alexandria, to Suez and the Southernmost tip in Aswan, took part in the competition that saw 316 startups battling it out for the first prize.

Through 11 live events and 11 virtual events, the roadshow was a thrilling series of 85 talks and panels featuring 48 movers and shakers of the Middle Eastern startup scene. The speaker lineup included influential investors Khaled Ismail, Founder and President of HIMangel, Professor Sherif Delawar, the Egyptian Economic Thinker, Ahmed El Alfi, Founder and Chairman of Sawari Ventures, Neveen El Tahri, Chairperson & Managing Director at Delta Shield as well as prominent entrepreneurs Ameer Sherif, Founder of Wuzzuf, Rania Ayman, Founder of Entreprenelle, and Sameh Saleh, Founder of Hawaya - Formerly Harmonica.


“We really care about our audience and our team, so we decided to take things virtual.
We have been practicing social distance at a very early stage. We thought it would be challenging in terms of attendance, but it proved to be the complete opposite. Going online actually allowed many more people from across different governorates to attend online and engage with the events” says Tarek El Kady, Founder and CEO of Techne Inc, Alexandria Business Angel Network, and MedAngels.
Screen Shot 2020-04-11 at 6.51.14 PM
RoboDesk, an AI-powered startup from Tanta, was crowned as the top amongst 66 startups that pitched across 6 semi-final events. The startup offers an AI-powered omni-channel solution to handle customer care affairs with bots that interact with the company’s agents to reduce cost and increase customer satisfaction.

Each of the one-day drifts, aimed at strengthening the local startup ecosystem, turned into an online festival, with over 2,500 participants online and 1,200 attendees on the ground sharing ideas, exchanging advice and pitching their businesses.

At the end of the 6 regional semi-finals, 14 startups took it to the final ceremony, which was attended virtually by 14,000 hustlers from all over the region. Aiming to continue to empower entrepreneurs across all cities of Egypt, Techne Drifts is now gearing up for its 4th year!