Did you recently get a Facebook Group invite to a group related to entrepreneurship and startup happenings in Egypt or the region?
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of “groups” on different social media channels that have something to do with entrepreneurship and startups. They bring founders together to share, ask questions, or get help with something (related to the business). You might find that some founders are in more than one group, and others are just in one or the other. Some are local, others are regional but they all have good resources, ability to connect and network, as well as knowing that you could just ask if you need help with something! Check out the list below, we decided to round up the groups that provide just that.
StarterHub is the newest addition to Facebook Groups. Amr Hussein created this group in 2019. As the description mentions, “Instead of entrepreneurs, let’s just call them Starters. Anyone who creates a new business is a starter. You don’t need an MBA, a certificate, a fancy suit, a briefcase, or an above-average-tolerance for risk. You just need an idea, a touch of confidence, and a push to get started.”
The group grew to over 1,500 founders in a record time from 45 countries and over 90 cities. According to the creator, Amr, it’s a “non-profit social group that provides free online mentorship sessions, business tools, and events for young and passionate entrepreneurs!”
Join StarterHub Facebook Group here.
2. The Lean Startup Circle – Egypt
This group is based on the movement for the “lean startups,” a set of principles refined by Eric Ries, from a process developed by Steve Blank. The book, The Lean Startup is actually sold on Souq (starting 60 EGP) and Diwan (starting 330 EGP), so you can buy it in Egypt easily. Therefore, the aim of the group is to encourage conversations for those interested in these Lean Startup Principles, according to the group description.
The Lean Startup Circle was created by Hatem El Shamaa, and now has over 5,400 members. It is a helpful group of diverse set of people including: entrepreneurs, mentors, speakers, trainers, VCs, business angels, accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces.
Join The Lean Startup Circle here.
3. MENA Tech Ecosystem
This group was created by Fady Al Daweiry and according to the group description, is made for “sharing knowledge & experience about technology business & entrepreneurship ecosystem in MENA region.” They have a couple of moderators assigned in the group and they moderate the conversations happening. Also, the group has been very active during the beginning of the year and has continued throughout.
Join MENA Tech Ecosystem here.
4. Startups Galaxy Community 1.0
Startups Galaxy created a group in 2019 to share their updates to a close community of contributors, believers, advisors and partners. The group creator, Sameh Khalil, mentions that the purpose is to develop Startups Galaxy in a shared space to receive feedback. Engaging a chosen group from the entrepreneurship community, means we can provide helpful services.
Startups Galaxy Contributors 1.0 is mostly sharing specific updates about StartupsGalaxy.com before announcing it to the public . Furthermore, group members receive invitations to exclusive networking events and opportunities.
Apply to join the group here.
5. MENA Founders Group (WhatsApp)
A bonus one here, because this one isn’t on Facebook! The MENA Founders Group is actually a WhatsApp group. (Facebook / WhatsApp, what’s the difference anyway right?) Abdulrahman El Sharawy, co-founder of the startup Vapulus, created this group.
The group currently has 256 participants and is active on an almost bi-weekly basis. The group name is clear, it’s basically startup founders from the MENA region. They share resources, opportunities and discuss certain ecosystem happenings.
To join this WhatsApp group, go to this invitation link here.