Mai Medhat, CEO of Eventtus believes that entrepreneurship in the MENA region is ready to compete on a global level. She made her statement after getting the opportunity to be live on stage at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Silicon Valley with president Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and 2 other entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Peru.
During the summit, Mai shared her story of the inception and journey of Eventtus. “It was triggered by a need. The identification of a gap that technology could fill. And that is the core of any successful entrepreneurial venture anywhere in the world. To recognize and identify a need, to understand how great technology can fulfill it, and to really study how to make that happen. This is what we do on a daily basis now at Eventtus. We’re constantly looking for ways to further develop and enhance the event engagement experience for attendees and organizers alike.”
After launching in Egypt, Eventtus took its first steps towards expansion and opened its first office in Dubai. Since then, Eventtus has partnered with entrepreneurship events in the Middle East. More than 800 organizers have used Eventtus to manage over 7,500 events. Eventtus has been closely working with customers like Harvard Arab weekend in the USA, DMG eventsw, ArabNet, RiseUp Summit and is currently working with Dubai Expo 2020.
“This was more than just the opportunity of a life-time. This was a moment that arrived after a long and challenging journey that my co-founder Nihal and I endured to make Eventtus the successful event engagement platform that it is today. And what I learned is that the challenges faced by entrepreneurs all over the world are very similar: funding, resourcing and a legal and banking infrastructure that caters to the nature of start-ups. Sitting on that panel with President Obama and one of the world’s most admired entrepreneurs, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg I felt so much hope and optimism for our regional ecosystem. The past two years especially we have seen many success stories that have come out such as Integrate, Wuzzuf, Instabug, Kijamii and the incredible success of the RiseUp Entrepreneurship Summit. We’re facing challenges, but we’re getting there.” quoted Mai.
The Global Entrepreneurship Program is an initiative that President Obama launched from Egypt, when he during his Cairo University speech ‘A New Beginning’ in 2009 that he ‘will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world’. This Summit was the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya.
Original Source: Zawya.com