First Corporate Venture Capital specialized in Education Technology

"Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard."
Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.

"It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen."
Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

"If you just work on stuff that you like and you're passionate about, you don't have to have a master plan with how things will play out."
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.


EdVentures, The first Corporate Venture Capital specialized in Education

It is the first of its kind in the MENA region; as it accelerates, incubates, and invests in educational startups at different stages. Powered by the long successful history of Nahdet Misr, EdVentures supports entrepreneurs by offering them a second-to-none environment, paving their path to rapid and healthy growth.


We offer customized programs for startups at different stages.


Early stage startups get enrolled in the “Incubation” phase, where they are provided with intense and focused training to build their product/service and get to know the customer needs, helping them create their minimum viable products to avoid failure when they go to the market.


Startups that have already built their innovative products get enrolled in the “Acceleration” phase, where they get the needed support to grow quickly, and achieve traction through another intensive program, to reach their Product-Market Fit.

Follow-on Investment:

Startups that need further scaling and growth get enrolled in the “Follow-on Investment” phase, where they get the financial support, to be able to reach new markets and create new products. Startups then engage in a long-term partnership with Nahdet Misr, offering mutual support and ongoing services.

We offer tailor-made programs for every startup that will join EdVentures.

Our selection process consists of 1- Application form 2- Internal Investment Committee Interviews 3- Final Panel Interview


Dalia Ibrahim


Chief Executive Officer at Nahdet Misr Publishing House. Graduated with honors in Business Administration (1993) from the American University in Cairo, Dalia Ibrahim has more than 25 years of professional experience not only in traditional publishing but also in all forms of content provision. She solidified her educational experience with a Masters of Public Administration (1999) and an Executive MBA (2014) both from the American University in Cairo. From 1998 till 2009, she established four different companies that offer integrated publishing, educational and digital solutions. Deservedly, Dalia’s efforts earned Nahdet Misr several local and international awards including the Etisalat Award for Children’s books, the Sheikh Zayed Award for Best Publisher in the Arab World, the Anna Lindh Foundation Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award and many more. Driven by a sense of commitment to the society, Dalia saves no effort to volunteer to serve as a mentor or a judge to startup projects of young entrepreneurs.

Hadia Hamdy

With a very rich experience, Dr. Hadia puts together her academic background as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at GUC with a PhD in Innovation Management from Stuttgart University along with her Consulting experience, being an Advisor to the Minister of Investment in addition to her massive work experience as a Corporate Banking Manager at the American Express for almost 5 years.

Tarek Mansour

With a unique mix of different experiences, Mr. Tarek is one of our most dedicated mentors. He works as a Non-executive director of PwC after being a senior partner of 16 years. He also merges some amazing volunteering experience being Egypt’s advisory Group President of AIESEC, a mentor at Endeavor, a board member of Enactus, a member of both Cairo Angels and Askoka.

Khaled Ismail

With a PhD from MIT, Dr. Khaled is one of our most Iconic mentors. He’s also quite known for his reputation as a successful entrepreneur and investor. He has a massive experience in supporting entrepreneurs and investment as well having worked as an advisor for Algebra Ventures, a member of the board for ZPA Smart Energy, a board member of ElSweedy Electronics and Bisco Misr, a member of the Investment committee at MENA Ventures, an advisor of the Egyptian American Enterprise fund, a board member of TIEC and a member of the Presidential advisory board for Economic Development.

AbdelHameed Sharara

As an entrepreneur by experience, Sharara is an icon of Entrepreneurship in Egypt being the Founder and CEO of RiseUp, the most well-known entrepreneurship summit in Egypt and the Middle East. Sharara is also a Member of the Board for TIEC with a mission to develop TIEC's new strategy for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Hatem Sallam

As the chief executive officer at ITWORX Education, Hatem Sallam leads the strategy and operations of the organization and engages directly with strategic customers, partners and prospects. Since joining ITWORX Education in 2011, Hatem has contributed much more than his impressive vocation and exceptional expertise; his resilient leadership has steered the company to successfully deliver its professional software products and services in America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During his tenure, ITWORX Education managed to achieve a colossal 300% revenue growth and earned several global awards and recognitions, including the Microsoft Public Sector Education Partner of the Year and CityNext Partner of the Year Finalist awards. Hatem holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University (1996), and a M.Sc. degree in Organization Change from Ashridge Business School in the UK (2014).

Neveen El Tahry

Graduated from faculty of Economics & Political science, Cairo University and is an alumna of London Business School and Harvard Business School. Joined Commercial Int’l Bank (previously Chase National Bank of Egypt) in 1980 to ultimately head the Petroleum, Tourism & Electronic corporate banking divisions. With the revival of the Egyptian Capital Market in 1994 moved into the entrepreneurial space establishing Delta Brokerage, ABN AMRO Delta Asset Management 1997, Nuun Fund Services 2008, Upper Egypt Leasing 2009 and Delta Financial Investments 2007 which was to focus on incubating SME's; all of these were either fully or partially divested by 2011.

Ayman Shehata

Being the CSR Strategy Manager at PwC, Ayman deals on daily basis with Startups. He’s very well-known for his support to startups and SMEs being their mentor and consultant.

Wael Eldesouki Bedda

Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the Arab Academy of Science and Technology. Wael has 15 years of experience in marketing, sales and feasibility studies gained from business consultation and enhanced by teaching in London School of Economics, Cardiff Metropolitan University. He supports entrepreneurs and help them in formulating business vision that is scalable and profitable. Wael is a strong believer in sector-focused incubators and accelerators. Through AAST accelerator, Wael is supporting Export and Supply Chain Startups to go global. He is progressing a PhD degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University in UK; his PHD is concerned with Global Entrepreneurial Marketing Mix.

Faris Alami

Founder and CEO of International Strategic Management, an international technology company. Additionally, he is a consultant with the World Bank as an entrepreneurial ecosystem expert as well as a business advisor with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Wayne State University. He also facilitates a program for high school students, where they learn how to launch a global technology company, in addition to mentoring university students. He has served at business incubators, startups, nonprofit organizations, five-star resorts, national marketing companies, fledgling companies, and major department store chains, and lent his expertise to service, wholesale and retail companies.



Leading the innovation leap in education and learning in the MENA region.

Our Mission :

Supporting the development of high growth enterprises in the education, learning and publishing fields through the provision of strategic support, human and financial capital, and unparalleled networking and connections to startups at the earliest stages of their companies.


EdVentures is a Corporate Venture Capital specialized in Education. We accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial companies, through of an array of business support, resources and services.

EdVentures main objective is to graduate successful firms that are capable of being both financially viable and freestanding. This way will be commercializing emerging technologies, contributing to creating jobs, and in turn, strengthening the local economies.

Teams will discuss some details about their companies with experts in different fields.

Our Application & Selection Process

Application Form

Measuring the factors of success and collecting some data about the team and the company.

Internal Investment Committee Interviews

Final Panel Interview

Teams will go to discuss some details about their companies with experts in different fields



Launching Event/Ed.Ventures’ Birth


Application deadline


Internal Selection


Interviews start


Acceleration Cycle – Round 1



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Why Ed.Tech?

Apply to our December 2017 Round 1

EdVentures Headquarters

21 Ahmed Orabi Street, Mohandseen, Giza, Egypt

Tel: (+202) 33444621


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