FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF SAWARI VENTURES & THE GREEK CAMPUS
Ahmed El Alfi
Named as one of the most creative people in the world by Fast Company, Ahmed El Alfi has been an early stage/growth investor for the past 25 years, translating to an extensive experience in funding, nurturing early stage companies.
El Alfi founded Hybrid Capital Partners in 1990, a private investment partnership. Hybrid Capital has funded, helped grow and exited several successful companies: among them are PC Mall, a USD 1bn rapid response supplier of technology services for businesses, governments and consumers; ATML, an owner and operator of over 1,000 ATMS; Banquet, an extreme sports portal and community site; Internet Brands, a leading operator of ecommerce and community websites; and The Genetics Institute a genetic diagnostic company. Also during 2006, he served as CEO of EFG-Hermes Private Equity (“EHPE”).
From 2010 to present he founded Sawari Ventures, FLat6Labs, Nafham, and TATP. Sawari Ventures is a VC firm headquartered in Cairo that aims to help transform the Egyptian and MENA region economies through the creation of sustainable, high impact businesses. In 2011, Sawari Ventures created and funded Flat6Labs, since then Flat6Labs has grown to become the MENA region’s leading startup accelerator, with accelerator programs in Cairo, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi and opening this year in Tunis, Bahrain and Beirut. With over 100 companies formed, seeded and graduated to date.
Nafham is the top Arabic online video educational platform covering the Egyptian, Saudi, Syrian, Kuwaiti and Algerian public school curriculums, Nafham currently gives over 100,000 free video lessons per day to over 500,000 students. TATP, established in 2013, took over a large part of the American University in Cairo’s downtown campus to form the GrEEK Campus; a 25,000 square meter office park near Tahrir Square where over 130 startups now work and collaborate. In addition to Sawari Ventures’ and Flat6Labs’ portfolios of investments, his current portfolio in the US includes Triporati, an innovative online travel company; Pacific Toxicology, a leading Toxicology laboratory in the USA, as well as Zignal Labs a big data analysis company.