Mazen Helmy, is the managing director and co-founder of “The District” in Egypt, the country’s first co-working space launched during the Egyptian revolution.The District provides an inspiring workspace (approximately 1000 square meters) for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Forbes magazine recently dubbed him as one of the young entrepreneurs to watch in Africa. Although, Mazen is an engineer by trade, and a professional swimmer who was on the Egyptian national swim team, his passion and vision has led him to speak at various conferences notably TEDx.
What you will learn
- The Big Idea
- How he got into start-ups
- The Revolution in Egypt
- The steps of building up a new start-up (The District)
- The Dynamics of The District as a co-working space
- The challenges of getting people to use a co-working space
- The business aspect of a co-working space
- Dealing with competition
- Importance of the hub to help encourage young people
- Initiatives that have come out of The District
- Entrepreneurs that have inspired him
- The one piece of advice he’d ask his favorite person in the world:
- Advice to young Mazen:
- Advice to someone from another country who wants to start a new business in Egypt:
- Done is better than perfect.
- If you have an idea, go out, take action, and then work on improving it.
- Take the first step, and take it fast
- Come with a fresh eye and a fresh perspective.
- Interact directly with the local people, so that you can test and validate your assumptions
Words of Wisdom
Be a part of the solution, not the problem. Just take action
Books and Resources