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  • AUC Venture Lab Celebrates Its 5th AnniversaryThis demo day we celebrated the graduation of our Arab African International Bank Cycle 10 and Spring'18 FinTech Cycle startups
  • AUC Venture Lab AwardKhaled Ismail Takes Home the Venture Lab Award for Entrepreneurship Impact

The AUC Venture lab is the leading university-based startup accelerator/incubator in Africa and the MENA region, with the aim of commercializing innovations that contribute to Egypt’s competitiveness and economic growth​​

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Our network of startups are active agents of change in sectors all over Egypt varying from e-commerce, renewable energy and education to gaming, arts and fashion. They are selected based on their tenacity for success, team cohesion and commitment

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The process starts with an online application along with individual team interviews. Promising startups then attend a boot camp, followed by a pitch to the final selection panel

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Our network of academic and business mentors includes AUC alumni, faculty members and friends guiding the entrepreneurs and their teams towards a successful launch and growth

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We are proud of our diverse pool of partners ranging from media companies to corporations and angel investors

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We are proud to have corporate founders who believed in the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as sponsors who help facilitate our work through different services 

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Our team members come from different backgrouds that all add up to create a strong and homogenous entrepreneurial entity

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Follow us on social media for information on our next round of applications

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AUC V-lab in the Media

  • The AUC V-LAB will enable start-ups to capitalize on AUC’s world-class facilities and knowledge base, connecting innovative start-ups with AUC’s alumni network, and fostering a thriving ecosystem of innovation, education, and business.

    Egypt Innovate06/01/2016

  • Launched in 2013 as the first university-based incubator in Egypt, the AUC Venture Lab has so far worked with 46 high potential startups and helped them launch their businesses

    Disrupt Africa 14/12/2015

  • It’s obvious that the V-Lab team pays a great amount of attention to ensuring a diverse mix of ideas in its incubator


  • The Venture Lab (VLab) of the American University in Cairo (AUC) has been evaluated as the most promising incubator in Africa in the Global University Business Incubators List for 2014.

    Al Ahram Weekly22/01/2015

AUC V-lab Testimonials

  • The AUC Venture Lab is an outstanding lauching pad to get your startup launched, funded and mentored by world-class entrepreneurs and experts

    Sherif Makhlouf, Adjunct FacultyDepartment of Management

  • It was a great opportunity to work with Egyptian startups, along side the university, in helping them develop their personal and emotioal skills in order to achieve their full potential and desired success

    Shaza Nessim, Head Psycologist and Buisness CoachInquire Counseling

  • "Making your own startup is a journey and the most important thing the V-lab offers is a group of entrepreneurs to share that journey with. Each one of us is very strong in his/her field so putting us all together is making each and every one of us even stronger. I’m sure that when our startups succeed, we would owe a big part of this success to the V-Lab"

    Mohamed El- Eryan, CEO Escape HD

  • "AUC V-Lab is where I validated my idea, learned how to implement it and met people who helped me do so. It is the place where the dreams come true."

    Hussein Almenawy, Co-FounderPayMe