Egypt’s ITIDA, Huawei Technologies ink MoU to launch Spark, develop startups

Doaa A.Moneim , Monday 8 Aug 2022

Huawei Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) to launch Huawei's Spark programme.

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Spark helps provide opportuntities for deep-tech startups to establish roots in new markets, widen their client reach, and co-create with Huawei.

This coordination seeks to provide promising technology-driven startups in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), data managemnt, gaming, and e-commerce with free accesss to Huawei’s ecosystem of Cloud resources.

The selected startups will access Huawei’s training programmes for technical support, including Cloud and AI technology, such as AI development framework, database, and operating system to develop their own applications, services, and appliances.

The MoU was signed by MaBen, board member and managing director of the public affairs and communication department at Huawei Egypt, and Hossam Othman, vice president of ITIDA and managing director of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (TIEC).

Both parties stressed that the Spark incubation and accelerating platform will foster digital transformation in various industries in Egypt, including heathcare, fintech, education, and energy in line with Egypt’s Vision 2030.

“We are ecstatic to cooperate with Huawei to support startups through their early stages of growth. The programme seeks to tremendously impact our entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt, unlocking the path of promising opportunities. It also meets our primary goals of boosting innovation in Egypt, as well as our mandate of building the capacities of young talent on the latest information and communication technologies,” Othman said. 

MaBen said the collaboration will offer multi-tier support to startups and enable them to leverage Huawei technology stack to accelerate startups' growing rate in Egypt.

“We, at Huawei, consider such a programme as part of the company’s responsibility towards society development. Huawei considers Spark Programme's startups as business partners while providing them with access to Huawei’s wide-ranging, global enterprise client portfolio. Startups will be able to reach service users through Huawei consumer ecosystem and Huawei App Gallery, and millions of enterprise users across the globe through Huawei’s Cloud marketplace,” he added.

Huawei launched the programme in several countries as well to help cultivate digital experts and build the local ecosystem.

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