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Fintech Academy

Accelerating Fintech transformation in Egypt through world-class education


Round 2 Applications: Now Closed

The learners will be divided into 3 tracks taking a deep dive into their chosen tracks

  • Entreprenuership
  • Product Management
  • Development

Program Start Date: 23rd of June, 2021
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About Fintech Academy

Fintech Academy is a comprehensive program on financial technologies designed for those who want to make a difference, brought by Knowledge Officer and GIZ.

Learners will understand emerging technologies disrupting finance and how they can use them to build their own FinTech startups. Aspiring entrepreneurs will also build innovative, customer-centric Fintech solutions to accelerate Fintech transformation in Egypt.

Program Highlights

  • 4 months long
  • 300+ hours of online content
  • 4 practical projects
  • 14+ sessions and panels
  • 6+ study groups and participants support sessions
  • 60+ hours of mentorship
  • Choose from 3 tracks:
    - Entrepreneurship
    - Product Management
    - Development

Who is this program for?

Key Topics

Stage 1

Fintech Fundamentals

  • Fintech Landscape Overview
  • Lending & Investement
  • The role of technology in Fintech
  • Digital Payments
  • Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain
  • Regtech, Regulation & Standards
  • Reshaping Banking Industry
  • Alternative Investement
  • Ask me anthing sessions
  • Hackathon

Stage 2

The learners are divided into 3 tracks based on the interest they expressed in the application stage. Each learner can only be present in one track.

Track 1:
Fintech Entrepreneurs

  • Customer Development
  • Product Design & Product Metrics
  • Business Models/Pricing Models
  • Fundraising 2.0
  • FinTech Panel
  • Ask me anything sessions

Track 2:
Product Managers

Track Badge
  • Why Product Management & What is the PM Role?
  • Customer Development and Validation
  • Design Thinking & Product Design
  • Product Metrics & Data Analytics
  • Agile & Product Development Lifecycle
  • GTM strategy / Product Marketing
  • Product Leadership & Stakeholder Management

Track 3:

Track Badge
  • Backend Developers
  • Frontend Developers
  • Android Development
  • IOS Developemnt
  • AI & Machine learning
  • Ask me anything sessions

Stage 3

Showcase Stage

Connecting learners to Ecosystem

Learners will be connected with eco system experts based on tracks with potential for matching making with experts, investors to materialize their work during the Academy.

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Our Partners

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EFGEV LogoEgyptian Fintech Association LogoAhli Fintech LogoXPay LogoMagnitt LogoHambro Perks LogoLevels Ventures LogoDigifiedSprints Logo

Program Phases

Fintech Academy is divided into 3 phases:


Fintech Fundamentals Phase

5 Weeks

Participants are going to learn through online content, workshops, sessions and group projects.


Specialization Phase

9 Weeks

Participants will be encouraged to form, break and re-form teams of co-founders.


Showcase & Pitching phase

2 Weeks

Every team will be assigned a mentor to follow up on their execution and advise them on building traction until the end of the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The FinTech Academy is a 4-months online program that will aim to cover Fintech Fundamentals: Banking and Future of Payments, Applying Technology in Fintech, Infrastructure & Regulation, Digital Identity & Privacy and Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies. In addition to that, participants will cover 4 main Entrepreneurship components/modules: Startups Fundamentals, Product Discovery, Business Fundamentals and Investment Cycle.

The goal is to increase capacity and literacy based on the mandate of the Egyptian government in fintech and disrupting financial technologies. Based on the tracks chosen from Entrepreneurship, product management or development. the program aim to input these calibers back to the eco system in the form of funded startups, component product owners and impact driven developers aligned with the growing fintech industry.

The program is fully funded for all accepted participants by our funding partners. There is no actual fee to join.

The program will start on the 20th of June, 2021.

The program is 100% remote and all the phases will be conducted online.

The selection process will make sure that we have as close to 33% split as possible between a domain edge and background in FinTech, Tech edge and execution (product or sales) edge among the participants. All the participants must share passion and ideas towards building in Fintech nevertheless.

Despite the obvious growth that Egypt has witnessed in the past couple of years, the industry is still facing big challenges and we need more and more capable entrepreneurs who are equipped with the right knowledge, skills, tools and network to be able to elevate the state of Fintech in Egypt.

For any inquiries about the program, please contact

Everyone can give us a hand to graduate capable candidates who are willing to build for a better Egypt that we always dream of! If you are willing to be one of our partners to support achieving this vision, please send an email to

Yes, you can fill in the form of the program mentors

Round 1 Mentors

Ahmed Monir

Head of Regulatory Sandbox @ Central Bank of EGYPT

George Yaryura

Chief Product Officer @ Allfunds

Sami Abou Saab

CEO @ Speed Accelerator

Nada Elshazly

Head of Economics and Fintech @ Swiss School of Management

Hosam Mahmoud

Advisor for Startup Finance @ GIZ

Mahmoud Nour

MINT Hub Director @ EGbank

Rafeh Saleh

Managing Partner @ Cubit Ventures

Ren Yi Hooi

Founder @ Lighting Social Ventures

Ridhwaan Ahmed

Compliance Operations @ Gocardless

Ahmed Elsherif

Managing Director @ Openner Ventures - Egypt

Mohamed Ali Soliman

Senior Supervisor @ Bank of England

Gehan Fathi

Investment Advisor and Angel Investor

Mostafa Ashour

Managing Partner @ NowPay

Mohamed Elsabry

Product Manager @ Transferwise

Gaia Ines

Head of Growth and Business Development @ Ikigai Data

Sara Enan

Associate @ Global Ventures

Eslam Darwish

Venture Partner @ Global Ventures

Mahmoud El Zohairy


Amal Enan

Venture Capital @ Global Ventures

Noha Shaker

Founder and Secretary-General @ The Egyptian Fintech Association

Nader Abdelrazik

Chief Business Officer @ XPay

Mohamed Abdelmottaleb

CEO @ XPay

Parker Crockford

Vice President of Growth @ Upvest

Mohamed Abdou

Founder & CEO @ Pravica

Hassan Ali

Founder & FinTech Advisor @ Teknolojia

Ibrahim Hassan

CEO @ Digified

Inji Amr

Senior Managing Consultant @ Mastercard

Hani Soliman

General Manager @ PayTabs Egypt

Adel Boseli

Founder @ VFLOCK

Mirna Soliman

Founder & CEO @ Fintech Galaxy

Mohamed Sameh

Investor Relations Officer @ Fawry

Maury G

Managing Partner @ Levels Ventures

Karam Kanan

Product @ TransferWise

Yasser Ahmed

Head of Digital Banking @ aiBANK

Kareem Tabbaa

CPO @ Wahed

Omar Alalami

Senior Strategy Consultant @ Accenture

Yasmine Ibrahim

Compliance @

Atilla Kaiser

Advisor, Financial Inclusion & Technology @ GIZ

Sameh Behairy

Digital Innovation Manager @ Banque Misr

Ahmed Abaza

Founder @ Synapse Analytics

Galal Elbeshbishy

Artificial Intelligence Strategist @ Synapse Analytics

Mohamed Hamza

Associate Director @ AUC Venture Lab

Malek Sultan

Partner @ Disruptech VC

Walid Hassouna

CEO @ EFG Finance

Salah Awad

CTO @ Berytech

Suleiman Arabiat

FinTech Investment Lead @ AB Ventures LP

Ahmed Mazhar

Vodafone Cash Business Development @ Vodafone Egypt

Ivo Detelinov

VC Business Development @ Hambro Perks

Abe Karar

Digital Transformation Consultant @ ALCHEMY Digital Studios

About Knowledge Officer and GIZ

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Promoting Access to Financial Services for Small and Medium Enterprises (PAFSME) is a bilateral technical cooperation project, under the guidance of the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) with technical assistance provided by GIZ on behalf of BMZ.

Knowledge Officer collaborates with GIZ to deliver data-driven learning in Fintech to the Egyptian learner community on a mission to upskill professionals and accelerate region's digital transformation.

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