It was 2012 and Egypt was rising from the ashes of a revolution that was swiping across the Arab world. Yet, instead of finding the violence and radicalism that blasted through the tv screens back home, I found something I’d never seen before: the relentless, unstoppable grit of entrepreneurs re-building their nations, fuelled by nothing but the power of their ideas.
It was a revolution of hope. Inspired by their ingenuity and driven by curiosity, I began interviewing them and traveling across the region, from the Syrian border to the bustling capital of Lebanon, from the heart of Turkey to the hills of Palestine’s divided nation.
It was through these travels that I discovered an untold nascent startup scene that was springing beyond the Middle East; a scene made up of thousands of valiant entrepreneurs who were defying all odds to build businesses, all the while starting a new life.