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In Photos: Reflections on City Life in Paris, Cairo & New York

In this project that combines photography and text, visual artist and writer Alya Sorour explores Cairo, Paris and New York as a flâneur - as a wanderer seeking to understand three cities that have influenced her life in various ways at different times. From desolate landscapes and voyeuristic angles, Sorour's astute observations about capitalism, society and the unintended consequences of 19th century urban design result in a collection of photographs that are at times striking, and at others, haunting. The text - an edited version of her preface to the project - explains her journey from initiation to completion and charts her attempts to grapple with urban wanderings.
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Cairo Entrepreneurship: Markets & People

For the fourth and final installment of our #urbaneconomies series, we look at the dual role of markets and human capital in growing tech and non-tech entrepreneurship in Cairo, using Daniel Isenberg’s Domains of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as a guide.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Cairo, entrepreneurship, culture, infrastructure

Cairo’s Culture of Entrepreneurship

In the third installment of our #urbaneconomies series, we look at the role of culture and supports in growing tech and non-tech entrepreneurship in Cairo, using Daniel Isenberg’s Domains of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as a guide.
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Funding Entrepreneurship in Cairo

For the second installation of our #urbaneconomies series, we look at the role of funding and policy in growing tech and non-tech entrepreneurship in Cairo, using Daniel Isenberg’s Domains of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as a guide.
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Cairo: A Legacy of Entrepreneurship

In the 1930s, a young boy of 11 fled his village to Cairo, only to become an apprentice to a foreign cobbler who made shoes for Egypt’s royal family. 20 years later, and in the aftermath of the 1952 ousting of King Faruq, the shoemaker was forced to leave Egypt, leaving the young man – who had by then mastered the craft – with the capital’s most prestigious shoe workshop. But the young apprentice’s ambitions exceeded those of his master, and in 1954, he established Egypt’s first shoe factory; that man was Mohamed Lotfy, founder of Lotfy footwear. Over the course of this four-part series on entrepreneurship, we examine the factors that affect Cairene entrepreneurs, from access to markets and human capital to culture and support structures to finance and policy.