RISE is a new kind of organization – one that believes in the capacity, creativity, and ingenuity of Egyptians, and those who love Egypt, to unleash innovative solutions to the country’s biggest development challenges.

What is RISE Egypt?

Global Nonprofit
RISE Egypt is a global nonprofit that is leveraging its network of top experts, investors, and researchers to accelerate entrepreneurship for development in Egypt. 

Think and Do Tank
RISE Egypt is a "Think and Do Tank" that links capacity-building for growth stage social enterprises with world class research to enable an evidence-based scale-up of its portfolio companies.

Promotes Collaboration
RISE Egypt promotes collaboration across sectors and facilitates important conversations between stakeholders in the private sector, civil society, and policymaking communities about the roles of impact investing, public-private partnerships, and research in accelerating development. 

We are inspired by what’s possible today, motivated by what’s needed for tomorrow, and united by a love for Egypt.

Think big. Dig deep. Make change.


Show your support for Egyptian innovators by building a one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to bringing the best talent and resources the world has to offer to some of the most forward-thinking entrepreneurs in Egypt!  

We invite you to join our free global network and take the lead in supporting and growing Egyptian innovation.

Join the RISE team on social media.
Stay up to date with our exciting progress and help promote and grow our global network.

Smart and passionate, our entrepreneurs are making waves and creating jobs in areas of impact for Egypt.

No matter what your background we are interested in how you want to contribute to our collective mission.

Collaboratives join individuals to enable the social innovation ecosystem to scale and thrive.


"In the summer of 2013, we founded RISE Egypt. It was built on the basic question: What if we could realize innovation through social entrepreneurship in Egypt?"

In this letter from RISE President, Dr. Mona Mowafi, learn more about what motivated the idea of RISE, and get inspired to join our global community.


Since the birth of RISE we have had the privilege of meeting with groups large and small through our global outreach. 

‘Why RISE?’ gives insights and clarity to common questions raised in these meetings. From questions about how we are organized or how to get involved to those about the investment landscape in Egypt, find our answers here.

  • RISE is a unique 'Think and Do Tank' dedicated to nurturing social entrepreneurs and promoting economic development and well-being in Egypt. RISE represents an exciting model of how global talent can be harnessed to create value and disseminate evidence-based programs.
    — Ichiro Kawachi, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
  • To be amongst the Egyptian social entrepreneurs in pursuit of their passions and commitment to serve all Egyptians is UP-rising! I am refueled and determined that as an Egyptian-American we must invest in RISE that supports innovators that are committed to a better, stronger Egypt for all Egyptians.
    — Lobna "Luby" Ismail, President, Connecting Cultures; RISE Fellowship Advisor
  • RISE Egypt is bringing passion, energy, and innovative thinking to addressing the need for economic development and job creation in Egypt. With such an impressive team, they are bound to succeed.
    — Kate Seelye, Senior Vice President, Middle East Institute