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Ecosystem Arabia By Amir Hegazi
If innovation is the engine of economic growth, then ecosystem development is the fuel that powers it.
In Ecosystem Arabia, which is based on a collection of more than 100 interviews with key thought-leaders and practitioners in the field, Amir Hegazi argues that the study of entrepreneurial ecosystems development is not confined to aspiring entrepreneurs or ivory-tower intellectuals. This subject cuts to the heart of professional success and economic development. After all, the elements of healthy ecosystems are, to a large extent, the very components of healthy societies at large.
According to Hegazi, we have two choices in this area. The first is to dismiss the topical altogether as insignificant or to tackle it via some ad hoc top-down initiative or isolated bottom-up program. The second is to step back and take an informed, holistic, and collaborative approach, in which all the stakeholders are actively and proactively involved, to ensure that all the conditions are present to pave the way for future growth.
Written with the clarity that such a complex subject requires, Ecosystem Arabia covers a wide array of topics, including entrepreneurship, funding, education, regulations, diversity, media, culture, and many more. It demonstrates that ecosystem development is a fundamental, behind the scenes force that shapes the future of cities and nations. Meanwhile, it provides a practical framework and guide of action for societies' transformations both in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and beyond; as well as deep insights into the current state and future outlook of the Arab world's ecosystem.
Check out some reviews:
"Ecosystem Arabia is a must read for understanding what actually goes into the making of a robust startup and tech ecosystem. It provides a real-life snapshot into such an evolution in the Arab world. It offers valuable insights from leading global experts on this critical and timely universal topic, as well as a blueprint for how nations can more effectively foster innovation and prosperity."
--KLAUS SCHWAB, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum
"Ecosystem Arabia does a remarkable job of enforcing my findings in Startup Communities and providing a well-rounded case study of the Middle East and North Africa region or "MENA." It's an invaluable resource to ecosystem participants anywhere."
--BRAD FELD, Co-Founder of Techstars and Author of Startup Communities
"In an increasingly competitive and globalized world, governments need every tool they can get to revitalize their economies and catch up or stay ahead of the curve. Ecosystem Arabia is such a tool."
--VERA SONGWE, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission on Africa
"Hegazi's book is a must read if you are a global investor or want to understand the future flow of capital in and out of the Middle East. It's the next best thing to visiting these countries yourself."
--KEVIN O'LEARY, Chairman of O'Shares Investments and television star on Shark Tank
"Ecosystem Arabia provides a practical blueprint to ecosystem development."
--TIM DRAPER, Founder of Draper Associates, DFJ