Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, sent out invitations to IT startups in Alexandria, and 12 companies, including eSpace, were in the lineup to meet the minister. An Alexandrian at heart himself, the minister wanted to know what kind of activities such aspiring companies engage in, the nature of our different business models, status of the current market, and our needs and problems. Many ideas, problems, and dreams were thrown on the table and discussed at length, and with great candidness. The minister responded to the input provided by sharing his idea of starting a technology park to be built in Alexandria, but geared towards fostering entrepreneurs as ourselves and enriching the startup spirit, an idea which displays his confidence in how startups can indeed build and strengthen the backbone of the Egyptian economy.

eSpace CEO, Samer El Sahn, made a point of driving home the importance of realizing a meaningful and scalable entrepreneurial ecosystem, where technical savviness alone does not suffice and investors, VCs, seedings, incubators, accelerators, and the works, are needed to complete the picture. Similar initiatives in Jordan, such as Meydan, were brought up and gained interest by the minister. We hope that the wholehearted and sincere conviction that the minister displayed couples with our core value of becoming "a technology enabler for people that need to get their ideas realized" and creates something constructive and motivated by a common goal of the welfare of our nation.