Knowledge Officer partners with GIZ to launch Fintech Academy

The fellowship program will equip professionals in Egypt with key skills in financial technologies and entrepreneurship.

Knowledge Officer is thrilled to announce a landmark collaboration with the Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to launch the Fintech Academy, first of this kind initiative in Egypt. The Academy will cover most important topics in the intersection of finance, technology and entrepreneurship. The mission is to prepare future founders for the changing landscape of finance and equip them with key skills in order to lead the Fintech transformation in the region. 

The participants will learn through the mix of self-paced learning, online sessions and hands-on projects. They will eventually launch their own Fintech startup by the end of the program and get connected with investment opportunities. The whole process will be overseen by 35 expert mentors from the UK and Egypt. 

The initiative aligns with the Knowledge Officer’s mission to empower the Fintech ecosystem with education. The program partners who support that vision include Mint, Fintech Galaxy or Global Ventures.

Ahmed El-Sharkasy, the co-founder of Knowledge Officer, says: “We are very proud to be working alongside GIZ to deliver this project. Financial technologies are growing rapidly in Egypt supported by a powerful infrastructure that consists of Fintech startups, banks, financial institutes, Investors and regulators. Despite the obvious growth that Egypt has witnessed in the past couple of years, the industry is still facing big challenges and we need more and more capable entrepreneurs who are equipped with the right knowledge, skills, tools and network to be able to elevate the state of Fintech in Egypt. We are hoping that this initiative will fuel the growth of the Fintech industry in Egypt with more entrepreneurs building innovative solutions for the mass“.

This 4-month program will commence on November 15th with applications closing on 19 October 2020. The seats are fully subsidised by GIZ and will be offered to the best candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. Visit the Fintech Academy website to find out more and apply.


About Knowledge Officer
Knowledge Officer is a training partner for individuals and organisations. By using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, it offers a personalised learning journey to hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide on their path to the dream career goal. Knowledge Officer helps companies to retain and grow a competitive workforce through free, Plus and Pro learning plans in careers such as Product Management, Marketing or Entrepreneurship. The startup was awarded Innovate UK grant twice and was part of Facebook Incubator.

About GIZ

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services. As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is engaged in international education work around the globe.

GIZ is fully owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, represented as the shareholder by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).