This guide will support you in your hard work and perseverance in creating, define, accelerate or growth your valuable Startup, the Casablanca eco-system is moving very fast so we should do the same. If you think that there is something missing or new popped up, please tell us.
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This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.
- Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
- Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
- Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).
- Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute)
- Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
- Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.
- Establish: Law firms & banks for startups
- Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
- Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
- Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later-stage events and resources)
- Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
- Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.
- Investor Networking: Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
- Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
- Angels / VCs: Seed-stage investors – Series A
- Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
- Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.
To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.
Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies. (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)
- Mulay Hafid Elalamy
- Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun
- Salaheddine Mezouar
- Othamne El Fardous
- Rakiya Faidoul Eddarhem
- Rafik Kamal Lahlou
- Saloua Karkri Belkeziz
- Hanane Ait Aissa
- Ali Bensouda
- Thami Ghorfi
- Yves Gauthier
- Ismaïl LAHSINI
- Kenza Lahlou
- Marc Rennard
- Reda Taleb
- Lamia Benmakhlouf
- Adnane Addioui
- Yasmine Benamour
- Zineb Drissi Kaitouni
- Mohammed Laytoun
- Laïla MAMOU
Public organizations that facilitate local economic development
- MCINET – The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy
- Casablanca Finance City
- CESE – Economic and Social Council of Morocco
- House Of Representative
- MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- MINCOM – Moroccan Ministry of Culture & Communication
- Ministry of Economy and Finance
- HAP – High Commission For Planning (studies + reports…)
- Ministry of National Education
Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.
- Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
- Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
If you are looking to launch a startup in Casablanca, get in touch!