Casablanca’s Startup ecosystem

Casablanca Startups Ecosystem — infographic

After spending a great time learning and working in Casablanca with awesome leaders and entrepreneurs I came up with this template that will give, to anyone interested, in-depth insight on how the Moroccan capital city is working to be a leading smart city of the country and the African continent-

This guide will support you in your hard work and perseverance in creating, define, accelerate, or growing your valuable Startup in Casablanca.

Casablanca’s eco-system is moving very fast so we should do the same and keep with the pace in innovating and learning processes to support the development of the city and the country.

If you think that there is something missing or new popped up, please tell us.

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Startup Journey

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

Inspire

· Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)

  1. Wamda (MENA)
  2. WeCasablanca
  3. Ventures Africa
  4. World Bank Group Blog
  5. Entrepreneur Club By Orange
  6. Eventbrite
  7. Startup-ma
  8. Magnitt

· Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)

  1. Startup Maroc (Startup Weekend)
  2. TEDx
  3. Casablanca Smart City
  4. Morocco Startup Founder 101
  5. Africa Tech Show
  6. INWI Innov Events

Educate

· Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).

  1. Startup Grind CAS Event
  2. Entrepreneurship Center Maroc
  3. MTF Maroc Today Forum
  4. Web Academy Network

· Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. boot-camps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute)

  1. Growth Women
  2. VC4A — Accelerating Entrepreneurship
  3. Moroccan Digital Club
  4. MCISE
  5. Orange Corners

Validate

· Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)

  1. Seedstar Casablanca
  2. FrenchTech Maroc
  3. Auto Entrepreneur
  4. MENA TECH

· Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)

  1. DEVOXX
  2. Legal Hackathon
  3. Hackathon Morocco
  4. MTF Hackathon
  5. INWI Impact Camp
  6. Le Wagon Casablanca

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

Start

· Establish: Law firms & banks for startups

  1. Attijariwafa Bank
  2. Bank Al Maghrib
  3. Banque Populaire
  4. BMCE
  5. BMCI
  6. Citi Bank
  7. CIH Bank
  8. CGME
  9. CCG
  10. CDG
  11. Societè General
  12. Wafasalaf

· Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)

  1. Techopark
  2. Commons
  3. Buzzkito
  4. Go4Work
  5. Seedspace
  6. New Work Lab
  7. Work Spot
  8. Kowork Al Massira
  9. Biz Jahiz
  10. Wired Startups
  11. Start-On by Orange
  12. Espace Bidaya

Develop

· Formalize: Accounting, development, and HR for early-stage startups.

  1. Tectra
  2. Officium
  3. Anapec
  4. Stagiers.Ma
  5. Rekrute.ma
  6. AfriAngels

· Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later-stage events, and resources)

  1. Seedstars
  2. Orange Corners
  3. OCP Foundation
  4. CJD Maroc
  5. IFC — World Bank Group
  6. Wired Startups
  7. 212 Founders
  8. INWI Innov
  9. AFEM
  10. CEED
  11. Reseau-Entreprendre
  12. Espace Bidaya

Launch

· Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)

  1. VC4A — Accelerating Entrepreneurship
  2. CDG Foundation
  3. Morocco Entrepreneurs
  4. Maroc Numeric Fund
  5. Wamda X
  6. Numa Casablanca
  7. 212 Founders
  8. H Seven
  9. Orange Digital Ventures
  10. Reseau-Entreprendre
  11. Oui Capital

· Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)

  1. JCE
  2. African Technology Show
  3. FUTUR.E.S
  4. Demo Africa
  5. Enactus

Here, a startup proves its utility, receives recognition and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

Recognition

· Investor Networking: Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)

  1. Pan Africa Network
  2. HUB Africa
  3. Afrobytes
  4. Tech Wadi
  5. La Factory

· Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)

  1. Hespress
  2. 2M
  3. Ecom News
  4. Challenge.ma
  5. Le Martin
  6. Oxford Business Group
  7. Aujourd’ hui
  8. AFP Maroc
  9. Huff Post Maroc
  10. Bloomberg Africa
  11. MAP (Agencie Marocaine De Press)
  12. La Vie Ecco
  13. LesEco
  14. EcoActu
  15. Yabiladi

Funding

· Angels / VCs: Seed-stage investors — Series A

  1. MNF Angels
  2. CDG Capital
  3. Blue Mango Capital
  4. EMPEA
  5. 500 Falcons
  6. Angels 4 Africa
  7. 212 Founders
  8. MENA TECH Ecosystem (Angellist for MENA)

Growth

· Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)

  1. Allianz Maroc
  2. AXA Maroc
  3. RMA Royal Marocaine d’Assurance
  4. Saham Assurance
  5. Wafa Assurance

· Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)

  1. SEAF
  2. Endeavor
  3. Maroc Numeric Fund
  4. Outlierz Venture

4. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Waystocap
  2. Dabadoc
  3. Buzzkito
  4. Omniup
  5. Happy Coders
  6. MedTrucks
  7. Le Wagon Casablanca
  8. We Love Buzz
  9. WeBeuz

Supporters

To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters. Below a list of the people who are working hard and smart.

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)

  1. Mulay Hafid Elalamy
  2. Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun
  3. Salaheddine Mezouar
  4. Othamne El Fardous
  5. Rakiya Faidoul Eddarhem
  6. Rafik Kamal Lahlou
  7. Saloua Karkri Belkeziz
  8. Hanane Ait Aissa
  9. Ali Bensouda
  10. Thami Ghorfi
  11. Yves Gauthier
  12. Ismaïl LAHSINI
  13. Kenza Lahlou
  14. Marc Rennard
  15. Reda Taleb
  16. HanaeBezad
  17. Lamia Benmakhlouf
  18. Adnane Addioui
  19. Yasmine Benamour
  20. Zineb Drissi Kaitouni
  21. Mohammed Laytoun
  22. Laïla MAMOU

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

1. MCINET — The Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy

2. Casablanca Finance City

3. CESE — Economic and Social Council of Morocco

4. House Of Representative

5. MAECI — Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

6. MINCOM — Moroccan Ministry of Culture & Communication

7. Ministry of Economy and Finance

8. HAP — High Commission For Planning (studies + reports…)

9. 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)

  1. University Hassan II
  2. Mohammed VI Polytechnic University
  3. EIGSI
  4. EFE Maroc
  5. Emylon Casablanca
  6. Group ISCAE
  7. La Factory
  8. Injaz Morocco
  9. ESCA
  10. 1337 Future Is Loading
  11. HEM — Business School
  12. Le Wagon Casablanca

· Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)

  1. DELL
  2. Holmarcom
  3. OCP
  4. ONCF
  5. Orange
  6. JUMIA
  7. Maroc Telecom
  8. Inwi
  9. Careem*
  10. ASUS

If you are looking to launch a startup in Casablanca, and need more info please let me know I will be happy to support!

Guide By Anass Haijeb

Direct To the Point Stories: Startup, Innovation, and Career Dev. Our time is more precious than anything else, so stories are kept short. IT-ENG - @ahaijeb