Nawah Competition is entering its fourth year of implementation. After three consecutive years, in which the project substantially grew in both size and scope, it became one of the main social entrepreneurship events in Egypt that contributes to the development of entrepreneurial business ecosystem. In this regard, ,the International Labour Organization (ILO), GEN Egypt/MCSBE, GIZ’s Employment Promotion Programme (EPP), USAID’s Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement(WISE) project, The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform - Phase II (TVET II) and the educational partner Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) are glad to announce Nawah 2018, sponsored by “Tatweer Misr”. Nawah’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge objective is to contribute to a flourishing, collaborative and conscious entrepreneurship ecosystem by empowering young entrepreneurs, to develop their skills, capabilities and expand their network and resources. Nawah offers an annual opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete in a country-wide challenge, to show-case their business idea and projects. Ideas and projects are selected based on sustainability, social problem solving ability (impact) and innovation. Finalists will be invited to the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit to meet representatives from the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem (government, business, investors, start-ups, civil society and education organizations), and winners can receive tailored training, mentoring opportunities and win equity free financial prizes.
How the business model works/that is can be financially sustainable.
How it solves a social problem/has social impact.
Explain how your idea is innovative/new.
Nawah will be opened in Late August 2018, applicants will be required to make video submissions that outline their proposals plus filling in an extensive application. Deadline: October 6th, 2018
The semi-round will be assessed by panel of five qualified competition judges comprising of experts. Each startup will give a pitch lasting three minutes after which there will be three minutes Q&A.
Finalist Team members will participate in a training program. Finalists will be invited to the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit (14 to 17 November 2018) to meet representatives from the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem and pitch their startup/idea for the final round, and winners can receive tailored training, mentoring opportunities and win equity free financial prizes.
Startups have a long tiring road. Although I encourage more people to apply for Nawah and innovate new projects and applications, it is important they’re aware of the challenges they’ll face down the road. They need to make sure they believe in what they do and that they’re doing something significant for the community or else they won’t be able to handle the road
Co-Founder, Raye72nd Place WinnerNawah 2015
Nawah was the first competition I applied for, I didn’t understand back then what’s entrepreneurship, I was outside the community although I know now I was one of them. Nawah is all about cooperation, exchanging of knowledge and experience and beneficial trainings. Because of Nawah, we partnered with many companies and that helped growing our startup. The best thing about Nawah is that it helps our society by introducing innovate solutions for many issues we face in Egypt. Take part and don’t hesitate to help turning obstacles into opportunities
Founder, 7agat1st Place WinnerNawah 2016
Nawah is an opportunity for anyone with a startup idea that has a social impact on our community. Nawah helps people with ideas to meet startup owners from all over Egypt to benefit from their experience in addition to introducing their ideas in a large network of entities and institutions that support entrepreneurs. Through Nawah, I met my current partners who have a prominent impact on VWASTE products to be better and more suitable to the market
Co-Founder, vWaste3rd Place WinnerNawah 2017
Through Nawah 2018, we identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from across Egypt who could play a significant role in their country's economy by creating new startups and companies and bringing in more innovative ideas and projects. Nawah is looking for students and college/institute graduates, ages from 18-35 and should be able to passionately explain all related details to your idea or startup and already have examples of what you have accomplished in your life.
We choose ideas whether in the ideation stage or startups to be selected according to: sustainability, social problem solving ability (impact) and innovation. The ideas/startups have to address one of the following fields: Green economy, Agriculture, Green construction and home technology, Internet and technology, Media and Arts, Transportation and traffic issues, Health, Egyptian-made products, Water management and People with disabilities.
Nawah provides free-equity financial prizes including: 100,000 Egyptian pounds to the first winner of the best idea in the ideation stage. 250,000 Egyptian pounds to the first winner of the best Startup to enlarge their startup. In addition to the mentorship programs and the online and offline exposure for winners. Finalists will have tailored training programs and the chance to be invited to the Egyptian Entrepreneurship Summit in Luxor this year.
The deadline for the online application is on the 6th of October then we will have a one day semi- final round to announce our finalists during October. Finalists will have a 5-day training between the middle of October and the first of November then the final round to announce the winners is between the 14 th and the 17 th of November.
Applications for Nawah 2018 is open now, you can choose which track you want to apply for, you can also save and continue late but you have to submit your applicants no later than October 6th, 2018
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