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supporting young Egyptians who wish to start their own businesses

Intilaaqah Egypt is a Shell sponsored initiative based on the Shell LiveWIRE programme. Launched in January 2004 the programme offers high-quality training, advice, and support to young nationals who wish to start their own businesses.

Intilaaqah Egypt aims to support youth development and encourage young people, between the age of 18 and 32, to set up their own business. The programme raises awareness of starting a business among young people, and builds capacity, particularly among young unemployed people, to become self-employed. In addition, Intilaaqah Egypt is aiding entrepreneurship development (especially in top performing sectors; market based approach) and including local content where applicable.

The Intilaaqah Egypt programme provides a range of activities and services including:

  • Awareness sessions and enterprise training
  • Face to face training; Module one is an intensive 5 day training course to inspire young people to consider the option of starting their own businesses. Free assistance is provided to help develop business skills incl. with business planning.  Module two (two-day workshop; a case study) for people who have actually started their business projects.
  • Mentoring , consultancy & workshops
  • Access to exhibitions & bazaars
  • HSE awareness and inspections of Intilaaqah graduates' businesses
  • Funding services through our partners (loans & micro-financing)
  • Enquiry service through meeting with the programme manager or calling the programme manager on the programme cell phone (+2021228088553)
  • Annual awards to recognise and celebrate the success and efforts of young Egyptian entrepreneurs; there are 6 award categories; Best existing business, Best business idea, Best business idea for disabled, Best business plan, Best existing business (Non-Intilaaqah graduates) in addition to the HSSE Award. In each category there are five winners expect for the HSSE Award which is only one or two awards annually.      

Intilaaqah Egypt is supported by several partner organisations, which include:

  • British Council (BC) are the principal partners as they sponsor three training workshops, Intilaaqah’s Judging Day, and the Annual Awards (excluding the monetary awards of the winning graduates).  Through the BC media advisor, Intilaaqah Egypt has been able to receive broader media coverage for its major major events
  • Social Fund for Development (SFD) provides financial and non-financial services and access to trainees 
  • Business Enterprise Support Tool (BEST) provide the trainees and premises for training in several governorates 
  • General Authority for Investment (GAFI), via the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship & SME development, provides financial and non-financial services in addition to securing a number of seats for programme graduates to attend several workshops (i.e. social media session provided by Google at GAFI) 
  • The Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) support trainees through their programme "let your dream come true" and funded almost 12 projects in the past 12 months. EJB also promotes the programme electronically (i.e. newsletters, Facebook) 
  • Career Development Center (CDC) is a project by EJB whereby these offices are present in a number of universities for the students’ career development
  • Future Light for Development Organization (NGO) provide the programme with trainers, trainees and premises 
  • The Egyptian Association For Women Graduates (EAWG) provide the programme with trainees, and premises to rent for training in Alexandria 
  • The Egyptian Group (EG) provide interest free funding for graduates of the programme to start their businesses (Seven projects have received such funding to date)
  • The British Embassy has hosted Intilaaqah’s annual awards event for the past three years
  • Cairo University have hosted Intilaaqah trainings at the University campus, via the CDC office
  • Ain Shams University have hosted Intilaaqah trainings on campus
  • Asdaa, an NGO for the deaf and mute, provide access to trainees and premises to rent for training in Alexandria
  • KIROMAG training agency 

Number of young people helped since inception:

  • 14,000 young people made aware of the programme
  • 8,000 young people registered for information
  • 4,400 young people received enterprise training 
  • 500 businesses helped to start up 

Intilaaqah Egypt was pleased to receive endorsement by the Minister of Petroleum at its Annual Awards Event and further endorsement by HE the British Ambassador (and his predecessor) during his engagement with the programme’s new Chairman.

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