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The seventh annual Intilaaqah Egypt awards

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A special awards ceremony has been held in Cairo for Shell and the British Council to acknowledge and reward young entrepreneurs graduating from the Shell Intilaaqah Egypt programme during 2012.

The seventh annual Intilaaqah Egypt awards event, which took the form of an Oscar-style presentation in front of around 230 guests, was held at the InterContinental Citystars hotel on 23 June. The event was also attended by the Dutch Ambassador to Egypt, Gerard Steeghs, and the MC was the famous Egyptian radio presenter Basma Habib.

The 2012 Intilaaqah Egypt graduates, representing 14 governorates, have each received business and entrepreneurship skills training throughout the year and the awards recognise those who have developed the most viable and innovative business models.

There were 11 winning businesses spanning five different awards categories and the overall winner and 'Best Existing Enterprise' was Faten Mohamed Abdel Mawla of Da vinci PRINT. Based in Alexandria, her business specialises in printing services for advertising agencies and based on her reputation for providing high quality reliable services, the business has grown quickly to employ three full time and four temporary staff. Faten won a prize worth 50,000 EGP (USD $7,000) along with a year's worth of business consultancy and mentoring support.

There were three other awards categories, including: 'Best Innovative Business Idea'; 'Best Business Idea (for disabled participants)'; and, 'Best Business Plan'. Each of these presented a winner, runner up and third place with prizes of 7,000 EGP (USD $990), 5,000 EGP (USD $700), and 3,000 EGP (USD $420) respectively. A final award of 3,000 EGP (USD $420) was presented for the business employing best HSE practices in the workplace, which this year went to Seleem Gym from Alexandria.

The awards ceremony also provided a special platform for Shell and the British Council to sign a new MoU to broaden the scope of cooperation between the two parties regarding the Intilaaqah Egypt programme.

Jeroen Regtien, Shell Egypt Chairman, said, "It is with great pride that we are today honouring this number of promising Egyptian youth, who are working towards the development and establishment of small and medium enterprises, and fulfilling their dream of becoming future business leaders. Intilaaqah has been established through Shell, and partners with the British Council to widen our success, along with many other partners such as the Social Fund for Development and the Egyptian Business Development Association."

Since its inception in 2004, the programme has enabled 550 enterprises to start up and has delivered enterprise training to around 5,000 young Egyptians including 215 with special needs, to effectively support their full engagement and positive participation in society.

Mark Stephens, Director British Council Egypt, said: "We are proud of our fruitful partnership with Shell Egypt, launched in 2006, which has successfully helped many young Egyptians to start their own businesses. This partnership fits perfectly within the work we are doing under our Skills for Employability programme, which aims to provide opportunities for young people to improve their skills and their lives.” 


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