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  • The 2019 Business Plan Competition had a substantial increase in the number of women entrepreneurs. Among the 17 winners, there were 14 start-ups led by women.
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Om Habibeh Foundation
17 Winners in the Second Business Plan Competition in Aswan, Egypt

The Om Habibeh Foundation organised the biggest business plan competition in the Governorate of Aswan with a total amount of one million EGP distributed as seed grants for the winners. This competition was one of the main milestones of the Entrepreneurship Component of Aswan Skills Development Programme (ASDP) implemented in Cooperation with the Aga Khan Foundation and Global Affairs Canada.  

The competitions are designed to identify high-potential entrepreneurs with viable business ideas and good entrepreneurial potential. It is open to all young women and men in Aswan from 21-35 years old from all sectors and fields.

The winners receive seed grants and additional support to access financial and other services to turn a winning business plan into an income-generating enterprise that creates jobs.

Over two-days, 41 potential entrepreneurs who completed their entrepreneurship trainings provided by Om Habibeh Foundation and who submitted their detailed business plans were eligible to stand in front of a specialised jury committee and pitch their new businesses. The jury committee selected 23 contestants to participate in the final stage of the competition. Fifteen projects were presented by females. The projects covered TVET, manufacturing, arts and music, agribusiness, environment, rural development, etc.

The members of the jury committee were: Ahmed Osman (President of the International Council for Small Business—ICSB); Yasser Dahab (Assistant Manager for Training and Community—AASTMT/Aswan Branch); Ahmed Rizk (Managing Director of ACHMAR Consulting); Salma Mohamed (Deputy Managing Director—Ahead of the Curve); Wael Rashidy (Founder of Guiders Accredited SME Business Consultant from USA); Rana Ezzeldine (Entrepreneurship Specialist, SMEs); and Ibrahim Abdellatif (Branch Manager, MSMEDA, Aswan).

The competition also hosted influential speakers from Egypt to address challenges and opportunities facing young entrepreneurs -- not only in Aswan but in the region of Upper Egypt including Mohamed Aboulnaga (Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Halan Inc.), Moustafa Elnaby (Founder and CEO of Baramoda) and Alaa Elashry (Director of Bioland Company). The dialogue shed light on key lessons learned from successful startups that managed to sustain their businesses by stressing on values of flexibility, innovation and responsiveness to the market needs.

The Om Habibeh Foundation also organised an exhibition for the beneficiaries of the entrepreneurship component, especially some start-ups who received seed grants in the first business competition. They presented their products and services to the audience. In addition, it organised a concert by Torya - one of the winning start-ups in the field of art and music - to entertain the audience while the juries are finalising their selection of the winner

The Winners of the 2019 Business Plan Competition

This business plan competition had a substantial increase in the number of women entrepreneurs. Among the 17 winners, there were 14 start-ups led by women.

  1. Hoda Sayed (Solar Cooker) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 20,000 EGP
  2. Ateyat Ghareeb (Environmental Training Center)- the value of the Seed Fund granted d is 25,000 EGP
  3. Sabrine Mohamed Awad (Manufacturing Clothing) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 25,000 EGP
  4. Basmala Sayed (Toys for children with visual impairments) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 30,000 EGP
  5. Fatma Mahmoud (Sa’fa Project— Recycling of Palm Fronds) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 40,000 EGP
  6. Rehab Tageldin (Workshop of Manufacturing Handmade Carpets) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 50,000 EGP
  7. Fatma Othman (Argondi Project—Manufacturing of Nubian Music Tools and Learning Nubian Language) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 50,000 EGP
  8. Haguer Ramadan (Workshop of Manufacturing Nubian Cloths) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 50,000 EGP
  9. Basma Fathy (Naty Project for Recycling Leather and Palms) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 60,000 EGP
  10. Esraa Mahmoud (Manufacturing of Skin Care Products) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 60,000 EGP
  11. Bassem Omar (Manufacturing of Stones with Laser) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 75,000 EGP
  12. Reham Mustafa (Designing and Manufacturing Clothing) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 75,000 EGP
  13. Ghada Shaker (Designing and Manufacturing Authentic Cloths) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 75,000 EGP
  14. Marwa Sharafeldin (Home Project For Homemade Meals) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 75,000 EGP
  15. Hassan Ismail (Smart Bricks Project) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 100,000 EGP
  16. Omar Saeed (Manufacturing of Scattering fertilizers Machine ) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 100,000 EGP
  17. Mina Emad (Manufacturing of Ice machines for Fishermen) - the value of the Seed Fund granted is 100,000 EGP