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Startup Scene takes a look at the industry experts who’ll be judging and selecting this year’s most innovative and resilient businesses.
The third edition of Egypt’s Entrepreneur Awards (EEA) is around the corner, on a mission to celebrate and support the most resilient, innovative and successful business leaders making an impact on Egypt’s economy, the ‘People of Now.’
Since its launch in 2021, EEA has fast become a key component of Egypt’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the first of its kind to spotlight impactful businesses in Egypt through a glittering awards ceremony.
As founder Amr Mansi shared with #StartUpScene, the motivation was to offer mentorships as a structure for healthy peer reviewing and encouragement, which is important now more than ever to build resilience amid the global economic challenges of today.
What strengthens the reach and potential of EEA’s initiative is that it seeks out businesses across a diverse spectrum of impact areas. EEA nominees don’t need to fit the concept of a conventional ‘tech startup’, the award ceremony’s 14 categories give recognition to less exposed industry areas, such as the Sports and Wellness Award, or the Disruption of Traditional Industries Award.
Meanwhile the jury board reads like a who’s who of Egypt’s most dynamic and inspirational entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovative industry pioneers. As with previous years, EEA has invited experts tailored to each category, in order to get to the heart of each business’s strengths and challenges rooted in in the specific mechanisms of each respective industry.
Applications can be made here through filling out a form here before the deadline of 20th April 2023. It’s a chance to get to know the business all-round; the ‘what, who and why’ driving the team forward, and the impact it has on the Egyptian economy and society. The nomination can be submitted by him/herself or by anyone associated with the nominee on behalf of their entrepreneurial achievements.
Art to Business
This award will go to those who've cracked the science of turning Art, in all any of its forms from photography to product design to brand creation to music to entertainment, into a business that broke boundaries in the industry.
Creative Strategist, Brand Architect & Art Director at Amir Fayo Consultancy
Farim El Hayawan
Principal Designer at Design Point Interiors
Producer and Founder of Film Clinic
Rising Entrepreneur of the Year
The “Rising Entrepreneur of the Year” is dedicated to entrepreneurs that have a new start-up, product, or service that has been on the market for less than 2 years, yet is already disrupting its respective industry and is on track to become a significant player in the near future.
Ahmed El Alfi
Chairman at Sawari Ventures
General Partner at Algebra Ventures
Independent Investment Consultant
Partner at Shorooq Partners
Sports & Wellbeing Award
You can apply for the “Sports & Wellbeing Award” if you’re an entrepreneur who sells a product or service, ranging from a nutritional product to a fitness app to a holistic center, improves humans overall health and wellbeing.
Mohamed El Damaty
CEO, Domty & Board member, AL Ahly Club
Mohamed Saadoun Al-Kuwari
Executive Sports Presenter, Bein
Seif El Wazery
Chairman and CEO at Estadat, Presentation Sports
Digital Solutions & Customer Experience
This one calls out to entrepreneurs running an e-commerce platform or digital solution that allows businesses and consumers to transact and exchange goods & services online, creating a more efficient, secure, and convenient way to conduct business.
Hisham El Nazer
Country Director, Egypt + Startups Director, MENA at Google
Managing Partner Cultiv Ventures
Amazon Egypt General Manager
Managing Partner and Co-founder - Camel Ventures
Ex-Head of Middle East & Africa at Uber
Real Estate Service
For those who build our homes, provide top-quality real estate services and valuable experiences to their clients, that could range from brokerage, property management, leasing, and property financing generally improving and innovating in how people buy, sell, and rent properties.
Chief Executive Officer at MNHD
Chief Operating Officer at SODIC
Dr. Ahmed Shalaby
President & CEO of Tatweer Mist, Chairman of Egyptian Real Estate Council
For the wild dreamers: the entrepreneurs who have the ability to turn interior spaces into functional, aesthetically pleasing, and inspiring environments that reflect the reality that their clients dream of and aspire to.
Founder of Am Helmy Designs
Founder of Ammar Basheir Creative Studio
Co-founder of Alchemy Design studio
Next Generation Intrapreneur
For the 2nd or 3rd generation ‘Intrapreneurs’ transforming and leading their long-standing family business. Next Generation Intrapreneur of the Year is a pause and applause for you by the finest entrepreneurs in various industries.
Founder & Executive Partner at Transcendium
Chairman of ADES International Holding
Ibrahim Abdelrehim Managing Partner at Moonbase Capital
Entrepreneur for Good Award
The Entrepreneur for Good Award is for trailblazing entrepreneurs who offer products, services, or methodologies with a mission to create and sustain social value, have measurable impact in the community, and contribute back for the public “good.”
Group Sustainability Director Elsewedy Electric and VP Elsewedy Electric foundation
Executive Director of Sawiris Foundation for Social Development
Dr. Sherif El Kholy Partner and Head of the Middle East & Africa Infrastructure and the Middle East & North Africa Private equity at Actis and member of the Economic Advisory Council of H.E. The Prime Minister of Egypt.
For entrepreneurs who use their culinary and business experience to create an innovative modern food business or form of dining that offers customers a unique and memorable experience away from the traditional restaurant concept.
Managing Partner at Lorax Capital Partners
Founder of Baky Hospitality
Hoda El Sherif
Co-founder & Creative Head at Flavor Republic
Director Of Food & Beverage Four Seasons
This one seeks out entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptional innovation, creativity, and business acumen in the fashion industry while building a unique and sustainable brand.
Vice chairman & CEO, Concrete Stefano Fenili Partner, Bain & Company
Founder & Creative Director, Mason Yeya
Fintech/Fintech Enabler Award
Calling to the entrepreneurs driving a business or fintech enabled platform that offers solutions anywhere from lending platforms to e-payments to finance management to blockchain to loyalty & reward programs that all cater to the fintech and/or insurtech space.
Chief Executive Officer, Maria Digital Payments (MDP)
Mona El Sayed
Co Founder & Managing Partner, Camel Ventures for Investments
Managing Director & General Partner, AAF Management Ltd
Group Chairwoman & Founder, TPAY Mobile
Disruption of Traditional Industries Award
In this category governed by AmCham Egypt’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Committee (EIC), jurors are on the lookout for entrepreneurs who are managing a business that offers disruptive solutions, technology products, and services in the more traditional fields of agriculture (agritech), healthcare (health tech), education (edtech), and construction.
Regional Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
This award is given to female entrepreneurs from the Arab region who have led the most impactful female-founded businesses. It will be awarded in collaboration with “She Wins Arabia,” an initiative by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that supports female entrepreneurs in the Arab region. For this award, IFC will be in charge of the award’s nominations, jury panel, and selection process. EEA encourages people who are interested in hearing more information about this award to contact the EEA team directly.
Ecosystem Hero of the Year
This is looking for the all-round leader who is known for her/his passion and persistence to help her/his fellow entrepreneurs to grow through offering various resources and services to support growth.
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