Providing the entrepreneurs as part of a separate landmark partnership with Lafarge is the Social Fund for Development (SFD), Egypt's major socio-economic safety net entrusted with supporting micro and small enterprises and providing them with integrated packages of financial and non-financial services.
"We are delighted to be able to inspire, connect and evolve Egyptian entrepreneurs with Mowgli. There is a wealth of talent at hand in Egypt, and our executives are keen to help empower the transformation of future business leaders in the country. We see the value of Mowgli's unique mentoring program and we look forward to the experience," said Erdogan Pekenc, Lafarge Egypt CEO.
The pilot partnership will aim to provide interactive, experiential and transformational workshops, a unique environment for accelerated relationship building, mentor training and matching, and engagement within a learning and mentoring focused global alumni network of more than 1200 entrepreneurs and mentors.
The two agreements were signed by Lafarge Egypt CEO, Erdogan Pekenc, SFD Managing Director, Ghada Waly and founder of Mowgli, Tony Bury on 23rd January 2014.
"This agreement consolidates on-going cooperation between SFD and development partners and comes in harmony with the SFD strategy for providing finance and all related business development services to start-up and/or existing entrepreneurs including without limitation, technical, administrative support, capacity building and training to enable them to acquire new labour-market and advanced entrepreneurial skills," Waly said.
"Within this framework, SFD has been launching an ambitious entrepreneurship development program especially tailored for the youth in partnership with public/private Egyptian universities and various academic institutions and is currently diversifying its non-financial products to help create a generation of promising entrepreneurs," she added.
"Supporting entrepreneurship and leadership development with mentoring is at the heart of Mowgli's vision, and so this program truly serves both of these objectives. We are thrilled to be launching our new innovative "Corporate Mentoring and Entrepreneurship program" in partnership with Lafarge in Egypt, and to further serve the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem," said Bury.
According to Mowgli, between 2009 and 2012 more than 840 jobs were created and safeguarded by Mowgli Entrepreneurs, during their first year of mentoring, with an average of two jobs created per Mowgli Entrepreneur across the MENA region.
"Mowgli and Lafarge are well aware of the unemployment challenge within the MENA region, with 25% of the population below the age of 25 and 27% of 15-24 year olds unemployed according to recent statistics. The need for sustainable job and economic creation is growing, and with the rapid population growth and a bloated public sector, the Mowgli mentoring program can help unlock the economic potential of Egypt's entrepreneurs," concluded Pekenc.
Lafarge Egypt is proud to be involved in programs to improve education and increase job creation across the country. In 2012, a literacy program was created for the women of Ezbet and Arab El Walda in tandem with a sewing centre, which provided employment opportunities for the same women.
Notes to Editors:
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.
With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
The Social Fund for Development was established by Presidential Decree in 1991 as a socio-economic safety net to combat unemployment, alleviate poverty, improve living conditions and accelerate comprehensive socio-economic development. The SFD is one of the State's major entities mandated to supporting micro and small enterprises MSEs and providing an integrated package of financial and non-financial services for small entrepreneurs. It is also entrusted with coordinating efforts with all MSEs development institutions and stakeholders in view of adopting policies required for their promotion pursuant to Law 141/2004.
SFD operates through a network of regional offices stretching out in all the governorates of Egypt with one-stop-shop (OSS) service complexes annexed to each to guarantee an efficient lending process and simplified administrative procedures (licensing, commercial registry, tax cards...). It also implements a variety of human, community and labour-intensive infrastructure development projects in rural areas in conjunction with donor agencies.
The Mowgli Foundation is an award winning, UK-headquartered mentoring organisation, established in 2008 by successful serial entrepreneur Tony Bury, in response to the need for job creation and sustainable economic and societal development in the MENA region as well as in UK communities.
Mowgli provides mentoring that inspires, connects and guides entrepreneurs and leaders to overcome life's personal and business challenges through:
- Interactive, experiential and transformational 'Kickstart' workshops
- A unique environment for accelerated relationship building, mentor training and matching
- Engagement within a learning and mentoring focused global alumni network
Mowgli has an alumni with over 1200 members and has matched over 500 entrepreneurs with trained mentors in 12 countries; Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and the UK. In December 2012, Mowgli was recognised with the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders Award for the ‘Best Mentor Network in the Arab Region'. More information is available on Mowgli's website: http://www.mowgli.org.uk