12 Jun, 2021

Egypt’s Entrepreneur Awards Announces Winning Entrepreneurs from 21 Different Sectors in its First Edition


Egypt’s Entrepreneur Awards (EEA) has revealed its winners’ names during its closing ceremony of its first edition held on the 12th of June, who were selected by dedicated jury panels from 21 industries. The first edition of EEA has conducted its closing ceremony Saturday night on the 12th of June at Kundalini, Mena House Hotel, where it announced the winning entrepreneurs who were selected by specialized jury members for more than 15 sectors that included the most prominent calibers of nominated entrepreneurs. The winners of each category were honored within the presence of prestigious group of governmental senior officials including Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala Helmy Al-Saeed, former Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, and Engineer Ahmed Youssef, CEO of the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board , a prominent batch of thriving businessmen and investors in various fields and a significant number of celebrities. In addition to EEA’s advisory board members and jury members gathering industrial icons and market experts who guided and evaluated the finalists according to set criteria, which mainly depend on the established entrepreneurs’ contribution to economic growth. The winners were announced during the event from a total of 61 finalists, who were short-listed in each category set by EEA to bring all the fields of expertise that directly affect the Egyptian economy. This comes in light of providing opportunities to all impactful entrepreneurs for their work to be recognized and acknowledged through shedding light on effective role in economic development. Moreover, they contribute to enhancing the imposition of different investments, which comes within the interest of the government. The winners were Ebtisam Farid founder of Encode Studio from Architecture and Interior Design category, Mohamed Attya founder of Yashry from Ecommerce for his ability to integrate innovative technological services with marketing strategy, Hisham Waly founder of HUWA Designs from jewelry Design category and Ahmed Sabry founder of Sabry Marouf from Fashion-Apparel and accessories design for their outstanding work that relied on innovation and different visions of the future of fashion in Egypt. Omar Abd El Wahid founder of Valify from the fintech category, as this field has lately caught the interest of the Central Bank and the banking sector. Aly Mazhar, founder of BeFit from the fitness and lifestyle category, Ayman Baky founder of Baky Hospitality from the Food and Beverages Category and Karim Shafei, founder of Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investments from real estate category, which is witnessing a great competition in terms of innovation, delivery and geographical distribution. Salem Massalha founder of VeryNile The click funding from the social entrepreneurship category that has an active role in communicating with different segments of society, Youssef Fayez founder of Icegypt from the tourism category that has regained its prosperity after COVID-19, Omar Hagrass founder of Trella App from transportation and logistics category. Khadija Elbedweihy founder of praxilabs from the education category for her effective role in enhancing education in Egypt. Yassen abdelghaffar founder of Solariz Egypt from the environmental sustainability category, Karim Khashaba founder of Yodawy app from the healthcare category, is currently essential in these exceptional circumstances and Tarek Bakry founder of ZVendo from the general tech services category for its exceptional role in applying financial inclusion. Dina Aly, Majd El Sherif and Mohamed Abbas were the winners of the Media and Advertising category for their impressive role in founding Matter. Ahmed Sheikha was awarded was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 for founding Brimore. Mohamed Helmy and Salah Moenes from CLEO Pharmaceutical Industries won the award for the best Egyptian product for its remarkable distinction in the market. The jury members had a crucial role in selecting the winners through long extensive meetings, and through leverging expert minds from the entrepreneurship field. They had the time to go through numerous projects and study every angle of it, and manage how they chose to present those ideas with care, research and real-life implementation that benefit the established calibers from different fields of today’s society. One of the essential conditions of the competition was that their experience in entrepreneurship would be not less than 15 years, to be granted the golden opportunity for entrepreneurs. The main interesting aspect of evaluating the entrepreneurs that came forward with their ideas, is that these ideas grew to become success stories that set the pace for all young business leaders today. As for the EEA Advisory Committee, it brought together some of the largest and most successful leaders of entrepreneurship and economy in Egypt; led by Ahmed Elsewedy, CEO of Elsewedy Electric, Aladdin Sabaa, founding partner of BPE Partners, Ahmed Habib, President and CEO of Harvest Holdings and founding member of EO Cairo, Hussein Rifai, Co-Founder and CEO of Inertia for Engineering and Commerce, Dina El Mofty, Injaz Egypt Foundation, Neveen El Taheri, Chairperson at Delta Shield for Investment, and Onsi Sawiris, Co-Founder and Managing patrner at HOF Capital, Thuraya Ismail, Executive Director of Mentor Arabia, and Wael Fakharany, CEO of Omnix International. All have contributed to the management and organization of the awards by sharing their previous experience in encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs. "There are companies that have achieved great success in the field of entrepreneurship, providing new job opportunities, innovative products and ideas to the market, in all economic fields. Which necessitates attention to entrepreneurs and the provision of investment opportunities by connecting their ideas and projects to large finance institutions and businessmen.” said, Amr Mansi, CEO of IEVENTS and founder of EEA. Amr further expressed his hope that this event will be a step in the way of supporting entrepreneurship, which requires the cooperation of all agencies, institutions and businessmen with the government. All in one hand, joining forces to develop their competitive capabilities, increase sales and profit growth, as well as raising their ability to manage risks and crises in a way that contributes to drawing new action plans and policies will positively reflect on economic growth rates and increase the gross domestic product. EEA Entrepreneurship Awards in Egypt are the first of its kind in Egypt, honoring a group of the country's most notable entrepreneurs and commemorating their efforts and accomplishments throughout more than 15 industries. IEVENTS connects them with Egypt's most powerful and influential business leaders and investors. The event provides an excellent opportunity for young and prominent youths to interact with pioneers in various industries as well as other entrepreneurs, enhancing the process of innovation and inspiration. All of this presents the EEA as a focal point for entrepreneurs looking to broaden the reach of their ideas and to improve their communication throughout the year in order to convert their concepts into prestigious projects. It is worth noting that EEAwards' first edition is co-sponsored and comes in partnership with Inertia, the leading real estate development company that implements many projects in Egypt, EG Bank, Orange, PepsiCo and Fine. In addition to EEAwards’ strategic partnership with a group of international and regional associations and institutions such as the Canadian, chamber of commerce, EO Cairo, Endeavor and Gemini Africa.