For the seventh year in a row Shell Egypt and British Council Egypt honored the graduates of the ‘Shell Intilaaqah Egypt’ program.  The seventh annual awards ceremony was held at the Intercontinental City Stars, El Saraya Ballroom.

The Shell Intilaaqah Egypt program, initiated in 2004, is a joint initiative between Shell Egypt and the British Council Egypt, with added support from the Social Fund for Development and Egyptian Business Development Association.  The Intilaaqah program is an integral part of Shell’s continuing efforts in the realm of corporate social responsibility.  The program targets young Egyptians between 18 and 32 years old to help them start their own businesses.  The 2012 participants, coming from 14 governorates, received training throughout the year in an effort to enhance entrepreneurship skills aimed at launching innovative startup businesses.

Since its inception in Egypt in 2004, the program succeeded in establishing 550 small enterprises, and training 5000 Egyptian youths to effectively support their full engagement and participation in society. The program seeks to train these bright young individuals in order to facilitate the establishment of small enterprises based on sound administrative, financial, and scientific fundamentals to ensure the success and sustainability of these projects.

Jeroen Regtien, Shell Egypt Chairman, says “It is with great pride that we honor this group of promising Egyptian youths…[working towards}…the “development and establishment of small and medium enterprises to fulfill dreams of becoming future businessman.”

Mark Stephens, Director British Council Egypt stated, “We are proud of our fruitful partnership with Shell Egypt… in helping young Egyptians to start their own businesses and become self-employed.  This partnership fits perfectly within the work we are doing under our Skills for Employability program that aims at providing opportunities for youths to improve their skills and lives.” 

Faten Mohamed Abdel Mawla, from Alexandria, won first prize for Best Existing Enterprise for her Advertising Agency Project.

By Julie Herrick