The Dow Chemical Company, a leading science and technology company, in collaboration with Young Arab Leaders (YAL), a pan-Arab, non-profit organization that seeks to promote leadership and entrepreneurship among Arab youth, today announced the participation of Dow Chemical in Egypt in the 2009 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, a program designed to support the advancement of entrepreneurs in the Arab world. Dow Chemical is the first company to volunteer in support of the program.

Mohamed Sabry, Country Manager, Dow Chemical in Egypt, will host and mentor BioBusiness, a Cairo-based newly-established R&D center for the design, prototyping and development of medical equipment for diabetic patients. As part of the program, Dow will expose BioBusiness to various departments within the Company and offer guidance and feedback on the new company’s business plan.

“The Arab world is facing a crisis: nearly two-thirds of the population is under the age of 25 and many lack access to opportunities that enable them to develop practical skills for the future,” said Mohamed Sabry. “Entrepreneurship presents tremendous economic benefits which contribute to a country’s GDP and employment sustainability,” continued Sabry. “We are especially pleased to be part of this important program. As a company with a long-term commitment to the Middle East, the success of The Dow Chemical Company in the region is linked to the success of young Arab men and women in the workforce.”

Commenting on their selection for the coveted program, Islam BadrelDein, Founder, BioBusiness, said: “We are thankful for the priceless opportunity provided to us by The Dow Chemical Company and Young Arab Leaders in their quest to support entrepreneurship initiatives in the Arab region. We are confident that the mentorship opportunity with Dow will equip us with the added skills and knowledge we need to develop a successful and profitable company.”

As part of its commitment to support the aspirations of the local communities in which it operates, Dow is proud to support Young Arab Leaders through its philanthropic arm, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative is one of several programs developed and funded by Dow as part of the ‘Arab and American Dialogue Program’, a global program designed to foster cooperation between young Arab and American leaders and to help trigger positive change in the Middle East.

(Dow Chemical Press Release)