Nahdet El Mahrousa
The Incubator & Selection
How to Get Involved
Nahdet El Mahrousa Membership
How and when can I learn more about Nahdet El Mahrousa as an organization?
Nahdet El Mahrousa holds quarterly information sessions where all are welcome to join and learn more about the organisation, our activities, programs, the opportunities we offer, and how one can be involved in any of our programs.
For the next informational session please reference our Calendar of Events .
Nahdet El Mahrousa also organizes presentations outside of the office for groups or organizations. If three or more people at your organization or institution are interested to hear about Nahdet El Mahrousa and cannot come to the office, please call 02 23908083 or email email@example.com and we can arrange for a presentation for you and your team.
Who founded Nahdet El Mahrousa?
Nahdet El Mahrousa was founded by a group of young Egyptian professionals. It all started as a dream in November 2002.
Check out our “Our Story” page for more information.
Who funds Nahdet El Mahrousa?
When it was first founded, Nahdet El Mahrousa was fully funded by its members. Today, it is funded through a variety of partners from Egypt and abroad. Our partner list includes institutions, businesses, governmental organizations, and individuals. See our "our partners" page for a full list.
Who is leading Nahdet El Mahrousa?
Nahdet El Mahrousa is led by a group of young Egyptian professionals, including the Board of Directors, project leaders, and full-time management staff.
Please refer to "Our People" for a detailed list of our board, members, and staff.
Does Nahdet El Mahrousa have any political affiliations?
To remain neutral and best serve our variety of incubated projects, Nahdet El Mahrousa refrains from developing political affiliations. As an Egyptian non-governmental organization, Nahdet El Mahrousa fully abides by the Egyptian NGO law #84 (2002) which prohibits NGOs from engaging in political activities, promoting certain political ideologies or campaigning in political elections. However, Nahdet El Mahrousa does help to foster balanced awareness about political issues to its members without adopting or promoting a certain political ideology.
At Nahdet El Mahrousa, we believe in the human rights-based approach to development, as well as other approaches. We support projects that help Egyptians obtain their basic human rights. However, Nahdet El Mahrousa does not work directly in areas related to human rights activism.
Nahdet El Mahrousa's office houses around 25 full time staff, 3 interns, and 2 fellows. It also has 3 large rooms used for incubator services by around 20 social entrepreneurs and their teams.
Nahdet El Mahrousa operates in most of Egypt’s governorates; we incubate social enterprises from across Egypt and work with sister NGOs that spread to cover most of Egypt’s cities and communities.
For a social enterprise to be sustainable it needs to generate enough income to cover its core services. During the incubation period we work with the incubated social enterprises on defining their business models; specifically, we help them determine how best to generate income to finance the services they offer to the community. We also assist them with applying for seed grants/funding and, whenever possible, link them with potential investors.
By definition, incubators are programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial enterprises. This is achieved through an array of business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by incubator management and offered both through the incubator and its network of contacts. Incubators vary in the way they deliver their services, in their organizational structure, and in the types of clients they serve. Successful completion of a business incubation program increases the likelihood that a startup company will stay in business for the long term.
The Nahdet El Mahrousa incubator caters many services to support social entrepreneurs at early stages. Through the Incubator of Early Stage Innovative Social Enterprises, we provide technical assistance, mentoring, access to resources, and a supportive network of likeminded social entrepreneurs. Nahdet El Mahrousa builds capacity through guidance in the development of social enterprises, promotion of projects, and mobilization of resources. Technical support includes a legal umbrella, access to Nahdet El Mahrousa's network, potential investors/funders, and opportunities. Nahdet El Mahrousa's operating infrastructure is comprised of shared office space, equipment, and IT infrastructure.
Nahdet El Mahrousa does not always offer funding as part of its services. However, part of the incubation services is helping incubated social startups acquire seed and second round funding whether its through investments, grants or partners.
Nahdet El Mahrousa opens two rounds of incubation annually. Interested teams who fit the criteria should apply when the incubation round is open. To know when the next incubation round is and to know more about the process click here.
We incubate an average of 5 enterprises every round. However, the exact number depends on the incubator's capacity at the time of the round in relation to the applicants' needs.
A selection committee evaluates all received applications against the same selection criteria to ensure fair judgment. The criteria cover two main areas: the profile of the social enterprise and the profile of the social entrepreneur and team.
Regarding the profile of the social enterprise the selection committee evaluates:
- Root causes: Social Enterprise must address root causes of societal issues rather than addressing the symptoms. This includes the seriousness of the social problem they will address.
- Scalability: Social Enterprise must have a clear vision on how to affect large segments of society. Project can start small but must have a clear vision of how to expand to achieve national impact.
- Innovation: Social Enterprise must take an innovative approach to the need they are addressing.
- Sustainability: Social Enterprise must consider sustainability as a priority ensuring that the project would continue and would have the necessary means and resources, human, financial and otherwise, to be able to continue and expand.
- Impact: Tangible impact on target beneficiaries or clients
Regarding the Profile of the social entrepreneur the selection committee evaluates:
- Demonstrated social entrepreneurial skills.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with and mobilize others.
- Strong passion for and appreciation of Egypt and its diversity.
- A track record of active community involvement e.g., student activities or NGO volunteer work.
- Relevant education and technical knowledge of their idea is a plus.
- Commitment to the development of the social enterprises.
No. Since its foundation Nahdet El Mahrousa has incubated social enterprises from a variety of sectors including agricultural, educational, cultural, community empowerment etc. Any idea that has a tangible social impact on the Egyptian community with a clear vision for financial sustainability is of interest to Nahdet El Mahrousa's incubator. However, based on the Egyptian law no. 82 for the year 2002 civil society organizations are not permitted to engage in any political, religious, or military activities.
If my project idea has the social impact but is more on the business/profit-making side, is it possible to incubate it within Nahdet El Mahrousa?
Yes. A social enterprise can be a profit making enterprise that has a clear social impact on the society.
Social Enterprises are defined as revenue-generating, economically viable enterprises that are able to deliver against financial as well as quantifiable social and/or environmental performance targets, i.e. have a double or triple bottom line. In our definition, this includes both non-profits that utilize business models to pursue their mission and for-profits whose primary purposes are social.
Please refer to the “Resources” page for a list of resources on social entrepreneurship.
What are the different ways I can get involved with Nahdet El Mahrousa?
Nahdet El Mahrousa tries to cultivate a network of young professionals, Egyptian entrepreneurs, and socially conscious youth who, together, can create a new future for Egypt.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Become a TRAINER: Lead a group of social entrepreneurs in a short evening class with our SEAD program. (Social Entrepeneurship Academy for Development)
- Act as a MENTOR: Provide long-term, one-on-one strategic guidance with a selected social enterprise.
- Provide PRO BONO CONSULTING: Solve specific issues in your area of specialty by offering one-on-one technical expertise.
- Give your time as a VOLUNTEER: Organize an event, be a “community ambassador”, design a brochure—provide your time to help our social enterprises with whatever they need at the time.
- Support us as a DONOR/PARTNER: Help us support social enterprises in Egypt through partnerships and financial support.
You can also become a member, apply for an internship, join as a staff member (part-time or full-time), or simply become a friend of Nahdet El Mahrousa by joining our mailing list.
We gladly accept your kind donation which will support the ongoing work of our staff and partners as we seek, test, and promote innovative project ideas and practices towards Egypt's development.
Please call: +202 23908083 and a representative from NM can pick up your kind donation.
Sign up for our newsletter or our e-groups list to receive regular updates and announcements of events, job vacancies, etc. Please click here to sign up or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: "Add to Nahdet El Mahrousa network" and you will be added to the e-groups list.
Nahdet El Mahrousa members are mainly Egyptian professionals. While they might have differing views, ideologies, and backgrounds, Nahdet El Mahrousa members work to find common ground when working towards Egypt's development.
To join, you must be recommended or nominated by a current Nahdet El Mahrousa Member, and accordingly, we send the Nahdet El Mahrousa Membership Application to fill out.
If you do not know any Nahdet El Mahrousa member, you are very welcome to attend any of our information sessions where you will get to know more about Nahdet El Mahrousa, our activities and projects, what opportunities we can offer you, and how you can be involved in any of Nahdet El Mahrousa projects. For the next informational session please reference our Calendar of Events
You can also send an email to email@example.com and request to be added to our mailing list where you will receive an email invitation to the next Informational Session.
The membership fee is EGP 185 and the annual renewal fee is EGP 300.
There are no specific requirements, however, Nahdet El Mahrousa gives you the platform to contribute in several ways:
- Organization-level support: Some members volunteer or help out on the organizational-level by helping to set up systems, supporting through networking, fundraising, building alliances and partnerships, etc.
- Project leaders and members: If you have a dream project for Egypt's development, you can propose your idea for support through the NM Incubator and potentially become the project leader. Some NM members prefer to join an existing project and help out in the different phases and functions of the project.
- Sharing knowledge and expertise: You can share your expertise and knowledge with NM members, projects, partners, and the community through conducting a workshop or a presentation in your area of expertise, providing trainings, or holding a seminar at Salon el Mahrousa.
- Sharing contacts and ideas: If you cannot give more time, you can always support Nahdet El Mahrousa projects with ideas, contacts, fundraising prospects, and connect NM with potential renowned names for Salon El Mahrousa. You can also assist NM in receiving media coverage for its projects and events.
- Representing Nahdet El Mahrousa and Egypt: As a member, you can represent NM and Egypt through attending events, cross-cultural dialogues, and conferences in Egypt or abroad.
- Contributing to the NM Blog: You will have both subscription and contribution rights to the NM discussion blog where you can comment on written posts or submit a post of your own.
Some commit a few hours a week; others less. Project leaders usually need to commit more time than regular project members. It is completely up to you, commit to whatever you agree on is important though as it becomes a resource that our projects rely on and trust.
Living outside of Egypt, you are often better able to see the bigger picture than those living in Egypt. You can contribute in many ways, in fact, some of our most active and dedicated members and project leaders are young Egyptian professionals residing outside Egypt.
If you don't have much time to dedicate, sending your perspectives and ideas from wherever you are is refreshing enough! Several Egyptian expatriates have volunteered to share their knowledge and expertise through Nahdet El Mahrousa projects such as Mentoring Leadership Program.