USAID supports the launch of Egypt’s first Women Entrepreneurs Network

Cairo, November 18, 2018 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the National Council for Women, Federation of Egyptian Industries, Alexandria Business Women Association, Business Women of Egypt 21, Entreprenelle, Etijah, Flat6Labs, and Nile University, today announced the launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) to assist women in starting and managing their own businesses.

“We are confident that the Women Entrepreneurs Network will be a dynamic force in raising awareness about the issues that are important to women entrepreneurs in Egypt,” said USAID/Egypt Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin.  “We envision that the Network members will help each other achieve success by creating linkages among relevant stakeholders and services.”

The WEN is a platform for women entrepreneurs, associations, service providers, and other stakeholders to ensure that more women entrepreneurs across Egypt receive services essential to their success.  The network will also provide training in financial literacy, connections to online marketplaces, and assistance in developing sector-specific associations.  More than 200 women entrepreneurs, businesswomen, and actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem attended the inauguration event at the Greek Campus in Cairo, which compromised different panel discussions, the WEN Exhibition, and WEN’s Mentorship Corner.

Aimed at supporting women-owned start-ups and businesses, the WEN exhibition included more than 50 Women Entrepreneurs  to showcase their business ideas, and their products. The exhibitors got the chance to interact with the event’s attendees as well as other visitors of The Greek Campus.

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