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Egyptian young businessman Omar Sakr wins ‘elevator pitch’ at the Africa 2017 Forum

Egyptian young businessman Omar Sakr wins ‘elevator pitch’ at the Africa 2017 Forum

(version francaise suit le communique en anglais)

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Egyptian young businessman Omar Sakr wins ‘elevator pitch’ at the Africa 2017 Forum


Sharm-el-Sheikh, 9th December: Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt, awarded Omar Sakr, founder and CEO of Nawah-Scientific, the winning prize for the “elevator pitch” competition, which was held at Africa 2017 at Sharm-el-Sheikh, in Egypt.

The prize is an entry to a training programme at Stanford Business School in California, the spiritual home of modern day entrepreneurs. The competition, as part of Young Entrepreneurs Day, offered a chance for African start-ups to gain exposure and raise their profile by pitching their business ideas to an international delegation of executives representing capital prospects, business mentors, and advisors.

From over 100 start-ups and entrepreneurs, 18 were selected to make ‘elevator pitches’ – each 3 minute in length maximum – where these young business leaders had the stage to present their idea and opportunity, highlight their needs and generate new leads.

Minister Gaffer mentioned that Egypt understands the important role that entrepreneurship and young entrepreneurs play in job creation and inclusive growth. The government is creating favourable environment to facilitate this, he added.
  
“I am thrilled to have won this competition,” said Sakr, “There were some amazing start-ups here and I am pleased to have won the opportunity to go to Stanford for the business management exposure.” Nawah-Scientific is the first, private, multidisciplinary research center in Egypt catering for natural and medical sciences. Nawah’s online platform receives task requests from individual scientists or industrial clients, samples to be analyzed are picked up via a partnership with courier services, experiments are carried by high caliber scientists and finally results are sent back online to the client.

Young Entrepreneurship Day partners, were impressed with the calibre of competitors. The judges were, Ben White, Founder and CEO, VC4Africa, Obi Ejimofo, COO, Asoko Insights, UK, Heba Ali, Managing Director, Egypt Ventures, Egypt and Abdelhameed Sharara, Founder and CEO, RiseUp, Egypt

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For more information, please email or call i.callan@icpublications.com. You can learn more about the Forum here https://www.businessforafricaforum.com 

Omar Sakr is the founder and CEO of Nawah-Scientific. Omar graduated as a pharmacist in 2005 from Ain Shams University, Egypt, after which he was appointed as a teaching assistant in the department of Pharmaceutical Technology, at the German University of Cairo (GUC) where he got his MSc degree in 2009. Omar then started his PhD journey at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and got his doctoral degree in 2015. As a part of his studies Omar worked for 3 years as a researcher at Capsulution Pharma in Berlin (Germany). Omar’s research activities are focused on nanotech applications for controlled delivery of small molecules and biological drugs. To his name, Omar holds several scientific and business awards for innovative product design. He authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that are published in top journals in the field.
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Le jeune entrepreneur égyptien Omar Sakr remporte le prix ‘Elevator pitch’, décerné à une startup, à Africa 2017

 Charm el-Cheikh, 9 decembre 2017 : Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, ministre égyptien de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, a attribué à Omar Sakr, fondateur et PDG de Nawah-Scientific, le prix du concours “Elevator pitch”, remis à Africa 2017 à Charm el-Cheikh, en Égypte. Le prix donne droit à un programme de formation à la Stanford Business School en Californie, très réputée auprès des entrepreneurs d’aujourd’hui.

Le concours, organisé dans le cadre de la Journée des jeunes entrepreneurs du forum, a donné l’occasion à des startups africaines de mieux se faire connaître en présentant leurs activités à une délégation internationale regroupant des investisseurs, des mentors et des conseillers. Dix-huit startups sur cent ont été choisies pour faire une présentation de trois minutes au maximum au cours de laquelle elles ont exposé leurs idées, souligné leurs besoins et recherché des clients potentiels.

M. Ghaffar a mentionné que l’Égypte était consciente du rôle important que jouent les entrepreneurs dans la création d’emplois et la croissance inclusive. Le gouvernement s’efforce de créer un climat propice aux affaires à cette fin, a-t-il ajouté.

« Je suis ravi d’avoir remporté ce prix », s’est réjoui Omar Sakr. « Plusieurs excellentes startups étaient présentes ici et je suis heureux d’avoir l’opportunité d’aller à Stanford », a-il ajouté. Nawah-Scientific est le premier centre de recherche multidisciplinaire privé égyptien, dédié aux sciences naturelles et médicales. La plateforme en ligne de Nawah  reçoit des missions provenant de scientifiques ou de clients industriels. Nawah reçoit les échantillons à analyser envoyés par transporteur ; les analyses sont réalisées par des scientifiques hautement qualifiés et les résultats sont envoyés en ligne au client.

Les partenaires de la Journée des jeunes entrepreneurs ont été impressionnés du niveau des concurrents. Parmi les membres du jury figuraient Ben White, fondateur et PDG de VC4Africa, Obi Ejimofo, COO, Asoko Insights, R.U., Heba Ali, directeur général, Egypt Ventures, Égypte et  Abdelhameed Sharara, fondateur et PDG, RiseUp, Égypte.

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Pour plus d’informations, veuillez envoyer un courriel à i.callan@icpublications.com. Pour en savoir plus sur le forum, rendez-vous sur https://www.businessforafricaforum.com

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