Entrepreneurs in Egypt: Mohamed Reda
Young entrepreneurs in Egypt are part of a new wave of self-employment sweeping the nation, and Mostafa Shahat writes about them.
Resources are more available and accessible for students when combining technology with education. E-learning has become very popular in Egypt because of the entrepreneurial ideas that have been launched by social entrepreneurs who believe that education matters.
Some of them have started social enterprises that develop online curriculums for students, and others are building platforms where students can access resources, information and research.
Mohamed Reda is one of the few social entrepreneurs who shaped the education technology field in Egypt. Mohamed studied Education Technology and Computer Science in 2013 at Port Said University, and he is currently pursing his Masters degree in Education Technology at Ain Shams University.
Mohamed was invited by many incubators to work as a mentor to entrepreneurs who have projects focused on the education technology field. He was also invited to be a judge in an international competition that focused on education technology.
Mohamed has been invited to speak at about twenty events in more than six governorates in Egypt. He has met almost 3,000 entrepreneurs, talking to them about how to start a business in the education technology field.
‘Since I was student, I had a passion for entrepreneurship and the education technology field, and I used to deliver training to the university students on these topics’, says Mohamed.
Mohamed founded EduVation, a social enterprise that focuses on the education technology field. They run an annual event that gathers all the main actors in the field of education technology in Egypt to exchange information and share experiences.
Mohamed and 25 volunteers have managed to organise the first education technology summit in Egypt, which gathered more than 50 entities, from enterprises and universities to ministries and other governmental institutions. The event saw more than 1,000 attendees in two days.
Over 45 workshops were organised alongside speeches by almost 40 speakers who represented different companies and governmental institutions.
‘The summit was very successful, and I think we successfully achieved the two main objectives of the summit, which were discussing recent trends in the field of education technology and how to use digital technology in vocational teaching and learning’, says Mohamed.
Mohamed is currently working as a Business Development Specialist at United Ofoq and a Program Coordinator at ITTU (Integrated Technology Transfer Unit). He used to work as Operations Executive at Startup Grind Cairo, which is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs.
Article submitted by Mostafa Shahat, the volunteer responsible for Arabic guest bloggers in the MENA region and an entrepreneur who has established one of the most successful youth communities in Egypt, Goal Oriented Learners. Mostafa studied social entrepreneurship in USA and is currently the Middle East & North Africa representative at StudySearch (Nigeria) and the Egypt representative for All Events in City (India). Mostafa is also a reporter at Nudge Sustainability Hub. Email him at [email protected] and check out his other blog A Syrian’s Success in Egypt and more from his Entrepreneurs in Egypt series.
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