Pioneers of Egypt

The Pioneers of Egypt (Mobaderoon Masr) program supports entrepreneurship and employment in the social and business sectors.

Launched by Synergos in June 2011 with funding from the US Agency for International Development,  the Pioneers of Egypt program aims to contribute to economic prosperity by expanding employment opportunities – particularly for youth – and supporting a new cadre of civil society and business leaders in Egypt.

The goal is to stimulate the growth of jobs, innovation, and a new economy in Egypt.

Support for Social Entrepreneurs

Pioneers of Egypt directly supports three distinct groups:

  • 52 innovators leading existing social and economic change ventures
  • 200 start-up entrepreneurs with promising ideas for business or social ventures
  • 1,000 youth accessing internships and improving their employment potential.
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    Artists in Egypt benefit from a community space created by Rana El Nemr.

    The program also conducts awareness-building initiatives and runs social entrepreneurship competitions to increase the visibility of social entrepreneurship, particularly among youth.

    The Pioneers of Egypt program will reach more than  1,250 participants directly, and the services it offers enables those participants to reach a larger number of clients – particularly with job and income-generating opportunities – ultimately benefitting entire communities .

    Program Impact

    This program leverages Synergos’ experience and proven approaches to supporting social entrepreneurs around the globe, and particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

    The program’s objectives are to:

    • Strengthen community-led initiatives in Egypt that have demonstrated proof of concept in promoting economic and social development by supporting the entrepreneurs who lead these initiatives.
    • Enhance the skills and leadership potential of a cohort of start-up social entrepreneurs who are engaged in promising work, by providing them with training and networking opportunities.
    • Build the skills of Egyptian youth and enhance their employability through an internship program and on-the-job skills building, training, and increased awareness of social entrepreneurship as a viable career path.
    • Increase the awareness and visibility of social entrepreneurship and stimulate entrepreneurship, particularly among youth.

    Benefits to Participants

    Each Innovator receives an integrated set of offerings including a financial award, mentorships, technical assistance, and access to a national peer network as well as Synergos’ Arab World Social Innovators network, to stimulate exchanges and collaboration.

    Start-up social entrepreneurs have access to a more limited set of technical offerings focused on enhancing their leadership potential and helping them launch successful initiatives. The internship program matches youth with volunteer opportunities that enable them to acquire skills that are relevant to their professional interests.

    For More Information

    Please Contact:
    George Khalaf
    Director, Middle East and North Africa
    The Synergos Institute
    +1 646-963-2151


    US Agency for International Development