AUC’s Center For Entrepreneurship And Innovation Signs Agreement With The International Financial Corporation

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Published July 27th, 2021 - 05:47 GMT
AUC’s Center For Entrepreneurship And Innovation Signs Agreement With The International Financial Corporation
American University of Cairo
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The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) signed an agreement with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) to adapt the MIT Venture Mentoring Services to the Egyptian Market.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) signed an agreement with the International Financial Corporation (IFC) to adapt the MIT Venture Mentoring Services to the Egyptian Market. IFC will provide support to CEI within the next 18 months, to adopt and customize the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Venture Mentoring Services (MIT VMS) program to the local context.  

CEI will receive the MIT VMS license to become a certified MIT VMS member and will establish a network of qualified mentors to guide aspiring and established entrepreneurs in Egypt throughout the startup life cycle. 

The CEI VMS Leadership Team will be responsible for promoting and managing the mentorship network and for identifying, screening and selecting mentors to implement and operate a formal sustainable mentoring program at AUC School of Business based on the MIT VMS Model. 

CEI will familiarize the ecosystem stakeholders with the importance of mentoring programs, as well as cooperate and coordinate in the delivery of the MIT VMS program - using the MIT licensed material. The partnership will support CEI to continue to train mentors on the principles and methodology of the MIT VMS Model through its Leadership Team, and mentors to expand its mentorship network. 

“Entrepreneurship is a priority area of engagement for IFC in the MENA region and we are proud to support the creation of a sustainable pool of mentors for Egyptian entrepreneurs in fintech and beyond” highlights Dahlia Khalifa, Senior Manager, IFC Creating Markets Advisory in MENA, World Bank Group.

Hala Barakat, CEI director at AUC School of Business said: “The MIT VMS model is based on the belief that a fledgling business is far more likely to thrive when an entrepreneur with an idea can draw on the advice and guidance of mentors with proven skills and experience — and when such advice is provided by a team of mentors in a conflict-free, confidential, trusted environment. Such qualified, experienced and unbiased mentor network is what we seek to avail to entrepreneurs and startups in Egypt.”

The MIT VMS model is based on five pillars: a focus on team mentoring; best practices for recruiting and retaining highly qualified and committed volunteer mentors; strict guiding principles that assure unbiased advice to entrepreneurs; formalized processes and procedures; and a focus on developing stronger entrepreneurs. To date, 106 organizations from 23 countries have been trained by MIT VMS.

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American University of Cairo

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.

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