1.How can I get involved?
The SEED team will involve, inform and coordinate with stakeholders and counterparts including:
Accelerators and Incubators
Large Firms in selected sectors
Should you need any further assistance or enquiries, please send an introductory letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Who can I contact?
Enquiries regarding the project can be directed to email@example.com
Information will also be publicized via USAID/Egypt’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/usaidegypt, the SEED website www.seedegypt.org and other channels to ensure the widest possible participation.
3. How can my small firm access Business Development Services (BDS) through SEED?
Support to MSMEs will be made through numerous channels including but not limited to providing training, technical assistance and capacity building to Financial and Non-Financial
Business service providers.
Check regular media channels such as online and print newspapers as well as social media and other online sites for SEED-sponsored services, conferences and workshops.
SEED will also work through the community of service providers to identify high-potential Entrepreneurs and MSMEs in targeted value chains and geographic areas.
4. I am a BDS provider. How can I partner with the SEED project?
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the following areas:
Strengthening and/or expanding the business services you provide to MSME clients
Helping your clients connect with Business Incubators and Accelerators
Addressing Policies and Services that impact the ease of doing business
Facilitating procurement and other commercially viable linkages for MSMEs
5. Can MSMEs located anywhere in Egypt participate?
The project will attempt to service the largest possible number of MSMEs throughout Egypt, but special emphasis will be given to small firms that are Women or Youth-owned or have the potential to hire significant numbers of Women and Youth.
Further emphasis will be given to select sub-sector value chains that have the potential to grow and employ more businesses and entrepreneurs.
These value chains were selected with special attention given to disadvantaged communities.
6. Who is the Implementing Partner?
The implementing partner for this contract is AECOM International Development; one of the world’s leading economic growth development consultancies.
7. Are you giving start-up funding to Entrepreneurs?
No. This project focuses on improving the ability of service providers to help small firms access business development services and in turn will connect small firms to these services including organizations that may have funding for Entrepreneurs.
8. What happened to the “Old” Entrepreneurship Project?
All agreements have an end date and the Egypt Competitiveness Project (ECP) ended as planned. Through the new SEED project, USAID continues to be committed to working with Egyptian partners to implement a wide range of activities to support Entrepreneurship and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise development in Egypt.