How can I get involved?
The SEED team will involve, inform, and coordinate with stakeholders and counterparts, including service providers, entrepreneurs, MSMEs, business associations, angel investors, financial institutions, NGOs, universities, accelerators and incubators, and large firms in selected sectors. If you wish to learn more about the SEED project and/or get involved, please send an introductory letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I learn more? Who can I contact?
Inquiries 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 avenues to ensure the widest possible participation.
When will USAID’s SEED project launch?
The SEED contract team commenced operations in December 2015.
How can my small firm access business development services (BDS) through SEED?
Support to MSMEs will be made via a number of avenues, 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.
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; or facilitating procurement and other commercially viable linkages for MSMEs.
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 in early Special attention will also be given to disadvantaged communities.
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.
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.
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.