Within the framework of the EU4PSL project funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France to support the private sector in Libya, the closing ceremony of the national (Entrepreneurs of the Future) competition was held on the 30th of November 2021. The ceremony included announcing the three winners out of 12 projects selected following the participation of 120 students in training boot camps on entrepreneurship organized by Civil society organizations and universities across Libya.
After pitching their projects to the audience and the judging panel during the closing ceremony, three winners were selected: Rawan Quresa from the Masarat Organization, Amira Al-Ghoul from the National Society for Sustainable Development, and Mohamed Karbal from Fab Lab Benghazi.
Among the attendees were the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Saleh Al-Ghoul, The General Director of the General Union of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Abu Bakr Shanab, and the Head of Operations at the European Union Delegation to Libya, Ms. Sandra Goffin, as well as the Director of Expertise France's Programs in Libya, Mr. Julien Schmitt.
“I think we have many reasons to believe that education, civil engagement and entrepreneurship are three ingredients that can transform Libya’s economy to something more diversified and stable, able to generate more opportunities for youth and a more equitable distribution of wealth.” said Ms. Sandra Goffin, Head of Operations at the European Union Delegation to Libya. “When developing programs in support of youth entrepreneurship in Libya, as EU we have built our approach around universities and the civil society as two complementary pillars that can indeed be the sources by which new skills will stem.”
The financial prizes received by the winners were sponsored by four Libyan enterprises: Al Mansour Group, Jadded Aluma, Miza and HB Group. This sponsorship demonstrates the great inclination of Libyan enterprises to support their fellow start-ups and young entrepreneurs.
“This competition is a great opportunity for us to disseminate entrepreneurship culture within universities, and to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a possible path for their future.” said Essia Enard, Key Expert at Expertise France.
Exceptional work has been done by local civil society organizations and universities from the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Zawiya, Murzuq and Sebha to deliver the training and select the final participating entrepreneurs who presented innovative solutions to problems facing their local communities and showed great enthusiasm and devotion to the successful implementation of their projects. A new edition of (the Entrepreneurs of the Future) will start this year to support more students and aspiring entrepreneurs.