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Young Innovator Awards Program
Nahdet el-Mahrousa.

IMPLEMENTING NGO
Nahdet el-Mahrousa Association.

PARTNERS
Misr el-Kheir Foundation.
Mobinil (one of Egypt’s largest mobile telephone operators).
Sadko (a household appliance dealer).
Al Korra Foundation for sustainable Development.

OBJECTIVE
Provide funds for 75 projects, developed by graduating senior students from the faculties of engineering, science, and agriculture, at government universities in Egypt.

DURATION
First Phase: September 2010 – 2011
Second Phase: March 2012 – December 2012

SAWIRIS CONTRIBUTION
LE 750,000

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
All Egyptian Governorates.

STATUS
Accomplished.

As part of its continuous efforts and contributions to motivate youth, especially the creative ones, in various scientific fields, Sawiris foundation provided a fund for the Young Innovator Awards (YIA) competition, which supports pioneering scientific research among graduating university students.

The foundation funded 75 projects in total, developed by graduating senior students from the faculties of engineering, science, and agriculture, at government universities in Egypt. The Foundation’s grant of LE 750,000 is part of our long-standing commitment to motivating creative young people in different scientific fields.

The YIA program, incubated by Nahdet el-Mahrousa, organizes an annual competition that selects outstanding projects and distributes LE 6,000 awards to the winners. The goal of the YIA program is to positively impact the scientific culture in Egypt in three ways:

  • By supporting research and development activities
  • By empowering and developing scientists, engineers, and researchers
  • By creating links between university research and industrial application

Since the YIA program began in 2004, it has provided financial and scientific support to successive batches of Egyptian university graduates, first by developing communication between these graduates and the university professors supervising and evaluating their research projects, and then by strengthening cooperation between universities and private sector companies.

In 2010, the program attracted a number of new sponsors from the civil and private sectors, a clear indication of the strength of the project. These include the Misr el-Kheir Foundation, Mobinil (one of Egypt’s largest mobile telephone operators), Sadko (a household appliance dealer), and Al Korra Foundation for sustainable Development.