Aramex announces key partnerships and initiatives to support entrepreneurship across the Middle East

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As a reflection of its values and entrepreneurial culture, Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, announced today three strategic initiatives with world-class institutions in the Middle East in line with its continuous commitment to nurture and support entrepreneurship.

  • A partnership between Aramex and the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab Region to support promising MIT Arab Business Plan applicants. The partnership, which translates into the establishment of an entrepreneurship support unit, has been created specifically as a platform to help guide, assist, and provide MIT Arab Business Plan Competition semi-finalists with the support needed to grow their businesses towards success.

Both Aramex and MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab Region are hoping to leverage their expertise, infrastructure and network and put them at the service of entrepreneurs.

  • A partnership between Aramex and George Washington University to place American students of Arabic language studies from the university’s Institute for Middle East Studies with NGOs and social entrepreneurs in the region.

The Aramex-GW Student Fund is a first step in a unique and exciting new concept to encourage students at US universities to not simply study Arabic but to become deeply involved in the societies in which they are studying. The Fund will not only support education, but will allow students to make a difference and build new kinds of relationships and experiences with Aramex in the region.

  • A partnership between El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center (KCC) School of Business at the American University in Cairo (AUC) to produce mini-case studies on inspiring entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the region.

This partnership is a reflection of Aramex’s and AUC’s continuous commitment to share knowledge and promote the culture of entrepreneurship by documenting the journeys of 12 inspiring business and social entrepreneurs from across the region. The case studies will be published without charge on Wamda (www.wamda.com), and the KCC’s website, among other various platforms.

“Aramex started as an entrepreneurial endeavor to become 28 years later one of the leading global logistics solution providers,” said Iyad Kamal, Aramex Chief Operating Officer. “We remain committed to supporting entrepreneurship not only within the company but also in the wider community.

“We continue to leverage resources, knowledge, expertise and networks to put them at the service of entrepreneurs,” he said. “This is reflected in our partnerships with other stakeholders, where we work together on connecting and forging new partnerships to nurture an entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

These partnerships and initiatives were announced at the “Celebration of Entrepreneurship” event hosted and organized by Abraaj Capital. The two-day event gathered more than 1,500 entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, finance providers and creative professionals from across the Middle East, North Africa and the South Asia (MENASA) region.

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