By Sustainability Hub Reporter Mostafa Shahat
The Entrepreneurship’s ecosystem in Egypt has been relentlessly developed since 2011 by many key players who have shaped the community with their contributions is many ways: by founding companies & initiatives, write entrepreneurship articles & reports or teaching entrepreneurship in the university. Everyone’s effort and contributions matter.
Dr. Hala Hattab is Associate Entrepreneurship Professor at The British University in Egypt (BUE). Dr. Hattab started her career as Business Development Officer in an engineering consultancy company based in Jordan until she became Business Development Manager. Since 2008, Dr. Hattab teaches entrepreneurship at the BUE and has published many entrepreneurship articles and reports in international journals. Her publications have greatly supported the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem to flourish by educating those who are part of this ecosystem and want to build and sustain this dynamic community.
Dr. Hattab has been invited as judge in many international entrepreneurship competitions in different countries in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region, such as . Mashrou3 (means project), MIT Arab competition, Hult Prize, Enjaz and Start with Google competition.
“Entrepreneurship is my passion. I will continue supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem and help those who are running their businesses to grow and expand” says Dr. Hattab
The BUE is the first university in Egypt that teaches entrepreneurship in bachelor and master’s degrees. Dr. Hattab was the first Associate Professor when the department was launched. She is teaching several topics including entrepreneurship culture, entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurial organization.
Dr. Hattab used to consult and mentor entrepreneurs in different stages (ideas, startups and SMEs). She is very proud that she supported seven entrepreneurs who are currently leading fast growing well branded companies in different industries in Egypt.
Dr. Hattab also co-founded Startology, which is a social enterprise that enables the Egyptian youth to start up and sustain their businesses. It offers mentor-ship and training on business modeling, marketing, customer discovery and finance. Dr. Hattab is not part of the team anymore, but she launched the enterprise with the team and supported them for a while.
Dr. Hattab was supporting a group of authors to write and publish one of the best entrepreneurship book named “Entrepreneurship in Egypt: from Evolution to Revolution” that describes the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt and the entrepreneurs’ current challenges and shares some practical solutions for Egyptian entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses.
The book includes some interviews with investors and entrepreneurs who shared their thoughts about the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt. Dr. Hattab co-authored in the first edition of the book.
Dr. Hattab will continue supporting the entrepreneurship ecosystem. She believes that the entrepreneurship is the only way out for MENA region to overcome their current economic challenges