Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
This is not my first entrepreneurial experience. Since my high school I was part of several small trail to do business. I started by a small rabbits farm in our old house, then started a big poultry farm that grew thousands of birds. In 2009 I started a partnership with couple of my friends to distribute cosmetics in Upper Egypt. I was managing this business on daily basis and doing several function as we had a small team. This venture was very successful and we managed to grew both on size and revenue. However, after the Egyptian revolution in 2011 we were forced to close the business like many other companies due to the turmoil that has impact the economy and security severely.
In my family, I raised hundreds on Egyptian Pounds that I invests in real estate, partnerships, and some other activities. I receive a percentage over the profit at the end of the investment. This has been very successful to this moment. During my comprehensive entrepreneurial trial of MultiBueaty for cosmetic wholesales and distribution. I saw an opportunity in the local market in my city in this business as there were no wholesalers locally. I partnered with couple of my friends, one of them with experience in the field. During this experience I was doing several functions at the same time. My roles included crafting the marketing plan, secure stock through companies and major wholesalers, followup the sales team, control the accounting records and managing the overall activities. This experience have contributed a lot to what I'm now; I learned how and what it takes to transfer plans into implementation, challenges of the real market, and complications of managing people.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
I have couple of academic, technical and personal mentors who provide consistent advice both on the technical and personal levels. On the personal level, Michael Johanson in the USA, is my life mentor who I refer to occasionally and seek his support. Technically, I get back to several people in my network that has grown tremendously through more than 10 years of professional work and travel. This network encompass people in the USA whom I met during my Fulbright fellowship, people in my current university, people in my previous work and others.