Entrepreneurship at Aramex is a strategic sustainability concern. Top management at Aramex has always been devising an approach that sought to empower youth and nurture entrepreneurship. Hence, we at Aramex believe in the importance of enabling and assisting entrepreneurs to create their own opportunities. The broad goal of the entrepreneurial programs sponsored by Aramex was to craft an entrepreneurial ecosystem, where young people could develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to access capital, training and mentorship.
Supporting Entrepreneurs and SMEs
As part of our ongoing support for entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we designed a package to support these companies which includes offering special discounts. Launched in 2013, it is continuously helping these customers grow their businesses and gain a competitive edge in their respective markets.
To further support those SME’s and startups we are going to upgrade this program to include support for these companies by facilitating customized business training for them, and also support the interested ones in starting their sustainability reporting. More details of this program are going to be available during the first quarter 2014.
SME Evolution Program
We have partnered with Potential to deliver its SME Evolution Program (SMEEP). Potential is an innovative social enterprise that supports job creation by enhancing business skills of individuals helping them startup, expand their businesses or enhance their corporate career through pragmatic learning programs delivered in the form of Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC). SMEEP is a free business development program addressed to owners, general managers and senior managers of small and medium enterprises (SME) in the MENA region. It offers best practices and practical support to existing SMEs through live ‘webinar’ training sessions, and live workshops.
Webinars, the online training sessions, take place once a month in two different languages (Arabic and English), and cover essential business subjects such as social media, innovation, funding opportunities, planning and more.
We were able to reach out and train hundreds of SMEs through live workshops in South Africa, Qatar and the UAE. Furthermore, Aramex employees were able to volunteer and provide mentorship to hundreds of SMEs through live webinars focused on strategy, sales and mergers and acquisitions.
Regional-(Middle East & North Africa)
Aramex Fellowship-Arab Innovation Network
As part of our dedication to social entrepreneurship, we created the Aramex Fellowship Scheme in partnership with the Arab Innovation Network. Through this scheme, we enabled 20 Palestinian students to attend AIN’s Annual Conference. The conference, held in Jordan, brought together top engineering, health, environment and entrepreneurship experts and students. The students attended talks from influential speakers, received hands-on training during tailored workshops, competed in a project and business-plan competition and networked with other top students from all around the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum (ADEF)
Aramex supported the Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum (ADEF). Organized by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, ADEF included a program of inspiring presentations, conversations, debates and workshops in addition to an exhibition and an award ceremony introducing successful UAE small and medium-sized enterprises. ADEF offered an opportunity to network and to shape the roadmap for entrepreneurship in the UAE.
ArabNet Digital Summit
ArabNet is the hub for digital professionals and entrepreneurs to connect and learn. Its activities aim at building the web industry and supporting entrepreneurship in the MENA region. The Digital Summit attracted hundreds of youth and professionals from across the region. The summit included talks, panels, debates, exhibitions and other sessions covering six different tracks: mobile, media and advertising, social media, e-commerce, entrepreneurship and disrupting industries.
The New Think Festival (NTF)
The New Think Festival has become an annual youth empowerment and entrepreneurship event. For two consecutive days, hundreds of youths came together in a festive atmosphere to launch and share innovative solutions, creative ideas and thought-provoking concepts. This year’s NTF focused on 11 themes: mind and body, success, entrepreneurship, design, education, social innovation, environment, innovation, tourism and adventure, Internet and communication, and arts and culture.
Described as the ‘United Nations for digital and technology’, the 2013 Webit Congress attracted 8,200 attendees from 103 countries, 300 speakers, exhibitors, 300 media outlets, and over 160,000 people who watched it online. The Congress addressed different topics and themes including digital marketing, e-commerce, analyzing big data, telecommunication and mobile apps.