Manufacturing Advancement and Development in Egypt (MADE): Cohort 2 - Water Track

Innovative water sustainability solutions by young entrepreneurs pushing forward Egypt's manufacturing sector

The Manufacturing Advancement & Development in Egypt program (MADE) is a pre-incubation and incubation program, designed to equip university students and fresh graduates with resources to transform their ideas within the manufacturing sector into marketable solutions.

MADE offers tailored content of training, mentoring, and technical support resources for the participants to prototype their ideas across three stages:

Stage 1: Ideation

A nationwide idea competition, in which  +20 teams will be selected to join and receive training and resources to facilitate rapid ideation.

Stage 2: Pre-incubation

Through the idea competition, eight teams will be selected to receive three months of training, access to workstation and comprehensive support to conceptualize and prototype the idea.

Stage 3: Incubation

Following the pre-incubation demo day, three teams will gain access to six months of dedicated mentoring, tailored training, global network and resources to develop a minimum viable product (MVP).

+20 Ideas for 1 Challenge

A nationwide call for ideas opened to solve challenges in water sustainability. +20 ideas were selected to receive pitch training and join the idea competition. The challenges are identified by experts and stakeholders in Egypt’s manufacturing sector.

Water availability and usage efficiency – Develop systems that can secure water availability and increase water usage efficiency in an innovative, affordable, and sustainable way.

Download this document to learn more details about the challenge and eligibility criteria.

Why Apply?

Take your first step towards turning your idea into a viable business with the MADE Incubator! This is your chance to jumpstart your entrepreneurship career and take part in driving growth across Egypt’s Manufacturing Sector.

So what’s in it for you?

Nationwide competition

Be part of a cohort of +20 teams joining a nationwide idea competition

Pitch training and resources

Receive the extra help you need to get the most out of your pitching.

Global network

Access a global network of entrepreneurs, mentors and ecosystem experts.

Pitch opportunity

Pitch your idea for a chance to win a spot in a three-month pre-incubator to further develop your solution.

If you are one of eight teams selected to join the pre-incubator, you gain access to:

  • Training program

    Three-month training program to validate your solution and develop a prototype for implementation.

  • Workplaces & makerspaces

    Access to physical workstations and maker spaces across Egypt.

  • Incubator pitch

    The chance to pitch in front of a jury panel of ecosystem and industry experts to join the incubator phase.

If your team is among the three teams that make it all the way to the incubator phase of the program, you receive:

  • Training program

    Six-month training program on business formation, market entry, and internationalization.

  • Additional resources

    Access to tailored technical and operational resources, business set-up support, material and equipment depending on team size and team needs.

  • Support package

    Access to a monthly in-kind support package to develop and build your solution valued at 550 EUR per team member

  • Mentoring

    Dedicated mentoring support from enpact’s global network and external experts.

  • Pitch competition

    The opportunity to present your solution to potential investors, business partners, and stakeholders at key industry events in Cairo.

Who can apply?

We’re on the lookout for teams of university students and recent graduates who are

  • of two to three members
  • women-led or gender-balanced
  • enrolled at or graduated from an Egyptian or internationally recognized university
  • passionate about technical sciences, business administration, and sustainability

In order to qualify for the program’s initial phase (ideation), the teams must conceptualize an idea for a viable solution for the aforementioned water sustainability challenge that

  • has innovative or disruptive characteristics that do not currently exist in the market, and
  • has the potential to be prototyped, scaled up and marketed commercially, and
  • can be applied within the manufacturing sector in Egypt

Ideas that are women-led and create sustainable social, economic and/or ecological impact are given priority in the selection process. 

In order to be selected for the pre-incubation phase, individuals must fulfill all the eligibility criteria listed above. They should also: 

  • Legally reside in Egypt (including permission to gainful employment),
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset, and
  • Be available to commit to developing and commercializing their solution

Download this document for more details about the criteria and competition challenges.

How does the process work?

  • 1. Application process

    The call opens for university students and fresh graduates with innovative ideas in manufacturing to join a nationwide idea competition. 

  • 2. Selection process

    Your solution will be evaluated against the pre-set criteria based on the applications received. +20 ideas will be selected to join the idea competition.

  • 3. Idea competition 

    Selected participants will join the idea competition after receiving pitch training and resources to facilitate rapid ideation. Eight teams will be selected to join a 3-month pre-incubator.

  • 4. Pre-incubation

    During the 3-months pre-incubator, you will receive comprehensive training on Customer, Technology, Business, IPR, Team, and Funding Readiness, plus access to physical workstations and maker spaces across Egypt.

  • 5. Incubation

    Three teams will be selected from the pre-incubator to join a 6-month incubator to receive an in-kind support package per team member, plus dedicated mentoring and further training to develop a minimum viable product (MVP).

  • 6. Alumni and community

    Following the successful completion of the program, you will become an enpact alumnus and receive access to exclusive community perks, networking opportunities, and continued support from the enpact team.

Applications are now closed. If you have already submitted an application, please keep an eye out on your e-mail in the first week of March for updates regarding your application status.

If you have questions regarding your applications, please reach out to us via email at Please note that this is the only official channel of communication to receive timely application support.

Meet MADE's Idea Competition Winners

8 teams of young entrepreneurs started their journey of 3 months of pre-incubation, the second phase of MADE Program, in March 2023. Get to know them:

Oracle Smart Grid Water Flow Meter (OWM), led by Nour EL-Din Magdy Mohamed

The Oracle Smart Grid Water Flow Meter (OWM) is a smart meter device for monitoring water consumption and a sustainability solution that pays for itself through water savings. It can detect and stop leaks at the source using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). It alerts you when water is leaking and automatically shuts it off or by a press of a button through a mobile application that enables wireless control and intelligent real-time monitoring. This innovation also provides user consumption analytics by collecting data, and then it can predict future consumption using AI and ML. Finally, the device provides water components analysis for purity detection and approval.

Smart Sip, led by Maha Ahmed

Smart Sip offers an innovative smart water bottle that helps people stay hydrated, track their water intake, and achieve their hydration goals. It combines technology and sustainable materials to personalize the water intake; it notifies its user when to drink and when to refill the bottle, measures daily progress, considers the user’s activities & lifestyles, and much more.

Sputnik, led by Karem Tawfik

Sputnik solves the problem of oil pollution in water. Addressing the issue of oil spills, the team creates a robot equipped with a sponge that absorbs oil, effectively collecting the slicks for eventual recycling. The process works as follows: first, the oil-contaminated water enters the robot, sponging up the oil, then releasing the clean water back into the water bodies, and the robot presses on the sponge, spilling out the collected oil into a container. The container is equipped with an ultrasonic alarm that alerts when it is full, and the process is repeated as needed. Highly affordable, this robot offers a faster and more effective solution for promoting sustainable practices and waste minimization, which is ideal for oil companies and petroleum refining stations.

Safe2Go, led by Hammad Mohammed

Safe2Go is a smart washing machine for the jeans industry finishing process saving water, energy, and time. By reducing water used per single washing process from 600 to 120 liters, the team introduces an automated solution with no human interference, protecting workers from chemical hazards. 

Sapsoil, led by Sondos Tarek

Sapsoil introduces innovative microgels that help reduce irrigation rates. The product is extracted from organic irregularities that preserve water inside; a gram saves 300 gm of water. It is ideal for desert soil and clay disturbance; it helps reduce water loss. It absorbs the water and then extracts it in case of drought so that the soil stays moisturized. This technique enables soil fortification by slowing the fertilization process, allowing the roots to absorb mineral or organic compounds efficiently.

Mega Watt, led by Abdelrahman Arafa

Mega Watt is a power generation unit based on wave energy, generally depending on the oscillating water column concept and wells turbine technology, through which oscillating air is produced and converted to mechanical energy by the rotation of the wells turbines.

Farawlatech, led by Ahmed Ramadan

Farawlatech is a soilless cultivation system for strawberry production with high quality and quantity. With high technologies, this innovation saves water and shores up fertilizers and pesticides effect.

PPS, led by Mahmoud Abdo

PPS team focuses on regulating water consumption by monitoring the plant’s status and using data analysis to improve irrigation scheduling. They produce customized controllers on irrigation systems based on plant needs, saving water and benefiting farmers. 

In June 2023, a pitch event marked the end of the 3-month pre-incubation, where the 8 teams presented their progress with their ideas for the chance to be selected for the final stage of the program, the 6-month incubation. Based on the scoring conducted by a jury of business and manufacturing experts, Teams Farwla Tech, PPS, and Sputnik were those who made it to this phase. Each team now accesses tailored business and technical training, dedicated mentoring, and a monthly support package valued at 550 EUR per team member to build the minimum viable product (MVP).

MADE Partners

After launching the call for applications for MADE Program’s second round in February 2023, we received 80+ applications with the help of outreach partners, who spread the call among their communities and helped us reach incredible entrepreneurs and innovators from all over Egypt.

Get to know MADE’s outreach partners

MADE has been developed by the non-profit organization enpact and is implemented in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Egypt, within the framework of the Private Sector Development and Innovation (PSI) program, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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