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Etisal Assiut Association for information technology NGO

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 11 November, 2020
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)
Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Nasser
Abo Eloyoun
Cluster Manager
nasser@etisal.org
Male
Yahya
Badawy
Project Manager
+201067737621
yahia@etisal.org
Male
Alaa
Aymen
Internationalisation Responsible
+201066638243
alaa.aymen@etisal.org
Female
Aya
Ahmed
Other
+201063654911
aya@etisal.org
Female
Languages spoken: 
Arabic
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Automotive
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Information Technology
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
50
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
15
Number of larger company members: 
0
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
0
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Etisal Assiut Association: Etisal Assiut Association was established in 2012, registered under No.1134 under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Solidarity. Etisal Assiut serves and supports youth, entrepreneurs and empowers women all over Upper Egypt in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector to promote and develop the ICT which helps to develop their startups and grow their revenues as well as the students and graduates of the faculties of engineering, Computing and information and those interested in the fields of information technology from the other faculties.

List of services for Etisal Assiut members:  CD (Capacity Development) Program  CS (Consulting Services) Program  Match-Making Event  Local Market Event  Global Market Event  IT Companies Forum  Summer Internship Program  Etisal Assiut Portal  Etisal Assiut Annual Conference, Upper Egypt ICT Exhibition

Vision: Etisal Assiut will be the main driver leading the development, promotion, and transformation of the Egyptian ICT industry.

Mission: Etisal Assiut helps in developing and implementing a strategy for the evolution of Egypt’s ICT industry, improving the business environment for members by promoting their local and international interests and by creating a strong and positive synergy among Egyptian industry stakeholders. 

Objectives: International Reach: -Encouraging exports and international marketing of Egyptian products. -Create bilateral relations with similar int’l NGO’s. -Field Training on business development in targeted markets. -Attending international conferences & exhibitions in different areas of business.

Members’ Empowerment: -Focus on SME’s capacity building. -Work with funding institutions either venture capital or foreign direct investment. -Non-conventional, state-of-art executive training. -Career building for careers lacking in the market; e.g., export management, complex s/w.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: -Stimulate and facilitate innovation entrepreneurship and the creation of IP in the ICT industry. -Contribute to Egypt’s applied research & development. -Boosting up ICT industry productivity. -Joint technology sessions between Universities and industry’s CTO’s. -Capacity building to encourage activities in robotics & mobile apps.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to technology services
Enabling Facilities sharing
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

01. Empowerment of disabled women through technology

Overall objective: Contributing to the skills development and economic empowerment of disabled women in Assiut districts.

Results: 1. The beneficiaries are engaged in income-generating activities at the end of the project, either in the projects established or employed by local technology companies. 2. Sustainability of the projects established by the participating girls and women are active. 3. Increasing awareness among community members about the importance of economically empowering disabled women.

02. Creativity and Entrepreneurship Cluster - A Decent Life

Overall objective: Empowering 50 high-qualified unemployed girls aged between 20 and 30 years old, 25 medium-qualified unemployed girls of the middle class and less, aged between 20 and 30 years old, and 175 women under the poverty line aged between 30 and 45 years old in Assiut city, Shattab village, Al-Mutaya village, and Mosha village to create small and medium-sized enterprises, and to promote their sustainability through the use of ICT within 12 months.

Results: 1. Increasing opportunities for girls participating in the project to join the labor market. 2. Improving the income of girls and women participating in the project. 3. Raising awareness among the community of the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises in providing adequate family income.

03. Raising the efficiency of the technology companies’ members of Etisal Assiut Association in Upper Egypt

Overall objective: Raise awareness of young people on the importance of using technological skills in the labour market.

Results: 1. Increasing youth technological skills required in the labor market. 2. Increasing the knowledge of young people in different fields of technology.

04. Initiative to raise technological awareness

Overall objective: Raising the efficiency of the technology companies members of Etisal Assiut Association in Upper Egypt.

Results: 1. Increasing the technological skills of the teams of member companies. 2. Increasing the administrative skills of the administrative bodies of the member companies. 3. The information technology market in Upper Egypt has prospered.

05. Employing Citizens of Upper Egypt Initiative

Overall objective: Raising the efficiency of young people to join the labor market.

Results: 1. Increasing opportunities for young people to join the labor market. 2. Developing the practical skills of young people. 3. Increasing the knowledge of young people about the skills required in the labour market.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
Canada
China
India
Japan
Singapore
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Finland
Germany
Greece
Spain
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Etisal Assiut Statistics shows the number of entrepreneurs benefited from the NGO and the number of events or training conducted by Etisal Assiut :

Companies: 50 Individuals: 100 Volunteers: 45 Training: 40 Events: 55

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Etisal Assiut has been collaborating with a European Union, Finland Embassy, U.S. Department of State, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), and Care International for the past several years that were dedicated to foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of entrepreneurship and women empowerment through ICT in Upper Egypt. We have received other funding from the different Networks in previous years as well, and they were filled with much fun, hands-on activities that worked well with a wide range of audiences including youth, entrepreneurs, and women, which expanded training opportunities, job opportunities, matchmaking opportunities and accessing to microfinance institutions. Furthermore, that enables Etisal Assiut to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and sustainable development goals (SDG) in Upper Egypt.