I have been working in start-up and business development, project management and market entry scenarios since 1994. Since then I have not been part of such promising initiative like enpact and the enpact program which has been initiated for the MENA region. Participating in this year’s program as mentor has not only given me the chance to share experience and knowledge, but has revealed to me the high potential which enpact provides for the participating mentees.

I do believe that any expansion toward a persistent presence in the region – may it be by installing hubs and coworking spaces or offering additional support by developing funding opportunities – will not only draw even higher attention and application numbers, but will also provide sustainable success in the countries’ economies itself.

The mentees I had the honor to work with have shown outstanding potential concerning their ideas and some have already achieved noticeable progress. I can only but congratulate any future partner upon their decision to back enpact’s activities and program. Offering funding for mentees’ projects in combination with close and milestone orientated monitoring by enpact will mean the logical next step.

by Michael Notbohm