Looking to help inspire and empower youth in Libya, Silatech has successfully hosted the first Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) ever held in the country’s history. Libya this year joins over 130 countries in participating in this global celebration designed to boost entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation.
The activities began on November 18 in Benghazi with a discussion led by Amr Farkash and Khalid El Mofti, General Manager of Tatweer Research, who presented an overview of opportunities for innovation driven SMEs, and called for more flexible governmental strategies to help promote the sustainability of these ventures.
Over 150 people attended the opening discussion, and also heard from participants including Tarek El Gheryani of Libya Enterprise, Reem El Soussi, an activist who promotes entrepreneurship for women, and Amr Farkash, General Manager of Reiyada.
Other workshops and discussions organized for GEW-Libya in Benghazi focused on introducing young people to the concept of entrepreneurship and helping them to decide whether or not they should become entrepreneurs; e-commerce and entrepreneurship possibilities in the online world; social entrepreneurship; creative thinking; and, entrepreneurship policy roundtables with policy makers. Hundreds of people attended GEW-Libya events, including high school and college students, young entrepreneurs, representatives of NGOs, media, policy makers and others.