Mentor-Driven Capital program – Egypt 2022

Building the next generation of business mentors

Are you an established business professional, entrepreneur, or investor with some time on your hands?

Do you want to play a bigger role in the exciting startup ecosystem?

Do you want to make a tangible difference in the lives of starting entrepreneurs and their journey?

Then, consider becoming a mentor in the VC4A Mentor-Driven Capital Program this year.

‘Mentor-driven capital’ is one of VC4A’s approaches to creating value for startup ecosystems around the world. It’s about finding and supporting motivated and experienced mentors – like you –  to share your knowledge, experience, and network that you’ve acquired over your career with promising entrepreneurs. As you support your mentee on his/her entrepreneurial journey, you get keen insights into the local startup ecosystem and, and hone your own mentoring, business & leadership skills.

The goal of this program is to boost your ability as a high-powered mentor through the Mentor-Driven Capital framework we’ve developed. You and the selected fellow business leaders will receive expert guidance, training, and hands-on support around mentoring, and join interactive sessions on topics like corporate partnership building and angel investing. Previous cohorts hosted expert-led sessions by experienced angel investors such as Tarek El-Kady, founder of Alex Angels, Dr. Ayman Ismail, associate professor of entrepreneurship at the American University of Cairo, and Dr. Loay El-Shawarby, principal at El-Shawarby Attorneys among others.

Startup! What’s in it for you?

·       Matched with a dedicated mentor with years of expertise who can help you in your entrepreneurial journey

·       Structured mentorship program helps keep you and your mentor on target

·       Extend your business network with the senior business professionals and fellow entrepreneurs participating

·       Access numerous opportunities and resources through the VC4A platform and VC4A Academy

·       Join the pool of startups considered for the upcoming VC4A Venture Showcase

If you are a startup founder/entrepreneur and interested to join the program and get matched with a selected relevant industry mentor during the 3-months program, please reach out to the VC4A team. 


December 29, 2021
Program dates Jan 17 - May 16
Organizer VC4A
Targets Egypt
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer durables, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Automotive, Clothing and textiles production, Computer hardware, Electronics, Food production, Furniture

About the Work In Progress! Alliance

This program is part of the “Work In Progress!” project. The goal of “Work in Progress!” is to improve the economic prospects of young men and women in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia, create jobs and stimulate entrepreneurship by improving the skills of young people, strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and creating an enabling environment. Work in Progress! Alliance partners include Oxfam, Hanze University, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.

Program Perks

What you’ll get out of it:

  • Attend expert-led sessions on essential mentorship and startup-related topics.

  • Introduction to a wide range of industry experts.

  • A mentorship guide and online training materials.

  • Access to relevant startups for future collaborations

  • Access to partner organizations’ demo days and invite-only events.

You will also get complimentary access to major startup summits like RiseUp, Techne Summit, and the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2022!

What We Expect From You

The program is open to a maximum of 20 aspiring business mentors in Egypt, or to those who have strong ties with – and interest in – Egypt.  The only thing you need to invest during the approx. 4-month program is 4-8 hours per month of your valuable time, knowledge, and network!

Selection Criteria
  • You are based in Egypt or closely affiliated with the country

  • You are a senior business professional, entrepreneur, and/or investor with 10+ years of experience.

  • Interested in the startup ecosystem and keen to support startup companies.

  • Can spend 4-8 hours a month mentoring a startup entrepreneur and follow MDC program sessions from January to May 2022.

What participating mentors have to say about MDC:

“I see a lot of businesses every day, but it’s different when you’re more hands on, ​​to actually be in touch with the entrepreneurs. I loved it.” Habiba Helmy – Arab Bank Egypt.

“I think the startup was a great match, I really liked the connection with the startup, the impact we had. And the connection with other mentors and sharing experiences was great too.” Hanzada Abou Youssef – Ahead of the Curve.

“Speakers and program managers were very welcoming and insightful. The curriculum was also very relevant and useful. I also loved my mentee!” Damien Pieretti – HSBC USA.


Application deadline: 20th of December 2021

If you’re interested in joining the program as a mentor, please create a VC4A account and/or sign in to your account, and hit the apply button to submit your application before the 20th of December. Shortlisted candidates will be followed up with separately. Contact Ahmed Nour at anour [at] vc4a [dot] com if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail. Note: We plan to kick-off on 17th January 2022 and end in May 2022.

Make a tangible contribution to promising startups and become a business mentor today!


Impression from last year’s Mentor-Driven Capital program



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