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Mowgli Quarterly Newsletter April - June 2015 
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Mowgli wishes you and your family a blessed Ramadan full of good health, happiness and prosperity.
Mowgli Expands to 12th MENA country, with launch in Saudi Arabia
 
Mowgli continues to expand its MENA presence with the launch of programs in Saudi Arabia to train mentors that can support entrepreneurs across society.

 
In June Mowgli launched a series of pilot mentor training and development programs with the Saudi Credit & Savings Bank (SCSB), to develop male and female mentors in support of the Bank’s ‘Be a Mentor’ program. 
 
The program offers SCSB executives, Saudi entrepreneurs and those who work within the ecosystem, the opportunity to be trained in the art of mentoring and significantly contribute to the success of the new generation of entrepreneurs.
 
Read more about the project...
Mowgli returns to Lebanon and partners with American University of Beirut (AUB) to support EU-funded IDEAL competition finalists
 
Mowgli continues to support business plan competition initiatives by providing mentor training, matching and 1-2-1 and peer mentoring relationship facilitation. In June, Mowgli partnered with the American University of Beirut (AUB) to deliver a tailored 6-month mentoring program for the 10 EU funded IDEAL business plan competition finalists who have also received business skills training and grants to enable them to develop their ideas.
 
“The most important thing I learnt at the Mowgli Kickstart workshop was, failure is not a bad thing. If you look at it in a different way, it will be an opportunity to learn new things” (IDEAL finalist)
 
Watch a video from the workshop and read more about the program. 
Mowgli and KAFD partner for a 2nd year to support KAAYIA social entrepreneur competition winners
 
Mowgli and King Abdullah Fund for Development (KAFD) partner for a 2nd year to support the winners of the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) competition with 1-2-1 and peer mentoring relationships to inspire and empower them to develop themselves as leaders and develop sustainable and successful socially driven businesses. 
 
The program will see KAAYIA Alumni trained as mentors so that they can give back to the next wave of KAAYIA winners to further build the KAAYIA community of support and learning and give themselves, the alumni members, the opportunity to develop their own leadership capabilities.
 
Look out for more details about the program in our next newsletter.


 


Mowgli Alumni in the Spotlight
White House Global Entrepreneurship Event: Mowgli Entrepreneur, Lina Khalifeh, who was recognised by President Barack Obama at the White House Global Entrepreneurship Event in Washington on 11th May, for her work in empowering young women and driving social change with her Jordan-based business, SheFighter.
First Eureeca Investor Exit: Mowgli Entrepreneur, Salim Akil's company, Search in MENA, a Dubai-based B2B online marketplace, is the first business to raise funds on the Eureeca platform to provide Eureeca’s crowdinvestors with an exit. Through a share buyback, participating shareholders were able to exit with 150% profits on their one-year investment. Salim commented: "We are confident we will continue to be able to deliver strong returns, as we look to build on our ambition to become the Alibaba of the Middle East.”
MENA Angel Investors Summit 2015: Mazin Khalil, Mowgli Entrepreneur and multi award winner, was invited to pitch at the annual MENA Angel Investors Summit. An award winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Competition in 2014 for his social enterprise, SudaMed, Mazin delivered a pitch to almost 100 investors in Bahrain on 12th May to further promote and generate support for SudaMed.
Declaration of Excellence from his Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan: Mowgli Entrepreneur, Ashoka and Synergos Fellow, Rawan Barakat, received a declaration of excellence from His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan on 25th May for her work with her business, Raneen, which produces audio stories for visually impaired children to enhance their hearing and listening skills.
EdTech Europe – Global Scaling and Local Implementation: Mowgli Entrepreneur and Founder of eduTechnoz, Diana Al-Dajani, joined the WISE panel at EdTech Europe in London on 18th June to speak about Global Scaling and Local Implementation.
Special thanks to Mowgli Mentor, Omar Sukhon, for his contribution to Mowgli this quarter: Omar volunteered his time to take part in the Mowgli-Ruwwad MicroVenture Fund (RMVF) mentor training program in Jordan as a Mowgli Advisory Committee (MAC) member, offering his support and guidance to the newly trained Ruwwad mentors and their micro-entrepreneur clients. Read more about the program here
 
Omar also represented Mowgli as a judge for the 2nd phase of the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) competition in Amman on 18th April. He has gone on to personally mentor one of the competition winners. 

 
Mowgli in the Spotlight - Events
Past Events:
  • Leadership and Mentoring Sparking Session for Business Women Forum – Palestine – Amman, Jordan  – 1st April …read more
  • Panel Session: Common Purpose Leadership Event - London, UK – 2nd April
  • Mentoring Awareness Session for Social Entrepreneurs within the MIT Global Startup Workshop, Kuwait – 18th April …read more
  • Elevator Pitch Judging within the MIT Global Startup Workshop, Kuwait – 19th April …read more
  • Brown Bag Lunch: World Bank – Washington, US – 21st April ...watch interview
  • Mowgli-ACO Jam – Marrakech, Morocco – 25th April …read more
  • Conference Session: Arab Youth Employment (AYE) – Amman, Jordan – 28th-30th April …read more
  • Lafarge-Mowgli Entrepreneur Gathering – Cairo, Egypt – 2nd May …see photos
  • Mentoring Awareness Session for Injaz Al Arab Annual General Meeting– Abu Dhabi, UAE – 6th May
Mentoring for Impact
“Being part of the Mowgli Mentoring Experience has been a richly rewarding journey.  Mowgli immerses mentors and entrepreneurs in a process that allows individuals to connect and support each other at a deep level of understanding and commitment. As a mentor I worked closely with one entrepreneur for 12 months and learnt a lot from supporting him. But more than that, I'm still in touch with a number of other people from our program - becoming part of a supportive and inspiring network.” Andrea Creedon, Mentor, UK November 2010
“Mowgli was a very important journey for Taqetna. We met our first mentor; Walid Faza on the Jordan program in 2011. Faza is a visionary and an experienced mentor who added lot to Taqetna. He started empowering and enabling us to take brave decisions which led us to become one of the most important and trustful renewable energy developers, manufacturers, and maintenance providers in Jordan. Mowgli connected me to a new family of transformers and society-changers, and this unique environment empowered us and helped us to expand our network.” Mahmoud Shattel, Entrepreneur, Jordan May 2011 
Mowgli Learning Corner
The Happy Secret to Better Work
CEOs Need Mentors Too
Mentoring Skills: Using Your Knowledge and Experience to Help Others
Inside Mowgli
Mowgli welcomes our new Marketing and Communications Manager, Nidal Al Khoury: 
As an ex-entrepreneur who is passionate about marketing and communications, especially digital, Nidal, who is based in Jordan, will be responsible for bringing a fresh Marketing and Communications outlook to Mowgli and driving the development of our digital and alumni offerings to develop a world class mentor network and community.
 
Connect with Nidal on Twitter and Linkedin to get to know him a little better.

 
Mowgli Facilitators Reconnect – Mowgli CEO, Kathleen Bury, met with Mowgli’s Jordanian Facilitators to further understand how we can support their development as Mowgli Facilitators and to explore how they can support us in our achieving our vision and mission within the region.
 
Algeria Chapter Board Meeting – Mowgli Founder and Chairman, Tony Bury reconnected with some members of Mowgli’s Chapter Board members in Algeria to further learn about the Algerian ecosystem and understand how we can continue to drive mentoring in Algeria so that it becomes a core component of entrepreneurship, human capacity and leadership development.
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