Nahdet El Mahrousa (NM), in Arabic meaning the Renaissance of Egypt, is an Egyptian non-profit non-governmental organization (NPO/NGO) founded by Egyptian young professionals in November 2003.
NM seeks to make a positive and lasting impact on Egypt’s cultural, economic and social development through activating and engaging Egyptian youth in the country’s development, public engagement and decision-making arenas. NM achieves this through building a strong sustainable organization whose core program “The Incubator of Innovative Social Enterprises” would act as a vehicle for social innovation. NM was acknowledged as the sole incubator for early-stage youth-led social enterprises (the Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East, April 2010, Brooking Institution) and as a best practice NGO (UNDP Human Development report, 2008).
Over the past eight years, NM has created an ecosystem to foster social innovation in Egypt and to support social entrepreneurs develop and build their social enterprises
Through its incubator of innovative social enterprises, NM hosts social entrepreneurs, and incubates their social enterprises by providing capacity building and seed grants. Over the past years, NM has developed strong capacity, knowhow, staff, and capabilities to support social enterprises, and is currently incubating more than twenty active social enterprises in the areas of youth development, arts and culture development, health services development, the environment, linking education to employment, scientific research and development, and preparing emerging young leaders and development practitioners. The NM incubator addresses a wide community of youth, students and other beneficiaries throughout the country.