Feminist or not, women demand appreciation no matter what. If you take time to just appreciate us and our work, not necessarily shower us with appraisals, but we’ll definitely note that. That’s why finding out that SHECAN is back for a 3rd edition was great news for me!
The annual event held by Entreprenelle is the leading women entrepreneurship event in the entire region. SHECAN will kickstart on the 8th of March at Downtown’s very own Greek Campus.
This year’s theme tackles ‘successful failure’, and from my humble point of view, it’s a great topic to explore. I’ve always fancied the idea of ‘embracing failure’ as our mistakes are what shaped our current selves. So, shedding light on the different challenges and obstacles faced by female entrepreneurs definitely deserves a round of applause. The entire day will be dedicated to showcasing empirical real-life cases. Those will present how innovative thinking can turn failures into success stories, along with other factors like creativity, technology, and capital, of course.
“Over the past two years, our mission has been to support and empower women, through bringing together idea-focused activities, all aimed at fostering inspiration and provoking conversations that would motivate and educate the attendees on how to grow their professional and personal lives,” said Rania Ayman, Founder of Entreprenelle. “However, the women entrepreneurship ecosystem is rapidly growing, which encouraged us to choose ‘Successful Failures’ theme to arm the ecosystem with learnings and techniques that will underpin their journey,” she further explained.
So, what to expect this year? The event will feature talks by their Excellences Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs, Nabila Makram; the Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali; and the Minister of Planning, Administration and Reform, Dr. Hala El Sayed. In addition, the line-up will feature other prominent speakers from the entrepreneurship scene in Egypt. Those figures include Founder of RiseUp, Abdel-Hamid Sharara; Radio 9090 Presenters, Radwa Hassan, and Raghda El Sheemy; and Arab celebrity Chef and Investor, Manal El Alam.
Besides the influential talks, there will be an array of panel discussions, workshops, mentorship sessions, and a pitch competition. Not to mention that there will be an exhibition of the participating startups where they’ll be providing attendees with useful insights.
SHECAN has witnessed success and has garnered public attention throughout the past couple of years. The event was attended by more than 2,500 people from all over the country. Attendees from Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura, and more all came to listen to over 30 speakers and the two cents 40 community partners had to offer.
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