Rasha Y. ElTantawy
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), Information Technology Industry Development Agency
Egypt
Head of Entrepreneurship and Business Support, TIEC Egypt
Rasha is the head of Business Support and Entrepreneurship at the Technology Innovation and entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), ITIDA. Rasha has built extensive networks and assets in the global entrepreneurial marketplace. An entrepreneur herself is currently on board her company; AGTA packaging. Prior to her position in government, Rasha worked in the construction management as the regional manager of HartMannEgypt. Rasha joined TIEC at its inception, developing and managing the Entrepreneurship department developing business support programs for startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in ICT such as the Accelerator program, Egypt Mobile Monday Chapter. Rasha was part of the team that compiled the ICT2020 strategy for Egypt in 2013. She was also part of the team the that launched the first innovation portal for Egypt in Arabic, egyptinnovate.com. She is currently heading the policy advocacy program with a focus on policies for entrepreneurial education. Rasha participates in local and international conferences as a speaker and at various leading universities on entrepreneurship, developing entrepreneurial environments, business modeling and validation, and role of government. She works closely with international entities like the EIB, ALECSA, ANIMA and the CMI on entrepreneurship and innovation projects for the MENA and the EuroMED region. Rasha has worked with and consulted with various European commission projects as part of FP7 and H2020. Her consultancy work includes developing the MENA innovation index , developing KPIs for Technology Parks and developing innovation diagnostic tools for SMEs in these regions. Rasha loves to help other entrepreneurs, women and youth reach for the stars, regularly mentoring them. Rasha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University, a Masters in Management of Technology from Nile University. She is also finalizing her Doctorate in the area of Entrepreneurship in developing countries at the University of Switzerland.