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NI Capital initiates IPO of National Investment Charity Education Fund

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CAIRO – 18 December 2019: Planning Minister Hala el Saaed announced on Thursday that NI Capital, a leading Egyptian financial services holding company, has initiated IPO of the National Investment Charity Education Fund; the first charity education fund of its kind in Egypt.

The IPO starts with at least LE 100 and has no upper limit, the Planning Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Saaed said that the National Investment Charity Education Fund is an investment vehicle established to create sustainable support to efforts aimed at enhancing the quality of the education system and shore up the education reform program currently being implemented by the Education Ministry; ultimately transforming the youth for a better future, the statement said.

NI Capital is the investment manager of the fund. The fund aims to mobilize resources and inspire local and international communities to invest in education for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

“Straight to the Goal” receives Ergo Media Ventures’ Prize at the 3rd Gouna Film Festival

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During the Gouna Film Festival’s 3rd Edition in September 2019, Ergo’s $10,000 prize with the CineGouna platform was awarded to the Egyptian project “Straight to the Goal”; a feature narrative in development by young and upcoming director Tamer Ashry.

 

The film follows Ali, an aspiring soccer player from Egypt who was recently recruited and moved to Marseille to pursue a professional career in the sport. After suffering a debilitating injury, he is forced to navigate the underground life of Marseille’s illegal immigrants while balancing an explosive temper and budding romance.

 

It is worth mentioning that the project won four other awards making it the winner of the highest number of awards this year; reflecting its strong potential.

 

Last year’s Ergo prize-winning movie; “1982”, went on to win multiple awards in several festivals including the NETPAC award in the Toronto International Film Festival, and the prestigious FIPRESCI critics award in this year’s GFF official competition. These awards have placed the film on a track for international recognition with its latest achievement being Lebanon’s submission for the Oscars.

 

Ergo is committed to supporting promising cinematic projects and aspiring talents in their endeavor to share their visions with the world.

 

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Ergo Sponsors El Gouna Film Festival’s CineGouna Platform for the Third Consecutive Year

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Ergo Media Ventures will be awarding the Creative Media Ventures (“CMV”) $10,000 prize at El Gouna Film Festival’s CineGouna platform for the third consecutive year. The CMV prize is awarded annually to exceptional Arab film projects  as part of Ergo’s objective to support the film industry and creative talents, and promote  Egypt’s historical position as the regional culture center.

Ergo Media Ventures is a dynamic investment firm committed to transforming the media landscape in Egypt and beyond. With a primary focus on digital and traditional content creation and distribution, Ergo aims to empower creative players in the media industry and to re-establish the Egyptian media and entertainment industry as a sustainable economic, social, and cultural power. Ergo was established in 2018 by Ayady for Investment and Development, and is managed by NI Capital, a fully owned subsidiary of National Investment Bank.

“We are very excited to be part of the third edition of El Gouna Film Festival’s CineGouna Platform again this year. We are keen on supporting pormising projects and talents in their development and progression to help them grow, fullfill their potential and bring them to light” said Hazem Kamel, Managing Director of Private Equity at NI Capital.

Last year, the CineGouna jury presented Ergo’s Creative Media Ventures prize to “1982”; a love-in-wartime romancer film in the post-production phase by Director Oualid Mouaness and Producer Christian Eid and staring Nadine Labaki.

“Ergo’s post-production prize at CineGouna Platform was vital to the making of ‘1982′! Specifically, this prize was awarded at a very crucial time, in the middle of the post-production, which allowed us to finish the film and release it today on big screens worldwide. Ergo’s participation has been invaluable.” said Eid.

Following its completion, 1982 was selected to participate in this year’s Toronto International FiIm Festival where it was awarded the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere, and to also come back to the Gouna Film Festival to participate in its official competition; which reflects the exceptional quality of this project.

“It is very rewarding to contribute to such an outstanding project that raises the bar in the Arab film industry and carves a space for Arab cinema in the Global marketplace.” said Gamal Guemeih, Investment Manager at Ergo Media Ventures.

 

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Launch of the National Investment Charity Education Fund Announced in Al Ahram

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The National Investment Charity Education Fund is an investment vehicle established to create sustainable support to enhance the quality of the education system and support the education reform program currently underway by the MoE; ultimately transforming the youth for a better future.

NI Capital’s investment management arm is managing the fund; setting up its mechanics, investment strategy, and operating with a solid governance structure that administers charitable work and waqf in an institutional and professional manner.

Ayady Proud Partners of the First Startupbootcamp FinTech Accelerator Program

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With the conclusion of the first Startupbootcamp FinTech Accelerator Program, it is important to look at the impact Ayady’s partnership has made on the development of the startups.

The startups that showcased their ideas at the Demo Day were:

Clix: Peer-to-peer money transfer

Compareha: Online marketplace for financial products

ElGameya: Peer-to-peer savings tool

El Zatona: Cloud-based retail management system

Fawaterak: Billing and online payment service

Neqabty: Platform for automated syndicate services

Netsahem: Fundraising platform for charities

Seventail: Open-source SaaS for local merchants

XPay: Platform and mobile app for smart, cashless communities

Youspital: Digital healthcare services platform

NI Capital is keen to support aspiring fintech innovators working inline with Ayady’s vision to create sustainable, developmental impact – financial inclusion, job creation and access to finance.

Ayady Partners with Startupbootcamp to Bring the First of its Kind FinTech Accelerator Program to Cairo

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Ayady for Investment and Development partners with Startupbootcamp to bring to Cairo the world’s best FinTech accelerator. Vice President of Private Equity at NI Capital, Aly Tawfik shared Ayady Egypt‘s vision for sustainable development at Startupbootcamp‘s launch event among a group of renowned program partners and participating startups.

“Ayady is a firm believer of the potential FinTech holds to change the entire dynamic of the non-banking financial services industry. We are keen to empower entrepreneurs to develop their ideas to ultimately shape the ecosystem in which we all operate. Our support of this one of a kind accelerator program in Cairo asserts our commitment to promoting sustainable development goals including financial inclusion, access to finance and job creation.”

Ayady Egypt is one of a number of industry giants, partners to SBC Cairo FINTECH Program, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Pharos Holding for Financial Investments, ALEXBANK, German Agency for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (GIZ), Visa, Sanad’s Entrepreneurship Academy, and Export Development Bank Of Egypt (EBE).

Ergo, Awards the Third Creative Media Ventures Prize at CIFF

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Ergo, Media Ventures Manager, Gamal Guemeih awarded the 3rd Creative Media Ventures prize to Producer Ali Hammoud for his film Crystal House at the Cairo Film Connection award ceremony which took place during the Cairo International Film Festival.

Ergo, is an Ayady Egypt media investment company managed by NI Capital which focuses primarily on investing in digital and traditional media content, distribution and enablers to support and empower promising talents, ultimately advancing the media and film industries.

The Creative Media Ventures Prize is a grant awarded by Ergo, to aspiring talents looking to produce and distribute their film projects locally, regionally and ultimately globally to advance the media and film industries. The CMV prize was awarded twice at both editions of El Gouna Film Festival as a form of empowerment to show the company’s commitment to the advancement of the media industry.

For the second consecutive year, Creative Media Ventures sponsors El Gouna Film Festival’s Cinegouna platform with a $10,000 prize

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For the second consecutive year, Creative Media Ventures sponsors El Gouna Film Festival’s Cinegouna platform with a $10,000 prize

Creative Media Ventures is a EGP 250 mn media fund managed by NI Capital which focuses primarily on investing in digital and traditional media content, distribution and enablers to support and empower promising talents ultimately advancing the media and film industries.

NI Capital and Ayady Launch Creative Media Ventures “Ebda3” to Invest in Media and Media Technology

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Ayady for Investment and Development and NI Capital, the investment arm of the National Investment Bank and investment Manager of Ayady, have established Creative Media Ventures (Ebda3) LLC, a media technology fund, with 250 million Egyptian Pounds as seed capital. The company will invest in the digital and media tech sector as well as traditional media to enhance Egypt’s position in the media.

Creative Media Ventures aims to invest in the media sector in order to develop the sector and contribute to increasing the economic returns of media sector in the national GDP.” said Osama Saleh, Chairman of Ayady for Investment and Development. He added that the introduction of technology to the sector and investment in its pioneers will restore Egypt’s position in the media to its previous glory.

Creative Media Ventures will focus on investing in emerging and fast-growing companies in the technology media sector, which has significant growth opportunities in line with the global trend of investments.” said Ashraf Ghazaly, CEO and Managing Director of NI Capital.

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