EGA Ramp-Up – Impact Sustainability Program

The Entrepreneurial Nation, an initiative by The UAE Ministry of Economy, is proud to announce a partnership with Emirates Global Aluminum, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas to bring an impact sustainability program for UAE-based enterprises.

About the Partner

EGA is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside of oil and gas. EGA has played a major role in the industrialization and economic diversification of the UAE for decades and has contributed to economic diversification and growth for more than 40 years. EGA Ramp-Up is set to support entrepreneurs to develop businesses that are successful and benefit society. The ultimate goal is that some of these new companies become suppliers to EGA, as EGA aims to further localize its procurement.

About the Program

EGA Ramp-Up is an impact sustainability program that aims to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, whose businesses will grow the economy and create opportunities for the community. An impact sustainability program, with business fundamentals training, to allow for the selected UAE start-ups to be sustainable and impactful in the long run.

Depending on the nature and interest of applicants, there are two programs.

Program I

Impact Webinar Series - for enthusiasts and enterprises;

  • Capacity building

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Private sector linkages and access to market

  • Access to a global network of partners

  • Impact, ESG, and sustainable development

  • Product market fit and tech assessment

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Program II

In-Depth Training - for impact enterprises;

  • Training and practical support

  • Access a network of experts and mentors

  • Access market opportunities

  • Potential to receive funding

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1-on-1 Mentoring - selected impact enterprises from Program II;

  • 1-on-1 mentoring support provided by EGA experts

  • Access to potential business opportunities with EGA

  • Access to funding from EGA

Eligibility Criteria

Program I: Online Webinar Series

  • Open to anyone passionate about social and environmental impact and interested in learning more about impact entrepreneurship and turning a start-up into a successful force for good.

  • The sessions are tailored towards aspiring or recently-established entrepreneurs as well as corporate employees looking to learn more about this topic.

Program 2: In-depth Training

20 start-ups will be selected to participate in the second part of the program where applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Legally registered entity in the UAE

  • Contribute to at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Have at least a Minimum Viable Product and show some traction

  • Founders must be fluent in written and spoken English

  • Sector eligibility criteria:

    • The environment (recycling/aluminium recycling, GHG emissions, biodiversity, air quality waste management...)

    • Supply chain and logistics (simplified processes, warehousing operations, 3D printing consumables...)

    • Green IT (sustainable IT solutions, blockchain, robotics, AI...)

    • Human capital (talent identification, platforms to connect corporate with youth and consultants, diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing...)

    • Community Impact (a product or a service that supports youth development, education, and gender diversity...)

Programs Details



Description of outcomes

Program I

Online Webinar Series

(Open to all applicants)

January 2023-February 2023

1 session per week (each session is one hour long)

  • Recognize the importance of impact entrepreneurship and the key elements required for the success of an impact startup

  • Get introduced to the startup journey and funding landscape

  • Understand the methods for determining the market size and identify the key drivers in market sizing calculation

Program II

In-Depth training

(20 selected start-ups)

February 2023-March 2023

4 sessions (10 hours in total)

  • Understand the concept of ESG and the UN SDGs and their importance to startups

  • Identify the critical elements for a successful pitch, practice, and get ready for the final pitching

  • Understand how to get from your theory of change to your impact value chain

  • Understand Valuation drivers and build the right mindset and narrative around your valuation

Program II

1 on 1 mentoring and support

(5-8 selected finalists)

March 2023-September 2023

  • Candidates for mentoring will be shortlisted for in-depth interviews to assess the needs of the start-ups, their strategy, and potential involvement with EGA

  • Five to eight start-ups will be shortlisted to take part in the mentoring phase of the program and potentially partner with or receive funding from EGA

Program Milestones



8 January 2023

Part I - Application deadline

9 January 2023

Part I - Start of the Webinar Series

27 January 2023

Part II - Application deadline

19 February 2023

Part II - Announcement of participants

27 February 2023

Part II - Start of the program

27 March 2023

Part III Start of the program

12 September 2023

Program completion