A key pillar of CREACT4MED activities is direct financial support towards strengthening CCI business in target countries. This includes providing sub-grants to 4 budding entrepreneurs in each country. They vary from virtual reality and handicrafts to gastronomy and online platforms. The grants will be used to implement the selected entrepreneurial business proposals from start-ups; Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs), or civil society organisations.
The entrepreneurs will be supported by the CREACT4MED incubators with programmes that encompass a variety of mentoring, matchmaking, access to finance and intellectual property rights services.
The following entities have been selected to receive CREACT4MED sub-grants:
ALMAH is a local Egyptian sustainable fashion brand that repurposes virgin Egyptian vintage material into up cycled contemporary high end fashion pieces, curates unique items for resale and produces up cycled fabric swatches for luxury fashion houses. ALMAH is a social enterprise (project of the Egyptian Clothing Bank, an Egyptian NGO) with a business model set for high profit margins - depending on the competitivity of the ECB collected material sourcing - dedicating all profit to the sustainable provision of functional fitting clothes to deserving children.
Duma Toys specializes in premium quality hand-knitted products and toys for children. Based out of Cairo, Duma has empowered and supported over 200 Egyptian and refugee women by providing sustainable job opportunities in handmade toy production. Since Launching in 2018 Duma has sold over 9000 toys.
REFORM is an Ethical international award-winning lifestyle brand that promotes sustainability. They are an Egyptian company, that produces a whole range of luxurious eco-friendly products ranging from fashion accessories to furniture, & home accessories. Each product is made out of their signature invented material "Plastex". Plastex is a 100% eco-friendly handmade fabric that is made out of wasted plastic bags interwoven with natural fibers, Egyptian cotton, or polyester threads. Plastex is developed with hundreds of patterns, textures, and designs. REFORM was founded by Mariam Hazem & Hend Riad.
Teatro Alsaeed for Arts
Teatro Alsaeed for Theater and Arts is a company with multiple experiences in the field of performing arts. It started as an initiative in 2014 and was established as a company in January 2022. It seeks to establish a relationship between artists and the society in Upper Egypt by providing a space for practicing arts, holding workshops and artistic performances, and always trying to enhance the independent theater troupes to sustain by providing administrative and artistic advice to the troupes or by providing the requirements of a theater space with low prices.
Founded in 2018, Gioia aims at producing casual footwear, while creating economic opportunities for local Artisans. Their designs include traditional embroidery techniques incorporated into contemporary shoes. They are more than just a business, they work for a sustainable future to share economies, reduce poverty, discover talent and encourage creativity. Many people living in underprivileged communities possess artistic talents that are often neglected or not maximized to their full potential. Once Gioia’s team identifies these talents, they are guided to maximize the use of their skills to generate revenue and support their families for a better life.
Puppets World for Development of Children
Puppets World is the first and only company in Jordan that aims to educate children and raise their awareness of social, behavioral, emotional, and cultural issues through the interactive mobile puppet theater. Being mobile, the theater reaches remote communities and targets locals, refugees, and disabled children from 4 to 12 years of age, regardless of their regional background. The plays are performed by International certified puppeteers in a fun and enjoyable way using puppets with different shapes and colors. They are translated into sign language too. Puppets World theater received many global awards including the Austrian Intercultural Achievement Award 2022.
Talaween is an interactive application that uses both digital and physical art activities to teach children the necessary soft skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. It provides interactive and comprehensive educational tools for teaching soft skills to children and adolescents through art, using engaging educational curricula written by specialists and converted into artistic exercises.
ViaVii is a central hub for genuine local experiences and unique activities. Their vision to create an immersive form of tourism by enabling the era of “people to people travels.” The marketplace is built to help travellers easily find a variety of immersive experiences and ready-to-buy itineraries, designed by trained local communities, and instantly available to reserve online. The B2B products consist of a SAAS model and a conversational engine, allowing businesses to identify gaps and provide a significant opportunity for them to engage with their customers proactively, by helping them identify and book local experiences through their customer journey.
Cezar Projects is a youthful rural development initiative that works as a social enterprise since 2017. The enterprise is developing standard rural –tourism operations and coordinating rural initiatives, to meet sustainability through retaining local talents, creating innovation in sustainable tourism and generating new sources of income. In light of the awareness ‘Cezar’s Projects’ is spreading; it is now acting as a facilitator for developing sustainable initiatives in Chouf villages and managing different local experiences and facilities. All of which have created around 74 direct job opportunities as well as made a remarkable economic and social impact in the local community.
ClimberSpace is an outdoor small business specialized in resoling outdoor shoes and locally designing and producing outdoor products and apparel. It was founded by three passionate climbers and brothers who share the vision of creating an outdoor brand that shares the beauties of nature and people through locally crafted products.
Mlouk Productions is a film production company equipped with professional resources and a creative team that is ready to bring inspiring stories to life. Mlouk joined the Creative with the Production process to offer optimized workflows tailor made to every project. They cover the whole journey of a project, from the Idea Creation and Elaboration, to the Script Writing, to Production and Post-Production. They produce Cinema, Entertainment, Corporate and Promotional Videos. Their vision is to evolve storytelling and be able to explore and share humanity through stories.
Tourific is a marketplace for self-guided audio and augmented reality tours, where tour guides can create their tours on the Tourific platform and share their experience and knowledge for tourists to purchase and enjoy their experience.
CRÉ ARTISANAT currently offers a range of handmade leather goods and accessories under the brand name BillYadi - بِاليدِ that meet both professional and everyday uses. The company also handles custom orders from individuals or companies. The products elaborated at CRÉ ARTISANAT have an aesthetic, creative and singular purpose and are different from a standardized mass production market. CRÉ ARTISANAT also offers adapted training programs for young and apprentice leatherworkers and works on the development of a professional network of specialized craftsmen/women in the different regions of Morocco.
Felicity is a chocolate boutique, an educational platform and a marketplace allowing master chocolate makers and producers in the network to develop their skills and sell their production, creations and training/consulting services.
Help Mariage is the first App for planning a serene wedding. They have a large-scale impact on more than 40 professions in the creative and cultural wedding industry by enabling them to develop their business by digitizing their activity.
HKids is a company specialized in the manufacture of personalized children’s furniture that is scalable and employs innovative solutions. At H KIDS they work on 4 values:
1- Emotional: beautiful and comfortable furniture inspired by Moroccan design and culture.
2- Innovation: innovative design solutions.
3- Security: safe furniture.
4- Social: services for families or associations that are in need, and exceptional prices for families with more than 3 children.
- Marrakech, Morocco
Askadar for Culture and Arts
Askadar is a creative cultural centre in the city of Nablus in the Northern West Bank. The centre opened its doors in March 2017 and has been providing much needed culture and arts activities to the children and teens (5 to 15 years old). Askadar was founded by a group of young artists and entrepreneurs with a goal of educating children in music and dance and giving them a safe, family-friendly environment for them to explore their creativity. Now in 2023 Askadar is engaging 150 students in art activities such as: Ballet, Dabka, Music and Drawing.
Handmade Palestine is a labor of love to give supporters around the world access to the best of Palestinian handicrafts. They showcase the work of 32 talented artisans, cooperatives & designers in Palestine as well as their own original designs and support artisans through business consultation work as well as providing a sales channel for them. They are committed to preserving Palestinian cultural heritage through storytelling in blogs, emails, videos and social media and forming alliances that enable them to protect and share traditional knowledge and crafts.
MEERA ADNAN is a Palestinian contemporary clothing and accessories label from Gaza City established in 2019. Their work focuses on reclaiming narrative and is influenced by religious, political, and local references that create a romantic and nostalgic visual monologue.
Digital Cultural eXperience
DCX believes that promoting heritage among young people is a key factor to build a prosperous and peaceful society. Their goal is to create attractive platforms and XR experiences that (re)connect young people with their heritage. In collaboration with experts and scientists, DCX creates immersive 3D, VR and AR experiences using storytelling and interactive gaming tools to enhance museum mission, engaging the visitor in an educational and leisure experience. Monuments, artefacts and personalities come to life through virtual and augmented reality applications to make learning and the museum's visit a joyful experience.
Klink is a platform of artistic Booking. It allows a connection between the events’ organizers and the artists. No more wasting time, money or energy in finding artists and organizing an event. Klink will close the gap between the events’ organizers and the artists and will serve as a springboard allowing them to access the event market and to optimize their work schedule’s program.
La Galerie VR
La Galerie VR is a digital platform for the creation and reproduction, hosting, and sale of 360° 3D virtual tours and VR (Virtual Reality), specialising in visual art exhibition spaces. The virtual tours remain faithful to the architecture, the accuracy of the artworks, the spirit, and the atmosphere of the exhibitions. With 20 years of experience in 3D (Archviz) specialising in interior architecture and a background in new immersive technologies such as video games and VR, La Galerie VR creates existing or imagined spaces for art exhibitions. La Galerie VR allows the user to be completely immersed in an interactive and hyper-realistic virtual reality