My plans and ambitions were bigger than my knowledge and resources. The ENP Incubator by Djezzy gave me the professional support that I needed to get further and faster

Ramzi Ikouirene
ETUDZ e-learning platform creator 

FOSTERING DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Algeria: Inspiring Future Innovators

“My plans and ambitions were bigger than my knowledge and resources,” says Ramzi Ikouirene, the founder of ELITEINC start-up. “The ENP Incubator by Djezzy gave me the professional support that I needed to get further and faster”.

Ramzi’s start-up has built ETUDZ, an e-learning platform to help students facing a shortage of educational resources. The platform aims to support 50,000 students from the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumedien each year. It provides video courses, virtual conferencing, a digital library, and a platform to ask questions from qualified instructors.

To improve the platform and extend support to a greater number of students in Algeria, Ramzi joined Djezzy’s Ecole Nationale Polytechnique (ENP) Incubator in 2018. It has helped him access a unique blend of training, mentoring, and coaching from Djezzy’s staff, technology entrepreneurs, experts, and professionals. The ENP Incubator is a collaboration between Djezzy and one of the country’s leading educational institutions. It is working to inspire future innovators to contribute to the creation of economic alternatives in a market where oil and gas represent the major share of national GDP.

Algeria is in the early stages of building its digital economy. The North African country is home to a large and young workforce. As noted by AT Kearney in its 2017 research, efforts are being made, both by the private and public sector, to cultivate a start-up ecosystem to ensure entrepreneurs have the financial, managerial, and technical support they need to build businesses that drive innovation and create value across the economy. Successful digital start-ups as well as investors, it is hoped, will support the next generation, creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurial growth.

Ramzi’s is one of four start-ups currently benefitting from the ENP Incubator, with an additional two taking part in the acceleration process. Djezzy’s long-term vision is for ENP to be a one-stop-shop for start-ups and entrepreneurs. It is committed to working closely with public and private sector entities to improve entrepreneurship in Algeria and to contribute to improving the digital ecosystem.