Deadline: 7th of July 2023, end of the day









Oxfam Superstar Impact Business Competition

Did you participate in Oxfam’s SME development program implemented by Ahead of the Curve in Egypt? Did you join any of the following programs:
    - Circular Transformations for SMEs
    - Sustainable Business Practice
    - THRIVE 2.0
*Graduates of other ATC programs such as Impact Managment and Growth Mindset can apply only if their proposed projects lie within the focus of this year's round of the award (explained below).

Do you have an innovative business idea focused on making your supply chain more fair, sustainable, or circular?

If yes, Apply to this competition and your business might be the next Superstar Impact Business!

About the award

Oxfam is launching its fourth round of the Superstar Impact Business competition in 7 countries; Somaliland, Bolivia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia, and Egypt.
Winners will be chosen by a jury and receive grant funding (between 6K EUR and 8.5K EUR) with possible technical support from Oxfam local partners to implement the proposed project.
The most impactful and inspiring winner might also be featured in a short movie to promote their business.

Curious to learn about great examples of an impact-driven business that is building a fair and sustainable supply chain? Meet Shahira Yehia, Co-Founder of Chitosan – Egypt.

A Pioneer biotech Egyptian company expert in manufacturing high-competence chitosan solutions - inspired by the versatile potential of chitosan & powered by results-driven R&D. It is currently focused on conquering & revolutionizing local agriculture with competitive high performing organic products. Powered by an in-house laboratory and an advisory team from Egypt’s leading EU & ISO-certified laboratories, Chitosan-Egypt has come to be known for designing & manufacturing premium chitosan-based biofertilizers and biopesticides. It delivers high-performance formulas utilizing 100% EU-approved ingredients for a complete organic experience with a 0% pesticide residue. Chitosan-Egypt portfolio of clients & collaborators boasts 100+ export/organic farms across 15 governorates & 20 crop categories. Furthermore, the company is providing income opportunities for rural marginalized women. Please visit Chitosan Egypt’s website here

To be sustainable, businesses seek to ensure that throughout the supply chain, all business practices adhere to consistent environmental, social and governance principles.

The supply chain includes the full lifecycle of a product or process, including material sourcing, production, processing, distribution, consumption, and disposal/recycling processes. Introducing the concepts of circularity and fair and sustainable business practices across the supply chain provides an enormous opportunity to accelerate impact throughout communities.

This can be challenging especially when your business is working:

  • To include suppliers or distributors from vulnerable groups and/or minorities that have been disadvantaged or are difficult to reach;
  • In supply chains where there is little collaboration or transparency;
  • In contexts that suffer from climate change, environmental degradation, increasing economic volatility, inflation and unsupportive regulatory frameworks;
Therefore, through the competition, Oxfam seeks to support businesses with innovative ideas to introduce:
  • Fair and sustainable business practices across their supply chain.
  • Circular integrations and transformations in their value chains.
  • And are collaborating with suppliers, financial service providers, off-takers and/or logistic providers to implement these practices.

    Click here for examples: Fair and sustainable business practices