The Social EnterpreNorth Competition is a component of the British Council's Social Enterprise Programme funded by the British Embassy to support young people who aspire to positively impact the communities in the Tangier Tetouan Al Hoceima region, by rewarding projects that provide employment opportunities and innovative solutions to the social, environmental and / or cultural needs.

Aim and duration

The Social EntrepreNorth competition aims to encourage young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who have a project, an organization / company in a starting phase. This competition rewards the most creative young entrepreneurs who have developed innovative ideas capable of impacting communities in northern Morocco.

The Social EntrepreNorth competition duration: From February 2017 to May 2017.

Several key events were organized within the framework of the Social EntrepreNorth project:

  • Put date Capacity building of local experts through training of trainers in social entrepreneurship,

  • Raising awareness campaign for young students and young people active in the region,

  • Intensive training for the benefit of the selected candidates and the presentation of the final projects in front of an expert panel during the pitching day.

  • Pitching day the results were announced at the awards ceremony to the ten winners who won monetary financing totalling 530,000 Dhs  and a 6-month incubation programme.

Social Entrepreneurship Raising Awareness Campaign

The raising awareness campaign was launched at the beginning of February 2017. Several channels of communication were used to reach a large public. The main objective was to promote and let young people know about the concept of social entrepreneurship as well as encourage social entrepreneurs to apply to the Competition EntrepreNorth.

Intensive training in social entrepreneurship ( Bootcamp)

The selected candidates received five days Boot Camp training in social entrepreneurship, by a British expert from the RED OCHRE organization in collaboration with two Moroccan facilitators who were trained by the British Council.

This training helped participants to develop their skills and strengthen their knowledge of social entrepreneurship while helping them to develop their business plans and improve their pitches.

The Boot Camp allowed participants to test their skills and present their projects in real conditions before being selected to participate in a month of business coaching to improve their respective projects.

Pitching day and awards ceremony

Following a month of mentoring and coaching in business led by the Moroccan team from the Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (MCISE), the finalists presented their projects to the jury in May 2017. The ten best Moroccan social enterprise projects won a prize of up to 60,000 MAD?  per project.

The ten winning projects are:

  • Zelij by Saif Eddine Laalej

Project Name: Zelij

Problem targeted: The huge amount of plastic waste in Morocco. The lack of infrastructure in rural areas, notably the lack of road sanitation in the northern countryside.

Project: The production of self-locking paving, tiling and traditional zelij-based recycled plastic with the same design and features of ordinary products, three times cheaper, harder and durable.

  • Green Gold Energy by Walid Machrouh

Problem targeted: The excessive use of wood (Fuelwood, used by small industries and individuals, is responsible for 76% of deforestation in Morocco out of a total of 30K hectares). Waste Management (Morocco recycles only 10% of annual waste out of a total of 5.3 million tons).

Project: This social enterprise provides a solid biofuel based on organic waste (like Pomace olive, Coffee ground and Sawdust) in the form of logs and pellets and we sell it with a low price.

  • Earthy Fish by Maha Charkaoui

Problem targeted: Intensive use of chemical fertilizers

Project: An organic fertilizer based on fish waste and rich in several essential materials such as; Nitrogen, Phosphorus, calcium for natural development of plants.

  • Africa Life Solutions (ALS)  by Yahya Lougaghi

Problem targeted: In morocco over 200 000 Ha become uncultivable which negatively affects farmers. They lose their main source of income, and in our country more than 2,700 villages are suffering from this problem.

Project: Production of alternative products to chemicals (Insecticides, pesticides, Composts)

  • Marginol  by Boutaina Chabakki

Problem targeted: each year about 12000 m3 of leftover cooking oil is thrown into rivers. This contaminates local and regional water and has a bad impact on the environment and the health of the locals.

Project: Marginol recycles used cooking oils to produce natural cosmetics products which respect the environment and create job opportunities in the region.

  • Bio Agri  by Ilyass hajji

Problem targeted: the use of chemical insecticides and their bad impact on the environment, the production and the consumers

Project: Production of bio insecticides by using natural plants.

  • Djebli Club by Alae Hammioui

Problem targeted: poverty and radicalization due to environmental problems and unprofitable agriculture

Project: Developing rural tourism and training locals to become future hosts by: building an eco-friendly hostel and organizing thematic stays and artistic residences.

  • The third layer by Fatima Zahra Roach

Problem targeted: The evergrowing number of artisans becoming unemployed from their craft.

Project: To collaborate with these artisans in creating a sustainable clothing brand, improving their artisanal skills/dressmaking through this process of creating a contemporary fashion line. Setting up exhibitions that showcase these artists’ skills to encourage exposure to UK markets for work collaboration, exhibitions will use local artists to collaborate with on creating innovative ways to do so.

  • Jnan Nemla by Ouafaa Melehi

Problem targeted: It aims to provide healthy food and help local agricultures to avoid using chemical products.

Project: Eradicate the use of chemical pesticides and providing trainings to local farmers.  

  • Dar Jbel by Benamar Elias

Problem targeted: The degradation of the regional heritage, the economic movement towards the inner cities, the non-participation of women in the active economic and social life, the remoteness of the economic center.

Project: Provide vocational training to the villagers  and conduct orientation courses for high school students in the region - Help any villagers with a personal project - Promote the participation of women in social and economic life.