The Papermaker

GESR Innovation Lab challenged young innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to learn the traditional process of handmade papermaking from waste paper or agricultural waste, and to INNOVATE and REDESIGN this process to produce better paper quality, or faster, more automated and more productive process.

350 individuals from 13 different governorates applied for this challenge. 100 participants received 6-day training on the methodologies and techniques of design, fabrication, and prototyping, the different techniques of handmade papermaking, and how to take innovation to the market. Also during that training, selected participants had the opportunity to know each other and form teams or join exiting teams.

After the training, the teams were given 2 months to work on their ideas to learn and innovate the handmade papermaking process. During that period, the teams were provided with technical advising and guidance, and a workplace which was available for all teams to come and work on their prototypes.

The competition ended with a Demo Day where 6 teams showcased their prototypes that was evaluated and judged by technical experts who selected the best teams to receive the Final Awards.


The challenge was open to all ages, all places, and to all educational levels, and the training as well as the technical advising and the workplace took place in Cairo and Assiut.

The Papermaker

The challenge was open to all ages, all places, and to all educational levels, and the training as well as the technical advising and the workplace took place in Cairo and Assiut.