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Why Mowgli was created or what was the inspiration behind Mowgli’s creation
Established in 2008 to support the Middle East and North Africa region in reaching its ’80-100m jobs by 2020’ goal, Mowgli was founded by Tony Bury, a serial entrepreneur who had spent over 40 years in the MENA region, to catalyze the support and development of successful and sustainable entrepreneurship in the region. Mowgli also focuses on the development of leadership and supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems as a critical solution to the region’s unemployment, poverty and economic challenges.
Upon reflection of his own multiple entrepreneurial journeys, Tony realised that one of the main factors behind his success was the continuous development of his human capacity and the role that his mentors played in shaping him as an entrepreneur, father, husband, friend and mentor.
It was upon this realisation that Mowgli’s mission was formed, which is for every entrepreneur to be matched and supported by at least one trained and capable mentor and for a long term trust based relationship to be developed. From that point, once someone has experienced the true benefits and joy of mentoring, we believe that they will go on to mentor others, changing societies and leadership development models with the ‘to Serve is to Lead’ principle at its core.
Why we called ourselves Mowgli
Given Tony’s personal experience, the origin of Mowgli’s name was inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s story, The Jungle Book. In the story, a boy called Mowgli, who was lost by his parents in the Indian jungle, was brought up in the jungle by a number of different mentors:
After surviving a number of battles, protecting his wolf family from an immense threat and dealing with the challenges associated with growing up in the jungle, Mowgli had to make a tough decision; whether to join his fellow humans, including his mother, or remain in the jungle with his mentors.
Wonder what would have happened to him if he didn’t have his mentors around him?
What we do
Mowgli provides holistic mentoring programs that inspire, connect and guide entrepreneurs and leaders to overcome life's personal and business challenges to achieve their potential through the:
Where we are today
Our vision remains focused on supporting the sustainable development of societies through the mentoring and evolution of entrepreneurs and leaders.
Although a globally focused organisation, Mowgli’s core focus has to date been the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and UK. Our alumni network is 1770+ mentors and entrepreneurs and we have matched over 790 entrepreneurs with trained mentors in 14 countries; Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and the UK.
Following the success of the 90+ mentoring programs run by Q3 2016, Mowgli is taking its program global by expanding to new regions including sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to achieve greater scale and sustainable impact as well as exploring how we can franchise Mowgli’s programs and empower others to embed mentoring within their entrepreneurial ecosystems and societies.
How we’ve been recognized
Since 2008, Mowgli has achieved a number of awards and milestones: