+150 startups were created in Syria last year—from BitCode, a platform to teach youth how to code in Arabic, to Clerk, an AI system for improving the recruitment process. The conflict in Syria has affected the population in many ways, but it has not stopped entrepreneurs from solving the problems they encounter in their daily lives every day.
In various studies, experts have shed light on the importance of empowering entrepreneurs and creating employment in the conflict zones —even while conflicts are still ongoing— to improve the level of security in post-conflict countries.
Startups like the ones mentioned above have the potential to create much-needed jobs in regions where few jobs exist. They can further help as mechanisms for finding innovative solutions for critical problems in the region.
Over the past five years, I have investigated entrepreneurship during the period of armed conflict in Syria. I spoke to hundreds of
entrepreneurs and uncovered some incredible insights. The results indicate that the conflict in Syria had inspired a new wave of innovative youth to tap into unexplored fields that generate new ideas and embracing new business models; 17.6 percent of Syrian youth tried to work on startup ideas in 2014, and the figure climbed to 31.2 percent in 2015. Read More »