The underlying technology of the bitcoin “blockchain” has become a significant invention of our time, with high potential to disrupt a large number of today’s industries and change the lives of many, including the refugee community. Blockchain technology can help save the lives of millions of refugees by solving some of the most critical problems they face. Here are three ways the blockchain could help refugee and tackle these issues:
There are over two billion people currently living in countries where fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) impact development outcomes. Startups in those areas are on the rise, with an increasing number of entrepreneurs using innovation and technology to counter war effects. Rather than abandoning entrepreneurs in conflict zones, the international community should reward their endeavors. Here are four reasons why as an investor consider investing in post conflict zones startups:
Through closely working with over 60 Syrian startups that joined Jusoor’s entrepreneurship competition, I observed many mistakes that most Syrian entrepreneurs make:
Not Handling Co-founder Conflicts Well
Every co-founder situation is different, but one common problem that keeps popping up revolves around ownership and control. Founders are important not because they are the only ones whose work has value, but also because a great founder can bring out the best work from everybody at his/her company. Read More »
Working closely with the startup community, especially the Syrian community, has inspired me to launch the Startup Syria platform where we’ll be doing our best to empower founders and entrepreneurs in Syria and outside.
Syrian entrepreneurs are a living proof that nothing can kill the innovation spirit. Startup Syria is a community page with a mission to support Syrian entrepreneurs everywhere in the world.
Throughout the journey, we will shed light on everything a Syrian entrepreneur (or any entrepreneur) can make use of. From articles and publications to online sessions with mentors and networking, we aim to inspire and support Syria’s entrepreneurial community that will shape the future of Syria.
Entrepreneurship in Conflict Zones: the first report offering insight into the status-quo of entrepreneurship in Syria during conflict!
To sum up the results of five years of work to build an effective entrepreneurial ecosystem in Syria, I have put together data from a study examining and researching hundreds of Syrian entrepreneurs and experts.
The report draws on data from a study examining the views and experiences over a period of twelve months of research, during which 268 interviews were conducted with Syrians entrepreneurs. The study also included an open discussion and series of interviews with entrepreneurs experts as well as insights from local startups.
After many of Syrian people forced to flee their home and seek refuge in Europe due to the armed conflict in Syria, Many organization, and local initiatives, established to develop practical solutions to the issues facing Syrian refugees and interact with this urgent crisis.
To help those organization better reach out to refugees, and promote their solutions to the communities, I have created a list of the most active Syrian refugees social network pages and groups in Europe.
This work will be a continuous work in progress and will be one place to find lots of relevant resources to link you with the Syrian refugees communities in Europe and elsewhere.