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.
Understand Syria Startup Ecosystem in one, single image. Please share widely, with attribution, non-commercially.
The Startup Ecosystem Canvas – Syria! Seeks to provide a clear list of resources for every stage of the startup journey. Also, the canvas can represent a shared understanding of what the Syrian entrepreneurial environment is and allows a good perspective on the local level to exploit existing chances and, at the same time, to identify missing links.
The Startup Ecosystem Canvas model was developed by the Founder Institute, a business incubator, and entrepreneur training center. It outlines a framework for communities at every stage of their startup journey (idea, launch, and growth).
It a great opportunity today to help to coordinate Jusoor Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Beirut, an initiative part of the organization Entrepreneurship program that aims to create a strong collaborative community to help Syrian entrepreneurs learn from successful businesses, peers and role models. The program addresses the challenges facing start-ups and helps guide entrepreneurs through their business development with mentorships, incubation program support, and funding.
During the Bootcamp, 10 Syrian startups from all around the MENA region joined three weeks of intensive sessions by Oasis500 trainers, designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas and startup experiences. The sessions covered topics that included starting a business, building a business model, conducting a financial study, performing a business valuation, and pitching.
Today I organized Startup Communities event, a one-day event where Syrian entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and small businesses and organizations gathering to share ideas, and collaborate.
Over 30 Syrians organizations joined us in Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Together, we discussed what we could each do to support entrepreneurship for Syrian.
This event was to bring together these entrepreneurs and the community to brainstorm ideas on creating a better environment for startups to grow and ultimately building an entrepreneurial ecosystem that meets the needs of entrepreneurs.