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.
In this program, I’m trying to engage startup communities by exposing the teams to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Beirut and showing them what the city has to offers in an immersive experience and unique networking opportunity for the both startups community.
Meet the Jusoor Entrepreneurs
The ten entrepreneurs were selected based on their pitch during the Entrepreneurship Competition, part of the Jusoor Entrepreneurship Program. Their ideas ranged from innovative educational platforms, transportation solutions, and mobile healthcare applications to upcycled building materials and design items.
AdZone: An online advertising booster targeting the MENA region founded by Anmar Darwish.
Aprecademy: An online high-school educational program developed by Mohammad Hussein Murtada
ArtAfif: A studio to create minimalist furniture and homeware items from upcycled or simple materials, designed by Wessam Muases and Ramia Suleiman.
BitCode: A free web development program in Arabic, developed by Tarek Sheikh Al Shabab.
Darati: A learning kit designed by Sana Hawasly and May Massijeh to teach children electronics and circuitry.
Khedny M3ak: Samer Al Shatta and Molham Mahmoud created the first carpooling and driver rental service in Syria, and developed an app for it.
Phoenix Logistics: This localized support service created by Hakim Al Sharif coordinates with relief agencies to facilitate logistics and address basic needs of people in need.
Resource Investment Operation: Tarek Sakkal and Khaled Akkad have plans to recycle rubble and reuse it as new building materials in infrastructure projects or art designs.