22Jan

Syrian Refugees Social Networks

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.

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3Jan

Startup Ecosystem Canvas – Syria!

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).

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16Dec

Why Kuala Lumpur Might be Your Next Option To Establish Your Startup!

Kuala Lumpur becomes one of the top cities to launch your startups in, and here are six Insights on Malaysia startup ecosystem.

1 ) The cheap cost of living in Kuala Lumpur makes the city an attractive destination for startups that move here even though they are still incorporated and mainly operated elsewhere in Southeast Asia like Singapore, where there are a lot of investing money for a startup. Also, the diverse demographic of the Kuala Lumpur population (Chinese, Malay, and Indian) made the city a significant market test for earlier stage startups in different potential Asian markets.

2) Starting in 2013, the Malaysian government formed a $100 million fund to invest in startups as part of a broader 10-year plan to develop high-tech industries.

3) 2014 marked the launch of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), an innovation and creativity center that works to support the local, and to some extent regional, entrepreneurial community and enhance the startup ecosystem with many initiatives, most importantly:

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14Oct

Insights on the Turkish startups ecosystem

During my attendance of Techstars Community Program Summit, Startup Weekend MENA, and Startup Istanbul I got the chance to witness what Turkey offers as an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are 7 interesting facts I have put together:

1) The excellent location of Turkey in the middle of  East and West, and the stability that the country has compared to its neighbors makes Turkey a platform for both regional and global startups.

2) Delivery Hero, Berlin Based food delivery has acquired Turkey’s Yemeksepeti for $589 million which considered to be the biggest exit in the Turkish ecosystem, and probably MENA.

3) Iyzico, a Turkish online payment system that raised the largest investment fund in the country in Series A and B, with more than $9 Million in total since it was founded in 2012.

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22Sep

Traditional Arab Collaborative Economy Initiatives That Still Exist!

The Collaborative Economy ideas are not new in the Arab World. Throughout history, people practiced sharing and collaboration in their day-to-day lifestyle as part of culture and religious beliefs. People shared food, products and homes among many other things. They also invented a number of traditional Collaborative/Sharing initiatives which are still being adopted today.

 

Jamee’h

An old model of a non-interest crowd-lending. Jamee’h means ‘commit’; small amounts of savings from a number of individuals that are put together and given to one person. The process is then repeated again, usually on a weekly or monthly basis with each member of the group benefiting from the collected amount.

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25Aug

Four Sharing Economy Initiatives Can Take Place in Developing Countries

There is a shy presence for the sharing economy in developing countries due to the trust issue between the strangers, as well as low market penetration of technology for both smartphone and online banking usage, which make it hard for companies like Airbnb or Uber to operate. So what another type of sharing economy initiatives that can overcome those challenges and take place in those countries.

Tool Library

At such facilities, books are replaced with tools in order to “mutualize” resources so that people don’t have to buy tools they would only use once in a while, such as saws, drills, or chisels. Each of these tools is available either for free or for a small fee, increasing the efficiency of each device and helping users save money

Tool libraries are also neighborhood hubs offering classes, community building spaces, workshops and a variety of instruments ranging from belt sanders to lawnmowers and more

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