The MENA region has its fair share of initiatives to move towards the 4th industrial revolution – Dubai has launched the blockchain council and some Arab countries are willing to transfer to self-driving cars so what could be the outcomes of these to the region? What could it hold up?
This year, I’ll be at World Government Summit and the first Arab Youth Forum in Dubai on Feb. 12–14, which brings government, futurism, technology and innovation together under one roof. These events set the tone for the impacts of technology on businesses, governments, and societies.
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.
With few chances to participate in accelerator and entrepreneurship programs, the competition has become rigorous. As working closely with many of Techstars Accelerator programs, here are 6 reasons that lead your application to rejection:
1) Not having a great team
Having a strong, comprehensive team is critical in the evaluation of early-stage startups, and that is why you have to show what makes your team unique and stand out in the field, in addition to the relationship that got you working together as well as the experience that inspired you to work together. Mentioning the experience you have in this field and showing how much you understand the problem you are trying to solve in addition to the market you are aiming at is also advisable.
2) You lack the numbers
It’s always good to tell the story behind your project, but mentioning numbers makes that story much stronger and makes your application stand out. This includes how much capital have you raised, years of experience, the numbers of clients and customers using your product, your revenues of the last month, in addition to new customers per month.
Using numbers shows how much you understand what building a project is all about, for it relies hugely on numbers because companies that rely on numbers and growth stand out during the selection and evaluation stages.
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.
I published this article first at Wamda
Over the past few years, blockchain technology has moved from the fringes to something that can have real impact on all parts of our lives. This isn’t just overstatement. I believe the blockchain is going to be the next thing.
What is blockchain technology?
A blockchain is a simple distributed digital database, the most famous of which is the bitcoin blockchain which first appeared in 2009.
Blockchains are public, as anyone can view the information stored in them at any time. Every new transaction or piece of information is broadcast to a peer-to-peer network, members of which verify it and add its as a new block to the chain.
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.