Tag: Entrepreneurship

21Aug

Refugees Are Not A Burden; They Are An Opportunity!

 

Given that the act of picking up and moving to another country is an inherently brave and risky decision, it should be of no surprise that refugees and immigrants have repeatedly been found to be more entrepreneurial than locals.

Economic activities of refugees are generally heavily restricted by legal constraints, including limitations on movement, no labour market access or only partial access, and denial of financial and nonfinancial services for entrepreneurs.

Dealing with the refugee crisis is a huge challenge, and it should involve people from both host and refugee communities working together to create greater opportunities. We need to breakdown walls between people and build an inclusive and collaborative community and exchange of time, experiences and expertise in order to achieve mutually beneficial results.

Refugees are more likely to start businesses than locals. They are hungry to succeed, which has more to do with playing to win and less to do with playing with percentages. It is a survival game.

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27Jun

4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Post Conflict Zones Startups

 

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:

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24Apr
Syrian entrepreneurs in Jusoor entrepreneurship competition 2017

Most common mistakes among Syrian entrepreneurs

 

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 »

27Jan

6 Reasons Behind Excluding Your Application From Startup Programs

 

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.

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8Jan

Book: The status of entrepreneurship in Syria under the conflict

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.  

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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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25Jun

Insights on The Iranian‬ ‪Startup‬ Ecosystem

Interesting facts I learned about the Iranian startup ecosystem: I’ve collected up some thoughts of this emerging ecosystem that I was able to explore.

1) It’s a startup clone market! Because of the sanctions Iranian entrepreneurs start setting up Iranian versions of the international successful startups like: YouTube (Aparat), Groupon (Takhfifan), eBay (Mozando), Amazon (Bamilo), and Uber (Taxi Yaab).

2) It worked: Digikala‬, is an online Iranian e-commerce site similar to Amazon, is estimated to be worth $150 Million which has around 750,000 unique visitors per day!

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