Jusoor Bootcamp Graduates 10 Promising Startups from Syria Avatech Accelerates 10 New Startups in Iran
10 Syrian startups graduated from the first Entrepreneurship Bootcamp held in the Beirut Digital District by the Jusoor community, in partnership with Oasis500, and sponsored by the Londonbased Asfari foundation.the Bootcamp comprised 3 weeks of intensive sessions by Oasis500 trainers, designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas and startup experiences. According to Rania Succar, co-founder and Board Member at Jusoor, an essential part of the program was sharing the experiences of successful pioneering Syrian entrepreneurs. These inspiring models included: Adnan Tarabishy, the CEO at Professional Development Institute and co-founder of Second Step; Majid Lababidi, co-founder and Managing Director at Fi Technologies; and Lojain Jibawi, founder of the Votek Arabic speech recognition engine. In parallel, participants were introduced to a broad range of resources such as the Zoomal crowdfunding platform and the Altcity co-working space. Swell Marketing Solutions, a Syrian startup in Beirut served as both an example of a successful startup, and a potential partner for emerging entrepreneurs. The 10 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 healthcare mobile applications to upcycled building materials and design items. Avatech has selected 10 new startups for its second cycle. The program will stretch over 4 months and will offer the startups mentorship, a working space, and $8,000 in seed funding in exchange for up to 15% equity. Here is the rundown on the 10 new startups: Dimana (a cloud-based management solution for real estate agencies); Smartbeen (a smart climate control solution for greenhouses); Bitvam (a P2P platform for friends and relatives to borrow money from each other); Nikprint (an online print and design platform with free delivery); Sportup (a sports platform with a directory, fitness blog, and merchant space); Cortado (an integrated café management solution with loyalty program); Rayan Afzar Kabir (a game studio); Parvaneh (an online marketplace for artisans to sell their crafts and connect); Rangitar (an online marketplace for photography services); and Namlik (a publisher of audio content). Last May Avatech’s first batch of 10 startups, achieved impressive results, with 6 of them raising $1.3 million from institutional and angel investors.