Syr­ian Star­tups Grad­u­ate from the Ju­soor En­trepreneur­ship Com­pe­ti­tion New In­vest­ments in Col­lec­tion­air Will Make MENA Art Global

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The sec­ond Ju­soor En­trepreneur­ship Com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured 18 Syr­ian star­tups. A panel of lead­ing en­trepreneurs, in­vestors, and con­sul­tants – in­clud­ing Arab­net’s CEO, Omar Christidis – met the fi­nal­ists and dis­cussed their ideas be­fore se­lect­ing the win­ners. Re­maz and Bit­code, plat­forms that teach pro­gram­ming to Ara­bic-speak­ing youth, shared the first prize of $15,000 in the Star­tups Track. The sec­ond prize ($5,000) was awarded to i-can, a mul­ti­lin­gual mo­bile plat­form where dis­placed Syr­ian pro­fes­sion­als can offfff­fer their ser­vices. In the So­cial Track, first prize ($15,000) was awarded to Share, an off­line plat­form where youth can ex­change skills and ser­vices us­ing “hour cred­its” in­stead of money. The sec­ond prize ($5,000) went to Tam­keen, a plat­form link­ing ed­u­ca­tors to stu­dents and youth who have no ac­cess to aca­demic re­sources and/ or in­sti­tu­tions. The Peo­ple’s Choice awards went to Sanad Spa­ces, a mul­ti­pur­pose co-work­ing space for star­tups in Da­m­as­cus; and No­bel­chemist, who de­vel­oped a biodegrad­able tablet that makes water safe to drink. Ju­soor is work­ing with MIT En­ter­prise Fo­rum and Tech­wadi con­tinue sup­port­ing the star­tups.

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