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