A Gaza-based Initiative to Boost e-Businesses via Online Crowdfunding

A group of entrepreneurs from the Gaza strip have recently launched an initiative called ‘Gaza e-Business’ to help local producers and inventors reach customers and interested people overseas using the Indiegogo crowd funding platform, and aiming to help create a new e-channel to allow purchase and sales between Gaza and the outside world. While the campaign in a new trend in Palestine, previous successful campaigns from Palestine and the region have inspired the entrepreneurs to use this method business wise, with the aim of creating sustainable small businesses in various areas in order to promote the local produce. Campaigns under this initiative were launched within the same time frame of 30-days and under different categories that ranged from traditional Palestinian handmade accessories, embroideries and gifts to high-tech applications for student advisory, GPS Apps and Facebook guide. The question is: will these campaigns be able to actually create a new model for Gaza-based Businesses? You get to decide. Please consider checking and supporting the campaigns via the links below: • Rose for Handmade Palestinian embroiders  • Magic Touch • Kandoosh Gallery • Student Advisory – Gaza • GPSR: New concept for reminder • Facebook: tips and tricks Click here for more information or contact Gaza...

Looking back at the Jordan Pitching Event 2013

On November 21 2013 the Jordan Pitching Event ‘Sharaka’ took place in Amman, Jordan. The event, organized with our partners Business Development Center (BDC) Jordan, Business Women Forum Palestine, Business and Technology Incubator Islamic University of Gaza and the Najjad Zeenni IT Center of Excellence of Birzeit University (Palestine), was aimed at matchmaking entrepreneurs with investors and others with an interest in business in Jordan or Palestine. In preparation of the event, the entrepreneurs received coaching and training by the partners. BiD Network advisors provided the Ready4Finance training to prepare the entrepreneurs for the pitching and attracting finance. There were also some more informal and social moments, such as a joint dinner, which provided the chance to connect and exchange experience. The event took place in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman. The evening started with a warm welcome by moderator Walid Faza and an inspiring speech by Paul van den IJssel, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Amman. In a short panel discussion, different investors shared their motivation and investment experience. After that it was time for the pitching rounds: 12 entrepreneurs from Jordan and Palestine had two minutes per person to pitch their businesses for the public, followed by a question round. At the networking cocktail that followed, 20 entrepreneurs from Jordan and Palestine had the chance to exhibit their businesses. The presented businesses operate in different sectors and range from ideas to start-ups and well-established businesses that are ready for an investment. Besides meeting the entrepreneurs at the ‘market place’, different investors made use of the opportunity to meet with the entrepreneurs in private, in order to discuss investment opportunities in their...

Pitching Event in Jordan: Matchmaking between entrepreneurs and investors! – 20 November 2013

BiD Network and the Business Development Center (BDC) are, in collaboration with Najjad Zeenni IT Center of Excellence (NZITCE) of Birzeit University, Business Women Forum (BWF Palestine) and the Business and Technology Incubator of the Islamic University Gaza (BTI), organizing a Pitching event in Amman, Jordan, on the 20th of November this year. This event aims to create a networking platform for investors looking for good investment opportunities to connect with high potential entrepreneurs from Jordan and Palestine. The event caters for sufficient networking time to exchange knowledge amongst investors and entrepreneurs in the region. At this Pitching event over 12 ambitious entrepreneurs from different sectors with the goal of growing there business locally and regionally will pitch their existing businesses or business ideas. In the weeks before, these entrepreneurs will receive coaching and training for their business plans, such as an Access to Finance workshop. During the event investors will have the opportunity to mingle and match and hold private business meetings to discuss investment opportunities with the entrepreneurs. Interested investors can contact pitching@bdc.org.jo for more...

The 5 finalists of the ICT Challenge 2013

BiD Network and partners are pleased to announce the 5 finalists for the ICT Challenge 2013, the competition seeking businesses to accelerate entrepreneurship & innovation in Burundi, Liberia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Palestine. Congratulations to Fabrice Mutekano from Burundi, Henri Nyakarundi and Innocent Munyaneza from Rwanda, Salah Ahmed from Palestine and Amos Sando from Liberia. These finalists were chosen out of close to 50 applications on account of their potential for growth, creativity and the overall quality of their business plan. They are invited for an all-expense paid business trip to the Netherlands in October 2013, including their participation at the event Implementing Inclusive Innovations. Thanks again to all participants, our jury and our partners. Stay tuned for more information about the event. The 5 Finalists: African Renewable Energy Distributor Country: Rwanda A.R.E.D. was founded in 2013, we designed and developed our first product called Mobile charging Kiosk (MCK) charja Vuba that is a one stop shop for our telecom customers. Our primary service is charging cell phones, but we also sell phones, airtime, do mobile money transfers. Charja Vuja will be operated by local franchisees. Each franchisee will lease the unit and have freedom to take the MCK unit to a specific location to serve their customers. Target areas will be markets, bus stops, and other areas where people gather both in urban and rural areas. Each franchisee will be required to enroll in our high quality training program before becoming an MCK unit operator. Franchisees will learn how to operate the unit and manage customers. **** E-Business in Rwanda Country: Rwanda E-business is a new kind of business in Rwanda.This is an online business, using a website...

An Overview of Gaza’s ICT Labor Market [Report]

This article is published with the courtesy of Wamda. Please find the original article here. Gaza might not be the first place one associates with gender equality. Yet the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector may be leading the way; 31% of ICT professionals in Gaza are women, more than double that of non-ICT organizations, a new report from USAID and Mercy Corps reveals. The report, titled “Gaza Labor Market Needs Assessment for the Digital Economy”, surveyed 141 university graduates in Gaza with degrees in ICT,  to assess skill gaps and preferred tools in the sector. Some are highlighted here: In 2012, 32% of the labor force in Gaza was unemployed. In the first quarter of 2012, 47% of women were unemployed. At 58%, Gaza’s youth unemployment is more than double the regional average. In 2012, ICT contributed 0.56% to the real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the West Bank, and a mere 0.02% to the real GDP growth of Gaza. In 2011, 41% of businesses with ICT tools in Gaza used computers, 34% used the internet, 12% did electronic transactions, and only 4% had websites. In the West Bank and Gaza in 2012, 17% of women participated in the labor force, compared to 68.7% of men. Women polled in the survey question the quality of their education for workforce preparation, as well as the market qualifications of their instructors. The report also details the use of specific ICT skills and tools, and gaps in ICT education and employment opportunities in Gaza, based on focus groups conducted with ICT school graduates, higher education institutions, and ICT companies. Download the full report here for a...