20 Syrian Startups Take Part in the Jusoor Bootcamp in Beirut

Alexis Baghdadi, Feb 19 2016

Following the success of the first edition in 2014, this year’s Jusoor Entrepreneurship Competition has grown to double its size, and double its impact. 

More than 160 Syrian teams based in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Germany applied to the competition, and Jusoor had the difficult task of choosing only 20 finalists (compared to 10 in the previous year) in the fields of technology, nonprofit, and education. 

The finalists will take part in the Jusoor Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at the Beirut Digital District (BDD) from February 24 to March 6, 2016.

As partners of the non-governmental association Jusoor, we are proud to be hosting all the finalists as our guests at ArabNet Beirut on March 1-3, 2016. The conference will serve as a unique platform for them to meet with their peers from across the MENA, and network with high profile mentors, entrepreneurs, and investors from around the world. 

The bootcamp will be conducted by startup advisor and consultant Karim Samakie, who previously worked at Oasis500 as Investment Manager, and is organized in partnership with the BDD, Startup Next, MIT Enterprise Forum, Haykal Media, and ArabNet. 

Syrian Startups Go Global

Jusoor’s mission to bring together and engage the global Syrian expatriate community in efforts that will help Syria and its people realize their full potential.

At the end of the program, the participants will pitch their projects in front of a panel of judges that includes prominent Arab entrepreneurs and professionals from the industry: Habib Haddad, founding CEO of Wamda; Omar Christidis, founder and CEO of ArabNet; Rama Chakaki, co-founder and CEO of Baraka Ventures; Ronaldo Mouchawar, co-founder and CEO of Souq.com; and Hala Fadel, angel investor and Partner at Leap Ventures.

The jury will select 4 final winners (2 winners from the “Startup Track”, and 2 winners from the “Social Track”). The first prize winners in each track will receive $15,000 each, and the second prize winners will receive $5,000 each. In addition, the winner of the People’s Choice award will receive a $3,000 prize.

The winning teams will also qualify for the training phase of the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition.

And now it’s time to reveal the 20 finalists:

  • i-Can
  • i-Stable
  • كلماتي
  • Doctor+

 See related: Jusoor Bootcamp Graduates 10 Promising Startups from Syria


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