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The Startup Roadshow is Jusoor’s flagship project that aims at building the business & entrepreneurial capacity of innovators from Syrian and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon. The project equips entrepreneurs with the best training, mentorship, tools and networking to succeed.
Main phases of Jusoor’s Startup Roadshow 4
A five-day in-person full-time competition (2 full weekend days and 3 half days) targeting inspiring entrepreneurs living in Lebanon (Beirut, Tripoli and North of Lebanon) and Jordan (Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Mafraq). Through the five-day hackathon, entrepreneurs will receive training on entrepreneurship and techtools. Moreover, entrepreneurs will receive 1-1 coaching and mentoring sessions with business experts. By the end of the hackathons, participating teams will pitch their business ideas to a judging panel. Top evaluated teams will be invited to join the next phase, the Jusoor Business Incubator. Jusoor will run four rounds of the Hackathon in the following locations (Note: entrepreneurs are meant to join only one round based on their current residency address):
- Startup Weekend Hackathon - Amman: from the 1st to the 5th of December 2022
- Startup Weekend Hackathon - Irbid: from the 8th to the 12th of December 2022
- Startup Weekend Hackathon - Tripoli: from the 6th to the 10th of January 2023
- Startup Weekend Hackathon - Beirut from the 13th to the 17th of January 2023
Transportation will be provided to the event venue from the main districts.
After finishing the Hackathon competition, 85 startups with the highest judging scores and commitment will join a four-month online Business Incubator.
During the incubator, entrepreneurs will be provided with over 24 hours of advanced business training on business topics like Market Analysis, Financial Management, and Digital Marketing and Sales Strategy, etc. Participants will also benefit from eight hours of individualized 1:1 coaching and mentoring sessions, weekly Founders Cafés, monthly Meet the CEO sessions, and access to designing and web development services and much more. Upon completing the incubator successfully, participating teams will pitch their business idea and the progress they have achieved during the incubator to the judging panel. The Virtual Pitch Day will take place on the 6th of June 2023.
Jusoor’s Business Incubator will run from the 2nd of February to 1st of June 2023.
The top 20 teams (as evaluated by our judging panel) who advanced from the virtual Pitch Day, will have the chance to pitch their business ideas during the in-person networking and Demo Days in Lebanon and Jordan. The 20 teams will be competing to win financial prizes and will have the opportunity to network with investors, regional incubators and accelerators. The top three teams from each country will be awarded cash prizes from US $3,000 to US $7,000. The in-person Networking & Demo Day will happen on the 20th of June in Amman, Jordan and on the 5th of July in Beirut, Lebanon.
Eligibility Criteria and Program Requirements
- Innovative tech startup idea or early-stage startup (up to 12 months).
- You should be living in Jordan or Lebanon.
- The applicant should be between 18 to 28 years old. However, the rest of the team members (if any) can be excluded from this age range
- You should commit to attend and make progress during the five-day in-person hackathon (as explained in the program description).
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A civil engineer specializing in project management, graduated from the University of Jordan with the sixth rank in the class, interacted within voluntary work as vice president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the University of Jordan chapter, worked in the field of consulting within innovation and strategy, cofounded 3 startups within education technology over the past 6 years.
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An artist and a youth activist that works towards building underprivileged communities through social entrepreneurship, technologies, and dialogue. Inspired by her community work with hundreds of young people in marginalized communities, which shed the light on their huge potential and the many injustices they face, Yousra participated in several peace-making projects focusing on gender-based violence, social discrimination, bullying, and lack of opportunities, as well as leading a project that empowers kids in resolving injustices in their local communities by using the practices of changemaking .In addition to her youth-focused work, Yousra has several years of professional experience in supporting start-ups, social enterprises, and SMEs to accelerate their growth and leverage their success in the MENA region’s biggest incubators and innovation hubs. Besides her B.Eng. degree in computer engineering from JU, she holds a diploma in conflict management from Fryshuset-Sweden. Yousra is also a member of the UN office of counter-terrorism youth unit working with a global team of changemakers on designing international peace-focused youth programs and materials. she's the current fellow in residence and regional manager leading Peace First work in MENA and a Lead Trainer with the United Network of Young Peacebuilders
Mohammad Misto, Expert product manager and consultant for tech related companies with a Product Management, Business, entrepreneurship, growth strategies & Marketing focus, Misto is an energetic, curious, proactive and discovery lover entrepreneur with 8+ experience variety of fields like software engineering, marketing, and product management - in love with the new valuable experiences and learnings that can grow up our world. he is also the founder of one of the well known artistic and luxurious chocolate in jordan "Misto Chocolate" ... know more about Misto by visiting www.HiMisto.com
Dr. Rima Wahid Al Hasan, Assistant dean for Quality affairs at the school of business at the University of Jordan. She holds a Ph.D. in innovation and operations management from Warwick business school at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and an MBA in management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Jordan. Dr. Rima's research has received three reputable international awards, including the 1st Prize of the EDAMBA thesis competition award which was given by the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration. Also, her research has been chosen by the editorial team of the International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) as the Highly Commended winner of the 2020 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Operations and production management category. Her research broadly focuses on four main areas: operations excellence, process improvement, innovation management, and paradox management. Dr. Al Hasan has participated in several conferences including the world bank youth summit 2021 and 2022 and the academy of management annual meetings. She joined several groups for improving business education including her recent participation in the “Idea Lab Improving Business and Entrepreneurship Education in MENA Countries and the U.S.” in Dubai, organized by world learning and the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S Department of state. Additionally, she taught and tutored various courses in Jordan & the UK including Entrepreneurship, design in business and innovation, Operations management Furthermore, she is a certified trainer in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Maisam is the Jordan country director for cewas Middle East and has 10 years of experience mostly in Water, Energy, and Climate Change programs with international NGOs. He is responsible for managing cewas activities in Jordan and the region with focus on regional green innovation in the Water-Energy-Food nexus, enterprise technical assistance, and ecosystem development through partnerships and institutional collaboration. He is a passionate trainer and mentor for emerging entrepreneurs. Maisam holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Jordan University of Science and Technology) and MSc in geophysics (University of Houston).
Rawan Aladwan is a serial entrepreneur and business development manager, demonstrating a wide variety of expertise in business development, finance, accounting, and human resources since 2016. In addition to the skills mastered and networks gained during her employment at the international NGO JADO, proficient in teaching and quality assurance. Founder of two startups; Bitsy Box one of Oasis500 portfolio companies and RB Fashion the modest activewear brand for women, where she played a central role in the development of the products which gave her the opportunity to hone and further develop her skills set from end to end such as identifying the correct value proposition, corporate set up, creation of marketing strategies, negotiations and closing deals with business partners. Immaculate organization and pioneering idea generation have been her key factors in the successful growth and expansion of these businesses. The recent experience at Flat6Labs, being MENA’s leading seed and early-stage venture capital firm, added further fundamental and managerial expertise and further refined her entrepreneurial spirit.