Every beginning has an end, and every end is the beginning of a new adventure. Today we celebrated the end of the first cycle of the Orange Corners Palestinian Territories Incubation Programme, in the presence of the Netherlands Representative in the Palestinian Territories, Mr. Michel Rentenaar, and many representatives from the private sector and our partners from the Palestinian entrepreneurship ecosystem.
At the same time, we welcomed the second cycle and the new group of incubatees. It was a great opportunity to meet the first cycle and become part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. We are proud of the achievements that have been achieved and looking forward to achieving more results and supporting entrepreneurs during the coming programmes.
Under the Shabab Plus is an incubation program, which aims to incubate creative entrepreneurs that have applicable and scalable projects in the Agriculture and Tourism sectors, we held the Shabab Path training camp. A 3-day bootcamp that hosted 30 entrepreneurs from the West Bank and Gaza have attended various training sessions on entrepreneurship and business development.
The main objective of the first day was to introduce the participants to the entrepreneurial mindset and innovation in addition to the available opportunities and challenges in the agriculture and tourism fields.
As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Flow Accelerator alongside Factory-X and The Engineers Union in Nablus held the “When Outsourcing and Entrepreneurship Meet” event. We were joined by two great speakers Imam Hithnawi the Business Development and Partnership Specialist and Jafar Shunnar the Co-founder & CTO at TAP. Our speakers shared their tips and tricks for gaining global exposure and how it could benefit their businesses, in addition to their insights on the fourth industrial revolution and what it holds in terms of the future of work and the skills of tomorrow that the youth of Palestine should equip themselves with.
We just finished the Orange Corners PT bootcamp for the 2nd OCPT Incubation Programme. Many experts and mentors covered a range of important and valuable topics in different training sessions covering different topics about the Lean Startup lifecycle, startup business models, and the essentials of fundraising. After two days of intensive training, the entrepreneurs were able to develop their knowledge, and ideas besides improving their presentations to be ready for the pitching day.
During the Pitching Day, we were very pleased to be joined by our experts provided their feedback to the participants and evaluated their solutions based on specific criteria during the pitching day.
It was an absolute pleasure to have H.E. Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands visits us today at the Flow Accelerator office. H.E joined us to gain insights into the steps Orange Corners Palestinian Territories is taking to support entrepreneurs in the country, as well as to speak with Palestinian entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding of the positive aspects and bright future for Palestinians despite the complicated political situation they currently live in. Three entrepreneurs got to share their stories as Palestinian entrepreneurs to Mr. Rutte, who was intrigued by their innovative solutions and the journeys they’ve taken to build their businesses.
We concluded our CyberFest tech-focused bootcamp series with the Big Data and Data Science Bootcamp. Mohammad Tibi, kicked off the day with the “Data is the New Oil” session where he discussed several aspects in the field of data science with the participants. From structured and unstructured, categorical and numerical data types. He also explained the real meaning of data science as it encompasses a plethora of principles, subjects, algorithms, and processes for extracting patterns from large data sets. Then Fahed Khutaba delivered a session “Big Data in Practice” where he started by explaining what big data means and providing real examples of big data from different industries like HP Indigo and KLA.
We just had the second PowHer session titled “The clock keeps ticking”, as part of the Orange Corners Palestinian Territories Programmes. Afnan Mahmoud the freelancer trainer and consultant helped the entrepreneurs and leaders to better manage their time and use it more efficiently. Through several activities, she helped them realize how to spend their time, manage it, and how to prioritize tasks. The session was very engaging where participants shared the challenges they face with task prioritization and planning and why they need time management tools to overcome such issues.
Today we concluded the 4th bootcamp under the CyberFest program, this month’s topic was Blockchain and Fintech.
We kicked off day one with “The Rise of Open Banking” session with Muhammad Awaisi. During this session Muhamad introduced the participants to the concept of open banking ecosystem, its stages, regulators, early adopters, and key tenets of a successful Open Banking Ecosystem leading to a more competitive financial market. On top of open banking, Muhamad discussed new business opportunities based on Deloitte case studies and research reports. He then dived deeper into technical details of Open Banking APIs with samples,