Flow welcomed to its offices Eng. Usama Sadawi, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. The team shared a closer look at the work done to support Palestinian startups and has opened up the opportunity for startups to share their ideas, visions, achievements and challenges.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Jerusalem is happy to announce the new cooperation agreement with Flow Accelerator in Ramallah under the project title “Youth led-Growth” which provides Palestinian entrepreneurs with a one stop shop to develop their skills, resources and networks needed to shape a sustainable startup ecosystem in Palestine.
In the six-month timeframe, the project aims to spread awareness among professional and experienced unemployed youth in the West Bank in a series of events held in the north, center and south. Joint efforts and partnerships will help maximize the impact that will introduce new themes and methods related to the untapped sectors previously mentioned.
25 MBA students from Georgetown University, one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, came to Flow with a group from Sadara Ventures, Yamsafer, and Soukttel Digital Solutions to learn more about Flow’s work in building a sustainable startup scene in Palestine.
Invited by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Flow participated in an interactive discussion about entrepreneurship and Startups in Palestine with a delegation of German journalists visiting the region with the European Leadership Network (ELNET). The group were hosted by Fikra – Paltel Group Innovation Hub and welcomed by other inspiring groups from the ecosystem.
The Minister of Labor, Dr. Nasri Abu Jish, announced signing a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Youth-Led Growth project with Flow. The project aims to promote the development of the labor sector and self-employment in Palestine and will contribute to the promotion of entrepreneurship among Palestinian youth. Youth-Led Growth project will attract 360 entrepreneurs in different sectors in different cities to enhance their skills in transforming the traditional methods of creating businesses (SME’s) into entrepreneurial ones (Startups). In the meeting, three Palestinian entrepreneurs presented their Startups success stories in collaboration with Flow.
An experienced Founder, Board Director and Chairman with a demonstrated history of working in the VC, Public & Private Equity, Digital and Marketing Industries has provided executive coaching via one-on-one mentorship to our portfolio entrepreneurs on strategy, business tokenization, fundraising, and digital & integrated marketing. Mr. Prais shared his unique views on building hybrid businesses and fast-growing companies.
During a tour in Jordan, Flow was welcomed by different key players from the Jordanian ecosystem in which they discussed potential cooperation and linkages between both the Palestinian and Jordanian ecosystem with an ultimate aim to provide startups with all the necessary resources needed to ease the process of scaling up to new markets.
Powered by the Netherlands Representative Office in Ramallah, Flow attended the interactive panel discussion ‘Startups & corporates: a two-way street’ which was organized by OrangeCorners on June 24th, 2019 as part of its closing ceremony.
For four of its portfolio startups and nine others from the ecosystem, Flow and Gaza Sky Geeks hosted one-on-one mentorship sessions with two experts from Google for Startups, Josephine Kant & Irwin Boutboul, on Thursday, June 20th, 2019. Josephine, the Global Program Manager at GFS, has an experience in digital marketing, recruiting and people analytics and has focused, during her session, on bringing Google’s products, connections and best practices to our startups. Irwin, on the other hand, being a seasoned technologist with more the 25 years of experience in building and shipping consumer products focused on giving advisory on different technical aspects based on each startup’s need.
Flow, represented by Bassem El Wazir, was invited to participate in a panel discussion dedicated to ‘Leverage sustainable development challenges from innovator’ during the annual conference of THE NEXT SOCIETY. His strong experience in the service sector of the Palestinian ecosystem has enabled him to share a robust vision of shaping an autonomous, integrated and sustainable Palestinian economy through empowering youth initiatives and investing in entrepreneurship.
Flow, in partnership with Gaza Sky Geeks, arranged one-on-one mentoring sessions for Flow’s startups and others in the ecosystem. The two American mentors discussed several topics with the startups including strategy, how to approach investors, user onboarding, data collection and analytics, product usage, fundraising, and business modeling. New opportunities and connections were introduced to several startups that will facilitate beta testing and bootstrapping.
Flow attended the ‘Smart Cities and Modern Mobility’ 2019 seminar in Gummersbach, Germany starting on May 26th 2019. The seven-day seminar, organized by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, focuses mainly on the changes in the sector of mobility through using digitalization and mobile communication as an opportunity to solve or alleviate problems related to that sector. The seminar also offered prospects of knowledge and experience exchange between entrepreneurs and FNS colleagues in Germany. The Flow team aims to explore new innovative technologies, network and broaden their entrepreneurial mindset.