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Fadi Ghandour at the 2018 Arabian Business Award

A successful entrepreneur

Few people have impacted the MENA entrepreneurial ecosystem like Fadi Ghandour has. Stemming from a Jordanian-Lebanese background and educated at George Washington University in the US, Ghandour is the founder and chairman of Aramex, a Dubai -based courier company that went on to be the first Arab company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. If you want to hear the full story about how that unfolded, check out Ghandour’s interview with NPR here. In the entrepreneurial world, he gained respect not only through the success of Aramex, but also through his particular vision of business. Indeed, Ghandour…


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Start-Ups Without Borders, SWB for short, is an organization founded by Valentina Primo, an Italian journalist-turned-entrepreneur, who wishes to fundamentally reshape the narrative surrounding refugees by including them in the start-up ecosystem. Valentina moved to Egypt almost a decade ago and started reporting on positive stories of Egyptian innovation. Working for Cairo Scene and Start Up Scene ME, she realized the incredible yet hidden potential refugee entrepreneurs had. From that point on, she embarked on a quest: connecting refugee and migrant entrepreneurs with relevant business opportunities, resources and network. That unrelentless quest led to the birth of SWB.


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Connecting Palestinian entrepreneurs to the world

Invest Palestine is a fantastic initiative started by members of the Palestinian diaspora in Chile, Latin America. Their goal is simple: allow Palestinians abroad to invest in Palestinian entrepreneurs, therefore boosting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Their teams are based both in Chile and Palestine, enabling smooth lines of communications between investors and local entrepreneurs. Although based in Latin America, Invest Palestine provides their services to all Palestinians living in the diaspora. The Invest Palestine team works hard to present investors with curated business opportunities.

Through “Invest Palestine”, an investor will be giving the chance to Palestinian entrepreneurs to develop local…


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Shifting away from aid dependency

Palestine faces challenges, but it is also full on local changemakers taking initiatives to make people’s lives’ better on the ground. Build Palestine was built on the premise of gathering support for those local changemakers: by creating the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to supporting local Palestinian initatives, Build Palestine is one of the most impactful organizations on the ground. The crowdfunding model is extremely powerful, as it allows a multitude of projects to be supported simultaneously.

Crowdfunding is a powerful tool to decentralize the traditional donor model. It allows a large number of people to contribute small amounts of funds…


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Lebanon’s diverse and successful diaspora is a real asset for the country itself. Lebanese people are proud and eager to help their home country in one way or another. The strong mobilisation following the Beirut blast is a case in point. However, diasporas are often confused by the abundant number of ways to help back home. This information can be overwhelming, and diasporas often don’t know where to start.

In this article, we shine the spotlight on three Lebanese diaspora organizations that you can get involved with. This is a non-exhaustive list; we’ve just curated a couple of great ones…


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Lebanon is a unique place; despite its small size, the country is a formidable mosaïc of cultures, religions and influences. Its food is often considered the best in the world. Its people are resilient, proud and united by the very diversity that makes Lebanon so great. Lebanon is one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the MENA region, and Beirut’s cosmopolitanism makes it home to events, incubators and a plethora of promising start-ups.

Lebanon has also undoubtebly had its fair share of obstacles in the past decades. The recent Beirut explosion was, for lack of a better expression, “the cherry…


One of the major hurdle faced by Palestinians is unemployement. In the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, scores of educated youngsters find themselves jobless right out of university. However, Palestine is emerging as a dynamic hub for tech talent, as Palestinian universities usher in a new generation of connected and ambitious Palestinian youth.

This article will highlight three websites on which you can hire Palestinian tech talent. Palestinians diasporas worldwide are constantly searching for ways to help back home; a great way to do that is by empowering talented Palestinians by making them a part of your business…


In a previous article, we touched upon the concept of remittances and its impact on a country’s development. While the concept of remittances is often thought of in purely economic terms, we will see that the recent emergence of the term “social remittances” shows that remittances can’t be confined to a solely monetary aspect.

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Definition

“Social Remittance” is a term coined around a decade ago by Harvard Professor Peggy Levitt. Succintly put, it refers to “the social impact of migration that leads to social development back home”. This includes all the skills, knowledge, values, and experiences that are being transmitted from…


As diasporas ourselves, we all know what it’s like to be homesick. We all want a taste of our home country/culture once in a while. In this (lighter than usual) article, we curated three websites from which Jordanians abroad can not only directly support the Jordanian artisans, but also buy some traditional products.

1. allfromjordan.com

The name is pretty self explanatory. The website offers a plethora of products, going from dead sea beauty products, traditional ceramic pieces, as well as Jordanian clothing. The site also has a variety of delicious food, ranging from dates dipped in chocolate to local labaneh.

allfromjordan.com seeks…


Founders often have incredible ideas. That’s the easy part. Once a founder starts building out their idea, they often rely on friend and family money. This is a process that is called “bootstrapping”. However, the founder(s) will soon need a larger amount of money as their start-up grows and as costs increase. The period between when boostrapping money is not enough and raising funds is often called “the valley of death”, and is one of the most common reasons start-ups fail. In this article, we’ll go over different options Palestinian entrepreneurs have when to raise money.

  1. Ibtikar Fund
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Ibtiktar, meaning…

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