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Rafat is a Visionary Entrepreneur and Business Developer. In 2011, he joined Palestine’s growing startup community where he has mentored tens of entrepreneurs and developed a wide international startup-support network. Currently he is the Director of Startup Grind Gaza, the Coordinator of Youth Empowerment at the Welfare Association (Taawon), and the Palestine Curator for Startup Digest. He holds a UK-Masters in Business and lectures on Crowdfunding, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, and writes for Wamda. He is also a Country Coordinator the Chartered British Computer Society.
Said Hassan is the marketing and startup expert at Gaza Sky Geeks. Prior to Gaza Sky Geeks, Said had a successful career both within Gaza and outside of Gaza. He began as a junior marketing consultant at Sadaf Technology Development in Gaza, one of the fastest growing tech startups in the Arab world according to the Arab Net-KSA. Later, he worked for Souq.com, the largest e-commerce platform in the MENA region and the best IT company according to Gulf Business Awards in 2013. He began as an online marketing officer at Souq.com, was promoted to online marketing manager, and then to marketing manager. Said is an award-winning graphic designer and winner of the best Facebook marketing awards in 2013 by the Pan Arab Web Awards. He holds a BBA and is a candidate for an MBA in marketing from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport.
I have more than 6 years of experience in Management, Entrepreneurship and Software Development.
I am very interested in entrepreneurship activities. I operated my own company for around one and half years. I participated in planning and managing “Mobaderoon/Entrepreneurs” project which is one of the main incubators in Gaza. I supervised and mentored tens of startups in the last three years.
I produced and presented more than 30 issues in the first specialized radio program about entrepreneurship in Gaza which is “Bedaya/Start” program.
I always work on developing my knowledge and skills in building startups and managing the incubators.
I believe that the most important activity to build a good ecosystem for startups and SMEs in Palestine is to motivate, inspire and raise awareness about how to build a startup for youth in all specialists and levels of education.
Ahmed is Middle East Regional Director of Startup Grind and runs the Khartoum Chapter . Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Grind is a Silicon Valley based global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs through monthly events in 200 cities and 98 countries . Ahmed is running a cyber security consultancy company called Dukooo , along with SIMPAY ,a Mobile Money FinTech Startups aims to Disrupt the Africa market by Connecting the Unbanked Customers to Merchants by Processing Payments through mobile services .
Entrepreneurship is closely tied with the unexpected, be it a new gadget, app or tool. Everyday we hear about stories of products and services that challenge and change how we live, work, travel and communicate; but every once in a while we hear about a new breakthrough from an unexpected place, which brings hope that entrepreneurs could help improve people's lives in areas suffering tough conditions. This time, the hype is happening somewhere you would least expect to have a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem: The Gaza strip, Palestine.