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Startup Grind Gaza is part of a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs in 200 cities worldwide. We help brand Gaza's startup sector and attract attention to its ecosystem.
ستارتب جرايند غزة هي جزء من مجتمع عالمي للرياديين، يهدف إلى تثقيف وتوسعة آفاق وتشبيك الرياديين في 200 مدينة حول العالم. نساهم في تعزيز صورة بيئة ريادة الأعمال في غزة وجذب الإنتباه للمجتمع الريادي فيها
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A mentor and speaker, Rafat is the founder of Startup Palestine, Director of Startup Grind Gaza, Coordinator of Youth & Culture Programs at the Welfare Association, and Curator at Startup Digest. He holds a UK Business Masters’ degree and is a researcher and lecturer in Crowdfunding, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, and writes for Wamda. He is also Palestine Coordinator the British Chartered Institute of Technology.
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.
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.