Booming — is what Jordan’s startup scene is usually defined by, with good reason. Through hundreds of accelerators, startups, investors, incubators, mentors, entrepreneurship trainers eager to gain their footing in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, Jordan has paved its way to the top as a regional hotspot. Whether it be the The MENA ICT Forum, the regional tech event everyone marked on their calendars and flew in for, the catalyzation of startup energy through Mawdoo3, Tamatem, Little Thinking Minds, amongst other promising startups, or the launch of the Scout Program to support early-stage startups or Endeavor Jordan in its support of high-impact entrepreneurs to strengthen the economies of emerging markets, Jordan is no other than booming indeed.
The fundamentals of the booming ecosystem are supported by many pillars, and one of the major stakeholders is none other than Queen Rania’s Center For Entrepreneurship — a nonprofit organization established by Queen Rania herself to help develop technology entrepreneurship in Jordan.
Of the countless programs hosted and offered by the QRCE, we at Startup MGZN have four programs that you definitely can’t miss out on!
- Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC). This competition is your biggest platform in terms of entrepreneurship, whether you’re a university student or a mature entrepreneur, where it gives you the opportunity to host your creativity and create a business plan that is both practical and innovative. It’s your one-way ticket to taking your startup to the next level and get a local footprint in Jordan’s booming ecosystem. And likewise to all major competitions, it definitely has a prize, so sign up now!
- Startup Huddle. Building the community, one entrepreneur at a time, Startup Huddle, quite literally, huddles all entrepreneurs and locals into discovering solutions to the challenges they face through purposeful engagement with a broad array of voices from their local community. So, if you face barriers and challenges in the day-to-day operation of your startup, getting in touch with the audience to provide potential solutions, is something you never knew you needed! Hosted under Global Entrepreneurship Week, how it basically works is one or two early-stage startup founders, that could be you, give a presentation about their startup to a diverse audience from their local community. Each presentation is followed by a question and answer session where the community provides ideas, connections, and feedback for the entrepreneur. Best part? It’s FREE.
- Innovation Venture Lab. Innovation Venture Lab, provides various services such as training, workshops, mentorship, networking and prototype funding, which will enable you, as a pre-startup, to thrive in the ecosystem. It’s your ultimate destination not only to kinder the spirit of your pre-startup, but also to be locally recognized in the ecosystem and have the opportunity to bag an investment from Innovation Venture Lab! So shift your gears and get ready to join now.
- DART Entrepreneurship Society. This is for all the university students out there with a burning passion to become entrepreneurs. An acronym for Dream, Aim, Reach, Target, the entrepreneurship society is designed by a group of students from the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT). DART focuses on promoting the entrepreneurial spirit amongst university students in Jordan. Some of the activities include workshops, seminars, competitions, such as the Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC), National Technology Parade (NTP), and more. For more information, read here.
Now that you have four multi-dimensional programs to guide you in your journey into getting a foothold in Jordan’s booming economy, as a startup entrepreneur in different stages, go on and unleash your creativity into the community, and don’t forget to share with us your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn!