Falafel Ecosystem

 

 

A while ago I was reviewing some of the entrepreneurship ecosystem mapping I did for Jordan during previous projects.

I found some interesting trends over the past 15 years in Jordan. I would say the entrepreneurship ecosystem is like our Falafel ecosystem.

 

Have you ever noticed that when a new Falafel restaurant opens in a new area, within few months you will notice that more and more Falafel restaurants are opened in the same area. Not only that but if someone introduced a new kind of bread, all nearby restaurants will copy that. At the end, all restaurants will be providing almost the same sandwiches, same quality and even same decoration. 

In this ecosystem most of the surviving restaurants will have groups of loyal customers from the neighborhood who will buy exclusively from their restaurants. Yes I mean it “their restaurants” because those customers would have relatives or friends who work in these restaurants and most probably they will continue buying regardless if there is any changes (positive or negative).

Moreover the restaurants owners will keep checking the feedback or opinion of their customers (friends) about what they can improve without checking with the nontraditional customers to have wider/different opinions.

 

The same approach is followed by almost all other sectors. For example today I noticed that a third pharmacy will open close to my home copying models of existing ones without providing any clear value to me other than it is new and I like to find out about.

 

The purpose of this article is not to highlight that entrepreneurs or startups are copying each other as this is a different story, but what is interesting that the entrepreneurship support organizations are following the same trend of the Falafel ecosystem.

 

Jordan has faced different waves of kinds of entrepreneurship support activities/initiatives over the past 15 years that ranges from incubation, training, policies to different funding’s.

In general what we lack in our ecosystem is not any of the entrepreneurship ecosystem elements, but it is the abundance of the same specific support offered at the same certain time period.

 

Over the past years I noticed the following waves of support

  • incubation programs that host startups
  • wave of scattered investment levels but not structured toward specific target
  • almost at the same time many microfinancing banks and programs start to appear
  • a wave of lot of grants mainly funded by international and local public institutes
  • at some time some success stories from the IT sector start to appear which increased the focus on IT and web startups
  • following that some initiatives of angel investors start to appear and form some networks to support early stage investments
  • then the time of seed investments start to appear along with local and regional acceleration initiatives
  • this was directly followed by the rise of local and regional VCs focusing on the large investments
  • besides that lot of mentors and mentorship programs start to be developed and services are offered to enhance the startups quality
  • at a certain period many donors and public institutes start to notice that most of the startups are generated in Amman and other areas are left behind so many programs came out to provide grants and support to people from those areas and forgot about startups in Amman
  • Although Amman was left behind most of startup grants, much development happened in the area of co-working spaces and areas where entrepreneurs would meet brain storm and develop their IT projects mainly.
  • at that time many  entrepreneurship culture awareness activities  started to create lot of buzz around Jordan through development of workshops, events, promotion, tools, and even books.
  • many people and companies start to take the advantage of that and started offering lot of entrepreneurship training programs and capacity building so where ever you go you will find an entrepreneur who is willing to offer such kind of training and support program. 
  • on the other hand large companies local and international wanted to get engaged and offer similar programs to the community
  • at the same time several governmental organization noticed that they are away behind the progress of policies and strategies of entrepreneurship and they want to get involved through developing national policies and strategies, which include but not limited to entrepreneurship strategy and innovation strategy.
  • when the Syrian crises start to affect the Jordanian markets, many donors driven by public organizations start to focus in social entrepreneurship especially outside Amman, refugee camps and women startups.

 

What is funny that similar to the Falafel ecosystem, each active program has their own active customers or beneficiary for their services. Which makes not only the development of these programs difficult because they are surrounded by the same customers and stakeholders, but also the startups would not be easily survive if they jump outside their micro entrepreneurship ecosystem. Alternatively, some entrepreneurs shop around for the same service from different supporters but with achieving major growth target.

 

In general I like the development of our Falafel entrepreneurship ecosystem and having many initiatives, but the challenge is to offer what and when by all actors.

Entrepreneurs and startups themselves evolve as well and need new kind of support but each time a new entrepreneur start his or her idea would need to go to various stages of support. If they need for example seed fund, mentor or shred co-working space they should be able to find not wait till the next wave of support rise again to get access to these services.

 

In short what I wish to see is a mature ecosystem that each actor would focus on their core competency and develop it rather in innovative way rather than jumping to the next wave of support because others are moving in that direction or some donors are ready to fund it.

 

For example currently if I want to find a good active mentorship program in Jordan for my entrepreneurs in my programs I can not find any active one, or if I want to help them in applying for a grant or seed fund which we used to have abundance of them, I can find only one or two who could offer that for the stage the entrepreneurs I support at the German Jordanian University. On the other hand, currently, I am promoting on weekly basis different competitions for students but no follow up programs are offered.

 

All kind of services are needed at all times to have healthy entrepreneurship ecosystem. As the entrepreneurs need all and different services at their different stages of development.

 

I cannot blame the donors and program funders on the duplicated efforts but it is more on the coordination and development of innovative programs generating impact rather than looking for simplicity and short term results.

Finally I agree that there are many people who are (and will continue) looking for Falafel with homos, or foul or tahina but there are others who might like to have Falafel with peanut sauce or Falafel made of oat and lentil for example.

 

These thoughts and ideas are not really based on scientific facts but they are based on my general observations over many years. For that I appreciate your feedback and suggestions to improve this article.

 

GEW at GJU – Start and Sustain your Business

16th of November, 2015- Amman 

On Monday November 16, GJU’s Office for Industrial Links (OIL) and Concrete, the student entrepreneurship club at the GJU, organized the “Start and Sustain Your Business” event as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) activities at GJU. These activities fall under the Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) at the OIL, which aims to fulfill GJU’s vision of Education for Employment and Entrepreneurship.

Britta Kähler, Director of the Office for Industrial Links and Eng. Jamil Alkhatib, Manager of PIE welcomed the participants and introduced the recent activities of PIE. The event continued with presenting the winning teams from the previous event organized by PIE, the Health Hackathon, which took place on the 12th, 13th, and14th of November. The winners were handed their certificates by vice president Prof. Manar Fayyad, on behalf of the President Prof. Natheer Abu Obeid. Each winning team gave a quick overview to the crowd about their project and how it was developed over the weekend.

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Complete article available at

http://www.gju.edu.jo/news/gew-gju-%E2%80%93-start-and-sustain-your-business-4941

GJU Health Hackathon

12.-14. November 2015- Amman 

Path to Entrepreneurship and Employability in the Health Sector

GJU’s Office for Industrial Links organized a Health Hackathon, an event established for the first time in the Middle East region. It is part of the Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) activities to help the students gain the knowledge and entrepreneurial skills needed to implement their ideas and support the vision of the University in its “Education for Employment and Entrepreneurship”.

Health Hackathon is an event to gather students from different disciplines to work cohesively in different teams and come up with solutions related to health issues that the society faces at low costs, so that all society members would be able to use it, including remote areas and refugee camps.

Complete article available at http://www.gju.edu.jo/news/gju-health-hackathon-4940

 

The seven teams had to pitch in their ideas within two minutes maximum, and the judges had three minutes to ask the team any questions if the wanted to. Once the seven teams finished their pitching, the seven judges, who were from Oasis500, Altibbi, GJU, USAID-JCP, Hikma, Umniah, and Tamweelcom, gathered in a separate room to sum up their points they each had for each team.

Before announcing the winning teams, Mrs. Britta Kähler, Director of the Office for Industrial Links and Eng. Jamil Alkhatib, Manager of PIE, announced the prizes and appreciated the great support they received from the different sponsors and partners: USAID JCP, Hikma, Umniah,  Tamweelcom, Jordan Engineers Association, Nescafe, and Primrose as well as Altibbi, Oasis 500, Hello Food, Wamda, and Jordan Open Source Association. They also cherished the enormous efforts of the volunteering students, as well as the Concrete-Entrepreneurial and IT Students Club from GJU since without them, the whole event would not have been made possible.

ندوة بعنوان نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية

(JEST) نظمت مؤسسة الرياديين المقدسيين للتكنولوجيا والخدمات المجتمعية

JEST workshop

مؤخرا ندوة تدريبية لطلاب الجامعات في مدينة القدس تحت عنوان” نحو مشاريع تخرج ابتكارية”، حيث استهدفت الطلاب في التخصصات العلمية والمقبلين على اختيار مشاريع التخرج في جامعاتهم وذلك من خلال تسليط الضوء على إمكانية الاستفادة من المشاريع وتحويلها الى مشروع تجاري يدر دخلا على الخريج بدل البحث عن فرص العمل.

و قام المدرب م. جميل الخطيب بتسليط الضوء حول الفرق بين الإبداع والإبتكار والحاجة الى ايجاد  الحلول العملية  للمشاكل  العارضة  كي يتمكن الخريج بعد ذلك من استغلال الحل وايجاد سوق مناسب له، كما تطرق المدرب الى دورة الاختراع كاملة وأهمية أخذ التغذية الراجعة من المستفيدين دوما وأهمية حماية الملكية الفكرية.

وناقش  المشاركون المدرب حول قدرة شبابنا في فلسطين على الإبتكار والسبب الكامن وراء عدم نجاح العديد من الأفكار التي يقومون بطرحها، حيث  عزا المدرب السبب الأكبر الى قيامنا بالتركيز على الإبداع التقني فقط مع اهمال حاجة المستهلكين ورغبتهم باقتناء الحل المقدم.

المزيد على دنيا الوطن .. http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2015/11/16/814568.html#ixzz3rgae4KZV

المزيد على جريدة القدس

AlQuds News Paper JEST- Grad Proj

المزيد على جريدة البلد

Albalad Newspaper JEST- Grad Proj

Microsoft Academic Accelerator

Article Published in Jordan Times

AMMAN — Jordanian students have recently developed a GPS-based mobile app that turns smartphones into taxi meters, which they said would notify passengers of an estimated fare for their journey in advance and prevent cabbies from overcharging them.

True Meter is currently available on the Windows app store and will be available to users of other mobile operating systems in a few months.

The app shows passengers the optimal route to their destination and compares it with the route that the taxi driver is actually taking, enabling them to determine whether the driver is taking an unnecessarily long route.

The mobile application was developed by a team of Jordanian students — Islam Abulroz, Rania Abdel Hadi and Rehab Alamar — who were honoured Wednesday as one of six winning teams in the Microsoft Academic Accelerator Programme.

As part of the six-month accelerator programme, a collaboration between the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Programme and Microsoft Jordan, scores of students received training at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, which is located at the Royal Scientific Society, on how to design, launch, and sustain their own ventures or find jobs that make use of their talents. 

They were also taught technical skills that helped them develop apps and deploy technology for the benefit of all, according to the organisers.

“We came up with the idea of True Meter while taking part in this great programme. I had to take a taxi every day from the Princess Sumaya University for Technology to the business park for the training. I noticed that the taxi drivers charged me different fares each time and often the claimed the meter was not working, which was annoying,” Abdel Hadi told The Jordan Times after the ceremony.

“When people download the app, which shows information in Arabic and in English, they can actually find out exactly how much the fare for their trip should be. This is also very useful for tourists, so that they cannot be deceived by greedy cabbies who want to charge them extra,” she added.

Alamar said her team cooperated with the authorities in order to get the correct formula for taxi fares, so that the app calculates the same fare that taxis are allowed to charge per kilometre, in both Jordanian dinars and US dollars.

“We have also reached an agreement with the Greater Amman Municipality to connect the app to their network, so that passengers can report cabbies who charge them excessively high fares or take longer routes, and file any other complaints,” she said.

“When passengers get in a taxi, they can record the plate number and, in case of trouble, report it to GAM and the traffic authorities… We will also develop the app in the near future so that passengers can rate each cab. Any passenger who enters the plate number of a certain cab will be able to find the history of the cab and reviews by passengers,” added Alamar.

The other winning projects addressed a range of consumer and retailer needs, from point-of-sale payment solutions to an online pitching platform that connects start-ups with investors. One application, called “Bisque”, allows users to send video and photo files to other devices using only a simple hand motion.

‘Guidance, follow-up crucial’

ICT experts said Wednesday that follow-up training is essential to ensure the success of such ideas and many others.

“For such ventures to grow and start generating revenue, there is a need for further guidance to help students and entrepreneurs market and refine their products. Celebrating the fact that we have brilliant ideas is not enough — we want tangible support after this step,” Abed Shamlawi, ICT and entrepreneurship consultant, told The Jordan Times.

“We need to hone entrepreneurs’ skills, help them organise their work, guide them on how to monetise their ideas and help them develop a final product, and get some funding,” Shamlawi.

Jamil Al Khatib, an innovation consultant who trained the winning teams and other participants in the programme, said providing mentorship after the initial stage is very important to these entrepreneurs.

“Some of these ideas can be turned into small companies, while other developers can sell apps without the need to build a company. They definitely need follow-up and should not left alone after this stage. They need financial support to grow their ideas into income-generating ventures,” added Khatib.

USAID JCP’s Chief of Party Wissam Rabadi said the Microsoft Jordan partnership, which began in March of this year, aimed “to enhance the ICT sector’s competitiveness in Jordan by creating a pool of new talent in cloud computing and app development for interested investors”.

Rabadi stressed the importance of the programme in training young Jordanians in the latest technologies and trends, including the Internet of Things and cloud computing, saying participants in the programme are equipped with latest skills in the field.

Microsoft Jordan Country Manager Hussein Malhas said the programme helps bridge the gap between the skills of students and graduates and the actual needs in the labour market and the ICT sector.

– See more at: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/app-turns-smartphones-taxi-meters#sthash.ubPn7M2S.dpuf

Who are the Entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs are the successful Alchemists.

During Rick Salmon’s visit to Palestine Rick conducted a workshop discussing investment opportunities for entrepreneurs.

I will in this article and the following ones start summarizing my opinions based on Rick’s notes and the discussions in the workshop.

I will start with who is the entrepreneur and what characteristics the entrepreneur should have. (Some found characteristics are based on studies)

The entrepreneur is Alchemist of the modern world. Alchemist is the one who works in Alchemy and according to Wikipedia

Alchemy is an ancient tradition, the primary objective of which was the creation of the mythical “philosopher’s stone,” which was said to be capable of turning base metals into gold or silver, and also act as an elixir of life that would confer youth and immortality upon its user”

An Alchemist endeavors to turn base metals into gold while the entrepreneurdrives to turn opportunities into successful business. This analogy between theentrepreneurs and alchemists is not only about gold or money it is about the drive to transform the low value into high value.

An Alchemist is committed to what he is doing and is stubborn to turn metals into gold, and the entrepreneur is the same as he is committed to bring his idea to reality and he is a great believer in his idea and stubborn in achieving it.

One of the skills the entrepreneur has is that he can look at positive things and find opportunities instead of barriers or problems and tries to overcome the barriers by utilizing new innovative approaches. This is the same with the alchemist who looks for every new way and tries different opportunities to get the gold.

Although the entrepreneur keeps trying different opportunities sometimes he succeeds and other times he fails, he learns from both the success and the failure and build experience from that and lead his ideas, team and new opportunities into better position. Failures are seen as speed bumps rather than barriers and encourageentrepreneurs to look for options in their approach. Alchemists historically were driven by the creation of gold.The byproduct of their experiments contributed to the humanity countless innovations that may never have been discovered. Alchemistslearned from their trial and errors and helped in the formulation of the science of chemistry we know today.

Alchemists faced lot of risks while trying their experiments which is similar what the entrepreneur faces every day in leading his ideas into success and market.

One of the hardest things in the world the entrepreneur tries to do which is harder than combining material to get gold, is creating win-win human relations.  Anentrepreneur is an alchemist at combining people together.

Finally, alchemists are crazy as are most entrepreneurs. Both are driven by what could be rather than being limited by what is and has been. This helps them in introducing innovative solution by not thinking as the rest of the others, asInnovation comes from creative with persistence.

To summarize entrepreneurs have the following characteristics:

  • Commitment to achieve their ideas (sometimes stubborn , driven and persistent);
  • They see and seek opportunities rather than focusing on barriers or what has been;
  • They keep trying alternative solutions and learn from results and gain experience
  • They are risk takers and treat their failures as learning opportunities
  • An entrepreneur is an alchemist at combining people together.

References and Thanks

 

Note: This post was published originally in 2011

German Jordanian University Innovation ecosystem

The German Jordanian University in early 2014 started the development of innovation and entrepreneurship center to support its students and staff on startups development and innovation. The proposed model was introduced in the workshop. The following presentation highlights the model.

As a first step to the implementation of the center, it is important to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem and integrate the university center with the local ecosystem. The following program was used in the workshop to assess and engage the actors in Jordan on building the local entrepreneurship ecosystem

More than 50 local/international organizations in the innovation and entrepreneurship support participated in the workshop. The following report highlights the main findings and recommendations from the workshop.

 

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تحدي الاعمال وتحدي الانجاز

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هذه الصورة التقتط يوم الاربعاء 21/5/2014 في حفل توزيع جوائز برامج انجاز لريادة الاعمال لطلاب المدارس. واظهر في الصورة بين مايزيد عن 40 طالب ومعلميهم  من عدة مدارس.

على الرغم من انني لست من فاز بالجائزة الا انها كانت من اللحظات الجميلة في حياتي وانا اشاهد شباب المستقبل ينجز ويحصل على الجائزة فشعرت بالانجاز بعد التحدي.

بدأت هذه القصة منذ الشهر الاول لهذه السنة عندما تقدمت للتطوع مع مؤسسة انجاز بناء على نصيحة من احدى الزملاء وخاصة انني كنت احاول ذلك منذ عدة اعوام. كانت المقابلة الاولى مع فريق انجاز للتعارف وتحديد برنامج التطوع. وكان البرنامج الذي عرض علي اسمه “تحدي الاعمال” فشعرت ان به الكثير من التحدي خاصة عندما عرفت ان البرنامج يقدم لطلاب الصف العاشر بالمدارس الحكومية ويركز على ادارة الشركات وريادة الاعمال.

على الرغم من انني دربت في السابق مجموعات من طلاب المدارس بنفس الجيل، الا انني في البداية شعرت بالتخوف فعلى ماذا انا مقدم؟ لم ادخل مدرسة حكومية في الاردن من قبل! ولم اتعامل مع هذا العدد الكبير من الطلاب في صف واحد (ما يقارب 40)! ومعتاد على تدريس مواضيع التفكير الابداعي وريادة الاعمال للاطفال والشباب المبدع ومن لهم اهتمام بريادة الاعمال، لم اجرب ان ادرس من قبل لمن ليس مهتم ولافكرة لدية عن الموضوع. كيف ساتعامل مع الطلاب والمدرسين؟ ماهي المادة التي يجب ان ادرسهم اياها وما هي الامثلة التي يجب ان اسردها للطلاب ليستوعبوها؟ هل ساتمكن من انجاز هذا التحدي واوصل رسالة البرنامج للطلاب وانجح بزراعة التفكير الايجابي بينهم؟

على الرغم من ان فريق انجاز قدم المساعدة بالجلسة التدريبية للمتطوعين وتسهيل الزيارة للمدرسة والتعرف على الادارة الا انني اول يوم دخلت الى المدرسة دخلت متفحصا مستكشفا وكلي امل بأن أتمكن من احداث أثر في الجيل الجديد. بالصدفة كان أول من شاهدت  طالب في الخارج والذي رأني احمل حقيبة انجاز المميزة بالوانها. فسألني لاي صف ستدرس وكان يتمنى أن يكون صفة. ولكني اعتذرت منه لانني لن ادرس صفة. وهذا الموقف زاد رهبتي من التحدي لانه يبدو ان للطلاب توقعات ايجابية عن متطوعي انجاز وبرامجهم.

اصطحبني الاستاذ الى الصف و بدات الدرس الاول بتحدي الطلاب التعرف علي وعلى عملي وخبراتي وكنت ارسم اجوبتهم في خريطة ذهنية على اللوح. ومن ثم بدأت بشرح اهداف البرنامج ولعبة الكومبيوتر التي سيلعبوها ويتنافسوا في تحدي الاعمال وتعلم اساسيات السوق.

كان من أصعب الاسئلة التي لفتت انتباهي في تلك الجلسة، هو لماذا تطوعت بوقتي لهذا البرنامج ولماذا اهتم بالطلاب؟ على الرغم من انني اجبت عليهم ولكن هذا السؤال اشار لي بان هناك خلل ثقة في مجتمعنا ويبدأ منذ الصغر. فعلى الرغم من عدم اعتراك الشباب للحياة الا انهم يشعرون انه لا يوجد من قد يهتم بهم الا ان كان له منفعه ذاتية يريد تحقيقها.  وهذا ما نراه في مجتمعنا وليس فقط في مجال الاعمال. فكيف سيكون مجتمعنا في المستقبل عند تفشي عدم الثقة بين الاجيال وعدم ثقتة بان هناك قيمه للانسان والمستقبل افضل من المال والمصالح الشخصية. فيجب علينا تصميم وتنفيذ برامج لاعادة الثقة في مجتمعاتنا وأهمية الاجيال الصاعدة بناة المستقبل وليس فقط ثقافة التطوع. وهذا ما تعلمته من خلال تدريبي في برنامج المنظمة العالمية للشباب على التعامل مع الأجيال الجديدة واحترامهم لبناء الثقة بينهم وبين مجتمعهم حتى يتمكنوا من الثقة بأنفسهم وقدراتهم وضرورتهم لبناء المجتمع.

على الرغم من انني كنت احضر لكل درس الا انه في كل حصة ونتيجة لتفاعل بعض الطلاب كانت امثلة جديدة تظهر وكنت اطور طرق جديدة للتعامل معهم. فكان هذا تحد اخر هو ان اتوقع غير المتوقع من الطلاب الذين لا يتوقع المجتمع منهم الكثير. وكانوا دوما يبهروني باجاباتهم  والتي تضاهي وتنافس اجابات الطلاب الذين ادربهم على مهارات الابداع، فهم مبدعون حقا ولكن لا يوجد اهتمام او توجيه حقيقي لمهاراتهم التي تضمحل مع الزمن.

وبعد 6 جلسات انتهى البرنامج ولعب الشباب بلعبة الاعمال وانجزوا الواجبات وشاركوا بالمنافسة على مستوى المدرسة والمملكة للمرحلة الاولى وتوقعت ان دوري قد انتهى وخاصة ان هذه اول تجربة لي في هذا البرنامج فلم اتوقع ان يتأهل احدى الفرق للمرحلة الثانية.  ولكن بعد فترة وصلني اتصال من فريق انجاز لابلاغي بان احدى فرقي قد تأهل للمرحلة الثانية من المسابقة وقد حصل على المركز الخامس. لم اصدق ذلك وكررت السؤال ولكن كانت الاجابة بالتاكيد. وبذلك انتقلت للمرحلة الثانية من تحدي الانجاز بعد ان انجزت المرحلة الاولى مع الشباب، وبدأ تحدي الارشاد.

كان لقائي الاول مع الطلاب الفائزين شيق لاني بدأت اتعرف عليهم وعلى طموحاتهم وافكارهم. في اللقاء ناقشنا فكرتهم وتركتهم يفكروا ويقترحوا افكارهم وانا كنت أرسم امامهم الخريطة الذهنية لافكارهم عن المشروع الذي ينون تنفيذه. وبعد ان شرحوا لي مشروعهم بدأت بلفت انتباههم الى بعض النقاط التي ذكروها فبدأت افكارهم تتبلور ومشروعهم يتضح لهم.

في يوم الحفل والمسابقة، كان هناك عدد من المشاريع والمنتجات ذات العلاقة بمشروعهم فوضحت لهم انهم يمكن ان يستفيدوا من هذه المعروضات لدعم فكرة مشروعهم فقاموا بجولة وجلبوا افكارا لمشروعهم وهذا ما لم يتمكن طلاب الجامعه من استنتاجة في نفس الظروف. بل اكثر من ذلك، فقد أعجبت ان الشباب بداوا يحللوا الزبائن وما يريدون،  فقد تمكنوا من ملاحظة اهتمام وزير التربية والتعليم وشاركوة فكرتهم بما يتناسب مع اهتمامه فاعجب بهم وبفكرتهم وحتى ذكرها في كلمته في الحفل.

اما عن انتظارهم وتدربهم على اللعب والقاء كلمة المشروع فكانت ممتعه لي لاني شاهدت مختلف ردود فعل التوتر وكيف تختلف من شاب لاخر.

اما فرحتهم بلقاء زملائهم في الاحتفال فكانت لاتوصف لانهم يريدوا الاحتفال معهم ومساندتهم. اما بالنسبة لي فكان لقائي بطلاب الصف مختلفة فحيوني واخذوا الصور معي.

وبالنهاية ازداد توترالشباب وانتظارهم ولكن كانت فرحتهم كبيرة عندما سمعوا اسم فريقهم ومدرستهم معلنا فوزهم في المركز الثالث على مستوى المملكة. وبدأ الاحتفال واخذ الصور وكانت هذه الصور.

اما بالنسبة لي فلاحظت اني تعلمت العديد من الامور من خلال هذه التجربة ربما اكثر من الطلاب انفسهم. فقد تعرفت اكثر على قدراتي وانجازاتي والتغلب على التحديات الجديدة.

عرفت ان المبدعون ليسوا دوما من يحضر لتعلم برامج التفكير الابداعي بل هم موجودون في الاماكن التي لانتوقعها فيجب علينا البحث عنهم.

بالاضافة لذلك بدأت اتعرف على هموم المدارس والطلاب والاساتذة والتحديات التي يواجهونها وكيف انهم على الرغم من كل هذه التحديات ينجحون بانجازات قد تنمي مجتمعنا في المستقبل.

اخيرا اتمنى للطلاب الاعزاء كل التوفيق في دراستهم وعملهم وتحدي انفسهم لينجزوا ما يرغبون. واتمنى ان اكون قد انجزت ولو قليلا في تحسين مستقبل عدد من الشباب.

فهذه هي الحياه مليئة بالتحديات التي نتعلم منها ونبحث عن الانجاز من خلالها.

اما بالنسبة لمحتوى البرنامج فلدي قصة اخرى لمقالة جديدة.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System Workshop at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at the German Jordanian University in collaboration with Migrate and with the support of the Migration for Development Program ( CIM ) organized a workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Eco-System.

Complete article available at http://www.gju.edu.jo/page.aspx?type=n&lng=en&id=471

At the end of the opening, Eng. Jamil Alkhatib the director of the innovation and entrepreneurship center project of GJU, shared the vision of the university in supporting job creation through responsible innovation at this center and how it is going to support not only the students and academics but also the local community in their innovations and startups. The approach is based on collaboration and openness while building the right culture and environment for innovation and entrepreneurship at GJU.

The formal opening was followed by discussions and activities with the aim of discovering opportunities to better contribute to building the innovation and entrepreneurship environment in Jordan. It is worth mentioning that more than 50 participants of different active organizations in the entrepreneurship support field, private sector and research organizations joined the activities and contributed with their feedback and ideas in innovative approaches.

In order to strengthen the students’ point of view, a parallel discussion in the same room took place with a group of active students who proposed a model for the entrepreneurship center and presented it to the stakeholders.

At the end the participants appreciated the open discussion and the opportunity to have the actors in this field in one room to support the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan and collaborate rather than duplicate activities.

It is worth mentioning that the GJU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is seeking to play a remarkable role in the development of the innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system in Jordan through collaboration with different stakeholders.

Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at GJU

The Office for Industrial Links at GJU in cooperation with Queen Rania Center for entrepreneurship (QRCE), organized a workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation, which is a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide movement that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in more than 125 countries. The movement will touch and engage millions of people throughout the world. The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship is the Official Host for GEW. The event included many sessions started up with Mr. Mohammad Obaidat, Program Manager at QRCE, who defined GEW as an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success.

Arch. Maisa Al Shomali, Committee Head of the JEA Graduation Projects Competition, gave a presentation entitled “Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry, JEA Graduation Projects Competition”.

“Competition of Graduation Projects Conducted at the Industrial Sector“ was presented by Eng. Fadel Labadi, Manager of the Industrial Development Department from the Amman Chamber of Industry.

For his part Eng. Jamil Khatib, Innovation Consultant from Ibtikar, talked about Innovative Graduation Projects. Eng. Alia Gharaibeh, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, took part to talk about Entrepreneurship 4 Myths.

Dr. Yousef Abdalat, Director of National Program of Faculty for Factory, explained what the aim of (FFF). Dr. Sami Alnajjar, Faculty Member of the School of Management and Logistics at GJU, gave a very impressive presentation entitled “Unlimited Value: Entrepreneurship with Emotional Intelligence”.

“Leader in Progress –A charity Initiative “was presented by Mr. Fahad Qarasmeh and Ms. Hala Jurf, GJU students. Dr. Abdel Monem M. Rawashdeh, CEO of the Applied Scientific Research Fund (ASRF), presented “from Research to Investment (R2I)“.

GJU participated for the first time in this global event and is looking forward to implement different activities tackling entrepreneurship in the near future.

The article is published in GJU newsletter

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