A BRAVE, BOLD COMMUNITY
Startups Without Borders’ is fueled by a 15,000+ community of entrepreneurs with one thing in common: they are the most valiant, ambitious and resilient minds you’ll ever meet. They’ve gone through far corners and risked it all over and over again – they embody the resilient mindset at its best.
AN UNMATCHED NETWORK
Whether you are a corporate, government institution, university or non-governmental agency, we help you leverage on our international network to achieve your innovation and development goals, build impact at scale, and invest in high-potential startups under the radar.
BECOME A TRAILBLAZER
Champion diversity and change perceptions. Our unique community of entrepreneurs includes refugees, migrants, locals and women: underrepresented founders who embody powerful role models to inspire millions.
Boosting digital businesses in the MENA
In partnership with Facebook, in 2020 we launched the Boost With Facebook program, an intensive training designed to support migrant and refugee entrepreneurs in MENA and Europe through teaching them how they can boost their business and reach more customers through Facebook.
Investment Readiness program in Palestine
In 2022, we partnered with Meta to launch the Boost Without Borders program in Palestine, which aims to equip 500 SMBs with digital tools and resources to grow their businesses. The program is designed to support 500 Palestinian SMBs. The program also includes an investment readiness program for 50 startups ending with a final pitching competition with up to $20,000 in-cash prizes. The program also offered a TOT training for 13 Palestinian incubators and accelerators on preparing investment readiness programs.
Supporting diaspora entrepreneurs in Europe
In September 2021, we hosted the event “Boost with Facebook bil Mobile, Diaspora edition,” in partnership with Boost with Facebook. The event was streamed live from London and trained Arabic-speaking entrepreneurs in the diaspora on digital skills.
Cross-country incubation program
In partnership with Spark and Google, in 2022 we launched the Startups on the Move Incubation program, training 130 refugee and local entrepreneurs to go from idea to business in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq.
As part of the program, we held 3 networking events in Ramallah, Beirut and Erbil, gathering over 250 entrepreneurs, ecosystem players and investors.
The program focuses on providing technical guidance, digital skills training, mentorship, and support to register their business, as well as networking opportunities at a final Pitching at IGNITE conference in Amsterdam with international investors, with a $1o,000 final prize.
Creating digital presence
Start & Grow Online with GoDaddy program is an intensive training designed to support migrant and refugee entrepreneurs from the MENA region through teaching them how they can boost their business online by building their websites. The training aims to take entrepreneurs, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities, through a journey to start, improve and expand their business
Empowering startups with Zoho at the SWB Summit
Zoho, the Tech Partner at the summit, actively engaged in various activities to showcase its presence and expertise. They had a physical booth at the Cairo venue, located at the American University in Cairo, providing an opportunity for attendees to interact directly with their team. Additionally, Zoho had a virtual booth on the summit platform, ensuring accessibility for remote participants.
Ali Shabdar, the Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa at Zoho, delivered a keynote speech, sharing valuable insights and perspectives. Furthermore, Zoho participated in a panel discussion titled “Remote, Hybrid, and Lean: The Future of Work,” contributing to the conversation on evolving work dynamics.
Was great to witness the dynamism of Egyptian startup ecosystem (3rd largest in the MENA region in terms of investment) as well as the extraordinary resilience of Palestinian and Syrian communities.
Thomas BIOTTEAU / SPARK
Seeing the motivation, the grit, and the warmth of all the people attending, speaking, and working behind the scenes makes me feel very confident about the future! A better world with opportunities for all is possible!
Laura Di Santolo / Forward·Inc
The Startups Without Borders team transformed a global pandemic into a global stage, successfully gathering audiences and speakers from every corner of the world for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and mentorship. An event truly without borders.