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SANAD and SPARK launch business bootcamp for Palestinian entrepreneurs

From November 8 to 10, 2018, student entrepreneurs in the Palestinian Territories participated in an intensive three-day “business bootcamp” to help them accelerate their startup ideas. The program, launched by the SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy and local entrepreneurship development organization SPARK, culminated in a pitching event for the students to present their business models to a panel of judges from industry and finance. The five winners, all women, will now benefit from six months of intensive business training with experts in the field.

The SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy – an arm of the SANAD Technical Assistance Facility – financed the bootcamp, which represents the “Economic Empowerment” component of SPARK’s Dynamic Futures scholarship program. The project aims to foster linkages between the youth and financial sector and raise awareness of the importance and challenges of entrepreneurship for economic development.
Dina Almasaeid, Country Project Coordinator, said: “Palestinian youth are the future for the society, yet they are growing up under very tough circumstances. I felt inspired the moment I saw these 20 students full of energy competing in this bootcamp."


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