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The group includes people from Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and the Gaza Strip, who promote high-tech projects and receive training and practical tools.

By TPS

A group of young entrepreneurs from Arab countries is participating in weekly zoom meetings as part of a unique Israeli program for the development of startups and social initiatives.

The group includes young men and women from Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), who promote high-tech projects and receive training and practical tools on how to realize their dreams in meetings hosted by leading figures in the Israeli innovation industry.

This multicultural program is the first of its kind and aims to make the entrance to the ecosystem of the Israeli startup nation accessible.

Among the projects promoted under the program is an organization that connects children from different ethnic backgrounds through joint actions to encourage social diversity and a site establishing a regional nature museum and other initiatives.

The training is shared by Israelis and people from the PA.

Some 40% of the program participants are women.

The program encompasses all stages of the development of new ventures, including market research, construction of a plan and business model, development and connection to an array of potential partners and investors in Israel and around the world.

The unique Starting Up Together program is a collaboration between the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, the Ebay Israel Development Center, and the Center for Smart Cities at Bar Ilan University and funded by the Edmond de Rothschild Israel Foundation.

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