SPARK and Startups Without Borders Launch an Incubation Programme With $10k in Cash Prizes and a Final Pitch in Amsterdam

SPARK and Startups Without Borders Launch an Incubation Programme With k in Cash Prizes and a Final Pitch in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – Startups Without Borders is partnering with SPARK to launch Startups On The Move Incubation programme, with support from Google.org. The programme entails a 5-month incubation and mentorship programme to equip 130 entrepreneurs in Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine, with the tools to succeed, and prepare them for the final pitching competition in Amsterdam. The incubation programme aims to strengthen the skills of young aspiring entrepreneurs of both refugee and local background, providing training on fundamental business skills, including business planning, financial planning, business modeling, and investor pitching. The programme…

SPARK: Newly Qualified Nurses Fill Gaps During Lebanon’s Healthcare Crisis

SPARK: Newly Qualified Nurses Fill Gaps During Lebanon’s Healthcare Crisis

AMSTERDAM – In Lebanon, private hospitals account for 80% of healthcare services, according to the Ministry of Health. Due to the unprecedented economic crisis, an estimated 40% of medical professionals, including around 2,000 nurses, have left the country and many hospital departments are being forced to close. “We come close to a great collapse,” said Minister of Public Health, Firass Abiad, speaking to Reuters at the start of 2022. While the healthcare exodus continues, ongoing internal issues especially the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the workload of the understaffed hospitals in…

SPARK: Remote Internships Offer Employment Opportunities for Syrian and Iraqi Youth

SPARK: Remote Internships Offer Employment Opportunities for Syrian and Iraqi Youth

AMSTERDAM- In 2020, a small pilot programme was initiated by SPARK, an Amsterdam-based non-governmental organisation to help struggling, ​​young job seekers to gain work experience. Financed by Dutch Postcode Lottery, the programme matches youth to remote-working internships within Iraqi and international companies. Now, over 116 of Syrian and Iraqi youth have been placed in 3-6 month internships, many receiving permanent job offers as a result. Throughout Iraq, pandemic-related job losses and shrinking employment opportunities have resulted in a spike in unemployment, from 12.76 percent in 2019 to 13.74 percent in 2020, according…

European Union to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship in MENA

European Union to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship in MENA

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)– The European Union (EU) funds a four-year, 8 million euro regional programme with SPARK, an international non-governmental organisation, to help reshape business communities in the Southern Neighbourhood towards a more inclusive, sustainable and tech-driven future. As the MENA region needs to adapt to complex environmental issues and rapidly changing social and economic behaviour, young entrepreneurs are taking the lead to transition into a greener, ecological and sustainable future. According to research published in 2018, “results only come from sustainable entrepreneurship that integrates all three pillars of sustainable development: economic, environmental and…