CONNECT | January 16, 2019

UK and Palestine forge new connections between startup ecosystems

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To mark the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, Global Entrepreneurship Network representatives from the United Kingdom and Palestine put pen to on a new partnership designed to facilitate collaboration between startup ecosystems in the two countries.

Ecosystem Connect is a new initiative from GEN,  which inspires communities to collaborate and share access to networks and markets to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship communities and hubs around the world.

GEWUK will work alongside GEW Palestine as it accelerates the growth of local entrepreneurship community clusters and the MENA region more broadly.

The agreement was signed by GEN Country Director Ewan Gaffney and the Head of GEW Palestine, Salah Ameh, in Ramallah. The signing ceremony was the culmination of the biggest ever Global Entrepreneurship Week in the country; over 95 events took place, witnessed by members of The Prime Minister’s office, the Minister of Telecommunication,  ambassadors and chairmen of multiple local corporations. 

Commenting on the agreement Salah Amah of GEW Palestine said:

"This is a great step and opportunity for Palestinians entrepreneurs and organizations. Exposure is essential to Palestinian startups. This agreement will provide us with access to international expertise in many sectors and will give the startup community here the opportunity to learn from the UK entrepreneurs."

Ewan Gaffney, GEN UK Director and Head of GEW UK added:

"We’re really excited to announce this partnership between GEW hosts in the UK and Palestine and to begin to develop joint programming to connect these two ecosystems. Resources and expertise from the UK can support growth and address gaps in the local startup scene here, GEN’s Ecosystem Connect is a great framework to do just that."

The unique value of the GEN Ecosystem Connect platform is that it allows organic growth of mutually reinforcing bilateral networks. By bringing together diverse groups of founders GEN can help leverage strengths, and address weaknesses in each startup community. According to Ewan Gaffney of GENUK, there is a huge amount of value to be extracted by entrepreneurs in both locations.

“Palestine has a thriving tech ecosystem with highly educated founders, international universities and accelerator programs, a growing pool of investors and one of the largest participation rates of female entrepreneurs in the world. With the UK looking to reframe its place in the world we’re equally excited to learn from the excellent work happening here and introduce the UK to some of the amazing startups the region has produced.”

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