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The MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate For Refugees Competition – 2nd Edition

Mar 27, 2018
How can young people today leverage the possibilities around technology to build, sustain and scale startups that solve the most pressing social issues?

The MITEF Enterprise Forum Pan Arab ‘Innovate for Refugees’ competition is centered around this theme with a view to encouraging and rewarding tech-driven social entrepreneurship among youth to support refugees worldwide.

First launched on the ‘World Refugee Day’ in 2016, the idea behind this prestigious competition is to find and reward innovative tech-driven solutions for life-threatening challenges faced by refugees worldwide.

When launched, the initiative pulled together over 30 community partner organizations who have helped in spreading the word and running local events to raise awareness on the challenges faced by refugees and in encouraging individuals to team up and innovate possible solutions.

The initiative has facilitated USD 250,000 in equity-free investments, having received more than 3000 innovative solutions from over 50 participating countries with a commendable 25% of refugee participants who share a common vision of empowering and supporting refugees worldwide through tech-driven social enterprises.

Young Arab Leaders (YAL) is unwavering in its efforts of fostering knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship among young Arab talent and is pleased to be a supporting partner because the values behind this unique initiative resonate well with the vision and commitments of YAL.

YAL takes pride in the fact that its members Ali Maarrawi (General Manager of OFIS), Helen Al Uzaizi (CEO of BizWorld UAE), Dr Hisham Safadi (Founder & CEO of Udenz), Reim El Houni (CEO of Ti22 Films) and YAL mentor Hiba Daaboul (Head of Regional Decision Support at Nestle) have been chosen to be part of the distinguished panel of mentors for the MIT IFR 2nd Edition.

Ali’s multifaceted professional experience of 19+ years is complemented by his ability to speak four languages. Helen is an established businesswoman and an active community member with over 15 years of experience. Dr Hisham is a qualified dentist, avid entrepreneur, knowledgeable lecturer and motivational coach with over 9+ years of diversified experience. Hiba is a seasoned and commercially driven finance business partner with over 8 years of senior managerial experience. Reim has Founded, and leads ‘Ti22 Films’, a production company which won 25 New York Festival Awards.

To discover more about MIT IFR and to see the stellar profiles of YAL mentors, please click here.

More about MITEF:
Founded in 2005 and affiliated with the prestigious MIT University, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is a not for profit avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. With offices in Beirut and Dubai, the mission is to develop and nurture a culture of entrepreneurship across the Arab region. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven track record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship through its solid platform that was developed over 10 years, enabling it to empower entrepreneurs by providing opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, showcasing businesses, coaching, and mentoring.