Tag: crowdfunding

DOT Jordan

Tech Training

The Digital Opportunities Trust, which is backed by the Ministry of ICT and the government of Canada, offers technology training programs to young Jordanians. The NGO’s President and CEO, Janet Longmore, hopes her newly reopened center in Sweileh, near Amman,…

Kamal Alhmoud

Gardens in the Sky

With scant few green spaces in our increasingly crowded cities, a new company is using cutting edge horticulture to create gardens on our roof tops. By Camilla Caraccio Jordan is not well known for its lush nature, and the rapid urbanization…

Fintech and the Future of Banking

Fast growing fintech firms are forcing traditional brick-and-mortar lenders to adapt to new realities in the banking sector. By Zeid Nasser The term Fintech, which is short for financial technology, has emerged over the past few years to describe Internet-driven…

Zoomaal Leads MENA Crowdfunding Revolution

Lebanese crowdfunding platform Zoomaal is helping hundreds of exciting and innovative ideas get off the ground across the region. By Elisa Oddone Since it was launched in 2013, Beirut-based Zoomaal has quickly asserted itself as one of the region’s leading…

Palestinian-Designed Charger Shoots Past Crowdfunding Goal

A tiny USB top-up charger designed by a team of Palestinian tech entrepreneurs has raked in around $70,000 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform—nearly five times its original funding target. The BOLD Knot, which comes in the shape of a knot…

Liwwa P2P Lender Scores New Investment

In a sign that crowdsourcing is set to become an important fundraising option for the region’s cash-starved SMEs, Amman-based peer-to-peer lender Liwwa recently closed a successful financing round involving three major investors. The round was led by DASH Ventures, with…

Approval Opens Door to Greater Crowdfunding Opportunities

Dubai-based crowdfunding platform Eureeca has just received regulatory approval from the UK’s powerful Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which should give a major boost to Jordanian startups and early-stage businesses seeking investment. The FCA approval means Jordanian companies will be in…

Crowdfunding Comes of Age

This article appeared in the June, 2014 edition of Venture.   By offering cash-strapped entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas directly to the general public, crowdsourcing is fast emerging as a major source of funding for Jordanian startups. By Elisa…

Crowdfunding Aids Gaza Accelerator

A crowdfunding campaign aiming to save Gaza’s only technology accelerator from closure looks set to end this month with its original funding target of $70,000 oversubscribed by 150 percent. The campaign was launched in November on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website…