Jordan Start-up Weekend encourages innovative solutions in health sector

SOURCE: Zawya


The Health and Innovation edition is a 54-hour event that took place over the course of three days at Zain Innovation Campus

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Start-up Weekend Jordan – Health and Innovation edition focused on two of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), seeking to promote the well-being of all people, universal access to quality healthcare and sustainable and inclusive infrastructure for innovation and development.

The Health and Innovation edition is a 54-hour event that took place over the course of three days at Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC), during which participants introduced their ideas and explored creating a new business and starting on their own entrepreneurial paths.

“Seventy-five young entrepreneurs came together, carrying with them various innovative ideas, choosing the health market for a start-up,” Start-up Weekend Jordan organiser Ziena Abu Dalbouh said during the event.

Groups of developers, business managers, start-up enthusiasts and marketing gurus invited the participants to pitch their ideas, revealing their “light bulb” experiences and key elements for success, with the aim of helping the participants “understand the big picture” of entering the business market.

Techstars, a US-based NGO, began holding “Start-up Weekends” in 2007 as events where individuals interested in entrepreneurship gather for three days to learn about starting businesses, receive mentorship and training and develop their own ideas.

“Jordan was introduced to Start-up Weekend in 2011, and over the years, a community of entrepreneurs has gathered under its umbrella, finding the core of a successful plan to start their own work,” Abu Dalbouh added.

The event, which started on November 28, was implemented in collaboration with ZAD Consultancy by Ziena Abu Dalbouh, Mahmoud Khamis and Saif Ali, bringing together youth health enthusiasts who aim to support and advance the Kingdom’s health sector.

During the event, mentors and trainers shared brainstorm tips centred around participatory communication and value proposition, and participants had the opportunity to gain experience in presentation-giving and activities and exercises that provided “detailed and precise” feedback, among others.

“The objective was successfully fulfilled, because the participants have shown their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and develop, and Start-up Weekend targets people with creative ideas, not those with projects that are currently operating,” said Abu Dalbouh.

The organiser noted that reaching the “prototype stage” is the main objective of Start-up Weekend, adding that the mission is to inspire change in the lives of entrepreneurs with the help of specialised mentors and coaches, such as Amman Chapter Leader of Transtech Rania Bader, Android developer Saleem Shublaq and Programme Manager Yousef Obeidat, among others.

Five winners were chosen by a panel of judges, who examined each team’s pitch, focusing on product execution, customer validation and general business modelling. Winning teams will have the opportunity to compete with winners from other Start-up Weekends across the world.

“This event is a good running-start, because it benefitted me in many different aspects, such as networking,” participant Hamza Nouri told The Jordan Times.

Odai Hariri, another participant, said: “The Start-up Weekend provided the perfect environment for business training, pitching skills and networking.”s managers, start-up enthusiasts and marketing gurus invited the participants to pitch their ideas, revealing their “light bulb” experiences and key elements for success, with the aim of helping the participants “understand the big picture” of entering the business market.