If you thought that a land with closed borders, continuous war and absolute insecurity had no dreams to furnish, you thought wrong. Gaza, where most of the population is under 24, and are women, have high written and computing literacy and are fighting for better futures for themselves there and across the region.
In an effort to support this emerging market of entrepreneurs, the global NGO Mercy Corps founded the co-working space Gaza Sky Geeks as an initial effort to convene young entrepreneurs. In 2013, a Silicon Valley native with extensive experience in the Middle East and a former employee from the region’s largest e-commerce player, Souq.com, took it to a new level.
While Gaza Sky Geeks finds some of the leading startup ideas and entrepreneurs and connects them to the right people to turn concepts into businesses, it also runs a network of local freelancers for people to make a little income outside their regular earnings.
That’s not all, Silicon Valley and other global tech hubs have taken inspiration from Gaza Sky Geeks to support this new community of rising entrepreneurs by volunteering them with coaching, funds and apprenticeship programs. While Gaza might be ruled out as a political territory, it certainly has the potential to build a community of entrepreneurs that need just plain support, guidance and nurturing!