The entrepreneurship ecosystem map of Palestine above is a baseline version, and is subject to periodic revision. It is intended as a general informational resource only, and makes no claim to be a fully authoritative reference. Categorization of support organizations is based on Babson Global’s entrepreneurship ecosystem framework.
Injaz Amideast Hebron YDRC Hebron University Alquds University An-Najah National University BZU PPU AAUJ Islamic University of Gaza Al Azhar University Faten Ryada Sadara PIF Siraj Sharaka FastForward Leaders Arabreneur Ibtikar Compete USAID CIDA GIZ OFED Welfare Association Silatech PSD Paltel Group Foundation Spark PEFE MTIT Mine Mine Paltel Padico PIF Paltel Padico Cola Cola PIF Intel CCC BOP Jenin Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Paltrade Sharek Youth Forum Leaders SECA Al-Nayzak BCFCDS BDC (BWF) FastForward Leaders Smart-X Arabreneur Gaza Sky Geeks Ibdaa MAS PITA KPITEI PICTI BTI (Islamic University) TYO Najjad Zeenni Bader (Rawabi) ITCE (BBU) Peeks Palgeeks Business Women Forum Reyadi Founder Club Businessmen Association COI (PNB) ROCC Made in Paletine (Al Nayzak) GEW (PNB) StartUp StartUp Weekend PUM DFID TWIP Fillistin Ashbab 86 PMDP PMDP IRPAL ACAD YEP PARC TNB YMCA UNRWA YOUTH ASALA Bader (Rawabi) WOMEN PMA PALEF HCIE MOL EU USCG ta3mal Compete PMDP TNB BOP Portland Trust CCE (BZU) Image Map
INJAZ Palestine is a part of the global organization Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s largest organization dedicated to engaging youth in the world's economy.
It was established in 1919, in which over ten million students participate in over 126 countries annually.
See more at: http://www.injaz-pal.org/?lang=en
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
See more at: http://www.amideast.org/
Operates Worldwide
Hebron YDRC: The Hebron Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) is a space for Palestinian youth to develop their skills in different areas, engage with their peers, and become active members of their communities. Located in Hebron-Palestine, the YDRC offers a diverse range of youth programming, designed to empower youth and help them realize their leadership potential. The Hebron YDRC was established in the Palestinian Child’s Home Club (PCHC), a sports and cultural organization which has worked to build a culture of peace and respect for human rights since 1996. The YDRC model has helped expand programming at the club, and today the center has grown into an indispensable resource platform for youth. The programming offered through the YDRC, coupled with continued sports and cultural opportunities, is helping create a foundation of leaders to build a stronger community in the Hebron area. The YDRC is also a hub for youth throughout the southern West Bank, as it is also linked with a network of eight affiliated youth clubs in the area.
See more at: http://ydrc.ps/
Operates in: Hebron
Hebron University: Hebron University is one of the leading universities in Palestine with a primary mission to provide quality education. Hebron University has endured military closure, economic hardships inherent in developing regions, unsteady financial resources, repeated disruptions, and difficulty in maintaining staff and students throughout periods of enforced closure. Despite these challenges, the University has persevered and marched valiantly forward. The University's survival and success demonstrate the commitment of its staff, students, administration, and community supporters.
See more at: http://www.hebron.edu
Operates in: Hebron
Al Quds University: is a Palestinian university with campuses in Jerusalem, Abu Dis, and al-Bireh. Its first Chancellor and Chancellor of the College of Science and Technology, announced its formation.
See more at: http://www.alquds.edu/en
Operates in: Jerusalem and Ramallah
An-Najah National University: An-Najah National University is a public institution whose mission is to advance learning, share knowledge and foster the skills needed in young men and women to succeed as persons and professionals in all spheres of life. An-Najah also aims to instill a love of understanding in the students and to promote a culture of scientific excellence. The University strives to equip its students with the skills necessary to be productive and creative members of the Palestinian society and to compete in the domestic, Arab and international work markets.
See more at: http://www.najah.edu/
Operates in: Nablus
Birzeit University: is a non-governmental public university located in Birzeit, near Ramallah. BZU was the first university to be established in Palestine. It has the highest admission averages among other Palestinian universities, and is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Palestine and the Middle East. Birzeit University offers graduate and undergraduate programs in information technology, engineering, sciences, social policy, economics and management. Birzeit University has 9 faculties, including the Graduate Faculty.
See more at: http://www.birzeit.edu
Operates in: Ramallah
Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU): is one of the leading polytechnic universities in Palestine. It was founded in 1978 by the University Graduates Union (UGU), which is a non-profit organization in Hebron district.The primary mission is to emphasize quality vocational and technical engineering education. This is achieved by providing students with practical knowledge to help them acquire an up-to-date experience directly related to their disciplines. In addition to the two-year diploma degree, PPU has been offering a B.Sc. degree in a number of engineering programs since 1990. PPU is officially recognized by the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and it is an active member in the Rector Conference of Palestinian Universities. There are about 6000 students enrolled in the various areas of specialization at PPU during the academic year 2013/2014. PPU dedicates particular attention and commitment to enhance its relationship with the local community by identifying potential community priorities and needs. To this end, it promotes certain diverse services, strategies and programs to meet these priorities and needs.
See more at: http://www.ppu.edu/p/en
Operates in: Hebron
The Arab American University-Jenin (AAUJ): is committed to creating a learning environment in which students, faculty members and staff, realize their fullest potential through inquiry, freedom of thought, scientific research, and overall academic excellence to provide high-quality programs that fulfill the social and economic needs of local and regional communities.
See more at: http://www.aauj.edu/
Operates in: Jenin
Islamic University of Gaza: The Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) is an independent academic institution supervised by the Ministry of Higher Education. It is a member of four associations: Association of Arab Universities, Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World , Community of Mediterranean Universities, and International Association of Universities. In addition, IUG works closely with numerous universities around the world.
See more at: http://http://www.iugaza.edu.ps
Operates in: Gaza
Al Azhar University: Al-Azhar University-Gaza has materialized the overwhelming dream of the Palestinian academic cadres in creating a Palestinian national university, that can fulfill the ambitions and achieve the dreams of the Palestinian upcoming generations, and help them pursue their higher studies under the supervision of highly qualified Palestinian cadres. Having been given limited access to Arab and international universities.
See more at: http://www.alazhar.edu.ps
Operates in: Gaza
FATEN: Palestine for Credit & Development "FATEN" is a pioneering national non-profit institution that provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable financial services, for low income and economically active small scale enterprises, micro entrepreneurs and individuals, especially women, and through an advanced human resources and technical infrastructure that contribute to family empowerment and community development in Palestine.
See more at: http://faten.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
No sector focus
Ryada: CHF-Ryada offers microfinance services in Palestine providing loans ($500 – $20,000) for home improvement, small business, youth products and consumption. Ryada’s outstanding portfolio reached $15.7 Million through 5,400 active clients. Ryada’s main achievements are disbursing more than ($100 million) which helped to improve around 16,700 family accommodations; develop around 7,200 small business projects, and meet different personal needs of people to improve people’s lives for a better future. Ryada provides microfinance services to low and moderate-income businesses, home owners, and consumers in the West Bank and Gaza who cannot access credit from banks. Ryada will be registered as an independent for-profit company by the end of September 2013 and aims to double its portfolio through new investment and expanded outreach.
See more at: http://www.ryada.org/Home.aspx
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
No sector focus
Sadara Ventures: Sadara is an active partner in the companies in which it invests. Pre-investment, They often take a pro-active role in collaboration with entrepreneurs to help define the target business and to construct a more complete core management team.
See more at: https://www.sadaravc.com/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Sector: Technology
Abraaj: The Abraaj Group is a leading investor operating in the growth markets of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
See more at: http://www.abraaj.com/
Operates Worldwide
No sector focus
Sharakat (Palestine Investment Fund): “Sharakat” is a unified investment and financing platform that was established in 2012. It is responsible for structuring, managing and monitoring the various PIF-investments in the MSME space, in addition to monitoring a number of existing and new MSME financing and guarantee facilities and investment vehicles that are managed by PIF partners.
See more at: http://www.pif.ps/index.php?lang=en&page=12741823231451
Operates in: West Bank
No sector focus
Siraj: The Siraj Fund Management Company (“SFMC”) is a specialized Palestinian company, founded by Massar International for the sole purpose of managing investment funds in Palestine. The first fund, the Siraj Palestine Fund I, a $90 Million fund, was launched on February 3, 2011, is a private equity fund comprised of direct equity investments in viable start-up, distressed, SME and relatively large enterprises in Palestine across various economic sectors. Siraj’s investments are intended to unleash the potential of these Palestinian businesses, while promoting technological advancements and development in the country, spurring economic growth, job creation and innovation in Palestine. Siraj has plans to launch future funds focused on the Palestinian market thereby contributing to the sustainable development of the country.
See more at: http://www.siraj.ps/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
No sector focus
FastForward (Leaders Organization): FastForward is the first accelerator in Palestine. Established in 2013 with the support of the Welfare Association and is under the administration of Leaders organization.
See more at: http://www.fastforward.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
Sector: Technology
Arabreneur: Arabreneur's aim is to engage young entrepreneurs in their development and provide them with facilities to use their creativity and time to develop startup companies that will provide them economic and social growth. The entrepreneurs will find facilities, mentors, investors, working spaces and a global network where they get support in the setup of their own company.
See more at: http://arabreneur.com/
Operates in the MENA Region
Sector: Open to companies with regional or global growth potential
Coming soon
International Youth Foundation: The International Youth Foundation (IYF) invests in the extraordinary potential of young people. Founded in 1990, IYF builds and maintains a worldwide community of businesses, governments, and civil society organizations committed to empowering youth to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens. IYF programs are catalysts of change that help young people obtain a quality education, gain employability skills, make healthy choices, and improve their communities. IYF currently operates in 78 countries and territories.
See more at: http://www.iyfnet.org/
Operates in: West Bank
Investment Climate Improvement: The USAID-funded Investment Climate Improvement (ICI) project is working to assist the Palestinian Authority (PA) to adopt and implement laws, regulations, and procedures necessary to improve the business climate, promote domestic and foreign investment, increase revenue yield from domestic taxes in an effort to move towards a more sustainable fiscal position. ICI will also enable the PA to create a Palestinian trade regime consistent with the obligations of full membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).
See more at: http://www.wbg-ici.com/
Operates in: Ramallah
Compete: USAID’s Compete Project is a five year program launched in mid-2012 that builds on the work of previous private-sector USAID projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Working closely with local partners and stakeholders, USAID Compete aims to strengthen the competitiveness and export potential of key sectors in the Palestinian economy with a particular focus on accelerated growth in the Agriculture, Tourism, ICT and Stone & Marble industries. Through targeted activities, innovative solutions to unique constraints, training and technical assistance, USAID Compete will target Palestinian firms with good potential for growth helping to expand the country’s export revenues, increasing job opportunities that strengthen the Palestinian economy.
See more at: http://www.competeproject.ps/index.php
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
USAID : The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
See more at: http://www.usaid.gov
Operates Worldwide
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA): The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada’s lead agency for development assistance. It has a mandate to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world.
See more at: http://www.international.gc.ca
Operates Worldwide
GIZ: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.
See more at: http://www.giz.de/en/
Operates Worldwide
MercyCorps: MercyCorps Empowers youth to drive economic recovery and rebuilding, especially through new technologies that link young software entrepreneurs with the global market.
See more at: http://www.mercycorps.org/west-bank-and-gaza
Operates Worldwide
Silatech: Silatech works with banks and other financial institutions to open up much-needed finance opportunities for young entrepreneurs, while providing young entrepreneurs with training and other support to help their new businesses succeed.
See more at: http://www.silatech.com/home
Operates in Middle East
OFID (OPEC Fund for International Development): The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel of aid to the developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.
See more at: http://www.ofid.org/
Operates Worldwide
Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD): Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD), is a local non-profit organization that fosters sustainable community development in Palestine. Since its establishment in 2009, PSD has been working on the development of various community sectors including that of economic, social and environmental through investing in the strongest asset of the Palestinian nation, human capital. PSD programs aim to empower marginalized community members of children, youth and women to embark on paths of sustainable self-development, become avid leaders, build institutions, develop the economy, fight poverty and social problems through a critical investment in education as a mean to achieve such aspirations, eventually contributing to the overall development of the nation and the creation of a more prosperous and sustainable world. Through its scope of work, PSD focuses on the development of intellectual capital with programs that target formal and informal education adopting three main themes: ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Integration into Education, Youth Service Learning, and Women’s Empowerment.
See more at: http://psdpal.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Paltel Group Foundation: The Paltel Group Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization established by the Paltel Group in 2008 as a direct response to the growing needs of Palestinian society. The Foundation is the first of its kind: an indigenous, self-financed, corporate-supported foundation.
The Foundation focuses on various forms of youth empowerment by providing equal opportunities to all segments of society in education, by promoting a knowledge based society, by encouraging entrepreneurship, and by identifying role models to inspire future generations of Palestinians. Its philosophy is to contribute to the national development of Palestine and the human development of Palestinian society through partnerships with all of society’s stakeholders and with the Palestinian Diaspora, since only an integrated approach to human development can succeed.
See more at: http://www.pgfoundation.ps/?lang=en
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Spark: SPARK is Dutch NGO engaged in the field of education and fostering entrepreneurship among vulnerable groups in post conflict countries, mostly youth and women.At the moment SPARK is operating in 10 countries around the world and is expanding its activities in new countries where young people need support in leading their countries to prosperity. SPARK’s key donor is Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs but implements projects funded by all other major donors in the world.
See more at: http://www.spark-online.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Palestine Education For Employment (PEFE): Palestine Education For Employment (PEFE), established in 2009, is an affiliate of Education for Employment (EFE Global US), EFE Europe and five other NGO’s in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Tunisia and Morocco. The PEFE network shares a common vision of empowering unemployed university and technical college graduates with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that ensure a brighter future for themselves and satisfy the employment needs of the organizations they are employed in.
See more at: http://efe.org/
Operates in: MENA
Welfare Association: is a leading non-governmental Palestinian development organization, the Welfare Association strives to make a distinguished contribution toward furthering the progress of the Palestinians, preserving their heritage and identity, supporting their living culture and building civil society. It aims to achieve these goals by methodically identifying the Palestinian people’s needs and priorities and establishing the soundest mechanisms to maximize the benefits from the available funding resources.
See more at: http://www.en.welfareassociation.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Ministry of Telecommunication and IT: The Ministry work aim at building information society based knowledg for all and provide technology tools for Palestine society
See more at: http://www.mtit.pna.ps/ar/index.php?p=home
Operates in: West Bank
Ministry of National Economy: MNE provides a wide range of high-quality services responsive to private sector needs. Create with the private sector a national consensus on economic policy. Help expand global trade relations.
See more at: http://www.mne.gov.ps/DesktopDefault.aspx?lng=2
Operates in: West Bank
Paltel Group: Palestine Telecommunications Company (Paltel Group) is the telecommunications leader in Palestine, which was established in 1997 as a public shareholding company. The Group is the number one employer among the private sector with more than 3,000 employees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, making it the largest employer after the Palestinian government. PalTel stock represents 33% of the total market CAP of the Palestine Exchange (PEX). PalTel stock is the dominate stock on the Palestine Stock Exchange, representing the highest and most influential stock in Al-Quds Index to reach 40% of the index sample according to the PEX, bringing its value up and is attracting regional and international investors to the Palestinian Capital Markets. PalTel’s net earnings grew from USD$ 12.1 million in 2000 to USD$ 116 million in 2012, thus providing the company with financial stability to further invest in technology and synergies across the ICT industry. Today, Paltel Group is an integrated economic group consisting of Paltel, Palestine Telecommunications Company; Jawwal, the Palestine Cellular Communications Company; Hadara, a data services provider; Hulul, the IT support services provider; Palmedia, a multi-media services provider and; Reach, the first contact center in Palestine. As of the end of December 2012, Jawwal has retained 2.58 million mobile subscribers and PalTel has 396 thousand fixed and 185 thousand ADSL subscribers.
See more at: http://www.paltel.ps/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
PADICO HOLDING: PADICO HOLDING is a limited public shareholding company traded on the Palestine Exchange (PEX) with a paid-in capital of USD 250 million. Since its inception in 1993, its mission has been to develop and strengthen the Palestinian economy by investing in vital economic sectors. PADICO HOLDING has diversified its investments across various economic sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, tourism, industry, energy, financial services, agriculture and the environment sectors. The company’s shareholder profile is diverse and includes major investors from Palestine, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, and international markets.
See more at: http://www.padico.com/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gaza, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Palestine Investment Fund (PIF): Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) was established in 2003 as an independent investment company in order to strengthen the local economy through strategic investments.
PIF is the leading institutional investor in Palestine and is fully owned by the Palestinian people. PIF is professionally managed, based on the principles of transparency, accountability, and good governance.
PIF promotes sustainable economic growth and private sector development in Palestine by originating and investing in economically feasible, socially responsible, and developmentally sound strategic projects in vital and viable economic sectors in Palestine.
See more at: http://www.pif.ps/
Operates in: West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem
Sector: None
Paltel Group: Palestine Telecommunications Company (Paltel Group) is the telecommunications leader in Palestine, which was established in 1997 as a public shareholding company. The Group is the number one employer among the private sector with more than 3,000 employees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, making it the largest employer after the Palestinian government. PalTel stock represents 33% of the total market CAP of the Palestine Exchange (PEX). PalTel stock is the dominate stock on the Palestine Stock Exchange, representing the highest and most influential stock in Al-Quds Index to reach 40% of the index sample according to the PEX, bringing its value up and is attracting regional and international investors to the Palestinian Capital Markets. PalTel’s net earnings grew from USD$ 12.1 million in 2000 to USD$ 116 million in 2012, thus providing the company with financial stability to further invest in technology and synergies across the ICT industry. Today, Paltel Group is an integrated economic group consisting of Paltel, Palestine Telecommunications Company; Jawwal, the Palestine Cellular Communications Company; Hadara, a data services provider; Hulul, the IT support services provider; Palmedia, a multi-media services provider and; Reach, the first contact center in Palestine. As of the end of December 2012, Jawwal has retained 2.58 million mobile subscribers and PalTel has 396 thousand fixed and 185 thousand ADSL subscribers.
See more at: http://www.paltel.ps/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
PADICO HOLDING: PADICO HOLDING is a limited public shareholding company traded on the Palestine Exchange (PEX) with a paid-in capital of USD 250 million. Since its inception in 1993, its mission has been to develop and strengthen the Palestinian economy by investing in vital economic sectors. PADICO HOLDING has diversified its investments across various economic sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, tourism, industry, energy, financial services, agriculture and the environment sectors. The company’s shareholder profile is diverse and includes major investors from Palestine, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, and international markets.
See more at: http://www.padico.com/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Gaza, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
The Coca-Cola Company: The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.
See more at: http://www.coca-cola.com/
Operates Worldwide
Palestine Investment Fund (PIF): The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) was established in 2000 as an independent public Palestinian investment company. It is financially and administratively independent and is governed by an independent General Assembly and Board of Directors. PIF manages a strategic investment program in a number of vital sectors directly or through a number of fully owned subsidiaries. In fulfilling its mission to build the Palestinian economy, PIF’s investments are allocated among the most important sectors of the economy and focused on those with high developmental impact which include: SME’s sector, real estate and hospitality sector, infrastructure sector and capital markets sector.
See more at: http://www.pif.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
Intel: Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.
See more at: http://www.intel.com/
Operates Worldwide
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC): We are a leading diversified company carrying out construction, engineering, procurement, development and investment activities internationally. We are committed to providing reliable, amicable, and professional service to our valuable clients, and to being supportive to local businesses and social activities, being friendly to the environment as well as being proactive in the socio-economic environments within which we operate. Our appreciation of our clients' interests, evidenced by meeting their requirements and ensuring high quality work, is the prime directive of our management. Our growth and profitability are maintained through innovation, technical enhancement, and adaptability to all our markets. Our profitability is directed towards sustaining growth and to providing satisfactory returns to our shareholders. Our commitment to growth is firmly linked to our commitment to our employees' continuous development and rewarding careers. We are also devoted to our employee's safety and health, job security, and welfare. Our strength emanates from our distinct culture, strong and close relationships with our clients, employees' competence and loyalty, entrepreneurial and flexible management, capability, dynamism, focus on quality and safety, and commercial acumen.
See more at: http://www.ccc.gr/home.php
Operates Worldwide
Bank of Palestine: Bank of Palestine was established in 1960 with the view of promoting financial services in Palestine, financing projects and fulfilling the financial and banking needs of the different economic and social segments of the Palestinian society. Bank of Palestine is one of the largest national banks operating in Palestine with a broad range of branches, offices and ATMs. The Bank employs a crew of qualified personnel providing services to more than 600,000 customers including individuals, firms and organizations. Through keeping abreast and utilization of the latest technology conjointly with the adoption of the best policies and international practices including disclosure, good governance, transparency, Bank of Palestine has been instrumental in contributing to the development process allocating 5% of its net annual profit to social responsibility programs. The Bank’s trading shares were listed in the Palestinian Exchange in 2005 hence becoming the second largest company listed by its market value amounting to about 15% of the Exchange market value.
See more at: http://bankofpalestine.com/en/home
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Jenin Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Jenin Chamber is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Jenin. Mission Represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Jenin.
See more at: http://jenincci.org/en/
Operates in: Jenin
PalTrade: PalTrade’s purpose is to lead the development of Palestinian trade as a driving force for sustainable national economic growth. As the National Trade Development Organization (NTDO) and a membership of more than 327 Palestinian leading businesses, PalTrade advocates a competitive, enabling business environment and is dedicated to improving trade competitiveness through trade promotion and capacity building. PalTrade’s operation and services are guided by sector-based strategies for trade development supported by assessment of cross-sectoral opportunities and impediments. These strategies are deployed through a range of services and activities aimed at vitalizing sectors to export to target markets.
See more at: http://www.paltrade.org/en/
Operates in: Ramallah
Sharek Youth Forum: Sharek is an issue-based and staff-led organization of committed and dynamic youth, whose primary philosophy is anchored in the principle of involving youth as active participants within civil society. Its main aim is to provide a space for Palestinian youth to come together to develop their distinctive ideas, display their creativity and implement projects aiming at community development. According to Sharek Youth Forum, the empowerment of young people through strengthening their personal and practical skills, and bolstering their resources is considered as a principal basis for the development of a future democratic society.
See more at: http://sharek.ps/en/
Operates in: Ramallah
Leaders: Driven by the aspiration of an economically robust and socially just Palestine, Leaders was founded in 2002 in the economic hub of Ramallah. Since then, we have grown as an organisation, both in scope and expertise to implement dozens of projects. We are the leader in supporting the cutting edge of digital development and entrepreneurship, developing Palestine’s first and only technology park. Though our impact in the sector is significant, Leaders’ work is far from limited to the Digital Entrepreneurship Program. The wide range of projects and our network of donor and beneficiary partners in the Socio-economic Program allows us to support economic development, economic self-sufficiency and sustainability, as well as the building of effective advocacy for many marginalized groups in Palestine.
See more at: http://leaders.ps/
Operates in: West Bank
Small Enterprise Center Association (SECA): It promote the enhancement of a conductive environment for MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) development, increasing their potentials for growth and sustainability through tailor-made solutions addressed for their immediate and long-term needs.
See more at: http://www.sec-pal.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Hebron, Gaza, Nablus, Jenin
Young Entrepreneurs Palestine (YEP): YEP helps assist young Palestinian entrepreneurs to succeed in all their endeavors and contribute actively to the socio-economic development of Palestine.
See more at: http://www.yep.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
Al-Nayzak: Al Nayzak is a non-profit non-partisan Palestinian Jerusalemite organization. Al Nayzak specializes in education, counseling and research in various fields of science, technology and engineering. Al Nayzak adopts, in its work, unique and innovative tools and methods. It motivates the learner so he/she becomes a partner in the educational process rather than only a receiver. He/she then explores and discovers on his/her own through practical interaction.
See more at: http://www.alnayzak.org/en
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Palestinian Center for Communication & Development Strategies: We are a civil non- profit Palestinian foundation, founded in 2009 by a group of young activists in development, democracy, and human rights in Hebron, in order to empower the disadvantaged families socially, politically, and economically. We aim to promote the concepts of democracy, social justice, nonviolence and human rights among the target groups based on the values of democracy, justice, equality, and social change through different projects, programs, and activities.
See more at: http://www.pccds.com/
Operates in: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin
Business Development Center (BDC) For Women (Business Women’s Forum): Through an initiative of the Business Women Forum-Palestine (BWF), and with the support of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, the Business Development Center (BDC) was established in 2009 in a significant step towards delivering BWF message across the Palestinian economy. The BWF strives to create an environment that is supportive to businesswomen in Palestine, especially by reinforcing their role and building their capacity to increase their competencies locally and internationally.
See more at: http://www.bwf.ps/index.php/en/bdc/brief-about-bdc.html
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
FastForward (Leaders Organization): FastForward is the first accelerator in Palestine. Established in 2013 with the support of the Welfare Association and is under the administration of Leaders organization.
See more at: http://www.fastforward.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
Sector: Technology
PalinnO: PALinnO is mentorship-based program, which provides office space, international mentoring, seed investment and follow-up funding for innovative Palestinians to succeed globally. PalinnO is a program funded by successful European IT entrepreneur’s aims to Empowering Palestinian Entrepreneurs and Startups, supporting them to reach Global Market, international customer and get exposed to Silicon Valley investors.
See more at: http://palinno.com/
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Arabreneur: Arabreneur's aim is to engage young entrepreneurs in their development and provide them with facilities to use their creativity and time to develop startup companies that will provide them economic and social growth. The entrepreneurs will find facilities, mentors, investors, working spaces and a global network where they get support in the setup of their own company.
See more at:http://arabreneur.com/
Opertes in the MENA Region
Sector: Open to companies with regional or global growth potential
Gaza Sky Geeks (Mercy Corps): Gaza Sky Geeks (Mercy Corps) Accelerator is founded by Mercy Corps to give the chance to all the ambitious and creative developers to improve and implement their ideas.
See more at: http://www.gazaskygeeks.com/en
Operates in: Gaza
MENA-X; Palestinian private startup accelerator based in Nablus City aims to build bridges for Palestinian startups to reach US, EU and global market. MENA-X provides startups with consultations, business mentoring, modern 24/7 space and all tools needed for building their first prototype.
See more at: http://mena-x.com/
Operates in: Nablus
MAS: The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) is dedicated to producing sound and innovative policy research, relevant to the economic and social development in Palestine, with the aim of assisting policy-makers and fostering public participation in the formulation of economic and social policies.
See more at: http://www.mas.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
PITA: The Palestinian Information Technology Association of Companies (PITA) is the voice of the information, communication, technology and startup companies in Palestine. Our reach is global, and we invite you to connect with our community. Come discover the world of opportunities awaiting you in Palestine today.
See more at: http://www.pita.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Korean Palestinian IT Institute of Excellence (KPITEI): The Institute was established at An-Najah National University in the year 2005 by funding from the Korean Government. It is a mark of excellence in the field of information technology as it includes many labs, which can accommodate up to 250 trainees simultaneously and equipped with the latest modern technology such as Smart boards, projectors, and the latest computer hardware and accessories needed by the trainee to complete advanced training on different software and hardware.
See more at: http://kpitie.najah.edu/English/index.php?page=main
Operates in: Nablus
PICTI: The Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI) is the first technology based incubator in Palestine. It was established back in 2004 to support Palestinian entrepreneurs in developing their innovative business ideas and establishing their own startup companies. PICTI aims at supporting the entrepreneurial spirit among Palestinian youth and creating more jobs for fresh graduates. In 2012, PICTI revised its business model in partnership with the European Business & Innovation Centers Network (EBN) and was announced as the Palestine BIC with a full membership in EBN and more focus on innovation and acceleration in all sectors. PICTI created more than 600 jobs so far and supported / incubated more than 100 startups. Now, there are more than 40 projects incubated in West Bank and Gaza. PICTI also with IYF/USAID support launched the Palestine Network of Mentors with more than 50 mentors so far.
See more at: http://www.picti.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Business and Technology Incubator (Islamic University): Business and Technology Incubator (BTI) was established as a new unit at the Islamic University of Gaza after receiving a grant from infoDev program for the first phase and Quality Improvement Fund (QIF) for the second. BTI aims to offer professional business services to Palestinian entrepreneurs who have mature concepts for unique and innovative IT related products assessed to have strong market potential.
See more at: http://www.bti.ps/en/index.php?action=view&cat=main&id=1
Operates in: Gaza
Tomorrow’s Youth Organization: TYO offers women’s entrepreneurship programs with support from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and other leading organizations in Nablus and Lebanon. These programs provide customized business development training, coaching, and confidence-building activities for high-potential young women to develop viable business plans based on their skills, education, and motivation to work. By starting their own business, participants generate income for themselves and other female employees thus improving the economic situation of families and the broader community.
See more at: http://www.tomorrowsyouth.org/programs/womens-empowerment/
Operates in: West Bank
Najjad Zeenni IT Center of Excellence: Working to cultivate a nurturing environment that promotes the productive flow of critical thinking, creative ideas, and innovation in IT and its various applications.
See more at: http://sites.birzeit.edu/nzitce/
Operates in: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Gaza, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Rawabi: The Rawabi Foundation encourages Rawabi’s identity of entrepreneurship to spread across Palestine. Our vision is to create an invigorating new model of economic development that embraces urban planning, culture and education. We plan to jumpstart initiatives and leverage networks in ways that will create jobs, foster creativity and accelerate the pace of innovation in this country.
See more at: http://www.rawabi.ps/mobile/ar/foundation/
Operates in: Rawabi City
Friends of Fawzi Kawash IT Center of Excellence (PPU): Friends of Fawzi Kawash IT Center of Excellence is a distinguished and certified reference to serve future Palestine’s generations in the field of Information Technology. It will also contribute to Palestine’s ability to build technology based commercial and industrial sectors.
See more at: http://it.ppu.edu/
Operates in Hebron
Peeks: Peeks is a community-based grassroots organization that contributes to the development of a sustainable knowledge-based economy in Palestine and focused on empowering technology entrepreneurship by engaging students, professionals, industry experts, and ex-pats through events and activities that are widely-accessible and highly-collaborative.
See more at: http://www.peeks.ps/
Operates in: online community
Palgeeks: PalGeeks online community of people in the Palestinian tech community.
See more at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/palgeeks/
Operates in: online community
Business Women Forum: The Business Women Forum-Palestine (BWF) is a national non-profit association established in 2006, to help “strengthen the role of business women as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy, networking, and the provision of business services”. BWF has members, and beneficiaries from all the West Bank cities and Gaza.
See more at: http://www.bwf.ps/index.php/en/
Operates in: Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Nablus, Jenin
Reyadi Founders Club: Reyadi is a startup founders club, bimonthly meetings in Ramallah to showcase, discuss opportunities, challenges and help fellow founders and startups succeed.
Operates in: Ramallah
Businessmen Association: The Palestinian Businessmen’s Association (PBA) is an independent, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting economic and social welfare through private enterprise. the PBA embraces a wide range of well-reputed entrepreneurs. It comprises members of successful businessmen/ women in Palestine active in different Palestinian economic sectors including industry, investment, commerce agriculture, banking, insurance, construction, hotel management, tourism, IT, transport and others.
See more at: http://www.pba.ps/
Operates in: Ramallah
Celebration of Innovation (Palestine for a New Beginning): The Celebration of Innovation (COI) is a nation-wide competition of entrepreneurs. It is the flagship program of Palestine for a New Beginning (PNB), a Palestinian non-profit company that aims to support entrepreneurship towards further job creation and economic development.
See more at: http://www.pnbpalestine.org/#!coi2013/cq80
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Ramallah Open Coffee Club (ROCC): biweekly meeting of entrepreneurs and interested members of the community, meets every other Tuesday morning at 9 am to discuss issues facing the sector, opportunities, and events
See more at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/241282536022805/
Operates in: Ramallah
Made in Palestine (Al Nayzak): “Made in Palestine” Program is one of Al Nayzak’s Annual programs: This pioneering program aims to link scientific university research and professional research on one hand and business and industry on the other, in an effort to provide solutions to the technological, scientific and industrial problems faced by local society. The program’s essence is to provide Palestinian innovators inside and outside universities with the feasible opportunities and possibilities to achieve their hopes and aspirations which, in turn, could lead to results of practical value in developing new products or solving technical problems using creative methods and mechanisms.
See more at: http://www.alnayzak.org/en/Made%20In%20Palestine
Operates in: Ramallah
Global Entrepreneurship Week (Palestine for a New Beginning): Global Entrepreneurship Week / Palestine is a celebration of innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity.
See more at: http://ps.unleashingideas.org/
Operates Worldwide
Startup Grind: Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.
See more at: http://startupgrind.com/
Operates Worldwide
StartUp Weekend: Startup Weekend Ramallah is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people from all around Palestine with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.
See more at: http://startupweekend.org/
Operates Worldwide
PUM: PUM Netherlands senior experts ensures that professional volunteers (senior experts) transfer their knowledge in an efficient manner, thereby promoting self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and the sustainable development of small and medium-sized enterprise in developing countries and emerging markets.
See more at: https://www.pum.nl/home-EN
Operates Worldwide
PCAP (Palestinian Community Association Program): is a three-year $100 million USAID-funded program that improves social and economic support while responding to basic needs and promoting recovery and economic development in Gaza. PCAP is improving access to basic services, strengthening the private sector and improving social conditions. It’s also ensuring that we use best-practice models – those that demonstrate cost-effective, productive and sustainable mechanisms to improve basic services, increase economic growth and improve social conditions.
Operates in: Gaza
DFIF (Department for International Development): DFID’s Palestinian programme is designed to reinforce the peace process by promoting economic growth, addressing the needs of refugees and other vulnerable Palestinians and supporting the Palestinian Authority’s own efforts to build state institutions.
See more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development
Operates Worldwide
This Week in Palestine (TWIP): is a Palestinian magazine, launched in 1998. TWIP promotes and documents Palestine.
See more at: http://www.thisweekinpalestine.com/
Operates in: West Bank
Filistin Ashabab: is a Palestinian monthly magazine. Launched in 2007, Filistin Ashabab is a free cultural magazine giving the youth in Palestine and in the diaspora a field of expression and access to the culture.
See more at: http://www.filistinashabab.com/
Operates in: West Bank
Wamda: Wamda offers written articles, reports, and videos designed to spotlight the stories of small businesses throughout the region, inspire and educate entrepreneurs, and cover growth trends.
See more at: http://www.wamda.com/
Operates in the MENA Region
Silatech: Silatech works with banks and other financial institutions to open up much-needed finance opportunities for young entrepreneurs, while providing young entrepreneurs with training and other support to help their new businesses succeed.
See more at: http://www.silatech.com/home
Operates in Middle East
The Palestinian Market Development Programme (PMDP): PMDP is funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID) and European Union (EU) in-cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy and implemented by DAI Europe.The programme is designed to improve market systems and improve competitiveness of the Palestinian private sector.
See more at: http://www.pmdp.ps/index.html
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Source of Hope (MercyCorps): To help people in desperate need through a holistic approach that supplies sustainable aid in the form of food, water, health care, education and micro-finance.
See more at: http://www.sourceofhope.com/
Operates Worldwide
IRPAL: Islamic Relief in Palestine is an international non-governmental charity which is a branch of Islamic Relief in the world and specializes in the alleviation of poverty. Islamic Relief began work in various programs in the Palestinian territories in 1998, and because of the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories in particular economic conditions. And passes the work of Islamic Relief in Palestine, through three core programs: the program of emergency relief and development program and the program of childcare. Islamic Relief has initiated the implementation of these humanitarian programs to help needy Palestinians through the implementation of various projects and programs, where the main office of the relief work in Gaza City and another office in Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank.
See more at: http://www.mixmarket.org/mfi/irpal#ixzz35kSehxRW
Operates Worldwide
ACAD: The Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) is a microfinance organization operating in Ramallah, Palestine. Founded in 1993, it provides micro-loans, small loans, and agriculture loans to poor and low-income Palestinian entrepreneurs. ACAD focuses on several areas of development including offering credit, fostering community development and building agricultural cooperatives. Today, the organization has impacted over 11,000 people -- including 66 cooperatives -- with loan volume of over $22 million.
See more at: http://www.mixmarket.org/mfi/acad
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Youth Entrepreneurship Project: PlaNet Finance with the collaboration of Silatech support Youth Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), a three-year collaboration to improve access to financial services for young entrepreneurs in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon. The project is expected to benefit over 3,000 economically and socially disadvantaged youth and their families.
See more at: http://www.silatech.com/home/news-events/silatech-news/silatech-news-details/2014/01/14/silatech-planet-finance-to-support-young-entrepreneurs
Operates Worldwide
No Sector Focus
PARC: Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees is a pioneer national developmental organization with a regional trend committed to rural and agricultural development, social justice and national liberation. It strives to develop the agricultural sector, strengthen the resilience of farmers, reach out to the poor and marginalized groups and their CBO’s, mobilize and develop the capabilities of rural people to enable them to control their resources, through the work of a distinguished professional teams and a loyal volunteers.
PARC’s gross loan portfolio in 2011 was USD 3.3 million with 1,899 active borrowers.
See more at: http://www.pal-arc.org/wwa.html
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
TNB: The National Bank (“TNB”) was born out of the merger of Al Rafah Microfinance Bank and the Arab Palestinian Investment Bank. TNB is a universal bank providing a wide variety of financial solutions to the corporate and retail sectors, including investment banking and microfinance lending. With a paid-up capital of US$50 million, TNB aims to secure its position as one of the leading banks in Palestine.
TNB is emerging as the national alternative to Palestinians seeking a sound, modern and superior financial services provider. The bank’s unique and technologically advanced platform is supported by a long and varied banking history that comes together to create a financial institution capable of professionally serving its depositors and borrowers.
See more at: http://www.tnb.ps/index.php/en/
Operates in: West Bank
YMCA East Jerusalem: The East Jerusalem YMCA is a vibrant and integral part of the Palestinian social movement. The East Jerusalem YMCA was established in 1949 in a tent in Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp near Jericho. The EJ-YMCA works with all sectors of Palestinian society without discrimination. The EJ-YMCA is committed to a unique vision of community based on the universal values of human dignity, peace, and justice. Through diverse programs and activities with a focus on holistic youth development, the YMCA aims to work toward the building of a viable Palestinian state based on equality and social justice for all.
See more at: http://ej-ymca.org/
Operates in: West Bank
UNRWA: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.
See more at: http://www.unrwa.org/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Reef Finance: Reef Finance seeks to integrate the Palestinian rural areas in the microfinance services in order to strengthen its developmental role through establishing the first Palestinian Rural Bank.
See more at: http://www.reef.ps/etemplate.php?id=10
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
ASALA: the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association has been actively providing loans to women since its establishment in 1997. ASALA’s headquarters is in Ramallah and it has ten strategically located branch offices throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. ASALA provides Palestinian women entrepreneurs with a comprehensive package of support including guidance; counseling; training; micro, small, and Islamic financing; and extensive follow up.
ASALA was born of a dream to empower and sustain impoverished Palestinian women. It was born in 1997 with a relatively small lending capacity. Thirteen years later, ASALA’s small loan volume has rotated over 10 times, and resulted in a loan portfolio of 3 million USD. ASALA has successfully served over 15,000 projects all over Palestine.
See more at: http://www.asala-pal.com/node/7
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Bank of Palestine: Bank of Palestine (BOP) has a long embedded presence and experience in Palestine dating back to 1960. The bank is now the largest Palestinian bank with the most widespread banking network in Palestine, a paid up capital of $150 million, and assets of over $2 billion, with more than 1,100 employees serving over 600,000 customers. Operating as a universal bank, BOP is engaged in retail, corporate, micro and SME, and Diaspora banking operations, with the largest card processing operations in Palestine. Bank of Palestine adopts a holistic sustainability strategy including promoting sustainable finance, developing a sustainable economy, gender inclusion, and investing in youth, and has been the leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dedicating 5% of its net profit to community development.
See more at: http://www.bankofpalestine.com
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Middle East Investment Initiative: The Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII), a non-profit organization, leverages public and private resources to deliver finance and technical assistance programs to stimulate sustainable economic activity and long lasting job creation in the Middle East and North Africa.
See more at: http://www.meiinitiative.org/?Lang=1
Operates in: Middle East and North Africa
No sector focus
Portland Trust: The Portland Trust is a British non-profit ‘action tank’ whose mission is to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestiniansthrough economic development. We work with a range of partners to help develop the Palestinian private sector and relieve poverty through entrepreneurship in Israel.
We have been, and continue to be, involved in a number of important initiatives, including the development of financial and economic infrastructure, trade and investment and entrepreneurship.
Since its launch in 2003, the Trust has consistently highlighted the important role of economics in resolving the Middle East conflict. It is a critical element alongside improved security and political process to achieve a sustainable and long lasting peace. See more at: http://www.portlandtrust.org/
Operates in: Ramallah, Tel Aviv, London
UN Women: UN Women’s approach to Palestinian women’s economic empowerment is to secure livelihoods as a means both to participate in and benefit from economic development. UN Women works on fostering an enabling socio-economic environment and providing gender-sensitive services for women’s sustainable livelihoods.
In addition, UN Women works to support marginalized women with improved access to economic opportunities and the support to self-employment and micro and small enterprise start-ups, through the provision of capacity building, business development services, grants and raising awareness, and the facilitation of research, networking, access to credit and development of strategies and action plans for governing bodies on gender mainstreaming, poverty alleviation and livelihood support.
See more at: http://palestine.unwomen.org
Operates Worldwide
Palestinian Monetary Authority: PMA is responsible for the formulation and implementation of monetary and banking, policies, to safeguard the banking sector and ensure the growth of the national economy in a balanced manner. PMA aims to maintain monetary and financial stability and to promote sustainable economic growth.
See more at: http://www.pma.ps/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Palestinian Fund for Employment and Social Protection: The Fund aims to generate sustainable employment opportunities and promote the development of social and human capital, thereby alleviating poverty and reducing the increased rate of unemployment amongst Palestinian youth and the unemployed in Palestine.
See more at: http://www.palef.ps/
Ibtikar Fund: Ibtikar Fund is a disruptive fund that will invest in innovative Palestinian companies in their earliest stages.
Ibtikar’s investments begin at the seed level through local accelerators, continue in post-acceleration phases and can also include series A investments in its portfolio companies. Through this investment strategy we close a critical funding gap between acceleration and VC and other later-stage investors.
Our goal is to maximize return for our investors by helping high-potential Palestinian companies answer regional and global needs. We do this through direct support from our management team and select group of advisors, and leverage the strong network of our investors and partners for the benefit of each of our portfolio companies.
See more at: http://www.ibtikarfund.com
Operates in: West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem
Sector: Technology
Bader (Rawabi): is a Palestinian Entrepreneurs' ICT Incubator, with focus on innovation and pioneering new ICT companies in the ICT sector.
Mission: The mission of Bader is to stimulate the growth of ICT start-up companies by making return driven investments. By fulfilling this mission, Bader would contribute to job creation, and provide for enhanced economic growth in Palestine.
Objectives: Bader will serve ICT start-ups and will actively identify and provide for the value-added services required to support the incubator companies’ success. The primary objectives that provide measurable outputs are the following:
See more at: http://www.bader.ps
Operates in: Rawabi
Sector: ICT
HCIE The higher council, through its faith and confidence in the potential creative capacities and energies of the Palestinian people and its recognition of the vital role of creativity in building up the State of Palestine and strengthening the steadfastness, resilience, and prosperity of the Palestinian people, seeks to play a leading role in consolidating a culture of innovation and excellence among the Palestinian community. In addition it seeks to facilitate the fair and just empowerment of all innovators and creative people and strengthen the structure of creativity systems in various sectors so that creativity becomes a mainstay of the economy and society.
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
Sector: Technology
MOL Ministry of Labor is working on the following goals:
See more at: http://www.mol.pna.ps/
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
EU As an integral part of the European Union, the European Union Technical Assistance (or Representative Office) Office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip plays its role in the diplomatic community along with Member States represented locally.
The Palestinian Authority is a full and equal partner in the Barcelona Process designed to build a Euro-Mediterranean space; the Representative Office helps to keep the PA abreast of the latest developments in the Barcelona Process so that its voice is heard in the evolution of Euro-Mediterranean affairs. The Representative Office is equally responsible for following up with the Palestinian Authority on the implementation of the EC-PLO Association Agreement on trade and cooperation which is a key element in relations between the EU and the Palestinians in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
The Palestinian Authority is a full and equal partner in the Barcelona Process designed to build a Euro-Mediterranean space; the Representative Office helps to keep the PA abreast of the latest developments in the Barcelona Process so that its voice is heard in the evolution of Euro-Mediterranean affairs. The Representative Office is equally responsible for following up with the Palestinian Authority on the implementation of the EC-PLO Association Agreement on trade and cooperation which is a key element in relations between the EU and the Palestinians in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
See more at: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/westbank/index_en.htm
Operates in: West Bank and Gaza
USCG – Jerusalem: The United States Consulate General in Jerusalem represents the United States in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip as an independent mission, with the Consul General serving as chief of mission. The Consulate General also provides services to American citizens in this district.
See more at: http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/index.html
Operates in: Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza
Ta3mal: A regional employability portal that is personally relevant to each young person across countries and economic divides. The platform connects young graduates to career paths, online learning, and jobopportunities, and links potential entrepreneurs to mentors, partners and funding prospects. Available in English and Arabic, the portal is supported by organizations across the world to bring together the best resources and combine them with the right tools to help Palestinian youth take the first step towards success.
See more at: http://www.ta3mal.ps
Operates in: MENA
CCE (BZU): CCE seeks to build the capacity of institutions and local communities to be able to achieve their goals effectively and efficiently through the design, development and implementation of high quality innovative and holistic models and programs in areas of organizational development, educational reform, community empowerment and psycho-social counseling, based on full understanding of the developmental reality and within the framework of cooperation and partnership with specialized entities to achieve a lasting impact.
See more at: http://cceweb.birzeit.edu/newsite/index.aspx
Operates in: West Bank
Smart-X: Smart-X (SX) is a competitive startup accelerator. SX provides selected startups a cohort-based fixed-term (4 month) intense acceleration program that includes mentorship, connections and networking, structured education, hosting and seed funding that culminates in an investor pitch night. The SX program also includes a pre-acceleration boot camp that provides pitch development assistance.
In 2015-2016 SX will focus on supporting Palestinian startups co-founded by Palestinians in the West Bank and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. We believe this is an untapped opportunity that can leverage the startup co-founders and teams creative mix and their different experiences.
See more at: https://www.facebook.com/SmartX.page/timeline
Operates in: West Bank
Ibdaa: Ibdaa will provide a platform for universities and private sector professionals to work jointly in enhancing the entrepreneurial culture through launching a request for proposals (RFP) open to interested teams to apply and join the program. Each team should consist of one professor, up to three senior students (preferably from different faculties and at least one from the IT/Engineering department), in addition to one professional from the private sector (an industry veteran).
See more at: https://www.ibdaa.ps
Operates in: West Bank