Entrepreneurship Competition

Jusoor is happy to announce the launch of it’s FOURTH Entrepreneurship Competition! The biggest annual competition for Syrian entrepreneurs.

For all Syrian entrepreneurs who want to develop their ideas, acquire new skills in entrepreneurship, prepare for accelerators and seed investors, and win financial prizes!

The application for Jusoor’s Entrepreneurship Competition is now Closed.

The program includes a bootcamp in Beirut (all expenses paid) for the finalist teams which provides them with the opportunity to gain new entrepreneurial skills and interact with the Lebanese startup community. The competition will end with a Demo Day & Entrepreneurship Gathering that will be open to the public and free. Dates and registration forms for the last day will be announced in February.

The bootcamp and Demo Day will host a number of local and international trainers and mentors in addition to many regional and international business accelerator and incubator executives.

1st Prize


2nd Prize


3rd Prize


People’s Choice Award


The Competition Phases

Submit an Application

Up to February 10th – Hundreds of Syrian entrepreneurs will answer an open call to submit their applications to participate in the competition.


February 20th – March 3rd – 10 to 15 teams selected to move forward to Jusoor’s Bootcamp in Beirut (All expenses covered by Jusoor) where they will receive mentorship and build on their ideas to become pitch ready.

Final Pitches

March 3rd – Demo Day & Entrepreneurship Gathering – Teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who will select and announce the winning teams.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Could be in either Social (none profit) or Startup (for profit) categories
  • At least one founding member must be Syrian or have grown up in Syria for the majority of his/her life
  • All projects should have at least a proof of concept (we DO NOT accept idea stage applications)
  • The startup must be in the seed phase: team in place and can demonstrate a track record of performance and potential revenue generation
  • The project has to be scalable and the team should be able to demonstrate a revenue and profit model clearly
  • Applications can be in any industry with a focus on social and economic development impact and providing a solution to a problem

Shortlisted Teams

A security hardware device that is embedded in children shoes that helps parents track their children through their smartphones.
A pharmaceutical application that works on increasing people’s understanding and knowledge of healthcare and drug/medicine information through providing users with consultations and drug delivery services. The platform currently has more than 150 doctors and pharmacists signed up.
An online supermarket based in Syria that takes groceries and home product orders through mobile and web and delivers them to customers in a timely manner eliminating the need to do the shopping physically. A first service and application of its kind in the country.
A cloud based 360 business suite solution for small to medium sized businesses offering products that include accounting and project management software.
A web platform and a mobile app that connects refugees with sources of support from individuals that can and want to help. It could be through a job offer, training, or different ways to integrate in their host communities. The platform also offers communication tools with refugees, public service bodies, and institutions/individuals offering help. 
A web and mobile platform that highlights humanitarian work and creates awareness to encourage peaceful volunteer participation to build a strong and active civil society. 
An application which helps refugees in their daily health, legal, education, and safety needs by connecting them to organisations that are providing the matching services.
An educational web platform for children between the ages of 5-15 that teaches self expression through animation, design, art, theatre, movie making, creative writing, and craft. The platform also encourages thought around the environment, critical thinking, technology, and global citizenship
A smart water tank that is solar powered and controlled through a technology platform through smart phones and solves the problem of polluted drinking water in hard to reach areas where refugees are being settled. 
An e-gov app that uses crowdsourcing to engage citizens through citizen reporting and allows users to report issues in their community from a smartphone, tablet, and desktop computer. These issues are non-emergency issues such as potholes, illegal trash dumping, faulty street lights, illegal advertising boards…etc
A real estate marketplace for the Syrian market. The platform facilitates the marketing of properties to consumers, and provides rental and buying listing service of properties. Other services provided include data analysis and visualization, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.
A tourism app that helps travellers manage their itineraries and plans through predefined tour packages, smart maps and navigation systems, and easy reservation services. 
A peer to peer shipping service that relies on individuals to carry a shipment from one location to another. The app will connect a sender and a transporter in a transaction that provides a logistical service.
An AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) social contextual e-commerce marketplace that sells businesses products and offers to users using a recommendation algorithm.
A mobile app and web platform that connects car owners with daily commuters to facilitate commutes, reduce expenses and strengthen ties within communities/neighbourhoods in Damascus.

Demo Day & Entrepreneurship Gathering

March 3rd, 2018

At the end of the bootcamp, all selected teams will be invited to pitch their startups to a panel of judges who will select the final winners of the competition during the Jusoor Demo Day & Entrepreneurship Gathering. We plan to have an inspiring day of panels and round table discussions which is also open to the public. Entrance is free.

Mark your calendars for our Demo Day & Entrepreneurship Gathering:

March 3rd, 2018
From 9am to 2pm
BDD – Bechara El Khouri
Beirut, Lebanon


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Zaid Midani

Capital Guidance

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Haykal Group

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frequently asked questions

  • Where will the bootcamp be held? How long does it take the Bootcamp?
  • The program will be held 20 February – 3 March 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • What is the selection process of winners?
  • At the end of the bootcamp, all 10-15 teams will be asked to pitch their startups to a panel of judges who will select the final winners of the competition.

  • Is it possible for the participants in last year’s competition to re-apply for this year?
  • Yes, except the winning teams from previous competitions.

  • Could I apply for the competition in case I only have the idea of the startup?
  • No, priority is given to teams that have a prototype and are already working on their projects.

  • Who will cover the accommodation and travel costs during the bootcamp?
  • Jusoor will cover all costs during the bootcamp.

  • Will there be any support from companies after the end of the bootcamp?
  • Jusoor will help all finalist teams where they will offer advice and guidance to the participants and help them develop and prepare their projects and link them to a number of potential mentors, partners and investors.

  • How many people can participate in the bootcamp in case the teams has been selected?
  • Each team can choose only one person to participate in the bootcamp. In case the team would like to have more members participate, then they will have to cover their expenses.

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If you have any questions about the entrepreneurship program or the competition email us here.

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