Apply today for the Entrepreneur Academy!

Five One Labs is pleased to announce that we are launching the applications for our Entrepreneur Academy in Erbil, Iraq!

The Entrepreneur Academy is a training course that takes place every Sunday and Tuesday evenings (5:30-7:30pm) from December 3rd - February 6th. The Academy is a highly selective, focused, and energetic program for people who are planning to launch their own businesses or who have launched their business within the past year.

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We are recruiting strong entrepreneurs from diverse communities including refugees, internally displaced people, and locals. If you are passionate about a startup idea and want to learn the skills to turn it into a business, this program is right for you!

The full two-month training program costs $250, however limited financial scholarships are available. SPECIAL PROMOTION: If you apply before November 7th, you get $100 off of the full price (if accepted). 

The application is here. Applications are due by Thursday, November 23 at 11:59pm.

Please read below to learn more about the program, the application process, and whether you are eligible to apply:

The Program

Five One Labs is a startup incubator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) that aims to empower entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. We are launching a two-month Entrepreneur Academy for entrepreneurs, professionals and students from November 26-January 28. (The program will have a two week break from Dec 24-Jan 6).

The Entrepreneur Academy is a twice-a-week course that teaches you the skills to take your business from idea to launch. You understand your customers, define your value proposition, build out your business and financial models, and build and improve your prototype.

You will go through intensive business and entrepreneurship training, and will be connected with legal, marketing and other advice to help you think through your business. Winners of “competitions” throughout the program may be linked to world class mentors or provided additional support for launching their business. Finally, all Five One Labs entrepreneurs are welcomed into a community of likeminded entrepreneurs, both in their training and through optional networking events.

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What Do You Get From Joining the Entrepreneur Academy

We want to give you the resources you need to grow your business. This could mean a number of things:

  • Practical training to help you learn the fundamentals of starting a business
  • Connections to the business community, investors, and champions
  • Connections to marketing, design, and technical advice as you develop your product or service
  • The full support of a world-class team of trainers, advisors, and friends at Five One Labs who will push for you to succeed
  • Access to social events and an entrepreneurial family to share the experience with!

Who is Eligible to Apply?

All Five One Labs entrepreneurs must be committed to attending the full two months of training (from December through early February). The training will be held on Sunday and Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30pm.

The program will be held in English, so candidates must have good written and spoken English ability in order to apply. This means being able to converse easily and understand business terms.

You:

  • Are an aspiring entrepreneur with a creative idea for a new business
  • Have strong self-motivation and professionalism
  • Possess a good level of English speaking and writing skills
  • Are willing to work with a diverse group of people in a multicultural environment
  • Are able to attend the incubator in-person in Erbil each Sunday and Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm

Your business:

  • Is innovative and has a high chance for success
  • Has a scalable model for growth and income-generation
  • Is in the idea stage or  later of business development (ie, you already have a set plan and strategy, and just need to implement it)

Finally, we are looking for candidates from very diverse communities, including locals, refugees, and internally displaced people in Iraq. If you are not sure you are eligible or have any other questions, please email us at applications@fiveonelabs.org and we will respond immediately!

Program Cost

The cost of the program is $250. The cost will include two trainings per week for eight weeks (for a total of 16 training sessions), access to advisors and potential additional support, and individual advice from the Five One Labs training team during “Office Hours” every other week.

We welcome diversity in our program and encourage all individuals to apply. In order to ensure that those who are interested can participate, we have a limited number of scholarships available to cover some or all of the cost for entrepreneurs on a needs-based system. If you are not able to participate without financial support, you can apply for one of our scholarships using this link.

SPECIAL PROMOTION:  If you submit your application by the early deadline of Tuesday, November 7th at 11:59pm, the cost for you will only be $150! (Note: You still must be accepted to the program.)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is an incubator? An incubator is an organization that helps entrepreneurs start businesses. Incubators help entrepreneurs develop their business and solve problems they might face while launching.

What is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who is starting a new business to solve a problem in a creative, innovative way.

What level of English is required? The program will be held entirely in English. This means that you have to be able to converse freely and to feel confident about presenting and pitching your startup idea in front of an audience in English. But don’t worry: there will be special sessions for startup, business and financial terminology as part of the training, and entrepreneurs will be encouraged to work together and help each other.

What if I don’t speak English? Don’t worry, we’ll be running Kurdish and Arabic programming in the Spring and next Fall!

What will our schedule be each week? Over the course of 8 weeks, there will be an curriculum that will cover topics related to launching a businesses, such as customer discovery, defining your value proposition, building business and financial models, and strategy, among others.

There will be two training sessions per week at the Five One Labs coworking space in Erbil, along with opportunities to put into practice what you learn and to get feedback from your trainers. Over the course of the incubator there will be a few sessions of office hours with the trainer, who will be available to answer any questions you may have about the topics covered or the development of our business.

Five One Labs Welcomes First Cohort of Entrepreneurs!

The Five One Labs entrepreneurs in their coworking space in Erbil, Iraq.

The Five One Labs entrepreneurs in their coworking space in Erbil, Iraq.

Five One Labs is proud to welcome the inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs to the Five One Labs Startup Incubator!

On October 22nd, Five One Labs accepted 9 innovative, early stage startups to our startup incubator. The entrepreneurs will be working full-time over the next three months to go through customer research, prototyping of ideas, and finally to launch their businesses in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Over the past months, we’ve been doing intensive recruitment to find the best and brightest young entrepreneurs around the region. The entrepreneurs that were chosen are young men and women from diverse backgrounds and communities – from Mosul, Ramadi, Baghdad, Sulaimani and beyond. We have four female-led startups and six startups led by entrepreneurs who are currently or have been displaced.

The three month, full-time incubator provides Five One Labs entrepreneurs with intensive training, mentorship from experts, office space in the Tech Hub in Erbil (sponsored by Zain Telecoms), and connections to a broad network of likeminded entrepreneurs and innovators in the region. At the end of the three months, the entrepreneurs will compete for seed funding of up to $15,000.

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The startup ideas are aimed at solving diverse challenges in Iraq, including education, 21st Century skills for youth, and facilitating communication during conflict. Our entrepreneurs are running healthcare, fashion, technology and virtual reality businesses. Check back here often to read more about how they are progressing over the next three months.

Join us in welcoming our new entrepreneurs!

Revolutionizing Advertising in Kurdistan

Interview with Hallo Sagrma, Co-Founder of Indigo

This week we wanted to introduce you a wonderful entrepreneur from Kurdistan, Hallo Sagrma, the co-founder of Indigo, an advertising and marketing company based in Suleimani. We were fortunate to get to learn about how he founded and grew Indigo and hear what advice Hallo has for young entrepreneurs in the region. 

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Q: What made you decide to launch a company in Sulaimani? How did your journey begin?

A: From an early age, I enjoyed the idea of having my own business but due to numerous factors, never quite made the jump. I started my working life at 15 and worked many jobs until the age of 27. I left a job at that time to take a short break to reconsider the direction I was heading in life. I knew that I needed a lot more say and control over my working life and discussed this with a like-minded friend. We spent much time together discussing what we could embark on together and as a result became business partners.

Our first venture was a small dessert shop in a mall. For me, this was the stepping-stone to bigger and greater things and the confidence and lessons gained were instrumental in our success today. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t quite work out the way we had envisioned and so we agreed to call it a day and we were back thinking of other ideas.

It was at this point that my business partner, Heja, suggested that we set up a marketing company due to the emergence of new businesses and a booming economy in Kurdistan. Despite no experience in this field or in the running of a company such as this, I said yes.

Q: What makes Indigo different from other companies? What have you done to intentionally make it stand out vs what differed on its own?

A: What makes Indigo different from others is our thirst to innovate and our determination to take the lead in our field. We set a target at Indigo when we started to own a large market share of the advertising sector within 5 years and we actually achieved this in 3. We continue to thrive to become pioneers and lead the way in this industry and this is evident by the new billboards we have introduced to the city.

In addition, the style in which we work differs from most other companies. The working environment at Indigo encourages a strong team spirit by supporting and encouraging the creativity of our employees. Our employees know that they are valued as their suggestions and ideas are always welcome. This hub of positive creativity has resulted in our employees being incredibly enthusiastic, imaginative and loyal.

Q: How did you know that a new type of marketing (ie, guerrilla campaigns, bus stop advertisements, etc) would work in the context of the Kurdistan Region? How did you brainstorm these kinds of ideas? 

A: To be honest, we did not know that such a business would work in Kurdistan. However, we believed it was worth the risk finding out. We were hungry to own something of our own rather than be a middle man. That is how the bus stops came into being. Heja and I sat down and brainstormed a number of ideas and spent many hours researching what would best fit in with Indigo’s already established aims. Eventually, we decided to pursue the idea of bus stops.

With guerrilla advertising, we wanted to be able to provide an extra service that was not common and that would set us apart from others. For example, Indigo was the first company to place a car on the rooftop of a building in Suleimani as part of a very successful marketing campaign.

Q: What would you recommend other startups do to differentiate themselves from others in Kurdistan, like you have?

A: Fundamentally, I would have to say that when you make the decision to commit, you must wholeheartedly commit 110%. This tenacity will instantly set you apart from others. Furthermore, I would strongly recommend thoroughly researching the industry you plan to go into so that you are as prepared as possible. And of course, always offer the best service as quality is key.

Q: What is the best part about being an entrepreneur in Kurdistan? How did you take advantage of working in your specific environment?

The best part for me is the ability to make decisions that can have an impact on everyday life and businesses in this relatively new market. If I want to introduce new ideas and concepts to this region, I have the power and freedom to make it happen and the results are noticeable within a relatively short period of time. That gives me great satisfaction.

Q: What is the biggest challenge you faced in starting up your business, and what is the biggest challenge you face today? Do you have general or specific suggestions for how entrepreneurs should approach common challenges?

A: Cash flow! My biggest challenge to date is cash flow. The most challenging aspect of my role is ensuring that there is enough cash in the business at the end of each month. There are things I have identified throughout my career to improve on with regards to managing cash flow. Having a good relationship with suppliers is one of them as it is vital.

Furthermore, I would strongly advise anyone intending on setting up a business to look painstakingly at all the relevant legislation and regulations concerning your chosen industry so that you don’t get hit with any nasty surprises in the future. The better equipped you are with regards to this knowledge, the better the decision making process will be.

Q: What strategies do you have to make your team more productive and creative?

It is really important to me to allow my team as much freedom as possible. I do this by creating a working environment whereby they feel confident to express themselves and are encouraged to contribute new ideas and concepts to help us grow as a company, together. I see Indigo as a family and within our family everyone is valued as they play an important role in our success.

Q:  Are there any last things you would say to those reading this article, either in Kurdistan, or the rest of the world?

A: Ideas are plenty and an idea is essentially just an idea. It is the people behind the idea who cultivate it into something great. It is fundamental to have a great team around you and that you urge them to be as involved as possible. I believe this is why we have enjoyed working with such an honest, committed and talented group of individuals, both past and present, who have been united in championing our common goals and have subsequently enabled our success.

Fall Incubator Cohort Application

Now Launching: Applications for Our Fall Cohort!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCTOBER 5th
Due to the referendum, we have extended the deadline for applications until Thursday, October 5th. Apply Today

Five One Labs is pleased to announce that we are launching the applications for our first three-month startup cohort in Erbil, Iraq, which will begin on October 22nd. We are recruiting strong entrepreneurs from diverse communities including refugees, internally displaced people, and locals. If you are passionate about a startup idea and are motivated to make it a reality, this program is right for you!

The application is open here. Applications are due by Sunday, October 1 at 11:59pm. 

(As the application is fairly long, we've also uploaded the questions in a PDF here so that you can draft your answers before officially applying online.)

Please read below to learn more about the program, the application process, and whether you are eligible to apply:

The Program

Five One Labs is a startup incubator in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) that aims to empower entrepreneurs to build successful businesses . Our first incubator program will be held in downtown Erbil, Iraq from October 22 - February 1st.

The Five One Labs incubator is a three-month long program to take your startup business from idea to launch. Over three months, we help you understand your customers, define your value proposition, build out your business and financial model, and build and improve your prototype. Our goal is to help you get your first customers or your first investors by the end of the program.

Five One Labs entrepreneurs are enrolled and welcomed into a community of likeminded entrepreneurs. You will go through intensive business and entrepreneurship training; will be linked with mentors in the US and Middle East; and will be provided with business support – including legal, marketing and other support. At the end of the three-month program, you will have the opportunity to compete for seed funding for your business. At least three startups will receive funding at the end of the program, and we will try to help every business launch successfully.

What Do You Get From Joining Five One Labs?

We want to give you the resources you need to grow your business. This could mean a number of things:

  • Practical training to help you learn the fundamentals of starting a business
  • A small need-based stipend to cover transportation and food during the program
  • A modern, hi-tech office space where you and your team can work
  • Connections to the business community, investors, and champions
  • Entrepreneurial mentors from the US and from the Middle East who can coach you through the challenges you will face
  • Legal support on registering and running a business
  • Marketing, design, and technical support as you develop your product or service
  • The full support of a world-class team of trainers, advisors, and friends at Five One Labs who will push for you to succeed
  • The possibility to participate in pitch competitions throughout the incubator
  • Access to social events and an entrepreneurial family to share the experience with!

Who is Eligible to Apply?

All Five One Labs entrepreneurs must be committed to focusing full-time on starting their business over the three months (from October through January). The expectations are that the team will come to the co-working space every day of the week and treat this as their job.

If you are enrolled full-time school or university that has courses during the week, or if you have a full-time job, you will not be eligible to apply for our incubator. Don’t worry, we will be holding other short-term trainings or bootcamps for you!

The program will be held in English, so candidates must have good written and spoken English ability in order to apply. This means being able to converse easily and understand business terms.

In addition, we strongly prefer teams over individuals, as we believe teams will be more successful in overcoming diverse challenges. Note: if you are applying as a team, each team member should submit a separate application. The information about the start up idea can be the same in the applications of team members.

You:

  • Are an aspiring entrepreneur with a creative idea for a new business
  • Have strong self-motivation and professionalism
  • Possess a good level of English speaking and writing skills
  • Are willing to work with a diverse group of people in a multicultural environment
  • Are able to attend the incubator in Erbil full-time

Your business:

  • Is innovative and has a high chance for success
  • Has a scalable model for growth and income-generation
  • Is in the idea stage or later (ie, you already have a set plan and strategy, and just need to implement it)

Finally, we are looking for candidates from very diverse communities, including locals, refugees, and internally displaced people in Iraq. If you are not sure you are eligible or have any other questions, please email us at applications@fiveonelabs.org and we will respond immediately!

As the application is fairly long, we've created a PDF of the questions so that you can draft your answers before applying online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is an incubator? An incubator is an organization that helps entrepreneurs start businesses. Incubators help entrepreneurs develop their business and solve problems they might face while launching.

What is an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is someone who is starting a new business to solve a problem in a creative, innovative way.

What if we are applying as a team? That’s great! Teams which work well together are more resilient and resourceful. We accept teams of up to 4 people. Each member of your team must complete a separate application form (the information about the startup idea can be the same in all applications). In addition, all team members must be able to commit full-time.

What does full-time mean? Our expectation is that aspiring entrepreneurs would work on their startup ideas as if it were their job. That means coming to the co-working space every day of the week, and participating in trainings, conferences, pitch competitions and social events.

What level of English is required? The program will be held entirely in English. This means that you have to be able to converse freely and to feel confident about presenting and pitching your startup idea in front of an audience in English. But don’t worry: there will be special sessions for startup, business and financial terminology as part of the training, and entrepreneurs will be encouraged to work together and help each other.

What if I don’t speak English? Don’t worry, we’ll be running Kurdish and Arabic programming in the Spring and next Fall!

How much does the incubator program cost? The program is free, so there is no cost for entrepreneurs to participate.

What will our schedule be each week? Over the course of 12 weeks, there will be an entire curriculum that will cover topics related to launching a businesses, such as customer discovery, defining your value proposition, building business and financial models, and strategy, among others. There will be two to three training sessions per week at the Five One Labs coworking space in Erbil, along with opportunities to put into practice what you learn and to get feedback from your mentors.

Each week, you’ll also have office hours with our trainer, who will be available to answer any questions you may have about that week’s training or the development of our business. During the rest of the week, you will be in the co-working space putting your new skills to use, or out doing market research or customers with the other start-up teams who will all be developing their business idea.  

Building an Online Pharmacy Delivery Service

Five One Labs Entrepreneur Interview

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Understanding the background, passions and motivations of the entrepreneurs we work with at Five One Labs is one of the best parts of running our incubator! In this post we introduce you to a team of stellar entrepreneurs (Peru, Ali and Halbast) who participated in our recent Startup Bootcamp. They are working to develop an online pharmacy delivery service and sat down with us to tell us a bit more about themselves and their work!

Q: What is your personal background ?

Peru: My name is Peru. I am studying Information Technology as a  major and business administration as a minor at the American University of Iraq - Sulaimani (AUIS). As a young woman, I am always seeking to have my own business in the future. I started my first step by participating in the Startup Bootcamp where I learned how to improve and find out the strengths and the weaknesses of my idea. 

Q: How did your team come together?

Peru: Since we are a group of three students in two different majors, IT and business at AUIS, we decided to create a business idea which connects both fields together. Because of the fact that we were always interested in participating or volunteering in different events inside and outside the university, we decided to visit Hawler (Erbil) when the event was shared on the Five One Labs Facebook page. Then, the details of our idea were developed during the two days training at the MSelect office. 

Q: What is your teams professional and personal background? 

Peru: My team members are both students studying Business Administration at the American University of Iraq. They  are really hard working people and interested in getting new experiences and spreading new ideas in the community. 

Q: How did your idea come about? What problem are you solving?

Ali: Almost about 10 years ago, I was home all alone with a child who had a chronic lung disease. We were running out of his asthma spray. Back then, I had no clue how to handle the situation. The child was too young to be left alone, and I was too young to drive. Luckily, our neighbor saved his life. Imagine, if that did not happen. I remember when my mother came back home, she said something that initiated the idea in my mind. "I wish there were a home delivery medicine," she said. I introduced the idea to my colleagues, and we developed it along with our survey that we made with pharmacists and patients. We found out not only the patients have problems getting their medicine but also the pharmacists. 

With this online system, we are trying to make our system more efficient and less time consuming for pharmacists to take their medicine on time and with no confusion or misunderstanding that might happen during their order. Having data bases between the pharmacists and the drug store owners will reduce this confusion. 

Q: Why is this pharmacy service important in Kurdistan? 

Ali: This pharmacy service is significantly important in the Kurdistan region because our old system of receiving medicine from the drug stores is very time consuming. This online system will help pharmacists get their order to their pharmacy faster with less misunderstanding. Also, this online system will help our patients get their medicine from the closest pharmacy next to their location. Pharmacists can also deliver some of the medicine to the patients as long as they are approved on the website that they are not addictive, such as Panadol.

Q: How did you find out about Five One Labs? 

Peru: I found out about Five One Labs before I participate in the Startup Boot Camps event, which was shared on Facebook page. A couple days before that, Five One Labs arranged a similar event at the AUIS, and I have heard new related ideas and experiences from my friends who joined the event. Therefore, we need more events like these in the future to improve youth's abilities in the Kurdistan Region. 

Q: How has Five One Labs helped you improve your idea and business? 

Peru: Before I participate in the Startup Boot Camps, it was like a dream to imagine having my own business as a woman. I am so grateful to be part of the Five One Labs and appreciate their great efforts to progress our business ideas. It taught me not only to think differently but also to analyze my dream from the base of nothing to design plans, find solutions to the problems, creat business models, prototypes, pitch, and finally following the paths on succeeding my business. Since I was introduced to great minded people including, mentors, judges, and volunteers, it encouraged me to keep in touch with them and share future projects with them. Above all, these would never be happened without the supports of the Five One Labs.

Q: How is it being a young woman entrepreneur in Kurdistan? 

Peru: In the Kurdistan Region, there are fewer opportunities for women to open their own businesses compared to men, and this is mostly because of either the culture, gender inequality, or women's responsibilities at home. Therefore, to be a young woman entrepreneur in Kurdistan has a special value to me because it gives me enough courage to turn my dreams into reality at an early age, and it expands my expectations to become what I desire as a woman.

Above all, I was always passionate about helping other women to overcome their fear of success, always appreciate and remember their achievements to make a change in their lives and fight for what they want. Therefore, it was a great opportunity to introduce to different great minded people turning my potential abilities into performance and placing confidence in me to continue pursuing my goals and solve major problems in the community.

"To be a young woman entrepreneur in Kurdistan has a special value to me because it gives me enough courage to turn my dreams into reality at an early age, and it expands my expectations to become what I desire as a woman." - Peru, online pharmacy co-founder

Q: What would you say to people in America who are skeptical about entrepreneurship in Kurdistan? 

Peru: It is true we won’t stop at a place but we will keep on improving on our path to being one of the best.

Q: Why are you interested in entrepreneurship? Why is entrepreneurship so important?

Halbast: Entrepreneurship is very important in my country as it can be used as a weapon to fight back against the backward system we are used to, as it also helps the economic growth.

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Fostering a Sense of Community: Research by Inspiring Capital

Over the past ten weeks, Five One Labs has had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of undergraduate fellows from  the Social Enterprise Summer Training Institute (SESTI) at Inspiring Capital. The talented fellows went through an entire design thinking process to develop an innovative user experience for Five One Labs entrepreneurs.

Below is an interview with one of the fellows, Omri, who kindly shared his thoughts on his experience with Inspiring Capital and Five One Labs. 

The Inspiring Capital undergraduate fellows hard at work in New York City. Photo courtesy of Inspiring Capital. 

The Inspiring Capital undergraduate fellows hard at work in New York City.

Photo courtesy of Inspiring Capital. 

Q: Can you describe your backgrounds and interests? What led you to end up connecting with Inspiring Capital and Five One Labs? What interested you about it?

Omri: I am originally from Brooklyn, New York, but both of my parents are from Israel, so the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Arab Spring, etc, are all very important to me. I am a double major studying psychology and peace/conflict studies. I’m also very much into entrepreneurship and design thinking. All these favorites meet at what Five One is doing as an organization, so it was really the perfect fit for me!

Q: What exactly do you do with Inspiring Capital?

Omri: I have an undergrad fellowship. I’ve been paired with an MBA student, and have been working on studying and developing a business case for an open-hiring process, for a company based in Yonkers.

Q: What is your specific role within the project with Five One labs?

Omri: My group explored the potential ways Five One Labs could foster a sense of community. This pertains to both within the entrepreneurial cohort (among individual members), and the connecting the cohort to external community members (in Erbil).

Q: What was your particular research process?

Omri: We worked using user research, by visiting innovation labs and accelerators across NYC and actually conducting interviews with space managers and the entrepreneurs themselves that were using the space. These labs helped foster creativity and collaboration among like-minded entrepreneurs.

Q: What was your takeaway from the research?

Omri: We analyzed our notes and presented a takeaway for Five One - for what does and doesn't work in incubators. We are now coming up with new ideas to form a sense of community, like lunchtime experiences, work time experiences, and more. We came up with many ideas, but one I liked was a coworking experience, teaching others how to use design thinking. There's also show and tell. Entrepreneurs sharing their progress for group feedback. We've only just started, but we are looking forward to developing more experiences that enhance community and foster collaboration. More community means more comfort for entrepreneurs.

Q: What recommendations did this lead to for Five One?

Omri: Each space we looked at was subject to specifics. For example, in a financial incubator, if someone had a question about their work they could turn to someone next to them and ask a very career-specific question and collaborate which would be an unlikely experience in, say, a public library. This also helps foster collaboration. The research applies to Five One Labs in that all entrepreneurs are refugees which can be unifying as a community, and entrepreneurs can share experiences and feedback.

Q: What have you personally learned so far, through this project?

Omri: I've definitely seen some amazing work. Personally, I've have realized how important it is to understand the context of what you're researching - trying to come up with solutions for a refugee crisis that we, as students who haven't undergone the same struggles, can struggle to understand. Also, it's been fun and inspiring to work under Alice, Patricia, and Sophia!

Q: Is there anything final you'd like to say to those reading your interview?

Omri: I think it’s important to recognize the need for long-term sustainable solutions to the refugee crises. Beyond the immediate emergency relief, refugees need the opportunity to work and study.

Meet the Team: Imogen Horn

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This is the fourth post in our "Meet the Team" series where we will introduce you to our Five One Labs team members. This week, you'll meet our intern Imogen Horn, who has been a great help to our social media presence, particularly our blog!

Q: How did you become involved with Five One Labs? Why were you interested when you found out about it?

Imogen: Alice and I are old family friends, so when she heard I was looking for a volunteer-based internship, she told me about all her work with Five One! I immediately found it so interesting; I'm really interested in the direct approach Five One applies to a crisis-afflicted area, and I also think it's so great that everyone on the team is passionate about finding a solution to our refugee crisis. That's what fueled my decision to do my internship, because I'm really passionate about that, too!

Q: And what is it that you do as a summer intern right now? How do you add to the team?

Imogen: I'm working as an intern focused on social media, website, and blog posting. I give advice on things like what kinds of articles to post, how a website should look, etc. And I write a bunch of our articles myself! But I'm not only adding to the team, I'm also learning so much from the experience and from our wonderfully talented bosses and other interns!

Q: Has being a part of the project been fun? What have you enjoyed most? Has it been difficult as well or easy for you?

Imogen: It's been so much fun, to say the least! It's been challenging at times but I've also learned about the structure of this kind of project, and more about the ways people work together to create amazing things! I'd say it's been relatively easy, but only because I really look forward to writing articles, having meetings, giving advice and receiving advice!

Q: And what do you most hope to get out of your role in the program? What are you most looking forward to as part of the team?

Imogen: I really want to continue learning and experiencing as much as I can while in the presence of so many brilliant people! I look forward to hopefully extending my work past the summer, and maybe travelling and meeting some entrepreneurs with Five One!

Q: What would you most like to tell people reading this website, and people interested in joining or supporting our team?

Imogen: For anyone following along with Five One right now, I urge you to help in any way that you can! We will soon have a "Ways to Get Involved" section of our website! Anything you can do, anything you can donate, and anyways you can increase our visibility is so appreciated!

The Summer Startup Festival is Over…What Next?

Over the past three weeks, Five One Labs has been very busy in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq! As part of the Summer Startup Festival, we sponsored a Social Impact Hackathon (organized by Re:Coded and IOM), ran entrepreneurship workshops in two cities with over 100 participants in partnership with the Nishtiman Youth Network, launched our first Startup Bootcamp weekend, and held a panel discussion with over 100 attendees and six incredible panelists on fostering an entrepreneurial culture in Kurdistan.

At the panel discussion, a few attendees mentioned that organizations often come to hold short events and then leave again, or do not do proper follow up. We’re in Kurdistan for the long term, and we’re planning to continue building off the momentum we’ve created through the Summer Startup Festival. We’ve met incredible young entrepreneurs, built strong partnerships, and had great discussions about how to best support entrepreneurship in host and refugee communities in the KRI.

So… now what?

Five One Labs just registered as a nonprofit in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In September, we will begin our full array of activities, including hosting more Startup Bootcamps, running focused trainings for women entrepreneurs and refugee entrepreneurs, and launching our first 3-month incubator program for full-time entrepreneurs who have what it takes to launch a scalable, innovative business. Here are a few dates for you to keep in mind:

Late August 2017: Applications open for our first 3-month incubator cohort. More information will be available about this program at that time.

Who is this program for? This program is only for people with scalable business ideas who are able to commit full-time to launching their startup. The application will have multiple rounds, including the written application, an interview, and a mandatory workshop.

Sunday, August 27: Applications open for our next Startup Bootcamp, which will be held on September 15th. More information about the Bootcamp will be released at that time.

Who is this program for? This training is for anyone with an entrepreneurial idea who wants to learn more about the skills and mindsets of launching a business.

In the US, we’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to run all of our programs this Fall. We are so excited about all of the amazing people and opportunities in Iraq and want to make sure we can properly support all of the work we want to do.

Additionally, we’ll begin sending out weekly newsletters with interesting videos, articles, and events about entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. You can also follow us on Twitter to learn more about what articles we are reading.

Are you based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and are interested in receiving these emails? Sign up here.

We want to know hear from you! If you have any questions, send us a message over our Facebook page or send an email to info@fiveonelabs.org


چی رووی داوه د‌وای فیستیڤاڵی هاوینه‌؟

به‌ درێژەی سێ هه‌فته‌ی ڕابردوو فایف وه‌ن لابس سه‌رقال بوه‌ به‌ کاره‌کانیه‌وه‌ له‌ کوردستان به‌ هۆی فیستیڤاڵی  ده‌ستپێکی  هاوین. ئێمه‌ سپۆنساری سه‌ووشه‌ڵ ئیمپاکت هاکه‌سۆن که‌ ئاماده‌ کرابوو له‌ لایه‌ن ڕیی ـ که‌وودید وه‌ ئای ئه‌و ئێم. هه‌روه‌ها ۆرکشۆپمانكردووە لاسار پرسی ئینتێرپنۆڕشپ له‌ دوو شاری کوردستان که‌ زیاتر له‌ سه‌د به‌شداربوومان هه‌بوو. به‌ هه‌مانهه‌نگی له‌گه‌ڵ نیشتیمان یووس نێتۆرک توانیمان یه‌که‌مین راهێنانی چڕی ده‌ستپێکردن هه‌لبه‌ستین. هه‌روه‌ها پانێڵێکمان ساز کرد که‌ زیاتر لا سه‌د به‌شداربوومان هه‌بوو له‌گه‌ڵ چوار پانێلستی پسپۆڕ له‌ بواره‌که‌دا. باسی پانیله‌که‌ له‌سه‌ر هه‌ڵگرتنی که‌لتووری ئیتێرپنۆرشپ

له‌ پانێڵێكدا هه‌ندێك له‌ به‌ژداربووان ده‌يانگوت كه‌ زۆربه‌ى رێكخراوه‌كان دێن بۆ كوردستان وه‌ چه‌ند ۆرك شوپێك ده‌كه‌ن و دواى ماوه‌يه‌كى كورت  سه‌ركه‌وتو نابن و واز له‌ كاره‌كانيان ده‌هێنن.  ئێمه‌ له‌ فايڤ وه‌ن لابس ئه‌مانه‌وێت ئه‌و سه‌رنجانه‌ بگۆرين. ئێمه‌ هاتووين بۆ كوردستان بۆ ئه‌وه‌ى بمێنينه‌وه‌ بۆ كاتێكى زۆر، وه‌ به‌رده‌وام ده‌بين له‌سه‌ر ڕێچكه‌كه‌مان. لێره‌ زۆر گه‌نجى به‌توانامان ناسيوه‌، وه‌ په‌يوه‌نديه‌كى به‌هێزمان دروست كردووه‌ له‌گه‌ڵياندا، وه‌ باسى شێوه‌ جياوازه‌كامان كردووه‌ كه‌ ئێمه‌ چۆن ده‌توانبن ياريده‌ده‌رى گه‌نجى كورد و په‌نابه‌ره‌كان بين له‌ كوردستان.

 

ئێ ...دواى ئه‌مه‌ چى روده‌دات

 

فايڤ وه‌ن لابس ناوى تۆمار كردووه‌ وه‌ك ڕيكخراوێكى قازانج نه‌ويست له‌ كوردستان. له‌ مانگى ڕه‌زبه‌ر واتا مانگى نۆ ده‌ست ده‌كه‌ين به‌ كۆمه‌ڵێك چالاكى وه‌ك هه‌ندێك راهێنانى ديكه‌ى ده‌ستپێكردن، راهێنانى تايبه‌ت به‌ ئافره‌تانى كورد و په‌نابه‌ره‌كان له‌ كوردستان، وه‌ هه‌ڵده‌ستين به‌ كردنه‌وه‌ى خوله‌ تايبه‌ته‌كه‌مان له‌سه‌ر ده‌ستپێكردنى بازرگانى كه‌ سێ مانگ ده‌خايه‌نێت.

 

هه‌ندێك به‌روارى گرنگ

 

 يه‌ك شه‌مه‌:8/13 فۆرمى به‌ژدارىكردنى خوله‌ سێ مانگيه‌كه‌ ده‌كرێته‌وه‌

زانيارى زياترده‌رباره‌ى ئه‌م خوله‌ له‌ كاتى خۆيدا ده‌درێت.

 

ئه‌م خوله‌ بۆ كێيه‌:

ئه‌م خوله‌ بۆ ئه‌و كه‌سانه‌يه‌ كه‌ بيرۆكه‌يه‌كى هه‌ڵسه‌نگێندراويان هه‌يه‌ وه‌ ئاماده‌ن هه‌موو كاتى خۆيان ته‌رخان بكه‌ن بۆ به‌ ئه‌نجام گه‌ياندنى بيرۆكه‌كه‌يان.

پرۆسه‌ى به‌ژدارىكردن به‌ چه‌ند هه‌نگاوێك ده‌بێت: فۆرمى به‌ژدارى كردن، چاوپێكه‌وتنى تايبه‌ت، وه‌ ۆرك شۆپى تايبه‌ن.

 

 يه‌كشه‌مه‌: 8/27 فۆرمى به‌ژداريكردنى ڕاهێنانى ديكه‌ى ده‌ستپێكردن كه‌ له‌ 9/15 به‌ڕێوه‌ ده‌چێت.

زانيارى زياترده‌رباره‌ى ئه‌م خوله‌ له‌ كاتى خۆيدا ده‌درێت.

 

ئه‌م خوله‌ بۆ كێيه‌:

ئه‌م خوله‌ بۆ ئه‌و كه‌سانه‌يه‌ كه‌ بيرۆكه‌يه‌كى بازرگانيان هه‌بێت و بيه‌وێت زانيارى زياتربزانێت له‌سه‌ر ده‌ست پێكردنى بازرگانى.

 

له‌ ئه‌مه‌ریکا كه‌مپه‌ينێكى كۆمه‌كمان ڕاگه‌ياندوه‌ بۆ ئه‌وه‌ى بتوانين كه‌ بڕى پاره‌ى پێويست بۆ پرۆگرامه‌كه‌ى پايزمان وه‌ده‌ست بخه‌ين. وه‌ ئێمه‌ زۆر دڵ خۆشين به‌ يارمه‌تيدانى كه‌سانى به‌توانا و لێهاتو له‌ كوردستان. له‌به‌ر ئه‌مه‌ ده‌مانه‌وێت زۆرترين پاره‌ كۆبكه‌ينه‌وه‌ بۆ ئه‌وه‌ى بتوانين باشتري پرۆگرام پێشكه‌شى به‌ژداربوان بكه‌ين.

 

 

هه‌فتانه‌ ناميلكه‌ى هه‌واڵى بڵاو ده‌كه‌ينه‌ه‌وه‌ كه‌ بريتى ده‌بێت له‌ كورت ڤيدێۆى سه‌رنج ڕاكێش، نوسراوى تايبه‌ت به‌ بازرگانى، داهێنان وه‌ ڕوناك بيرى. وه‌ ده‌توانن له‌ تۆرى كۆمه‌لايه‌تى تويته‌ر فۆلۆومان بكه‌ن تا به‌رده‌وام ئاگادارى كار و چالاكيه‌كانمان بن.

 

ئه‌گه‌رتۆ له‌ كوردستان نيشته‌جێىت و ده‌ته‌وێت ئيمه‌يڵى زانيارى ئێمه‌ت بۆ بێت ئه‌وا ناوى خۆت لێره‌ تۆمار بكه‌


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