جلب ريادة الأعمال للناس

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هل أنت مهتم بمعرفة كيفية بدء عمل تجاري؟ هل ترغب في أن يكون هذا التدريب بلغتك المحلية؟ هل تريد مقابلة أشخاص آخرين يفعلون ذلك أيضًا؟

بالشراكة مع المنظمة الدولية للهجرة  ، فإن شركة  "فايف ون لابز" لديها فرصة عظيمة لك! يسرنا أن نعلن عن إطلاق أحدث برمجياتنا تحت عنوان "ريادة الأعمال للجميع" ، وهي سلسلة من التدريبات والأحداث باللغة الكردية والعربية والإنجليزية لكل من يهتم بالابتكار وريادة الأعمال والقيادة والتأثير في مجتمعهم

في ورش العمل الشخصية

من  خلال شهري أبريل ومايو ، ستعمل شركة "فايف ون لابز" على توفير تدريب عالي الجودة على تنظيم المشاريع بشكل أفضل للمجتمعات المتنوعة في جميع أنحاء إقليم كردستان العراق ، وستدعم الشركات الناشئة التي تم إطلاقها حديثًا في الوصول إلى إمكاناتها الكاملة

سنستضيف عدداً من ورش العمل المكثفة في أربيل والسليماني باللغات الإنجليزية والعربية والكردية. ستشمل التدريبات مواضيع مفيدة وعملية مثل

التفكير في فكرة إبداعية  للأعمال -

تحسين مهاراتك العملية في العمل -

 إجراء البحوث على عملائك ، و -

 .تحسين مهاراتك كقائد -

!سننشر التواريخ والأوقات والمواقع في هذا التدوينة في المدونة حيث يتم الانتهاء من الجدول ، لذا تابعونا

التدريب عبر الإنترنت

بالنسبة لأولئك الذين قد لا يتمكنون من الانضمام إلينا شخصيًا ، نرحب بكم لحضور أحد دوراتنا التدريبية الأربعة على الإنترنت. إذا كنت مهتمًا ببدء نشاط تجاري ولكن ليس لديك فكرة حتى الآن ، فلدينا ورشة عمل مثالية لك! سنستضيف ثلاث دورات تدريبية على تطوير الأفكار والإبداع على الإنترنت باللغة الإنجليزية والعربية والكردية حيث سنسير على خطوات لكيفية إنشاء فكرة مشروعك الخاص

STARTUP BOOTCAMP

وأخيرًا ، سننظم ثاني "ستارتاب بوتكامب" للمبدعين الشباب في أربيل يوم 4 و 5 مايو! سيقوم برنامج "ستارتاب بوتكامب" (باللغة الإنجليزية) بتجميع المشاركين من خلال نسخة مختصرة من الخطوات التي تحتاجها للتعلم لبدء عملك ، بما في ذلك التفكير في فكرتك ، وإجراء الأبحاث على عملائك ، وبناء نموذج أولي أو عينة من منتجك وتقديم عرض ونص فكرتك

إذا كنت ترغب في التقدم للمشاركة في "ستارتاب بوتكامب ، يرجى ملء هذا الطلب بحلول يوم الثلاثاء ، 24 أبريل

ندعو الجميع لحضور دوراتنا التدريبية عبر الإنترنت وجميع الأحداث مجانية!  خبرة سابقة مع ريادة الأعمال أمر غير  ضروري

إذا كان لديك أي أسئلة ، يرجى مراسلتنا 

info@fiveonelabs.org أو  Facebook

نحن نتطلع إلى الاجتماع بك جميعًا شخصيًا أو عبر الإنترنت ، ونحن متحمسون للحصول على #StartupReady!

 

Entrepreneurship for All

 
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Bringing entrepreneurship to the people.

Are you interested in learning how to start a business? Do you wish this training was in your local language? Do you want to meet other people who do, too?

In partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Five One Labs has a great opportunity for you! We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest programming called “Entrepreneurship for All,” a series of trainings and events in Kurdish, Arabic and English for anyone who is interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and making an impact in their community.

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS

Through April and May, Five One Labs will make high-quality entrepreneurship training more accessible to diverse communities across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and will support newly-launched startups in reaching their full potential.

We will host a number of in-person, intensive workshops in Erbil and Sulaimani in English, Arabic and Kurdish. The trainings will include helpful and practical topics like:

  • Thinking of a creative business idea,
  • Improving your practical business skills,
  • Doing research on your customers, and
  • Improving your skills as a leader.

We will publish the dates, times and locations on this blog post as the schedule is finalized, so stay tuned!

ONLINE TRAININGS

For those who may not be able to join us in person, we welcome you to attend one of our four online innovation trainings. If you are interested in starting a business but don’t have an idea yet, we have the perfect workshop for you! We will be hosting three online idea development and creativity trainings in English, Arabic and Kurdish where we will walk through steps for how you can create your own business idea. 

STARTUP BOOTCAMP

Finally, we will be organizing our second weekend-long Startup Bootcamp for young innovators in Erbil on May 4 and 5! The Startup Bootcamp (in English) will take participants through an shortened version of the steps you need to learn to start your business, including thinking of your idea, doing research on your customers, building a prototype or sample of your product and presenting and pitching your idea.

If you are interested in applying to participate in the Bootcamp, please fill out this application by Tuesday, April 24.

We invite everyone to attend our in-person and online trainings and all events are free! No past experience with entrepreneurship is necessary. 

If you have any questions, please email us at info@fiveonelabs.org or send us a message on Facebook!

We look forward to meeting you all in person or online and are excited to get you #StartupReady!

Now Hiring: Entrepreneurship Training and Community Associate


FIVE ONE LABS

Full-Time Position

Please send all applications to Pat Cline at pat@fiveonelabs.org.

Organization: Five One Labs
Position Title: Entrepreneurship Training and Community Associate
Location: Based in Sulaimani, Iraq with travel to Erbil and Duhok
Contract Dates:  April 15 - September 16, 2018
Length of Contract:  5 months with possibility of extension; 40 hours/week
Application Closing Date: April 5, 2017

ABOUT FIVE ONE LABS:

Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps talented entrepreneurs in conflict-affected areas launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. We aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods to contribute to the economic growth of their communities. Five One Labs is currently based in Erbil, Iraq and is expanding to Sulaimani this spring.

Our vision is to develop an inclusive network of innovators and entrepreneurs that have the support, skills, and connections to build scalable businesses and positively impact their communities. Five One Labs participants are provided with intensive training in startup fundamentals, strategy, finance and marketing; mentorship by experienced entrepreneurs in the US and Middle East; and an inclusive community of creative changemakers with whom to share their experiences. Participants are welcome to apply for our full-time, three month incubation program to launch their businesses or shorter-term training programs to learn entrepreneurship fundamentals.

Five One Labs creates flexible programs that are focused on human-centered design, the core building blocks of business fundamentals, and leadership development. Our trainers are steeped in lean startup and design thinking methodology, and thus our trainings are hands-on, active, and highly practical for early-stage entrepreneurs.

For more information, please see https://fiveonelabs.org/.

ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATE POSITION:

Five One Labs is a newly launched social venture. Our first full incubator cohort, based in Erbil, concluded in early February 2018 with the granting of $30,000 to 3 exciting new startup businesses at our Demo Day in early February. Recently, we secured a grant to create and develop an Innovation Hub in Sulaimani, in which we will have training space for Five One Labs and our partner organization, Re:Coded, as well as a co-working space for Sulaimani entrepreneurs and businesspeople. We are running a program called “Entrepreneurship for All” to translate core modules of our curriculum into Arabic and Kurdish and run exciting, short term programs for diverse young people in Erbil and Sulaimani Governorates.

We are a fun, hardworking, and fast-moving team looking for an innovative professional to join us in April to help translate our training curriculum from English into Kurdish and Arabic, develop and manage the Innovation Hub community, and deliver trainings as necessary in all three languages.

The Five One Labs team is looking for a confident, organized, self-motivated individual with experience in the private sector and/or entrepreneurship, experience with community outreach and marketing, fluency in both Kurdish and Arabic, and the ability to deliver trainings on business concepts. This individual should be able to work within a small team, and be professional in all business interactions. Although this is a short-term contract at first, we are searching for someone that is interested in learning, growing, and potentially becoming a valued long-term contributor to the organization.

This will be a great opportunity to see the inner workings of one of Iraq’s first startup incubators!

The successful candidate will support Five One Labs to:

  • Translate Five One Labs English training curriculum into Arabic and Kurdish
  • Lead trainings for non-English-speaking participants in Kurdish and Arabic and assist in English trainings
  • Develop and grow the Innovation Hub community, which includes working professionals and entrepreneurs, program participants, and outside groups. As necessary, the Associate should be prepared to aid in the procurement of materials and working with vendors.
  • Assist in the marketing outreach for the Innovation Hub, and Five One Labs training programs in Erbil and Sulaimani
  • Develop relevant marketing content, including blogs, one pagers, and email campaigns about the Innovation Hub and Five One Labs

The Entrepreneurship Training and Community Associate will work closely with Executive Director Alice Bosley and Director of Operations Patricia Letayf, and will report directly to Pat Cline, Director of Training and Business Advisory. The team will ensure that the selected candidate has access to all relevant materials and support to succeed in his or her role.

The Five One Labs team is seeking candidates with the following profile:

Skills and Knowledge

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field (Business, International Relations, Education, etc.).
  • Fluent in  English, Kurdish, and Arabic (highly developed written and oral communication skills)
  • 2+ years work experience in private sector and/or NGO roles, emphasis placed on previous experience in customer service and/or business development
  • Familiarity with business fundamentals, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Solid computer skills: must be able to work effectively and accurately with Google products, Word, Excel, and email

Personal Characteristics

  • Outgoing, positive, and interested in developing a strong community
  • Team-oriented and enthusiastic about working with and supporting others
  • Attention to detail, conscientious about accuracy and professional presentation at all times
  • Self-starter personality – able to initiate and lead projects or tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment
  • Experience working in multicultural teams and work environments

*Prior experience running trainings or courses a plus

The position will be based in Sulaimani, Iraq, with some travel to Erbil and Duhok. Candidates will be required to have their own laptop and wifi access, as some work will be done remotely.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to pat@fiveonelabs.org.  Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The application period will close at 11:59pm on April 5, 2018.

Five One Labs is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds, and of either gender, to apply for this position.

Meet the Founder: Ghareba Hussein

The final member of our first startup incubator is Ghareba Hussein, founder of Nûjîn, a premier locally-made fashion brand for children in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

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Can you give a brief introduction about yourself?

I am Ghareba , a young entrepreneur. I have a combination of 8 years of education in Turkey and Kurdistan. I graduated from Duhok Polytechnic University with a specialization in building and construction in 2014. I have worked in many different fields.

What is your business idea?

What I am interested in is creating a brand of locally-produced children's clothing, and I am doing my best to make my dream come true.  As nothing is easy at the beginning, I faced many challenges, but there is nothing that we can not overcome if we really go for what we want with a deep passion. 

Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?

I joined the Five One Labs incubator because it was a big opportunity for me to make my dream come true, so I couldn't miss such a great chance.

What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?

When I joined Five One Labs I did not have a clear vision for my business. I felt that it was just my dream rather than a business idea, but now I have a clear vision about what I have to do in order to achieve my goal. Now, I am doing my business and feel so happy about it.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business or project?

My advice to everyone who wants to start their own business is to do something that is a real dream for them. If it's not something they have always dreamed about, they will give up when they face a small challenge, and business life is full of challenges, full of up and downs.

And another piece of advice: learn from your mistakes. When something goes wrong you may feel bad about it, but do not stop and think about your mistake. Think about how you can correct it, even when you think you are about to lose your mind.

NEVER, EVER give up! Impossible is just a word. You have to be really passionate about what you want!

To learn more about Nûjîn, visit their Facebook page and Instagram page!

A selection of designs from Nûjîn's first collection. 

Meet the Founder: Fatima Mohammad

The next entrepreneur in our "Meet the Founder" series is Fatima Mohammad, who has launched Tech Teens, a coding school for kids!

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Can you give a brief introduction about yourself ?

My name is Fatima Mohammad. I'm a clinical pharmacist in my past life. I was born in Kuwait but I am originally from Basrah in the deep south of Iraq. I studied Pharmacy in Baghdad and I worked as a clinical pharmacist for the past 15 years. I was displaced from Basrah to Fallujah. I lived in Fallujah for three years. When the war started, I fled with my family to Erbil when ISIS occupied the city. I took a coding boot camp last year and I joined Five One Labs in Nov. I am still with them.

What is your business idea?

I'm starting Tech Teens, a coding academy to teach teens aged from 13 to 17 programming and coding to create their own game and website in a simple fun way. That will be in a great, safe environment under the supervision of specialized trainers.

What challenges are you addressing?

Tech Teens addressing a number of challenges. First, teens don’t have fun ways to learn the most recent skills (like coding). Our kids are not updated with what is happening in the world. Coding is the future all developed countries are heading towards in programming. Our teens don't know about that and they are way behind.

Second, parents are missing a safe place for their teenagers to learn new skills. Some of these parents work long hours away from their kids. They want the best for their kids. They know that their kids spend long hours on their smart devices without learning something new and useful. They are certain that their kids are talented and smart but they don't know how to utilize their skills. 

Finally, our schools don’t provide special creative activities for students.

Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?

I took a coding boot camp last year and I met Alice (the co-founder of Five One Labs) during that. After the boot camp, I learned how much coding is important. How programming changes your life and changes the way you solve problems and design thinking. I wanted to teach our kids all that. It will improve their future and will create a better career for them. It's important to start from that early age.

So I decided to start a coding academy to teach teens coding. I did not know how to begin and from where. I did not know how to do it and to succeed in that. At that time, a friend who worked with Five One Labs invited me to join the incubator. I was so excited when I learned about what Five One Labs is offering. I knew and I was sure that they will help me and they will make my dream comes true. So I decided to join them right away.

What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?

I made a lot of progress in my business the last two months. I interviewed a lot of people, including parents, teachers in schools and teens. I learned a lot about my customers. I learned how to start up my project step by step. I made two prototypes. It was amazing to see how ,y classes would look like. I learned how to have a good financial plan and how to have a future vision for my business. I can see it becoming real day by day.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business or project?

My advice to anyone stating his/her project is that if you really want to start a business, get rid of every reason that makes you think that you can't start one. Your idea should solve a problem rather than to sell a product or a service. Opening your own business is often a learn-as-you-go process. But, the more smart decisions you make early on, the better chance your project has for success. Listen to what others have to say—friends, family, experts, even yourself. Don’t ignore the power of advice from experts and business owners. They know what does and doesn’t work. Smart entrepreneurs learn from the mistakes other business owners have made.

To learn more about Tech Teens, visit their website and Facebook page!

Meet the Founder: Muataz Aziz

Our first entrepreneur of the week in our "Meet the Founder" series is Muataz Aziz, a member of our first incubator cohort who has launched an ed-tech platform in Iraq called Almadrasa!

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Can you give a brief introduction about yourself?

I am Muataz Aziz, CEO, and Founder of Almadrasa (which means "school" in Arabic). I have always been interested in education, and because of conflicts I was displaced multiple times and I had to study in four different universities in four different cities and countries until I obtained my bachelor's degree.

I am an architectural engineer, software developer, and graphic designer. I started my journey with entrepreneurship in Startup Weekend Erbil 2016 when my idea won a jury prize.

What is your business idea?

Almadrasa is an educational technology company that enables students to access education remotely through an online platform. This platform provides high-quality and affordable educational courses based on the Iraqi curriculum from the Iraqi Ministry of Education that are interactive, practical and fun!

What problems are you solving?

The formal education system in Iraq is getting worse after every war and after every conflict. Until it is now one of the worst education systems in the world quantitatively and qualitatively according to international reports and indicators. Iraq needs to build about 9,000 schools to fill current needs. Overcrowded schools, inadequate infrastructure, low attendance and so many other problems lead to the inability of teachers to complete the curriculum and the inability of the students to understand the subjects relying just on the schools.

Because of these challenges, students have to pay exorbitant fees to afford private courses. From my perspective, I find a great business opportunity because of high demand. According to students, about 70% of students enroll in high-cost private courses to succeed and complete their education and get seats in  universities.

On the other hand, most of the displaced have no chance of education and the poor can't pay for these courses, which deprives them of the opportunity to learn. This leads higher illiteracy and dropout rates, which casts a shadow over the entire society through the increase of drug abusers, drinkers and smokers among adolescents, which thus increases the rates of murder, crime and participation in armed groups. Education is important, but at a certain point in life, education is everything, at least as an important means of development and prosperity.

Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?

I had the opportunity to meet the Five One Labs team a year ago when I was studying programming with Re:Coded. From then on, Five One Labs made every effort to provide all kinds of help and support. Even though I had a winning idea in startup weekend Erbil and I had the skills of innovation, creativity, and methodical thinking, I needed experienced professionals who could provide me with the knowledge and strategies that enable me to move between all stages of the project, (from start to market entry) and then achieve profits according to a solid methodology. 

Five One Labs did this by providing me the proper training; connecting me with successful people all over the world in different fields related to my business; providing financial support to test the project; and providing follow-up support. For me, Five One Labs is one of the best business incubators, if not the best, at least that I know.

What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?

I was able to make progress on the programming of the platform. I also created a marketing strategy and established the marketing streams to reach the targeted people. I got the electronic payment methods and the recorded lessons of the first subject. I also went to schools to conduct research about the problems that students suffered, and later I went to test the prototype with the targeted students and got the feedback. I developed my presentations and I was able to achieve a quantum leap in my pitch performance.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start business or project?

Whoever wants to start a business is brave and has a certain gene that makes him/her one of the few in the world. The rapid and unstudied start ends with rapid failure, so you should do  research on all aspects of your project, ask specialists, develop a plan and strategy for your business, join a business incubator if possible, or enroll in online courses to gain the knowledge that able you to build your decisions based on concrete facts.

You need to work a lot, be patient, think efficiently, be flexible in change and firm in making decisions. You should know that the probability of failure is greater than success but the right steps will certainly lead to success. START TODAY and do not hesitate.


To learn more about Almadrasa, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram.

Meet the Founder: Hero Salih

Next up in our "Meet the Founder" series is Hero Salih, who is starting Helana Hub, a center for students in Sulaimani. 

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Can you give a brief introduction about yourself ?

My name is Hero Salih. I’m the founder and CEO of Helana Hub. I’m also interested in painting and always want to make it green.

What is your business idea?

From my point of view I came up with an idea to open a wonderful place for students to get rest and relax while they are studying. We are going to set up a hub for the students where they can find reliable resources, books, and any other related sources that students needs during their studying time. It is aiming to fill the gap that students have in this community. We provide comfortable hub and snacks.

What challenges are you addressing?

The main segment that Helana is targeting is students. From our interviews and surveys we have discovered a number of main challenges that students are facing, such as having high prices which are not affordable and a lack of school supplies. Cafes are often crowded and smoky, which does not allow them to concentrate on their studying. Helana is seeking to address these challenges by having a talented and hard-working team to facilitate the school life of these students.

Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?  

My reason for joining the Five One Labs startup incubator is because I see this as the place that I need to start-up my business.

What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?

Since I started I have made enough progress to start pursuing what I want to do. I have prepared a draft budget plan, improved my start up procedures and learned where to start to set up my businesses. I found out about the challenges and how to tackle with them, learned about the needs of our targeted customers and how to improve business models as well.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business or project?

My advice would be never be afraid of starting up, do what you want to achieve. As Will Smith said, "If you want to something, go get it. Period." Never let anyone or anything keep you away from what you are dreaming of.


A sampling of treats available for students at Helana Hub

To learn more about Helana, visit the Hub's Facebook page!

Meet the Founder: Ali Alrawi

The third profile in our "Meet the Founder" series is Ali Alrawi, a member of our first incubator cohort and founder of Software You Need.

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Can you give a brief introduction about yourself?

My name is Ali and I am from Ramadi, Iraq. I graduated from Al-Anbar University in 2006 and I have a degree in Chemistry. Since my childhood, I have been passionate about sciences and learning. In 2012, I decided to learn how to code by taking free online tutorials to learn a long list of programming languages. Once I felt that I became more experienced and more professional I decided to start my own business.

What is your business idea?

Software You Need (SYN) is a new company that creates and design software solutions to improve the business efficiency in Iraq. We target small- and medium-sized enterprises and new startup companies. We provide competitively prized and high-quality customized, fast-delivered and cross-platform solutions for companies to improve their business efficiency.

What challenges are you addressing?

There is now a lack of companies that provide the flexibility to create software applications that fit the customer needs. Old technologies and techniques are still used to create software solutions in Iraq. We are committed to improving our customers' business performance by delivering the following:  

  1.  Business software solutions that include customer-specific features designed around current and future business practices
  2. Software that is portable across multiple platforms (Apple, Microsoft, Linux and/or  Android, Apple).
  3. Faster and more effectively solutions than the customer’s in-house development 
  4. Lower cost to the customer current methods

Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?

I joined Five One Labs incubator to empower my business skills and to meet people from different cultures to exchange knowledge.

What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?

In the last two months I researched the market, identified my goals and my customer archetype, and served three clients.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business or project?

I advise any entrepreneur to have the team that will help overcome the obstacles and hardships they might face. 


To learn more about Software You Need, visit their website and Facebook page!