AEIC Announces New Grant Funding


The AUIS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (AEIC) is proud to announce new grant funding from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for 2023 to support activities under the Takween Accelerator housed at American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS).

This is the second grant awarded to Takween by GIZ following the successful completion of the Investor Bootcamp and Business Registration programs in 2022. With this new funding, Takween will run multiple programs to support startups in the Iraqi entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Pre-Accelerator Program

With the success of two previous Pre-Accelerator programs, Takween will run a third round with an eight-week program designed to assist startups in overcoming the gaps and challenges they face before becoming “Accelerator-Ready.” In addition to personalized training, tailored one-on-one mentoring from industry experts will be arranged to provide maximum value for each startup. 

Digital Readiness Program

With the aim of improving digital collateral used by early-stage founders, Takween will deliver eight weeks of training and individual consultations to inspire and advocate startups to digitally transform their business, or a part of their business. Along with the training, participants will receive digital services to reach a more significant number of customers. 

Series of Special Topics/Regional Exchange Webinars

This will consist of a series of online webinars on regional exchanges and special topics in entrepreneurship. These sessions will be in collaboration with local and international experts, with a focus on exchanging best practices among Iraq’s neighboring countries.

We are pleased to cooperate with a respected partner like GIZ, and their support not only strengthens the drive and growth of startups but also our position as a strategic supporter for startups in the Iraqi entrepreneurial ecosystem.