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Iraq Innovation Hackathon

    Iraq Innovation Hackathon | Basra, Mosul, Erbil, Sulaimaniya and Baghdad The Iraq Innovation Hackathon challenges developers, designers, entrepreneurs, humanitarians and innovators to develop tech-based solutions addressing environmental issues and city specific challenges. It is your turn to hack the glass ceiling and stand together with youth across the country to find solutions! From April 26th and 27th, participants will work in teams to tackle a challenge that contributes to improving the country. During the hackathon, subject-matter experts will share knowledge, give feedback and help teams to overcome obstacles. At the end of the hackathon, teams will have an opportunity to present their ideas and prototypes to a panel of judges. Prizes will help support the most viable projects to move forward and launch into real projects. The Iraq Innovation Hackathon is sponsored by GIZ and Zain Telecoms, and organized by the Iraqi Technology and Entrepreneurship Alliance consisting of Re:Coded, Mosul Space, Science Camp, Five One Labs and The Station. AUIS's Entrepreneurship Initiative has also joined this exciting event as a partner.  The event is free of charge and meals will be provided! Challenges Challenge 1: Nationwide challenge for all cities: Reduce and reuse single-use plastic products and packaging. Challenge 2 (based on the city you are participating in): Basra: Help job seekers in Basra find local jobs in the oil and gas sector Baghdad: Improve traffic jams and congestion in Baghdad Erbil: Change the perception of Erbil internationally and encourage tourism to the city. Mosul: Raise awareness to improve the selection of university subjects among Middle School students. Sulaimaniya: Improve traffic in Sulaimaniya You can pick one challenge to work on. Schedule Hackathon Kick-Off & Workshops! Friday, April 26th, 8.15am - 11.30pm - Welcome breakfast & registration - Presentation of the challenges - Design Thinking workshop - Teams get together + ideas are formed - Teamwork workshop - Project development begins - Coaching sessions (with experts and mentors from different fields) Hacking & Final Day! Saturday, April 27th, 8am - 7pm - Project development continues - Presentations and team pitching - Coaching sessions (with experts and mentors from different fields) - Feedback from judges - Winners announced PRIZES! We hope the Iraq Innovation Hackathon will build collective goodwill, relationships and ideas that will carry on long after the hackathon ends. A judging panel of leading figures in the technology and business communities will decide on the winners. Prizes at the end of the hackathon will help support the most viable projects to move forward, including cash and $3000 worth of technology vouchers, access to co-working spaces and mentorship. One winner will be picked from each city and will be supported to turn their idea into an actual solution. REGISTRATION SIGN UP HERE: Places are limited! Five One Labs will send out detailed instructions and an agenda to those that are chosen to participate. LOCATION: Baghdad: The Station, Villa 7, St. 38, Dist. 903 Al Karadah, Baghdad Erbil: Re:Coded House, 3rd floor, Nergiz Plaza, Gulan street (next to Saj Al Reef), Erbil Sulaimaniya: The Lab: Suli, Salim Street, Across the street from Faruq Group Holdings and above Roshen candy shop Basra: Al-Asmak Hall - Level 5, Basra International Hotel, Corniche St. Mosul: Almohandesen hall, Al-Faisalia district WHEN: 26th and 27th April 2019 ORGANIZER Iraq Technology and Entrepreneurship Alliance (Re:Coded, Mosul Space, Science Camp, Five One Labs, and The Station). SPONSORS GIZ Zain Telecoms Zain Iraq PARTNER Shabab Media

Angel Investment in Iraq and the KRI

  In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative will be hosting a panel discussion on angel investment in Iraq and the KRI at 5pm on Sunday, November 11 in AG-05. The panel discussion will be moderated by AUIS professor and Director of AEI, Pat Cline, and place the following individuals with entrepreneurial and angel investment experience in conversation with each other: Sham Sahebkran: Founder, Peyk Bookstore Hallo Sagrma: Founder, Indigo Hana Hama: Founder, Canvas The panel will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities for angel investment in Iraq and the KRI. We look forward to your active participation.

مێزگردێک بەئامادەبونی کونسوڵی گشتیی هۆڵەندا

  بەئامادەبونی ئەندام و نوێنەری هەریەک لە : بازاڕی کارو بزنس لەسلێمانی ، کۆمەڵگەی زانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی ، وەزارەتی دەرەوەی هۆڵەندا – بەشی پەرەپێدانی ئابوریی (DDE) و ئاژانسی هۆڵەندا بۆ پڕۆژە (RVO) ، زانکۆی ئەمریکیی سلێمانی ، رۆژی ٨ ی ئەیلولی ٢٠١٨ ، مێزگردێکی لەژێر ناونیشانی "پێشەنگێتی لەبواری بیزنس ، داهێنان ، هەروەها گەشەسەندنی کەرتی تایبەت لەعێراق و هەرێمی کوردستان" بەڕێوە برد . بەڕێزان : فیلیم کوزین – کونسوڵی گشتیی هۆڵەندا ، مارتین گرۆوین – سکرتێری دوەمی باڵیۆزخانەی هۆڵەندا لەبەغدا ، هەروەها ئارام عەبدوڵڵا – بەرپرسی سیاسەتەکان لەکونسوڵیەتی گشتیی هۆڵەندا ، ئامادەی مێزگردەکەبون . ئامادەبوان بەگەرمی بەشداریی گفتوگۆکەیان کرد کە دەربارەی گەشەسەندنی کەرتی تایبەت بو .

ندوة بحضور القنصل العام الهولندي

  بحضور أعضاء وممثلين من : مجتمع الأعمال في السليمانية ، مجتمع الجامعة الأميركية في السليمانية ، وزارة الشؤون الخارجية الهولندية – قسم التنمية الاقتصادية المستدامة (DDE) ، و وكالة المشاريع الهولندية (RVO) ، نظمت الجامعة الأميركية بالسليمانية ، في  8 أيلول 2018 ، ندوة تحت عنوان "ريادة الأعمال ، الابتكار ، ونمو القطاع الخاص في العراق وإقليم كردستان" . وكان من بين الحضور كل من السادة : فيليم كوزين - القنصل العام الهولندي ، مارتين غروين - السكرتير الثاني لسفارة هولندا في بغداد ، و آرام عبدالله - مسئول السياسات في القنصلية العامة لهولندا. وشارك الحضور في مناقشة حية حول مجموعة من المواضيع المتعلقة بنمو القطاع الخاص .

AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative hosts roundtable discussion with Dutch consul general

  The AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative (AEI) hosted a roundtable discussion titled “Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Private Sector Growth in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region” on September 8, 2018, with members of the Sulaimani business community, AUIS community, and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Sustainable Economic Development (DDE) of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).   Also in attendance were Netherlands Consul General Willem Cosijn; Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Baghdad, Martijn Groen; and Policy Officer, Netherlands Consulate General, Aram Abdallah.   Attendees took part in a lively discussion on a range of themes including challenges in private sector development, limited access to financing for entrepreneurs, starting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as areas for future growth.  
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