Looking for entrepreneurship support in Arab countries?

If you are trying to find support for your new or existing business, here is an alphabetical list of major, active, multi-year initiatives taken to promote entrepreneurship in Arab-majority countries. It includes private-sector, government, NGO and INGO initiatives.

Contents

  • 1 Algeria
  • 2 Bahrain
  • 3 Comoros
  • 4 Djibouti
  • 5 Egypt
  • 6 Iraq
  • 7 Jordan
  • 8 Kuwait
  • 9 Lebanon
  • 10 Libya
  • 11 Mauritania
  • 12 Morocco
  • 13 Oman
  • 14 Palestine
  • 15 Qatar
  • 16 Saudi Arabia
  • 17 Somalia
  • 18 Sudan
  • 19 Syria
  • 20 Tunisia
  • 21 United Arab Emirates
  • 22 Yemen
  • 23 Regional initiatives in the Arab world

 Algeria

{These need review and redacting.}

 Bahrain

 Comoros

Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative

 Djibouti

Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative

 Egypt

 Iraq

 Jordan

 Kuwait

 Lebanon

  • Amideast, Cisco Entrepreneurship Institute
  • Association for the Development of Rural Capacities
  • Association Entraide Professionnelle
  • Al Majmoua (microfinance)
  • Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal (magazine)
  • AltCity – creative startup community (coworking, cafe, startup programs)
  • Ameen (microfinance)
  • Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the AUB American University of Beirut
  • Bader Lebanon
  • Berytech
  • BIAT Center (Business Incubation Association of Tripoli)
  • Center For Entrepreneurship @ Beirut Arab University
  • Dragons Den: Al Aareen, on Beirut‘s Future Television
  • Euro-Lebanese Centre For Industrial Modernsation
  • eClub (The Entrepreneurship club) http://www.oureclub.com
  • Georges N. Frem Foundation
  • Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative
  • Ijma3
  • Imdad logistics a Middle East 4PL services provider (Logistics Management)
  • Kafalat: a 75% publicly owned financial company that assists SMEs to access commercial bank funding.
  • Partnership for Lebanon (Ghafari, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Occidental Petroleum)
  • Lira
  • MACLE
  • Makhzoumi Foundation
  • MOET (Ministry of Economy and Trade)
  • MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (known for its annual MIT Arab Business Plan Competition)
  • OX Factory The Startup Factory
  • Philips Innovation Program (housed at Berytech)
  • Qualeb Programme
  • René Moawad Foundation
  • RootSpace
  • SME Unit (of the Ministry of Economy and Trade)
  • South BIC (Business Incubation Center, Saida)
  • Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs (YAWE)
  • YallaStartup

 Mauritania

Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative

 Morocco

  • Al Akhawayan University
  • Amideast, Cisco Entrepreneurship Institute
  • AFEM, Moroccan Businesswomen’s Association
  • ANPME – The National SME Association
  • ANPME – National SME Agency
  • Biotech Maroc
  • CAC – Network of Business Advisory Bureaus
  • Casablanca Technopark
  • CMPP – Moroccan Centre for Clean Manufacturing
  • CREFACE – Network of Business Start-up Centres
  • Education for Employment Foundation (EFE-Maroc)
  • Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative
  • Government Ministries {revise: only leave in if sub-links relate directly to entrepreneurship}
    • MCI – Ministry of Industry and Commerce
    • The Ministry for Privatisation
    • OMPIC – National Intellectual Property Bureau
  • Network Maroc Entrepreneurs
  • OFPPT – National Manpower and Professional Training Bureau
  • PTR – A National Technology Services Network
  • RMIE — Moroccan Incubator and Start-up network
  • R+D Maroc — The Moroccan RTD Association
  • SIFE-Morocco
  • University incubators:
    • National University System
    • L’Université Mohammed Premier Oujda
    • CUDI — Incubator at Doukala University
    • CIE — Centre Incubator d’Entreprises
    • CIT — Centre d’Incubation Technologique at EMI Rabat
    • Incubator de l’ENIM
    • IT Incubateur at INPT-ENSIAS Rabat
    • Incubator ‘MA-IN’ at the Faculté des Sciences Semlalia Marrakech
    • Incubator at the Faculté des Sciences et Techniques Beni Mallal
    • Incubator at the Faculté des Sciences El Jadida
  • Maghreb Start-up Initiative

 Oman

 Palestine

 Qatar

  • Arab Youth Venture
  • Bedaya Center
  • Enterprise Qatar
  • Qatar University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Contest (QUIEC)- College of Engineering and College of Business and Economics
  • Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative
  • Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC)
  • Qatar Foundation
    • Qatar Science & Technology Park
    • Stars of Science
    • Social Development Center
  • Silatech

 Saudi Arabia

(KAUST runs startup accelerators including the Hikma IP-based Startup Accelerator and New Ventures Accelerator)

 Sudan

 Syria

  • HIAST — Higher Institute for Advanced S&T
  • Junior Chamber International — Syria
  • MAWRED Incubator for women entreprneeurs
  • SEBC — Syrian-Enterprise & Business Centre
  • SEBC – BI SEBC Business Incubator
  • SKILLS
  • Syrian Management Consultants Association
  • Business Angels Gate
  • Syrian Computer Society’s ICT (see also MBRF Arab Incubator Network)
  • The Syria Trust for Development
    • Massar
    • Shabab
    • FIRDOS – Fund for Integrated Rural Development of Syria
  • BIDAYA(founded by Asma Assad in conjunction with Youth Business International, FIRDOS, MAWRED, and SYEA)
  • SYEA – Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association

 Tunisia

 United Arab Emirates

 Yemen

Regional initiatives in the Arab world