MIT Entrepreneurship forum called Global Innovation Competition for refugees

2016/7/19 13:17

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Announced the MIT forum for Entrepreneurship announced the launch of an international competition to develop technological projects that address the challenges and difficult circumstances of life suffered by the refugees in different areas including health care, food, shelter, security, education, energy, and in partnership with "Zain Group," and "MBC Group. Hope", with the support from "the High Commissioner of the United Nations for refugees (UNHCR)," and the program "bridges" Scholarship.

The Forum pointed out that humanity is witnessing at this stage what has become known as the largest resort since World War II crisis, with the world exceeded the number of refugees twenty million barrier, which makes the need for innovative solutions to meet the basic requirements of this stricken slide, more urgent today than ever before.

He explained MIT Entrepreneurship forum to contest four awards, each worth 20 thousand dollars, will be awarded for innovative solutions to the most effective in addressing the challenges faced by the refugees.

It provides partners Alsman "MBC Group. Hope" and "Zain Group" two of the four awards for innovative solutions in health care, energy, food, shelter and security areas, while the allocation of the third prize to resolve innovator in the field of education, to be submitted "bridges", non-profit organization founded by a number of Syrian expatriates to support development in their country.

The fourth award, will provide funding worth collective manner, and give them to resolve innovative by one of the refugees. For this purpose has been launched crowdfunding campaign through Generosity service Indiegogo platform.

As for the conditions of participation, the Forum pointed out that it should include team involved at least two members, and that the products / basic services are based on technology, and to address the products / services fundamental problem facing the refugees.

This has been open for submission of applications for participation through the website on June 20, 2016, and will close the submission of applications for participation in the September 1 / September 2016, to announce the ten teams qualified to the final stage on September 20 / September 2016, and on 3 October / October 2016 will be the closing ceremony and awards.

He noted MIT forum on Entrepreneurship that the importance of the participation of entrepreneurs in the contest "devised for refugees" is that it useful to them in many ways: it is socially contributing participants in helping to alleviate the crisis suffered by the refugees, the financial side would receive awards cash, as well as take advantage of the training and guidance
By specialists, as well as regional and international media coverage that will receive the contest "devised for refugees", as well as recognition deservedly winning by the "Forum MIT Entrepreneurship" in the Arab world, which has the reputation and stature and wide in the region and the world projects.

It is noteworthy that MIT forum for entrepreneurship in the Arab world, was established in 2005 and is one of the 28 global version of the MIT Entrepreneurship forum, as it is one of the leading platforms for supporting entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the world.

MIT forum for Entrepreneurship has been achieved in the Arab world success in the promotion of entrepreneurship in line with the standards of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and through the organization of MIT forum contest for Entrepreneurship annually, which are aimed at attracting 21 countries in the Arab region and to receive more than 80 thousand applications provide. This competition has contributed to the creation of over 300 start-ups and 2,000 jobs and provide 685 thousand dollars in seed financing.