Maryam Jamshidi

Women in Startups Grow in Gaza

July 11, 2014

The recent fourth-annual Startup Weekend Gaza enabled women to shine with their innovative ideas. A record number of people applied for this round, with a portion gaining sponsorship for their ideas. According to Christian Science Monitor, a special group of women had been gearing up for this weekend with the help of other female mentors through the Startup Weekend’s sponsor, Gaza Sky Geeks.

One such person was Nalan Al-Sarraj, whose vision was to create the first online graphics platform for Palestinians to market their pieces to the rest of the Arab world.

Another successful idea with high-earning potential belonged to 16-year-old Sofiya Mosalam, whose inspiration originated from her busy mother caring for her family. Sofiya explained, “I came here, I knew zero about management… Now my challenge is to prove to my family and everybody – it’s not about how old you are, or whether you’re a boy or a girl, it’s just about your dream.”

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Written by Sonja Trierweiler, social media specialist and blogger on the Middle East.