If you're reading this, you're probably already interested in the Jordan business-scape. The region's 'safe' Kingdom has long since been billed as the Silicone Valley of the Middle East. Young, dynamic and almost-as-trendy-as-Beirut, Jordan's startup culture has proliferated over the past few years with a stream of problem-solving apps and time-saving services likely already part of your daily routine.
Startup accelerators and innovation hubs like Oasis 500 are the main engines for growth, serving as incubators for success. One of them, Berlin-based nonprofit enpact, has recently selected 10 emerging companies among a cohort of 500 ambitious Jordanian contestants for an eight-month long mentorship program to help them make their business plans realities.
This otherwise dry Kingdom has the juicy ingredients required to make it the queen of regional innovation - an impressive 25% IT annual growth and attractive to international investors. More than just Yahoo's Maktoob, we're seeing a new cycle of trophies to boast.
According to experts, it’s just a matter of time before the grand ruins that put Jordan on the map will be overtaken by these newer keystones and life-impacting inventions. And we couldn’t be more excited about these waves of change in a (thankfully) stable Kingdom.
Meet the veritable Silicon Valley of the Middle East and greet 10 talented Jordanians jostling to introduce their unorthodox business models to the Arab world, and beyond.