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Jordan to host Global Entrepreneurship Week

Jordan will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week taking place November 16-22, 2009 with a slate of activities focusing on entrepreneurs at all stages of growth and featuring leading entrepreneurs from around the world, the region and the Kingdom.

November 14, 2009 12:00 by

14/11/2009, AMMANJordan will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week taking place November 16-22, 2009 with a slate of activities focusing on entrepreneurs at all stages of growth and featuring leading entrepreneurs from around the world, the region and the Kingdom.


The Week, beginning with a launch reception at Le Royal Hotel in Amman on Sunday, November 15, is organized by Creative Commons, Endeavor Jordan, the Young Entrepreneurs Association, and the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE).


According to the organizers, the launch event is designed to spotlight Jordan’s nascent culture of entrepreneurship, celebrate success stories, and “develop an action plan on how to position Jordan as the entrepreneurial hub of the region through live voting on key questions developed by international experts”.


 “This effort falls under the organizers’ contribution to translating into reality the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah for Jordan’s economic development,” said Mohamad Khawaja of the QRCE.


Speakers include inspiring world-class entrepreneurs such as Joi Ito, a Japanese activist, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist; Silicon Valley luminaries Reid Hoffman, the founder and CEO of LinkedIn, and Mitchell Baker, Chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation, launcher of the Firefox web-browser; and Arab business innovators such as Habib Haddad and Sami Shalabi, the tech gurus behind


From Jordan, Ghassan Nuqul from the Nuqul Group, Maher Kaddoura, from Huron Consulting Group and founder of Hikmat Road Safety, and Sabri Hakim from Talasim will be sharing their experiences with an audience that will include CEOs, high-impact entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and team leaders.



The Global Entrepreneurship Week calendar, available to view at, features on November 16th a Global Entrepreneurs Forum, which brings together the business community to hear from and network with five outstanding international entrepreneurs. A Speed Networking Session on November 17 will be an educational event teaching 100-200 professionals to network effectively with each other. On the 21st, a panel discussion featuring successful Jordanian businesswomen will address the aspirations of women entrepreneurs and the particular challenges they encounter. Another educational opportunity, Entrepreneurship 101 will be offered by UC Berkeley trainer Dr Wissam Rabadi on November 22nd. All of these events will be held at Princess Sumaya University of Technology.


The 18th and 19th will be dedicated to “Afkar, yes we can!” a series of interactive creative thinking sessions at schools in Amman, Irbid, Ma’an and Zarqa for students to enhance their problem-solving techniques in order to break down the obstacles facing young leaders.


The week of activities concludes with Tijaritna, an entrepreneurs’ marketplace featuring handmade and home-baked products and treats, all day at City Mall on Sunday, November 22nd.



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About the Organizers:

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing. Creative Commons provides easy to use legal tools to give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.


Endeavor is a global non-profit that breaks down barriers that prevent emerging-market entrepreneurs from reaching their high-impact potential. Endeavor screens hundreds of next-generation entrepreneurs, ultimately selecting those who demonstrate the leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurial qualities to build high-growth, successful companies.  Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs benefit from services tailored to help them develop their businesses, plan for growth, and attract financing.  Endeavor Jordan launched in 2009 to support high-impact entrepreneurship in Jordan.


The Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which works towards improving national development and aims to be the region's cornerstone for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship advancement. The QRCE hosts the Google Award for the Best Online Business in Jordan, in addition to the Queen Rania Entrepreneurship Competition.

The Young Entrepreneurs’ Association was established in November 1998 as a non-governmental, non-profit organization. The membership-based YEA plays a leadership role in supporting young entrepreneurs in today’s increasingly competitive global market. YEA aims at supporting entrepreneurial opportunities through enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit, growing the number of entrepreneurs in Jordan, and improving the business environment.



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