cewas Middle East’s entrepreneurship activities in Jordan started in April 2017 with the first dedicated start-up programme for entrepreneurs and professionals with a strong motivation to create financially viable solutions for the water, sanitation and waste sector.
Since 2017, 45 start-ups have taken part in two year-long Start-up Programmes. During the course, entrepreneurs have been trained and supported in the formation of their business or project with advanced training modules, business coaching and consulting by sector experts and an extensive regional and international network.
In October 2020, we will be kicking off our first Middle East Green Entrepreneurship Program for professionals and experienced managers in cooperation with Bookbridge. The program aims at empowering professionals with a view toward opening up, embracing change and co-creating tangible, sustainable and impactful solutions. Specifically in the Middle East, where complex social, economic and environmental challenges exist, effective leadership is of paramount importance. Thus, our new program helps you develop your business and leadership skills through experiential learning. Participants of the program will be able to create a worthwhile tangible business as an outcome of the program.
The 6-month part-time program involves 16 learning days over 6 months. The module dates are:
Module 1: Oct 12-14, 2020, Willisau, Switzerland
Module 2: Nov 14-21, 2020, Jordan
Module 3: Jan 13-15, 2021, Willisau, Switzerland
Module 4: March 10, 2021, Virutal
Module 5: Apr 15-16, 2021, Willisau, Switzerland
Early Bird Fees of EUR 8,800 for international applicants and 2,300 JOD for Jordanians apply for registrations before December 15, 2019.
In September 2019 cewas Middle East & INJAZ launched a 12-months incubation support for entrepreneurs with an innovative business idea that creates environmental, economic and social impact in Jordan and the region.
14 start-up teams have beenselected to join an incredible opportunity to build a water, sanitation or waste idea into a business, with expert trainings, access to cash financing and green investors, international exposure and a community of like minded changemakers!
4 Training Days, Amman
Define your winning water and sanitation business model
This module introduces you to the programme and shares insights into sector trends. Using the business model canvas, you will identify your value proposition and develop a minimum viable product, ready to be tested in module 2
4 Training Days, Amman
Ground-truth you business model and test it on your customers
Throughout this hands-on module you test different elements of your business model, including your prototype(s). Analyze specific market segments and generate feedback that allows you to turn your water and sanitation idea into a feasible solution. You will learn how to attract customers, improve your product or services and make your first sales experiences.
4 Training Days, Amman
Build a compelling story around your products or services and make the numbers work
Drawing on information gathered in Modules 1 and 2, you establish a viable marketing mix considering promotion, placement and pricing of your products and services. In parallel, you will dive deep into cost structures and revenue streams to turn your idea into a financially viable solution. Count with the key elements of a convincing business plan by the end of this module.
3 Training Days, Amman
Perfect your pitch and develop your networking strategy
You have a great idea and now it is time to test it with external experts, investors and potential customers. Develop your networking strategy and perfect your pitch. You will have the chance to win prizes by presenting your pitch to a panel of judges.
1 Day Event
Recognising achievements. Demonstrate the positive impact your project can have on those most vulnerable to Jordan’s water, sanitation and resource challenges. Win seed funding support to take your business to the next level, network and set the bar for environmental innovations in Jordan.
Expert coaches and mentors are there to help make things happen! In individual coaching sessions, they deliver practical advice, introductions and connections to funding opportunities. Meanwhile, through events with your cewas Middle East community, you will connect to a broad range of sector experts and like-minded green entrepreneurs to collaborate, exchange and develop businesses with.