Entrepreneurs today are fortunate to have tools that can help their startups, such as social media, incubators, mentors and crowd funding.
Crowd Funding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet
If you have an idea or a small business, Kiskckstarter is your best place to post about your project and the fund you are looking to raise. Luckily, the Middle East is no different than the rest of the world. Today we have two shakers in the market: Eureeca and AfkarMENA. They are taking the region by storm. 19 startups have benefited from Eureeca, where some of them have managed to over fund just in a 2 or 3 months period. The website is user friendly, you can connect with investors and increase your network of investors and mentors. AfkarMENA is a reward-based online platform for all your creative ideas. Whether you have a new game to develop, a music album to release, or want to start an NGO, AFKARMENA will help make that happen. I have started a project at AfkarMENA for my NGO “Under My Olive Tree” Education Program to raise fund for less fortunate students in Jordan. For more info check the link
My story with REACH 2.0 began 1.5 years before registering the company. It began with Hiba!
Hiba is a 12 year old cancer survivor who lost both of her eyes to the disease. Her dad was calling IT companies in Jordan to donate a laptop for his daughter where he wanted to install an educational software by Sakhr that will help Hiba with her studies. At that time, I was still working with Offtech and Hiba’s dad called the office later in the evening after all the staff left. It happened that my colleague answered the phone and I over heard the conversation. I told him, listen, let me talk to him!
5 years ago I had a blog called Under My Olive Tree which is today a registered NGO. I posted about Hiba’s case in the blog and posted about donating a laptop on Twitter in the morning. And by 8 P.M I received $800 in donations to buy the laptop!
I have to admit that the whole thing still gives me the goose bumps today but it also showed me how important social media is in our world and how we can use it for the good and of course to promote our businesses. It was a turning point for me as I discovered I love two things:
community service and social media!
I thought to my self, it’s time to follow my passion and become self employed.
That was the beginning
** Hiba got accepted to university this fall