Berlin meets Amman
amman | december 2017
Jordan, the country the size of Portugal with 9.5 million people has appeared on the startup map when Yahoo acquired Maktoob, the world’s first Arab-English email service provider in 2009.
Jordan is one of the most progressive Arab nations – economically and socially. Its business practices and cultural norms are incredibly flexible and open-minded providing the perfect groundwork for good ideas, diversity and a place where many expats feel at home. While in the global tech sector women represent only about 10 percent of the total workforce, in Jordan they represent about 30 percent.
Amman, in particular, is a startup hub with distinctive assets. It is an increasingly robust ecosystem including a number of accelerators and co-working spaces with international flair. The institution that’s been the biggest player, especially in building Jordan’s profile globally, has been Oasis500 – the first seed-capital fund of its kind in the MENA region.
Jordan has no natural resources, putting the ecosystem’s focus resolutely on human resources and spending immensely on education (20% of its GDP). For the population size, Jordan has an extraordinary pool of global thinkers and tech talent working with localized but also scalable ideas (Sources: Economist 2013, 1776 2014, seedstars 2017)
Delegation Trip to Amman in December 2017
4-Day Delegation Trip Schedule
After arriving in Amman, we will get to know each other and kick-off the Delegation Trip Program.
Together we will explore the Amman ecosystem and get to know the major players.
We will meet Jordanian startups, investors, accelerator programs, and co-working spaces.
On our last day, we explore the city of Amman and its cultural heritage.
There is no extra fee to take part in the delegation trip.
What is included:
- Startup Connect Delegation Trip Program
- the Startup Connect Team to support your logistics
What is not included:
- Flights to and from Amman *
- Accommodation in Amman
approx. cost for you
e.g. when you are coming from Germany:
Visa on arrival: 50,- Euro
Flights: 525,- Euro/both ways
Hotel: 40,- Euro/night
Total: 695,- Euro
(Last updated: August 2017)
* Startup Connect offers a limited number of travel scholarships for German and Egyptian startups covering their flight expenses up to 300,- Euro.