Jordan Innovation Program: Introductory Webinar, March 3rd, 2021, Virtual event
Event text originally published on the Business Finland website.
Jordan Innovation Program will begin with a short Introductory Webinar, where the participants are able to hear more about the local challenges to which are needed innovative solutions. During this webinar you can ask more specific questions related to the program.
Finnish companies of any sizes interested in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) and/or Jordan market. Companies should have the solutions and/or competencies to address the challenges presented by the local partners.
We encourage companies that have the following features to join the program:
- Sufficient own financial and other resources (enough time and manpower) to co-create solutions and scale businesses with partners in Jordan and the wider region.
- A willingness to engage in challenging developing markets and pursue business with impacts, preferably with some previous experiences of such markets.
- Preliminary ideas for scalable solutions, products or services that could address challenges related to the refugee crisis including sustainable development goals.
The aim of this program is to bring Finnish tech solutions and to create but also support new business opportunities related to health and education in order to tackle the refugee crisis in Jordan. The main idea is empower specially refugee women and girls in camps to offer them a better life.
Through the program, Finnish companies can network with local Jordanian partners and potential customers, develop the solutions with local stakeholders, gain better understanding of the market and build a roadmap for market entry. Companies are also offered to receive support from Business Finland and Finnpartnership to relevant funding options.
The objectives of the program are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Jordan is one of the countries most affected by the Syria crisis, hosting the second highest share of refugees per capita in the world according to Fact Sheet of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (September 2020). In addition to Syria there are currently more than 1,3 million refugees from for example Iraq, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia in Jordan.
- Jordan has become one of few stable hubs with all surrounding countries giving direct businesses access to over 1 billion customers in the region.
- Jordan is also an upper-middle income liberal economy and WTO member. The country has high entrepreneurial activity and hosts interesting startup support programs.
- To power its economic growth and build a resilient infrastructure to support the refugees and the vulnerable host communities, Jordan is increasingly focusing on digitization. Jordan looks for Finland as an innovative partner to drive the digital transformation.