Our calendar has been pretty eventful since our launch event earlier this month. Last week we hosted the first ever Rowad Global Network Meetup here in Amman. It’s an online platform that aims to connect Yemeni entrepreneurs or those interested in entrepreneurship no matter where they are. The city ambassador, Maali Jamil, with the help of the Innovative Yemen team hosted about 20 Yemenis at Montage Café in Jabal Amman. The goal was to understand what Yemenis in Amman know about the city and what challenges they’ve faced.
One message we’ve been trying to maintain since we started Innovative Yemen is that there are opportunities in the MENA region. Accelerators across the region are constantly looking for ‘deal flow’ and we want to highlight these different programs so that Yemenis can know where to look.
Another message is that for Yemenis abroad, getting together and reaching out to different creative centers in their cities can also create opportunities. The Rowad Global Network aims to bring like-minded people together in hopes that they will utilize the resources they have and leverage their networks in order to create a movement within the different cities. The startup communities are more likely to help once people have a well-articulated cause or ask.
We hope to continue to have these meetups on a regular basis and continue to grow with the community.