The entrepreneurial landscape in Palestine faces considerable obstacles stemming from various sources. These challenges include restrictive regulations that impede the free flow of goods, services, and capital. Additionally, outdated infrastructure and communication networks hinder progress. Education often lacks a focus on fostering entrepreneurial skills and innovation from an early stage, while research and development struggle to thrive at the university level. Legal hurdles arising from both regulatory frameworks and a lack of supportive policies for innovation add further complexity.

Access to cutting-edge technologies is limited, and venture capital and angel investment networks are scarce, dampening entrepreneurial initiatives. The pipeline for startups and innovative ideas is narrow, necessitating a concentrated effort on ideation and innovation. Moreover, while emerging, the support ecosystem, including accelerators and incubators, lacks sufficient experience and capacity to nurture entrepreneurs effectively.

The MIT REAP Palestine Team endeavors to forge a unified vision for advancing the innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem. By uniting stakeholders and fostering collaboration, the team aims to establish a globally recognized platform that promotes the growth and competitiveness of Palestinian entrepreneurship on an international scale.

Team Members

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Mohammed Musleh
Chief Technical Advisor, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment
Ruba Samandar
Strategic Planner Lead & Proposal Writing, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment
Jamal Abughosh
Government Entrepreneurship Expert, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment
Yacoub Tahhan Bazajian
Founder & GM, ShopFever
Salem Mostofo
Director, Aurora Technologies
Ibrahim Sweis
Entrepreneur in Resident, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment
Mai Zwatiya
An-Najah National Univeristy
Mohammad Sharaf
Director of An-najah Innovation Park, An-Najah National University

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