A seminar by Mye Dream for all UKHians.
About Mye Dream Organization:
My(Entrepreneurial)Dream (MyeDream) is Iraqi Kurdistan’s first and only entrepreneurship ecosystem development social enterprise organization and startup business incubator, passionate about the role and contribution of youth in economic growth and rebuilding the region through local startups. With 70% of the population under 30 years of age (and a median age of only 20 years), 14% unemployment, and over 50% of the workforce working in the public sector (1.4M, out of a population of roughly 7M that includes 1.5M IDPs and refugees), never before had there been a greater need to revive the conversation around private sector ecosystem, especially refocusing it on the youth potential and entrepreneurship to rebuild the country and economy and engage partners and investors to benefit all people and rebuild communities through positive engagement.
MyeDream launched its incubator program in Erbil through MyeDream Erbil Bootcamp, in partnership with and with support from Rwanga (largest local NGO) and Rotana Hotel, for which 165 youth registered, 37 ideas were pitched in-person, and 16 teams were selected for an intensive two-weeks training program, and thousands reached through social media and other messaging of Dream, Dialogue, and Development. The program culminated in a Championship Day keynoted by the Deputy Prime Minister, with closing remarks by the Consul General of the US, remarks by KRG Minister of Labor, KRG Deputy Minister of Youth, UN IOM, and Wamda’s CEO Fadi Ghandour (skype). The program had 40% women, 10% displaced persons, and four winners, half of whom women, whose projects are tackling supply chain issues to solve economic crises, including a new approach and solution to speed up the delivery of farmers’ wheat and barley and other produce to the market efficiently, a technology interface to provide space for skilled workers to freelance and consult based on demand, a new technology solution linking customers with information on best discounts on goods and services in Kurdistan, and a new innovation invention that earned the winner the first-ever “special innovation winner and entrepreneur-in-residence” prize.
As a social enterprise founded exclusively to help the people and youth of Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and bring global best practices and networks to help, we aim to build upon this pre-incubator experience to carry out others in Kurdistan and to support a holistic ecosystem model of building our 3-D approach of Dream, Dialogue, and Development. Our flagship set of activities will be the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) across the region, celebrating the role of entrepreneurship, enabling young people with skills, and building the “triple helix” ecosystem to provide space for young entrepreneurs to establish and operate their businesses and attain collaborative and capital support.
About MyeDream (GEN’s official partner for Iraq & Kurdistan Region of Iraq)
Our team is network of local entrepreneurs, supporters, and young changemakers throughout Kurdistan, Iraq, and the diaspora, including the leaders/teams of HackaErbil, StartupWeekend, TEDx, US Exchange Programs Alumni (inc. IYLEP), World Economic Forum’s Erbil Shapers’ Chapter, et al. We were founded by Rebeen Pasha, an Iraqi Kurd, who came to the US as a refugee in 1996 after his father was assassinated by Saddam’s regime, and went on to finish his graduate studies in policy and international development, and had 12 years’ experience in international development, youth, and public private partnerships—including UN/UNDAF Iraq, USAID Middle East Bureau Team Lead, and 34 countries’ youth programs—prior to founding MyeDream June 2015. Rebeen Pasha is co-founder of American Friends of Kurdistan, and has also been invited to represent Iraq’s ecosystem and/or for speaking roles on multiple occasions inside and outside of Iraq, including by the White House for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, by World Economic Forum/Richard Attias’ Group, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Expo2020 (Dubai), MBC Amal Awards, and for advice on Iraq’s ecosystem for CSIS, Atlantic Council, JHU/SAIS, and others.