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Future business leaders attend boot camp in Kurdistan

By Rawand M. Aziz 30/7/2017

Photos: Courtesy of Five One Labs

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — To help local entrepreneurs reach their potential, a startup boot camp was hosted in Erbil on Friday and Saturday.

The event was hosted by Five One Labs, a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East.

“We are pleased to see these young people who have great ideas in their minds and intended to bring them to reality. We need to have a strategic plan for any business with the intention of achieving a great success," said Alice Bosley, the Executive Director of Five One Labs Organisation.

To pursue their goals, participants received a crash course in entrepreneurship, design thinking, defining challenges, user research, business models, prototyping, and pitching their ideas.

"The attendees learnt several key points during the workshop, including how to set a proper plan for their businesses, spirit of team work, choosing the right place for their businesses and identifying their customers as well," Mohammad W. Saleh, an assistant for the event told Rudaw.

Specifically in the Kurdistan Region, Five One aims to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

Providing access to training and mentorship with experienced entrepreneurs and businessmen, and community involvement are tenets of the program.

Their next event, which is a discussion panel, will be on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at MSELECT on Danyal Qassab Street in Erbil.

The events are part of the Summer Startup Festival in the Kurdistan Region.

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