After a widespread call for applications under the LevelUP Accelerator Programme for Jordan, UNIDO and a coalition of public and private partners concluded an intensive screening process to announce the Top 50 selected companies in the program’s first in-person event held on 20 October at the Amman Rotana. The event was attended by Fabio Cassese, Ambassador of Italy to Jordan, Emilio Cabasino, Head of AICS Amman and Ahmad Hamad from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply.
The selected 50 companies will undergo a one-month digital e-learning program under the Accelerator’s Gate II. The participants will receive a comprehensive, gateway training on business strategy development and digital transformation through thematic courses led by global experts, one-to-one coaching sessions, partner-led interventions for building entrepreneurial capacities and an unlimited access to a comprehensive resource library. Gate II will be followed by splitting the cohort into two: 35 early-stage startups will be incubated through UNIDO’s online IDEA App tool while 15 more mature SMEs will benefit from business acceleration services. The program will ultimately showcase the companies to potential investors in a regional demo day and will select Jordan’s 10 Champions of Digital Change for an exclusive business immersion experience in Europe.
The LevelUP accelerator program is part of the larger LevelUp - Advancing Jordanian Industries multi-component project aimed at creating decent job opportunities for women and youth. It is delivered in partnership with Jordan’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (MITS) and local partners, including Changelabs, Jordan Exports (JE), Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO) and Business and Professional Women Association (BPWA). The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), and is powered by Promoting Women Empowerment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in the MENA region.
For further information contact Bashir Conde (B.Conde [at] unido.org)