King Hussein Business Park announces a series of initiatives targeting entrepreneurship and education with Orange Jordan Created by host on 3/5/2015 1:07:56 PM
(Amman, November 12, 2014): As part of its participation in the 2014 MENA ICT Forum — the region’s premier biennial ICT industry event — Orange Jordan has announced a series of initiatives organized under its long-term community development strategy, which is currently targeting the fields of entrepreneurship and education as key priorities.
The first initiative, Oasis 500-Orange Fab, builds on two highly successful acceleration programmes: Oasis 500, the leading seed investment company and accelerator in MENA as well as Orange Fab which was established by Orange Group with the objective of offering growth reach and distribution opportunities to selected startups within the ICT sector. Following its successful implementation in USA (Silicon Valley) France, Poland,, Asia, Ivory Coast and other countries. This initiative will target startups that may operate in markets that have Orange subsidiaries (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq). The program will be initially launched in Amman as part of a pilot phase and will be expanded to other MENA markets down the road.
“This initiative stems from our continued efforts to lead the charge when it comes to supporting young entrepreneurs, both locally and regionally,” commented Orange Jordan’s CEO Jean-Francois Thomas. “Startups constitute a critical element of the national economy and are key drivers of innovation if they find the appropriate level of support. This is precisely why we chose to partner with Oasis500 – an organization that has helped countless startups go from inception to stable growth. The program also falls in line with the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah II by helping young innovators establish a strong footing in their respective markets by providing funding, management consultation and access to customer bases within Orange’s network of affiliates.”
Yousef Hamidaddin, CEO, Oasis500 stated: “Our partnership with Orange Group to create their Orange Fab program with Orange Jordan will allow our startups and entrepreneurs to access a combined potential customer base of approximately 500 million people — the footprint that Orange operates globally through Deuche Telecom and Orange operations. Additionally, our startups will benefit from the technical and business expertise of the Orange team in mobile and telecommunications to improve their products and offerings.”
Orange Jordan also announced another initiative designed to help local entrepreneurs and startups by supporting the establishment of a co-working space within the King Hussein Business Park. The space, located within the state-of-the-art building “Grow,” will provide young entrepreneurs with the fundamental requirements for running their operations, including modern office furniture, creative space design, high-speed internet and communication solutions, and others.
“As the King Hussein Business Park continues to grow and host an increasing number of new entrepreneurial projects, we sought to provide a modern, comfortable working space that allows our young leaders to overcome the initial hurdles of setting up their workstations,” added Thomas. “Grow was conceived to serve as the perfect location for young leaders to feed their creative thinking and be more productive – an objective that is aligned with our long-term community development strategy.”
“King Hussein Business Park is proud to launch Grow initiative to empower startups, entrepreneurs, investors, freelancers and creative professionals with offices, co-working space and infrastructure to break into the next level of growth and success” Dr. Moayad Samman Chairman of King Hussein Business Park stated. “Our partnership with Orange on the co-working component will be dedicated to inspire open conversation about creativity, productivity and encourage innovation between people in the Space. Hosting thinkers, leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators from all around Jordan and attracting international Entrepreneurs explorers to come and share this open space experience” Dr. Samman added.
In addition to the aforementioned initiatives, Orange Jordan provided essential support to 32 startups participating in the MENA ICT Forum, giving them the opportunity to set up booths at the event, showcase their projects and leverage on the many networking opportunities the forum provides to growing businesses.
In the arena of education, Orange Jordan announced two initiatives geared toward spurring education reform in the Kingdom. The first initiative, titled “Orange E-learning Solutions,” falls within the company’s strategy to promote e-learning as a broader and dynamic educational approach. The initiative offers students the option to purchase tablet devices that come preloaded with interactive content that supports the educational curricula of the Ministry of Education. Orange is currently offering interactive courses and encyclopedia to be used as enrichment for grades 4 to 6, with plans to offer options for all grades within the next two years.
“E-learning is quickly becoming the preferred educational medium given the many benefits it offers both students and parents, and it will undoubtedly garner greater global adoption in the near future,” explained Thomas. “Globally, textbook-based curricula present a variety of challenges, including substantial costs, transport weight and a generally one-dimensional learning approach. E-learning, on the other hand, provides students with the convenience of having their entire schooling curriculum content on a single portable device, all the while leveraging on advanced teaching mechanisms and the online community to expand theoverall experience.”
As part of the same strategy, Orange also announced its plan to launch soon its Handset Buyback Program, which offers all handsets users in Jordan the ability to exchange their existing handsets for vouchers to be used at any Orange showroom nationwide. A portion of each handset exchange transaction will be allocated to support education reform initiatives nationwide through the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Center for Educational Technology.
It is worth noting that Orange Jordan is an annual participant and sponsor of MENA ICT Forum – a commitment that stems from the operator’s understanding of the important role played by MENA ICT and similar events in the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurial excellence in the ICT field.