The pitching event for the selection of the green entrepreneurs who would reach the incubation phase in Jordan took place on 27-29 March 2022 online. It was organized by the Business Development Centre (BDC), MedWaves (formerly SCP/RAC) local partner in Jordan under the SwitchMed programme, in charge of the implementation of the Green Entrepreneurship Programme.
The event was targeting the entrepreneurs who had already developed their Green Business Models as the first step of the Green Entrepreneurship programme, and move to its next phase which consists in designing their Green Business Plans. The green business canvases that they established in the first phase were assessed by an expert jury according to criteria including the value proposition, environmental and social impacts, economic profit, novelty and the professional and personal team skills. In total, more than 50 business ideas from 7 Governorates countrywide were pre-selected to be pitched during the event.
Eventually, the top 18 rated projects were selected to begin the stage of incubation. The incubated Switchers will be supported to create their green businesses through a 6-month incubation process including personal mentoring and tailored external technical assistance.
These 18 selected green business are represented by 20 entrepreneurs, including 12 women. Businesses are mostly at the ideation state and all of them aim at achieving an environmental and social impact tackling a climate change challenge along with an economic profit.
During their incubation, the entrepreneurs will be trained by local mentors who were certified by SwitchMed and are mainly from organizations that are members of the Support National Partnership in Jordan such as Jordan Heritage, Dibeen Association, Masafat without borders, Intermediaries Center for Change, Al-Ard Al-Tayyeba association, Shebabiye Association. Once their incubation is complete, the entrepreneurs will participate in the National Investors Switchers event and pitch their Green Business Plan in front of a jury of selected Sustainable Business Investors in order to reach financial deals and mobilize funds for their businesses. This event is foreseen for the last quarter of 2022.
Here are what the 18 projects are about:
eRecycleHUB aims at setting up a social media platform that provides users a convenient and accessible tool to participate in recycling and sorting at source.
Safe and Clean for environmental services
This waste management company works in on-site waste separation and provides different services to the entities such as waste sorting and building capacities to organizations on how to sort the waste in order to be recycled.
This project is an environmental-friendly cleaning company which uses bio organic cleaning products instead of manufactured chemicals.
Gold Sands is about sandponic cultivation systems set on the roofs of houses and non-agricultural lands. It provides customers with seedlings and fish fingerlings and trainings for farm management to produce healthy fish, vegetables and fruits free of residual fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
Ico Ivent planning
This company plans events, activities, meetings and conferences in an eco-friendly manner including environmental consultations. It provides a service of planning for both online and on-site events for the city of Irbid. In addition, the company offers online environmental courses at affordable prices on the company website.
Mushroom House is dedicated to organic mushrooms planting.
This project aims at collecting the damaged tyres and other wastes and recycle them to convert them into useful items like furniture, art pieces, parks and gardens decorations.
This company recycles the plastic waste into plastic polymers to be used again in the industry using special methodologies. Scientific papers have been issued for this project and some researches.
This project is about planting medical herbs used in many medications and cosmetics through a hydroponic process.
This eco-friendly hub offers the space for people to sell and display their recycled materials , or to give those to be recycled.
It is basically producing compost through an eco-friendly process by using special kinds of worms. The project aims at growing these worms in lands and use their waste as a compost.
Karaki Green Hostel
Ecotourism based project which aims to build a green hostel in a nature with green experience tourism.
This is an eco-tourist camp with a recycling experience in Tafila which also gives the visitors the chance to participate in recycling materials and turn them to furniture and art pieces through a recycling space in the camp.
Spirulina algae planting in special aquariums which is used as whole meal with vitamins and proteins.
Mustafa Touqan Modular Design
This project aims at recycling and renovating the furniture and turn it from waste to brand new furniture.
This project is about organic honey production using an eco-friendly methodology.
Organic dairy products, in recyclable bags which uses the waste water from the production process to water an organic garden that pants medical herbs.
Cartoonat is collecting the cartons and paper thrown by factories to recycle them and turn them into art pieces and educational boards for kids.
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