Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan paid a surprise visit to the King Hussein Business Park in Amman this week to meet with members of the local start-up community.
Home to the ‘Grow Startups’ [sic] building, the King Hussein Business Park houses several companies which are pushing boundaries and initiating innovative new endeavours.
Queen Rania first visited Parachute16, which is a consultation and ‘edutainment’ company that specialises in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. With offices and employees working in Jordan and across the Arab world, the firm is focused on building environments where creativity can flourish.
Jordan’s hardworking youth never cease to amaze me with their ambitious initiatives! Today, I learned about Parachute16 and other startups at the King Hussein Business Park pic.twitter.com/2uyfyK5Cxv
— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) January 16, 2018
According to Parachute16 founder Ghassan Halawa, the company builds these environments by offering emerging entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors access to consultation and training services. They have also facilitated mentorship, investment and networking opportunities for start-ups and worked to develop incubator programs and interactive ‘edutainment’ workshops at both the local and international levels.
While she was there, Her Majesty learned more about specific programs the company supports as well as more about their future growth plans.
One of the programs Parachute16 is working with is the first of its kind and invites members of Jordanian society – from all sectors and backgrounds – to look at challenges facing the country and present how they would innovatively solve the issue.
The program is currently gathering these solutions and will present the top ones in a television special to air next month. Conducted in partnership between Parachute16 and Ro’ya TV, New Think and Partners for Good, the winning proposal will be awarded 5,000 JOD in prize money and a further 25,000 JOD in funding for the initiative.
Another program Queen Rania was introduced to was ‘TomohiLive’, an interactive program broadcast every Wednesday on Facebook Live which gives up and coming innovators a chance to connect with supportive organisations, companies and individuals. With lots of interactive content which addresses viewers’ feedback and comments the program provides an essential platform which allows successful entrepreneurs to share their expertise and inspire the next generation of innovators.
The royal visit concluded with a stop at the Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC).