An Entrepreneurship challenge in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is organized within the framework of OKP-Pal project on Capacity Building in WASH and CSA Education and Research in Palestine. The responsibility of implementation of this challenge is assigned to Bedar Platform for Social Entrepreneurship
The participation is open to all Palestinian students at the partner universities at all levels -bachelors, Masters, and PhD, and young professionals-.Teams of at minimum 1 and at maximum 7 persons can participate in the challenge. The challenge program consists of input from successful international entrepreneurs and trainers, information on Palestinian challenges in WASH and CSA, and instructions on how to frame a high-quality business proposal. In outbreak sessions the students receive support from university professors and experienced entrepreneurs in developing their business ideas further.
Criteria for student teams to participate
- Student teams consists of at minimum 1, at maximum 7 persons with a selected leader
- Each team is preferably composed of both males and females
- Each student team should involve at least one professor and/or one entrepreneur in a supportive/advisory role
- A combination of students and young professionals in one team is recommendable
Criteria for viable business ideas
- The focus of the business ideas is limited to WASH and/or CSA
- The pideas are focused on areas of interest for the Palestinian economy, or/and are related to ongoing research at the partner Palestinian universities,
- The business ideas address issues of social interest
- The idea is implementable within a reasonable time frame and budget.
- Additional selection criteria will include usability, scalability, integration, and stability as well as marketability (within related ministries and institutions).
Scope of the project
1. Applications Screening and Selection
The assessment will revolve around the following four criteria:
- Innovation and added value (including evaluation of scientific input)
- Entrepreneurial skills and ability
- Fit of the project to the market in terms of feasibility and needs
- Social impact on Palestinian economy through WASH and/or CSA
Any applicant is expected to achieve a minimum in each criterion to qualify, and the top 30 scorers shall be invited to do interviews in the pre-assessment phase. At this stage,
Following the first round of selection and the determination of around 30 participating
Teams. Pre-assessment interviews will be carried out with each team. This process should narrow down the number of the participant teams to 20.. The pre-assessment analysis will revolve around 4 important factors that directly influence the "entrepreneurial experience":
- Qualification: Through the academic and professional background of each entrepreneur, we will assess the extent of his ability to make his project a success, existing or future.
- Commitment: or the drive towards the project, we discover the expectations of entrepreneurs from the project. The more the project turns out to be a solution to the entrepreneur’s needs and aspirations, the greater his commitment.
- Environment: plants grow by providing good soil. The entrepreneur's perseverance and diligence are nourished from his social capital, which is family and close friends.
- The project progress stage: It helps us to understand the depth of study of the project and whether the entrepreneur’s relationship to the project is shallow or strong. Projects that need to go deeper are projects that may require more effort from mentors/trainers.
3. Intensive Bootcamp
A two-week intensive bootcamp is in offer, taking off with six online sessions. These sessions should establish some common ground for participants and are open to all selected teams. They are most likely to be interactive sessions ranging from 75 to 120 mins, depending on the subject and excluding guest speakers
4. Coaching and mentoring
One-to-one coaching sessions will be conducted by matching entrepreneurs with mentors to help them reach the required milestones. The matching is made according to their pre-assessment results and progress in the aftermath of the bootcamp. Coaching session duration is 1 hour possibly extended into 30 min follow-up sessions.
Top four business proposals will be awarded:
- Winners will receive a financial support from the OKP project
- Winners will be technically supported by business incubators at the partner Palestinian universities.
Instructions to make an application:
Before make an application insure the following:
- You have an Academic supervisor
- Write a description of your idea (not more than 400 words) that briefly covers the scientific background on the problem and how the innovative solution is tackling it. Explanation of the target segment, the solution, technical and economic feasibility, and how the idea/solution would be scaled-up to positively impact and contribute to efficient WASH and CSA in Palestine.
Writr a draft proposal of your idea (should be 4 pages at most), and it should be according to our template and in PDF format.
**You can download our proposal template from here in the template you will find all the questions/information that should be covered in your proposal.
This proposal will be developed among the different phases of the challenge. You will end up with a proffisional proposal of your project ready for implementation.
Combine All CV's of your team members (in case you have a team) in One PDF File
To make an application please click on the "Apply" button: