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December 16, 2019

€256K for 32 new Syrian startups in Turkey

From over 120 applications, 32 new startup companies by young Syrian entrepreneurs were awarded with financial startup prizes last week. 

Alongside our local partner organisation, Orange, and with funds from the European Union in Turkey, we have been training, coaching and boosting the businesses to become viable and create employment opportunities. 

Each of the 32 new companies received €8000 in seed funding. They pitched their businesses on stage and showcased their prototypes on presentation tables.

Some of the winners included:

Hibetullah Alluş and Abdusselami Melluk, Geeks Wood

“We are producing recreational wooden toys to develop children’s intelligence. We are planning to use the seed funding to develop our toys and to buy more materials, more packing materials. 

Our next step is to create toys that will help Syrian kids to get to know Syria. For example, we are planning to create the Aleppo castle from wood and provide informative booklets alongside with the games so that Syrian children who haven’t had the chance to know their culture because of war, can recognise their home country”.

Hibetullah Alluş presenting Geeks Wood, a wooden toy company
Hibetullah Alluş and Abdusselami Melluk presenting Geeks Wood, a wooden toy company
Hibetullah Alluş and Abdusselami Melluk awarded €8K for their company, Geeks Wood

Abdulla Albasha, 360 Laser Plan

“In a construction site, one needs to use cables to find the centre of foundations and columns. Our 360 degree laser device reads the plot and takes the centre measurement of the columns via laser beams. 

We are so happy to win this competition, it opened a new door for us and for our future. We came up with the idea while participating in the entrepreneurship training.

We would like to develop more devices to improve construction sector. With the seeding fund we will open our firm”.

Abdulla Albasha presenting 360 Laser Plan, a laser device for construction sites
Abdulla Albasha presenting 360 Laser Plan, a laser device for construction sites
Abdulla Albasha and the 360 Laser Plan team being awarded €8K for their startup