Libya’s first Global Entrepreneurship Week concluded on November 24 with a meetup of teams taking place in the Benghazi Startup Cup, a business model competition co-organized by Think Creative and Silatech that aims to help entrepreneurs transform their ideas into viable, sustainable businesses. Contest winners will be announced in January 2014.
Global Entrepreneurship Week-Libya was originally to be held concurrently in Tripoli and Benghazi, but has been postponed for a month in the capital due to ongoing security concerns.
According to Zeyad bin Halim, Silatech Libya Country Representative:
“Despite the struggles we are going through in Libya now, our country is full of young people who are ready and willing to work hard to build a new Libya.
"A new movement of creative, positive entrepreneurs is what we in Libya need, and we are proud that Silatech and our many partners have been able to give this movement a strong boost through Global Entrepreneurship Week.”
Silatech was the Country Host Partner for Libya; Official Sponsors were the Local Council of Benghazi, and the Embassy of the Netherlands; Platinum Sponsors included the National Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Libya Enterprise, and Tatweer Research.
Co-organizers included Bokra Youth Organization and Taqween, and other participating organizations included Academic, Benghazi Economic Forum, 28ers.com, Partners for a New Beginning, Tripolis Knowledge House, Jusour, Dynamic Web & Mobile Development, Think Creative, Spark, Reiyada, Phoenix, Benghazi Entrepreneurship Centre, 24 Café, The National Board for Technical and Vocational Education, and The Summits Organization.