Our Startups

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    BareedEE

    BareedEE will focus on improving the postal deliver challenges in the MENA. The startup will offer ...

  • redcrow
    Red Crow

    Red Crow will provide an online platform that delivers security intelligence regarding the MENA region. Red Crow will ...

  • daleeli
    Daleeli

    Daleeli is a dynamic tourist guide that follows the user. The app tracks the location of the user and ...

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    Indiepush

    Indiepush is a company that gives independent artists worldwide a way to distribute their music...

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    FeeKash

    FeeKash is a cash payment network that enables online merchants to accept cash from their customers ...

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    Sufraty

    Sufraty is a social network for food and recipe sharing ...

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    SeenLab

    SeenLab is an online community and platform that connects tutors with pupils ...


FastForward Accelerator

FastForward is Palestine’s first startup accelerator, providing aspiring Palestinian entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed in the global market. Selected startups are given a seed investment of USD 20,000, project-based mentorship from a seasoned pool of knowledgeable entrepreneurs, prime office space and office resources, a network of expert business advisors, and a library of educational materials. Through its 120-day program, FastForward helps entrepreneurs transform fledgling tech ideas into viable, competitive businesses. FastForward was established in 2013 with the support of the Welfare Association and the OPIC Fund for International Development (OFID) and is under the administration of the Leaders Organization.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for highly motivated Palestinian entrepreneurs in the early stages of running an IT business in Palestine. We accept projects ranging from mere ideas to launched/incorporated ventures; they must be globally oriented and scalable. The founders should be prepared to commit full-time to the program and live in Ramallah, Palestine for 4 months. The Startup team must have a minimum of 2 members and have the expertise and skills needed to successfully launch the startup.


 

How does the FastForward program work?

The process begins with an online application– once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Selected teams are invited for an in-person interview with the FastForward Management team.  The final teams are chosen for the FastForward Selection Event, in which the teams will work on an assigned project that will be presented to a panel of judges and evaluated based on the FastForward criteria. The teams with the highest evaluation are selected for the acceleration program and will be offered investment from FastForward.

 

What are we looking for in an application?

FastForward receives hundreds of applications during each application process, so it is important that each entrepreneur put as much time and information into their application as possible. Every application is evaluated by the same criteria. The criteria for applications are broken into 2 categories that are rated 1 – 5: 1. Participants – Quality of the talent and commitment of the founding team members, measured as the team’s Mix, Qualifications, and Experience 2. Viable Business – Quality of the fundamental idea and product/service being marketed by the team, measured as the team’s Strategy, Differentiation, Innovation factors of the product/services (Consumer Target, Market size, Competitors)


Why FastForward?

In the early stage of a startup, especially in an unstable economy like Palestine, entrepreneurs need specialized support to help them transform their business ideas into viable businesses. FastForward Accelerator offers guidance, connections, capital and many other resources to accelerate the launching process.