Pitching Event showcasing 10 Entrepreneurial Initiatives in Cooperation with the Jerusalem Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Pitching Event showcasing 10 Entrepreneurial Initiatives in Cooperation with the Jerusalem Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jerusalem- Palestinian Vision Organization (PalVision) organized a pitching event on Thursday to showcase “entrepreneurial initiatives”, which are designed and developed by adolescent boys and girls participating in “Tahfeez” project, in partnership with UNICEF, atthe Science auditorium inAl-Quds University.

WithinTahfeez project, participating adolescents received a comprehensive training and coaching program consisting of life skills, career guidance, and entrepreneurial knowledge and skillsthat enabled them to design and develop10 entrepreneurialinitiatives. In the presence of Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, and Prof. Hasan Dweik, the Vice President for Communication & Development at Al-Quds University, and FadiHidmi, the Director General of the Jerusalem Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the adolescents pitched their entrepreneurial initiatives aiming to be adopted and implemented in cooperation with the private sector representatives.

UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, commenced the pitching event with an inspiring speech as he welcomed the attendees and praised all the efforts exerted in the production of the entrepreneurial initiatives. He said that “I feel privileged to have visited Palestine and despite all the challenges that Palestinians face, I can still see the hope.” He also added: “Yesterday, I visited the advisor of the Prime Minister’s office, he asked what UNICEF can do for Palestinian youth, even though I didn’t have the answer then, now I see that this type of project is the answer.”

Osama Abu Arafeh, Tahfeez project manager, expressed: “The pitching event today is a valuable opportunity for the adolescents to apply what they learnt through the trainings, especially presentation and marketing skills, communication and effective teamwork.” He added: “During the pitching event, the adolescents met representatives of civil society organizations and the private sector, where they had the opportunity to network with these representatives in order to promote their initiatives to be adopt and implemented.”

The entrepreneurial component in Tahfeez project provided 300 Palestinian adolescents with knowledge, skills, and tools to design and develop 30 entrepreneurial initiatives through summer camps that included series of intensive trainings, life skills aptitude test, visits to companies, academic, and vocational institutions, and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.

The project is a comprehensive early intervention designed to provide Palestinian adolescents with knowledge, skills, and tools to embark on their career planning process and preparedness for labour market. The project offers the targeted adolescents with the tools and space to engage with Palestinian decision-makers, private sector representatives and community leaders to address identified issues and problems and share their vision in solving these issues, thereby taking a proactive role in advancing sustainable social, economic, and community development.