هناك من سيسمعك ويدعمك

البحث الدائم في مؤسسة ميدان عن تقديم مقومات النجاح التي تتيح لك الفرصة لاختراق مجال الاعمال باسرع الطرق و انجحها في وضع اسس للمشروع و خطة عمل شاملة من البداية و حتى يرى هذا المشروع النور , فدور ميدان لا يقتصر على التمويل المادي فحسب و انما يمتد لتغطية كافة اجزاء المشروع و تزويدهم بالخبرات اللازمة من القائمين على ميدان حتى يضمنوا نجاح هذا المشروع ولا يتركوا مجالا للشك بان احد الجوانب كان فيها تقصير.

بالاضافة الى ذلك فان الدور الريادي الذي تقوم به ميدان و الذي لم يسبقه اليها احد من قبل على المستوى المحلي, فتحفيز الشباب لتحقيق اقصى ما عندهم واستفزازهم لمقارعة كبرى المشاريع في المنطقة و باسرع وقت ممكن انما هو بحد ذاته تحد ضخم يواجه القائمين على ميدان.

الايمان العميق بقدرة الشباب على التغيير و ثقة ميدان بهذه المشاريع  اساس عملهم و في النهاية اود ان اقول انه مهما كانت فكرتك ومهما كانت الصعوبات التي ستواجهك تاكد ان هناك من سيسمعك ويدعمك بكل ما تحتاج لتحقيق ذلك.

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Leap of Faith

The idea of entrepreneurship in Jordan is one that is still very much in its infancy; here at Meydan we are in the business of encouraging and helping the Jordanian youth to translate their ideas into reality. Just last week we were visited by a group of young Swedish entrepreneurs (ages 18-20 sponsored by YEA) who were winners of the Youth Entrepreneurs Event (EMAX). These high school students came up with a number of different ideas that were put through a range of business simulations; the entrepreneurs with the best results were awarded the opportunity to visit Jordan and Meydan. Among the visitors to Meydan was the CEO of START Centrum and the founder of the Youth Entrepreneurs Event, also known as EMAX, Mr Janis Eriksson. Mr. Eriksson informed us that in Sweden the idea of entrepreneurship is instilled in children at school from the early age of 7. As a result, these young men and women are comfortable in expressing themselves through their businesses and more than willing to take risks in hopes of achieving their dreams.

Here in Jordan we have begun taking the necessary steps in order to encourage our youth to take a leap of faith and believe there is something beyond going to college just to become an employee and sit behind a desk. At Meydan it is our aim to provide the youth with the necessary tools and support in order to help them achieve their passions and aspirations. We hope to achieve and even surpass what has been accomplished in Sweden and other places across the world; to make Jordan a recognized name when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship.

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What is an Idea?

So what is an acceptable idea and how is it judged by Meydan? a lot of people have asked us this question and we hope we can answer them in this blog-entry.

First lets define what Meydan is and what we are trying to establish. Meydan is a new age accelerator for Business Start-ups focused on reducing time from Idea to Revenue (I2R). Our main criteria ourselves is to create value@speed.

Having said that, we are focused on incubating Idea Startups in the Creative Economy. This includes industries like Technology, ICT, Telecommunication, Media and others, however not exclusively. E.g. at the moment of writing this blog-entry, we are incubating 2 wind turbines and one event management company. The following paragraph will explain why?

We LOVE Innovative, Disruptive and Scalable business ideas. Being Innovative means that they are introducing new elements in a product or service. Being Disruptive is to disrupt the process of which a product or service is being offered, or disrupt even the whole market need for that particular product or service. Being scalable is being able to provide offering to wider markets without outstretching resources and affecting Business Model.

We would love to hear from you and love to meet your bright ideas anytime soon. email us on pioneer@meydanjo.com

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Idea Hunt

We are proud to have begun our Idea Hunt campaign last week in Jordan. Our team has been on a tour to publicize the Campaign and bring awareness to our Program. While doing that, they have created some amazing footage and clips. You should watch here.

Meydan is a Jordanian startup factory that is most concerned with incubating ideas at their early stage. We focus on minimizing the time between having an idea and generating the money, in what we call Idea2Revenue (I2R). No business plans are required and our program coaches people how to conduct their business successfully. That is our pledge.

We are accepting now all ideas that are in creative economy. We are favoring the ones that are scalable and are disruptive.

If you are reading this right now, and you’re harboring a business plan in your head please let us help you: pioneer

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Meydan – Selection Week

Selection Week!!

This is what separates the men from the boys! At Meydan we believe in developing champions and we are very picky on who makes the cut. We tested the limits of our pioneers to make sure that they are up to the task.

So, what makes an entrepreneur successful?

– Passion
– Team Player
– Resilience

In the early stages of any entrepreneurs career, he or she must be willing to work overtime all the time to ensure that no small detail of his business plan is ignored. The pioneers desire for their business to succeed depends on their passion and that passion should drive them to be perfectionists in building their business.

Forming a team that will support his/her business is a paramount step in making sure that the massive workload of a startup business is evenly shared and appropriately divided amongst carefully selected intellectual and skillful team members.

At this adventure day, the Meydan pioneers were challenged to test their limits in a fun environment. They were involved in a competitive set of activities that depended on (1) their passion to beat the competition (2) their resilience to finish what they started no matter how many times they fell down and (3) the way they overcame the challenges presented to them with the help of their teams.

At Meydan, we strongly believe in building successful entrepreneurs that possess a character hell-bent on being successful. After all, no pain… no gain 🙂

Join the fun. Be part of the success story!
Submit your start-up idea to: pioneer@meydanjo.com

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By: Firas Ghuniam

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Launch

Written by: Firas Ghunaim

In the next few days Zara Expo will host the first official Meydan graduation event. The buzz is at an all time high and the masses are raving about Meydan’s upcoming event on the 15th of May. It is wondrous that this idea to support ideas has become a full fledged movement towards the right direction.

Pioneers, thinkers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, investors and other Meydan community members are celebrating what might just be Jordan’s platform to develop an economy that rivals the best in the near future.

Any typical celebration/event would include the following 3 dimensions:

Host
Guest
Entertainment

Yet at Meydan we believe that we must live up to the standards we have set for ourselves as a community for the future and as such we chose to deviate from the norm. The 15th of May celebration will be highly interactive where the host, guest and entertainment are all intertwined in a way that everyone will be immersed fully in the various proceedings and offerings.

The keynote speakers will each stand at an assigned corner generously feeding the audience their invaluable take on their own experiences when they were once in the shoes of our Meydan graduates.

This forum of progressive thought and creativity will be littered with treasure in the form of wisdom, experience and knowledge. The audience will have the opportunity to absorb all that in one location thanks to the various forms of media present there. From live feeds on LCD screens to amusing presentations, we thought we had seen it all.

The audience will respond and interact with almost each aspect of the event; speakers, videos, demonstrators, presentations and etc… Everybody has a chance to be heard and make his point at Meydan. No ‘Tafsation’. We promise.

On the 15th of May, Zara Expo will host the first official Meydan graduation event.

On the 15th of May… the Jordanian past, present and impending will convene at Meydan to spearhead the movement towards a brighter future.

On the 15th of May, Jordan will experience change.

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Written By: Hussein Talhouni

Well, I’m writing this article about an experience I would like to share with all of you… it isn’t something out of the norm, it just gave me a sense of achievement and inspired me to venture out into different things. Seriously “if you want to do it, you can “As simple as it sounds and as cliché as it is, its true.

Anyways, I’ve been given or assigned lets say a “Task” at work. To those of you who have been assigned these “ Tasks” before, you probably know exactly what I mean. To those of you who don’t, lets define it. It basically means that you have been presented additional work/effort for you to complete within a certain time limit. You’re boss or superior will probably pitch it in a convincing manner and motivate you with exciting quotes such as “ YOU are the man for this task”, “You will be the leader of it all”, and the classic one of course” You’re going to do wonders with it”.

In addition to this sense of empowerment, a subliminal deadline is also conveyed. The challenge here is reading between the lines and understanding the true meaning of these quotes such as “when you have the time ” or “whenever you’re free”. This is a negotiating technique that combines sales, marketing, and management, and you’re superiors are the masters of it. Look at the bright side of this, someday you’ll be capable of doing the same, hence “the student becomes the teacher” sort of thing. But lets not drift off. If you are given a “Task”, just know that more work is assigned and more effort is expected.

So, this “Task “I have been assigned, outside the scope of my regular work of course, was to produce a few videos promoting our initiative. For the record, I have no background whatsoever in this field. Not in producing films or a better description, nothing to do with the film industry at all. I have been provided with a camcorder (a pretty fancy one I must add) and a cool looking device of what they call a “Tripod”. I have agreed to take on the challenge of this task, and I didn’t know what to expect. All I could hear was my boss as if chanting a battle cry -“UHJOM!” This means, “CHARGE!” in our common language, charge to what? Or charge to where? Yet I have to find out.

I began my journey following the footsteps of the great directors Spielberg, Scorsese, and Ritchie. I began filming around the workplace, and taking random footage from what I thought seemed necessary. All went pretty smooth, just click the red “record” button to start recording, then click it again to stop recording. I faced some challenge in unraveling the mystery behind this “Tripod”, the different levers and screws that open more doors. You start questioning the mere mechanics behind this design, “how deep does the rabbit hole go? “Eventually you understand the mechanism and nurture its needs, then place it properly to film better angels in a steady manner. After some suffering with the device, it was a success.

Now here comes the fun part, “Editing”… I have called a few friends seeking advice on which editing program to use. There are many of these high tech super advanced ones, but I honestly sought the more “user friendly” approach. I don’t want to bore you with the details but literally it was learning a totally different language. After all the extensive sweating, anxiety, and gastric activity I was finally able to add the footage, edit the clips, and even place an audio track in the background (YAY!). Now if someday I am ever in the same room with these directors, I will be able to hold an intelligent conversation for more than 2 minutes.

I presented the video to my superiors, and the end result was that they loved it. At least they seemed as if they did, maybe this could be more work place strategies that I have not figured out yet such as “The art of believing that something is good when its really not”, or “ Reactions 101” I honestly don’t know. But nonetheless, the “Task” was completed and I feel great about the product. Joking aside, I sincerely think they liked it, and I received lots of support afterwards.

I’m glad I had this opportunity to learn something new for work and also about myself. I actually ended up liking this new “task” of producing videos, and trying new things in life.

Maybe ill end up liking writing more articles like this for you guys 😉 and become the article master who knows? But all I can tell you is this, “ Nothing ventured, is nothing gained “.

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